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Slow Cooker Lasagna

1 15-oz. container part-skim ricotta

1/4 cup grated Parmesan (1 oz.)

8 oz. part-skim mozzarella, grated (2 cups)

Kosher salt and pepper

2 cups baby spinach, roughly chopped

3/4 lb lean ground beef (at least 90% lean)

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1 26-oz. jar marinara sauce

12 dry lasagna noodles (from a 1-lb box)


In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta, Parmesan, 1 cup of the mozzarella, and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper; fold in spinach.


In a 5- to 6-qt slow cooker, combine the beef, garlic, oregano, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.  Transfer half the meat mixture to a small bowl.  Add 1/2 cup of the marinara sauce to the slow cooker and mix into the meat; spread the meat evenly on the bottom of the slow cooker.


Top with a layer of the noodles, breaking them to fit as necessary.  Spread 1/3 of the remaining sauce (3/4 cup) over the noodles and dollop with 1/3 of the ricotta mixture (1 cup) and half the remaining meat; repeat.


Top with a layer of noodles, the remaining sauce and remaining ricotta mixture.  Sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella and cook, covered on low for 4 hours or on high for 2 hours.


Notes:  I used 2 8-oz. pkg. of softened cream cheese instead of the ricotta.  Made for the first time 4-19-11.  LOVE!

Recipe from:  Woman’s Day, March