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A Weekend Dinner to Enjoy on Weekdays

If you’ve never had a delicious meal from a crock pot in your home, you are missing one of the great joys in life. Especially if you are extremely busy all day and you just want to come home to a hot, home-cooked meal.

All it takes is prep and that’s why this is best to do on the weekend when you have more time.

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Hearty Lasagna with Spinach and Mushrooms

1.5 lbs. hamburger
1/4 onion, chopped
2 15-oz. containers of ricotta cheese
10-oz. package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed
2 8-oz. trays of mushrooms
2 T. parsley
6 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
32-oz. marinara sauce
lasagna noodles, uncooked
tomato sauce or paste (this was not in my recipe, but I would definitely add a can the next time I make this)

Missing: the hamburger. I forgot to include it in this picture.

Missing: the hamburger. I forgot to include it in this picture.

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Brown the hamburger in a sauce pan with chopped onions.

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Mix ricotta, spinach, and parsley in a large bowl. Set aside.

Add just enough marinara sauce to cover bottom of crock pot. This will keep the noodles from sticking to the pot.

Add just enough marinara sauce to cover bottom of crock pot. This will keep the noodles from sticking to the pot.

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Layer uncooked lasagna noodles over the sauce. Break the noodles to fit.

Spread ricotta mixture evenly over the noodles.

Spread ricotta mixture evenly over the noodles.

Layer sliced mushrooms.

Layer sliced mushrooms.

Add a generous portion of mozzarella cheese.

Add a generous portion of mozzarella cheese.

Oops. Almost forgot to add the hamburger. My hamburger was dry since I rendered the fat. Next time, I would add a can of tomato paste to the beef.

Oops. Almost forgot to add the hamburger. My hamburger was dry since I rendered the fat. Next time, I would add a can of tomato paste to the beef.

Now repeat all the layers again: sauce, noodles, ricotta, mushrooms, beef,

Now repeat all the layers again. For the second layer I did it a little differently: sauce, noodles, ricotta, mushrooms, beef, mozzarella, and mushrooms (again).

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I let it cook for 6 hours, but you can use whatever settings you have on your crock pot.

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Leave it alone and let it do it’s magic.

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I couldn’t wait to come home to this cheesy goodness.

I packed it up and took it to work the next day to share with my co-workers.

I packed it up and took it to work the next day to share with my co-workers.

I think they liked it.

I think he liked it.

Like I mentioned earlier, this lasagna recipe could have used more sauce. So go ahead and add tomato sauce, paste, or marinara sauce if you have it. Enjoy!

 

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About Terri Dux

Besides being a writer and passionate blogger, Terri is also co-owner of a local t-shirt craft company. When not watching her favorite TV channel, HGTV, Terri likes crafting, gardening, and thrifting at neighborhood garage sales.

2 comments on “A Weekend Dinner to Enjoy on Weekdays

  1. Inside Kel's Kitchen
    February 13, 2016

    What is it about slow cooker lasagna!?! It’s just so dang good!!!

    • Terri Dux
      February 19, 2016

      You really can’t miss with a slow cooker. I love pot roast and stews in the slow cooker. It smells wonderful. I’ve also done french dip sandwiches. Yum.

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