This recipe comes from the Meal Makeover Mom’s, No Whine with Dinner. This cookbook is a goldmine!
I have this thing for slow cooker lasagna. It’s so easy and it comes out surprisingly good. Unlike my other slow cooker veggie lasagna, this one is made with no boil noodles. It has a great flavor and consitency and I ate it for lunch for 3 days straight. This is soft enough for beginner eaters — and can easily be pureed if needed.
I want to say my kids gobbled it up but they opted for the bread and fruit I served it with. That’s okay, they’ll get another chance to eat it.
-10 ounce box frozen chopped spinach
-15 ounce container part-skim ricotta cheese
-1/3 cup 1% low fat milk
-1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
-8 ounce can no salt added tomato sauce
-8 or 9 ounce box dried no-boil lasagna noodles
-26 ounce jar pasta sauce
-2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1. Drain spinach in a colander. Press with the back of a large spoon to remove the excess moisture. In a large bowl, stir together the spinach, ricotta, milk, and Parmesan cheese until well combined. Set aside.
2. Lightly oil or coat the bottom and sides of a 5 or 6 quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Pour the tomato sauce into the slow cooker bowl, and top with one fourth noodles. Cover as much of the sauce as possible by breaking some of the noodles into pieces (this will be hard for you neat freaks — the noodles can overlap and it will still turn out)
3. Spoon 1/2 cup pasta sauce over the noodles, then top with one third of the ricotta mixture (about 1 cup), and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Repeat two more times with a fourth of the noodles, 1/2 cup sauce, 1 cup ricotta mixture, and 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese.
4. For the final layer, cover with the remaining noodles, 1 cup sauce, and the remaining mozzarella cheese. Cover and cook on low until the noodles absorb the sauce and are tender, about 2 1/2 hours. Turn off the slow cooker and let the noodles absorb any remaining sauce, about 15 minutes.
Nutrition per serving: 340 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated), 580mg sodium, 3g fiber, 21g protein, 40% vitamin A, 10% vitamin C, 45% calcium and 15% iron.