Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Lasagna

I have been finding some amazing recipes for the slow-cooker lately, and this is one of them!  All you have to do is chop your veggies, then layer the ingredients (raw) into the crockpot.


Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Lasagna
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 15-ounce container ricotta cheese
  • 3 or 4 small portobello mushrooms caps, gills removed, halved and thinly sliced*
  • 1 small zucchini, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1 small eggplant, peeled, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 2 28-ounce can crushed or diced tomatoes (or 1 can tomatoes and 1 jar of your favorite sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. pesto (optional)
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 15 lasagna noodles, uncooked 
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  1. Combine egg, ricotta, mushrooms, zucchini and eggplant in a large bowl.
  2. Combine tomatoes and their juice, garlic and crushed red pepper in a medium bowl.
  3. Generously coat a 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.  Spread 1-1/2 cups of the tomato mixture into the slow cooker.  Arrange 5 noodles over the sauce, overlapping them slightly and breaking into pieces to cover as much of the sauce as possible.  Spread half of the ricotta-vegetable mixture over the noodles and firmly pat down, then spoon on 1-1/2 cups sauce and sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella. Repeat the layering one more time, starting with the noodles.  Top with a third layer of noodles.  Evenly spread the remaining tomato sauce over the noodles.  Set remaining 1 cup mozzarella aside.
  4. Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 hours or on LOW for 4 hours.  When finished, turn off slow cooker and sprinkle the reserved mozzarella, cover and let stand for 10 minutes to melt the cheese.
*Gently scrape the gills off with a spoon.

~Adapted from Eating Well

6 comments:

  1. Sure sounds good! Glad you're having success with the slow cooker, I just tried some beans today and I'm not trilled. Maybe they'll be better next time:@)

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  2. Love this recipe and I love love love your site!

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  3. Ditto (what Family Foodie said!) I can't imagine lasagna in the slow cooker, but I'm determined to give this a try... just as soon as I get back home! Thank you dear Patti! xoxo

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  4. Hi Patti,

    I certainly need to include more veggie meals in my nutrition and this lasagna is a great recipe to include in that goal!

    I also just wanted to give you a heads up that I've been moving my blog over to Wordpress and have your blog listed in my 'delicious blogs' page. I hope that you would consider stopping by, checking that out, and follow me over there since my 'blogger' site will come to an end eventually.

    Hugs,
    Roz

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  5. OMG Patti, That looks AMAZING!!! I haven't had lasagna in forever. Bet I could fool the hubby (aka carnivore)with your vegetarian version!

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