Slow-Cooker Lasagna and a Gooseberry Patch Giveaway

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My slow-cooker and I have a serious relationship.  I adore my slow-cooker.  I love that I can put a meal in it during the day and then I have a full meal when it is time for dinner.  Gooseberry Patch sent me one of their latest cookbooks, Slow Cooking All Year Round.  I usually use my slow cooker in the winter for soups and chili but I used my slow cooker the rest of the year for convenience and so I don’t have to turn on the oven.

Slow Cooking Year Round

I have wanted to try lasagna in my slow-cooker ever since a friend told me about it.  I just never got around to it.  When I saw a recipe for it in the book, I knew I had to try it.

Slow Cooker Lasagna
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  1. 1 lb lean ground beef
  2. 2 26oz jars chunky tomato, garlic and onion pasta sauce
  3. 1/2 c. water
  4. 1 T. Italian seasoning
  5. salt and pepper to taste
  6. 2 T. grated Parmesan Cheese
  7. 16 oz. container small-curd cottage cheese
  8. 8 oz. pkg oven-ready lasagna noodles, uncooked
  9. 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  10. 2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese
  11. ***I made a few changes to the recipe so that I was able to use what I had on hand.  Instead of cottage cheese, I used ricotta.
  1. Brown beef in a skillet, remove from heat and drain. Stir in sauce, water and seasonings. In a bowl, combine Parmesan cheese and cottage cheese. In a lightly greased slow-cooker, spread some of the sauce mixture. Layer with noodles (break them if you need to), cheese mixture and both kinds of mixtures. Repeat layers and end with shredded cheese. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours or until noodles are tender. Let stand with slow-cooker off for about ten minutes before serving.
  2. I have to say that don't feel like cooking the lasagna in the slow-cooker was any less work than cooking it in the oven. The only step I was able to skip was boiling the noodles.
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Slow Cooking Year Round

Both of my kids gobbled it up.  We had more than enough for leftovers so I ended up freezing it for another meal on another day.  The book is full of recipes for all four seasons and we have been having fun trying them out.  Bananas Foster is next on the list!


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135 Responses

  1. Melanie Craft
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    Shredded BBQ pork sandwiches…mmmmmm!!

  2. Rebecca Patterson
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    My favorite is pot roast!

  3. kbo
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    Our family requests what we call “Thanksgiving in the Crock”.

  4. Maryann
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    I love making orange chicken

  5. Valerie Wenke
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    I love my slow cooker. I have made lasagne before in it but my favorite think to make is Nacho Chicken and Rice Wraps.

  6. Caryn E
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    Pot Roast

  7. Kitty B
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    I just made Sirloin Steak Stroganoff this week!! Big hit, one of the family favorites :)

  8. Vicki J
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    I love putting a chuck roast in the crock pot with some basic seasonsings, and then I divide it up, usually using a portion with gravy for sandwiches or over rice/noodles. Then another portion goes for soft shell tacos, just by adding some taco seasonings.

  9. Donna
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    I own 5 large crock pots and 2 medium crock pots and one small crock pot. I cook everything from appetizers to entrees to sides to deserts. i am NOT a professional cook but a self taught & learned from others to cook. I did one of my young friends wedding reception for 300 people. Her father furnished the pork from his farm & I made “my pulled pork.” Used my crock pots and 4 days to make all the meat. My neighbors loved the smells that came out of my windows! i do believe my favorite meat to make in crock pot is Italian Beef. With a side of “Daygo Beans” made in another crock pot. Deer meat comes out so tender & yummy in a crock pot !

  10. Sandy
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    About the only thing I make in my slow cooker is stew. I would love some new recipes.

  11. Mary Schurst
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    My favorite slow cooker recipe is Beef roast made with brown gravy mix, ranch dressing mix and Italian dressing mix it turns out tasty and very tender every time.

  12. Juanita
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    I love Mac & Cheese…I also like my Chili Cheese Dip…YUM!! Would love to win the book! Thanks!

  13. Dianne
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    with a family, this recipe would be a great time saver. Thanks

  14. Audrey Peterson
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    I have only ever cooked chille, but if I had a cook bot for recipes to cook in a crock-pot I might cook more. Than My husband would be happy.

  15. Crystal
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    Macaroni and cheese

  16. Brenda
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    Swiss steak over noodles!

  17. Jennifer Wright
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    My family’s favorite crockpot meal is chicken tacos,frozen chix breasts salsa and a packet of taco seasoning…..shred meat and serve on flour tortillas!! Use leftovers to make chicken tortilla soup..YUM!!

  18. Susan R
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    French Stew

  19. Carol Brooks
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    i found recipe online recently for beef roast in slow cooker using italian dressing and ranch dressing mix, etc-it was absolutely delicious and i will be doing it again

  20. Mary Ann Hymer
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    Love my slow cooker… favorite use is to prepare any of our favorite stews or soups in the traditional manner ( this ensures the texture and flavors family likes) then cook in the slow I cooker. Frees me up for mybusy life. I hage cooked New York Orleans re beans for 3 days because life got in th3 way of dinner….it turned out I perfectly.

  21. Gloria
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    Italian beef is one of my favorites. Easiest way for the best company sandwiches.

  22. Bobbie
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    love stew in the crock pot

  23. Kris
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    My favorite slow cooker recipe is barbecue meatloaf over potatoes. As it cooks, the juices & barbecue sauce flavor the potatoes! Delicious!

  24. Judy
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    I love putting a roast with all the fixing in smells so good and the flover is wonderful.

  25. Jodi Ashbaugh
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    My husband and I fix corned beef brisket with cabbage and red potatoes. The brisket comes out so tender it melts in your mouth.

  26. Thelma D
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    One of the all time meals that my family loves from the crockpot is crockpot pizza.

  27. Michelle W
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    My favorite go-to is Beef Roast made with a can of cream of mushroom soup and a packet of dry onion soup mix. Our crock pots get a workout at Thanksgiving. We do our turkeys the day before, so we wake up in the morning with two pots of stock for gravy, stuffing & keeping the turkey moist until dinner.

  28. virginia daley
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    I had one of the very first Rival crockpots and have used the crockpot frequently since as a matter of fact I still have it along with 3 others My very favorite recipe is Beef pot roast with tomato, cream of mushroom and onion soup mix My company always loves it too a no fail recipe.

  29. Rhonda Yates
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    bbq beef.

  30. Emily
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    My new favorite slow cooker recipe is Baked Spinach and Mushroom Rigatoni. It kinda resembles lasagna but may be a little bit healthier with added spinach and a mixed array of mushrooms. YUM–Even the kids will eat it and no leftovers! Love Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks!

  31. Pat
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    My favorite slow cooker recipe is Flavorful Pot Roast…YUMMY!

  32. Elizabeth
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    My favorite way to use my crock pot is to simmer the sauce all day that I use in my homemade lasagna recipe.

  33. Diane Eischen
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    my family has two crockpot faves. First is definitely pot roast. Running a close second is cabbage rolls

  34. Pam
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    Favorite recipe is soup, but love cooking main dishes in it also…

  35. Angela m.
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    I love making ham in the crockpot with brown sugar and pineapple juice

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