Monday, April 11, 2011

Spinach Lasagna - Slow Cooker Style

This was from last weeks Slow Cooker Tuesday.  This time I turned to my all time favorite magazine, Real Simple, for inspiration.  I admit I was skeptical at first, you see I have made lasagna in my slow cooker before and it was a complete failure.  The noodles were way too mushy and we are purely an "al dente" household.  I read the recipe a few times and noticed that even though this was a slow cooker recipe it was not an all day recipe so I figured this would make the difference and decided to go with it.  It worked!  This lasagna was so much better than the last, a real winner and a dish I will definitely make again.  I also love any dish that can get my Little Man to enjoy some spinach.  Enjoy!!

What you need:
(adapted from Real Simple)

2 10-ounce packages chopped frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed to remove excess moisture
1 cup ricotta
3/4 cup grated Parmesan
3 cups marinara sauce
6 regular lasagna noodles (not no-boil)
1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella

What you do:

In a bowl, mix together the spinach, ricotta, and ½ cup of the Parmesan.


 In a second bowl, mix together the marinara sauce and ½ cup water.
Ladle in  ¾ cup of the marinara mixture in the bottom of a slow cooker. Top with 2 noodles (breaking to fit), ¾ cup of the remaining marinara mixture, half the spinach mixture, and ½ cup of the mozzarella; repeat. Top with the last of the noodles, remaining marinara mixture, mozzarella, and Parmesan.




Cover and cook on low until the noodles are tender, 3 ½ to 4 hours.



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32 comments:

  1. This looks extremely delicious and easy. I wish I could get the people in my household to eat spinach but, alas, it's only me who loves the green stuff ;)

    Visiting from ASF

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  2. Oh that looks so good! Thanks for posting this!

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  3. Wow - that's really easy and looks great!

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  4. I love the idea of using the slow cooker!!! For sure need to try this out! =) Thanks! <3

    xoXOxo
    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

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  5. It looks so good, Danielle!

    Thanks for linking to the DIY party. My husband said he was browsing my blog today (rare). He said he was looking at the little square pictures (the links) and of course, food interests him so he visited you today. lol He does the cooking. He printed your chicken/white bean/chili soup recipe out and guess what we're having for dinner tonight? It smells so good! :)

    So - THANK YOU for sharing your recipes!

    Roeshel

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  6. I just made lasgna on Saturday the traditional way. I added spinach and corn. I will have to try this out with the slow cooker sometime soon!

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  7. This is definitely perfect for when you're cooking for guests and have no room in the oven! Love that you infused it with spinach...some more nutritional bang for your buck!

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  8. This looks delicious! Bookmarking for later!

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  9. I love using the slow cooker! This is a great idea. Thanks for the recipe. :-) Stopping in from Tempt My Tummy.

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  10. Found your blog from It's a Keeper. I love a good pasta recipe...can't wait to try it! But I have to go grocery shopping first!

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  11. this looks great! not a fan of ricotta normally, but this recipe is tempting me to try it again!

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  12. This looks delicious!

    I haven't had much success with crockpot lasagna in the past, but I think I'll trust you and give it a try!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Visiting from Amanda's Blog Party!

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  13. This looks fabulous - I always have spinach hangin around!! Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday.

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  14. Hi Danielle,
    What a great way to cook this Lasagna. Your recipe looks delicious!
    Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

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  15. I love Lasagna.. it's such a comfort food! :) thanks for sharing.. looks delish!

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  16. Looks absolutely delicious! I have never gotten adventurous with the crock pot...looks like I need to do so!

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  17. Yumm-o! I love ANYTHING in the crock pot, so you can bet your boots that I will be trying this one soon! (please don't bet your boots, if you even have any... I usually only bet pennies or quarters and that works nicely....)

    Anyway...
    Thanks for posting!

    Visiting from Serenity Now!

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  18. This looks SO good! I am really looking forward to making it!

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  19. This looks great and I have all the ingredients in my kitchen already. Definitely making next Friday for meatless Lent day.

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  20. This looks like a perfect veggie lasagna, which I have been looking for. Thank you for sharing it! :-)

    Have a lovely Saturday.

    Alexandra
    http://ropcorn.com

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  21. Looks wonderful! I love lasagna and love to play with different combination.
    New follower :)
    Stop by and see me at http://willcookforsmiles.blogspot.com/

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  22. I love lasagna! Will have to bookmark this to share with company...I don't get to make lasagna often b/c of my picky eater husband. :s

    Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Thanks! I'm going to give it a try tomorrow.

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  24. I can't believe you made lasagne in the slow cooker, thats something I would never have thought of. I've had a bit of a love/hate relationship with my slow cooker and with the cooler weather coming up I'd like some new recipes to try that others have already trialed for me! Thanks :)

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  25. yeah..a slow cooker recipe that doesn't take all day! this looks scrumptious. thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club.

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  26. oh my gosh this looks wonderful!! i love making things in my slow cooker, i need to try this!

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  27. Spinach is such a healthy addition!

    Thanks for linking up to Creative Juice Thursday! Hope to see you back this week...

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  28. This looks DELICIOUS! I love anything that I can put in the slow cooker, and I love the fact that there's spinach in it! Thanks for sharing :-) Happy Easter!

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  29. Hi Danielle,

    I visited your blog earlier today and noticed you had a number of vegetarian recipes, so I'm back again to check them out! This lasagna recipe looks fantastic (I love my slow cooker) and so does the curried lentil soup. I'm always looking for different ways to cook beans and lentils. Thanks! ~ Yvonne

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  30. Lasagna in the slow cooker... yum! Would love for you to link this one in our Star Recipes Collection in the main dishes!

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  31. I will be trying this next week! Sounds delish and easy!

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