Monday, December 5, 2011

Where does the time go??

So apparently, having a baby really does keep you busy.  And the time FLIES by--it's been almost 5 months since my precious Grace arrived and we've enjoyed every minute.  She's drooling, talking, laughing, squealing, drooling, grabbing, reaching, smiling, DROOLING--she's so adorable.

So, another thing about having a baby is figuring out how to be resourceful, especially when it comes to dinner!  And my favorite go-to for an easy and delicious dinner is my yummy crockpot lasagna!  It's very simple and tastes SO good.  I'm also kind of an "ad-libber" when it comes to crockpot recipes, so really you could add, remove whatever you want:


1 pound bulk Italian sausage
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1 (28 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
2 teaspoons dried basil leaves (or just season to taste)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
1 container (15 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
15 uncooked lasagna noodles

Step One:  Cook sausage and onion in 10-inch skillet over medium heat stirring occasionally, until sausage is no longer pink; drain. Stir in tomato sauce, paste, basil and salt.

Step Two: Mix 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese and the ricotta and Parmesan cheeses. (Refrigerate remaining mozzarella cheese while lasagna cooks.)

Step Three:  Spoon one-fourth of the sausage mixture into 6-quart slow cooker; top with 5 noodles, broken into pieces to fit. Spread with half of the cheese mixture and one-fourth of the sausage mixture. Top with 5 noodles, remaining cheese mixture and one-fourth of the sausage mixture. Top with remaining 5 noodles and remaining sausage mixture. Sprinkle top of lasagna with remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese and parmesan.

Step Four:  Cover and cook on Low heat setting 4 to 6 hours or until noodles are tender.

I've also made this with turkey sausage and it's equally delish.  When I'm just making it for me and Chad, I just cut everything in half and use my 4 quart crock pot and we can eat half of it for dinner and still have enough for a whole other meal.  The full recipe will feed at least 6 people.

Lasagna is one of my FAVORITE meals and Chad and I really like this recipe.   Enjoy!!