05 June 2011

veggie lasagna. in the crockpot.

I have this great friend, Jillaire. If you've been following along for a while, you've seen me mention her before. (She's here and here, nameless, and here with credit given for her genius creation of chocolate cake with cinnamon frosting.) Jillaire and I have this wonderful relationship in which we really take advantage of each other's strengths. She comes to me when she needs ideas from blogland. I go to her for fabulous recipes.

When she told me she had a yummy lasagna recipe that used squash and ricotta, during a week I had decided I needed lasagna, and then she told me I could make it in a crock pot. . . you can bet I ran right out to the store to gather ingredients.

I mean, lasagna in a crock pot. Is there anything better on Earth?

Look. It even gets brown. I was in awe.

With just pasta, ricotta, squash, spinach and nutmeg, it is a teeny bit on the bland side when you're expecting “lasagna.” But if you top it with a little marinara (or cayenne and hot sauce like Hubs did), or even just decrease the ricotta a little (Jillaire suggested 24oz instead of 32oz), you're good to go.

I definitely plan to try traditional lasagna in the crock pot. If that works, it could be dangerous. I'll be making lasagna all the time! 

Ooh, another tip from my wonderful friend—plug in the crock pot outside during the summer. (In a dry, protected area, of course.) No heating up the house! 

Here's a different recipe for summer lasagna. What's your favorite lasagna variation?


Cathy said...

This looks like a great one to make for my mom when she comes to visit.

Grandpa Bill said...

Believe it or not, I made lasagna for the very first time in my life last month. For new folks, that's over 60 odd (very odd) years. I used rice pasta (shared it with celiac dtr-in-law), spinach, ricotta, and crushed/pureed tomatoes. The sauce got a pound of sweet Italian chicken sausage, parboiled (to de-fat it) and sliced. The surprise star was the sausage.

The crock pot recipe might be enhanced with onions and sweet Italian chicken sausage to offset the blandness. Just as an optional enhancement--the basic recipe is brilliant.

abby @ tales and trials said...

I never thought I would see the word crock pot on your blog. ;) I just made lasagna last week. I like it but it always seems so time consuming. My favorite recipe is my MIL's traditional lasagna.

Marisa said...

The sausage and onions would be great! Good idea, Dad.

Abby, I wish I used my crock pot more! I need some good recipes.

J I L L A I R E said...

I think you have to be a squash-lover to really appreciate this recipe. My family likes it w/sauce. I prefer it without.

Other crockpost pastas: I did some filled manicotti tubes and just poured marinara over top.

You can also run your breadmaker outdoors in the summer for hot bread minus hot kitchen!

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