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What a Crock: Lasagna

Lasagna is one of those meals that can be labor intensive. Well, that's until you find a good crock pot version.

The rundown The ingredients for this crock pot lasagna are all very basic, although I would recommend adding a few dried herbs (basil and oregano) and maybe even a diced vegetable. Something healthy, like squash, makes this dish a more balanced meal. Just give the squash a good chop and the kids will never know it's buried under all the sauce.

The ease The recipe calls for the use of no-boil lasagna noodles. I'm not a big fan of those, but given the nature of the crock pot and the long cooking hours, I figured it was wise to follow the instructions. I'd recommend constructing this lasagna the night before and just throwing it in the refrigerator. It's very easy, but given the typical hectic morning rush, every minute counts. Just brown your sausage until it's completely cooked through, then start layering the ingredients in the pot. Set on Low for about 4-5 hours and you're ready to go.

The taste Very solid. This is a perfect middle-of-the-week, feed-the-family recipe. It's no-frills but is certain to satisfy. This was my first attempt at a crock pot lasagna, and it's probably a recipe I'll make again. Fee l free to experiment a bit. I used mild Italian sausage, but a spicy one would work as well.

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The tip Be careful not to overcook the noodles. They can get fairly gummy if you let cook for too long. Also, you only need about half the amount of sauce that's listed.


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