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I am not the cook in the family though if you ask my husband he'll tell you my best recipes are always crock-pot recipes. So imagine my enthusiasm when I discovered that a lot of our favorites could be adapted to work in the crock-pot too! As a busy family of six, from 4-6pm things are nuts in our house, forget trying to get dinner started too. With a crock-pot recipe I find that I can throw it all together during nap time and then still have time to sit back and relax before the second heat of our day starts.
Lasagna is kid one and threes favorite so it is almost always on the monthly rotation. I don't even try and get fancy with my recipe - I stick to the same one I have been using for ten years and my mom for four before that. It comes from the trusty marching band booster cookbook that we sold when I was in high school. However, I can secretly admit to you guys that I started mixing some carrot shreds in years ago…
Before I even got started on dinner the kids and I headed to Safeway for supplies! I got talked into a car cart, which I am usually against, but with the kids way way up front it was almost like I was shopping alone with my Starbucks riding shotgun. I even scored and saved $1 off my purchase of ONE (1) box of Barilla® Lasagne and ONE (1) Barilla® Sauce. This was an in-store promotion that you can use when you visit your local Safeway brand store. That's like a free candy bar!
Then we got down to business…
1 lb. Ground turkey or beef
32 oz Barilla® Sauce
3/4 c Water
1/2 c Shredded carrot
Package of Barilla® Lasagne noodles - I am crazy for the oven ready flat rolled option!
1+ c Cottage cheese
2 c Italian blend shredded cheese
Brown your meat and drain. Turn off heat and add in sauce and water. Spray inside of your crock-pot with oil. Mix together cottage cheese and carrot then set aside.
Cover the bottom of your crock-pot with a helping of your sauce mixture. I like to give my pot a little shake to even it out. Next layer noodles then cottage cheese mixture, topping off with a good layer of cheese blend. Repeat desired amount of layers, finishing with a sauce, noodle, sauce, shredded cheese layer.
Set crock-pot to low for 3-4 hours and get ready for a delicious smelling house! I want to hear if you make this too - What did you think?