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I don't know what happened, but mine got burnt badly. I put everything in the crock pot in the morning, then put it in the fridge for my wife to turn on around noon. She turned it on high for an hour since it had been in the fridge, and then down to low. When I got home from work, the top of the lasagna already looked burnt.
I hesitate to blame the recipe completely for this, as the cooking time is only a guideline. Maybe my crock pot runs significantly higher than everyone else's. It would have been nice to have a warning. Most other recipes I've tried had significantly more liquid, which mitigated the ingredients drying out. This recipe is pretty "dry", and I even added 2/3 cup of water around the edge like others have mentioned.
I can't see this crock pot lasagna being significantly easier to fix than a regular lasagna. You can either boil the noodles for a few extra minutes, or use no-boil noodles. Simply assemble the lasagna in a 9x13 pan and bake covered until hot - which shouldn't take long. After all - one of the advantages of using a slow cooker is that you can leave it unattended; if this lasagna needs to be watched to keep it from burning, then there's really no point in doing it in a slow cooker.
Another problem is with the haphazard directions. Cook the meat, then dump it into a bowl, and only then add the onions separately. Garlic should be added after the onions are done sauteeing or it will burn. The tomato paste should also be cooked for a few minutes before adding the tomato sauce to eliminate the raw tomato flavor. You can then add the meat back in to finish the sauce.
This was excellent! So easy to do! I used a jar of sauce and a small can (8oz) of tomato sauce. I did what others had mentioned, and the water trick seemed to help quite a bit. I used a light version of cottage cheese and this was soooo good! I don't even like ricotta or cottage cheeses, but I gobbled this up! The family was skeptical, as they thought lasagna was only for the oven. Not anymore! They requested I make this weekly :) Thank you for such a delicious and easy recipe!
OMG...just tried this recipe! It's super easy and my house smells amazing...added bell pepper to the top for some color. I also cheated and used premade sauce! Will def make this over and over again. Thanks for posting!
This was very good and easy to put together. I used ground turkey, because it's what I normally use instead of ground beef. I think next time I will try using Italian sausage for more depth of flavor. I used the "oven ready" (no boil) noodles and after 5 hours in my crock pot, the noodles were a bit overdone for my tastes. This could be my crock pot--it tends to cook hotter and faster than my old one. Next time, I will try the normal lasagna noodles and see if it helps with this problem. I also need to remember to use a crock pot liner next time with this recipe--since my crock pot cooks so hot, we had burnt-on cheese and noodles in the corners. Thanks for the recipe, Derf!
This was not bad.....I know some might be cringing at that statement. Well, if it is not bad, does that mean it was good? Well, in my book, not exactly. I did not like the texture of the noodles. After trying this recipe, I found I def like/prefer my noodles pre-cooked/par boiled prior to baking. The overall flavor was just OK. My husband wasn't complaining, but for me, I probably would not make this recipe again.
OMG!! YUM, YUM, YUMMY!! This was great and soo easy!! I used an oblong crock pot, so I had to use extra cheese to make the top cheese layer. Hmm, it is a good thing, I love cheese!! I was in a rush so it cooked on high for 2 hours. I used a spatula to cut and dip it. I read a post that wanted a suggestion on what to use for dipping. It worked pretty well. I served it with cheese garlic toast. It made more than we would eat, so I called my best friend and gave some to her family. They loved it too. She is all about easy to make food, especially when it is this good.
This won't replace my Barilla no-boil noodle lasagna recipe, but I LOVED how easy and quick it was. And how I got it going while I was making lunch and then only had to worry about a salad and bread at dinner time. The noodles cooked perfectly. A rectangular or oblong crock pot would be better, but we survived with our round one. I also liked how this used cottage cheese instead of ricotta and egg. Thanks!!
I used my own sauce instead of the sauce and paste. Added the herbs and used Asiago cheese. Great served with some oven toasted garlic bread with Parmesan cheese!
I was really excited by this recipe, it was my first lasagna ever and it turned out so yummy. I thought lasagna would be so much more difficult. Any tips on dishing it out though, because it didn't come out too pretty.
This recipe was soooo excellent. My hubby ate half the pot. He loved it. I did follow the suggestion of other viewers and add 1 1/2 cups around the edges and I had no sticking problems. It turned out perfect. Thanks for such an awesome recipe its a keeper.