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Try This Fantastic Easy Crockpot Lasagna

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If you love lasagna but don’t like all of the work that goes into preparing the traditional style recipes you now have an easy and delicious alternative. This slow cooker lasagna recipe gives you the satisfying Italian flavors and goodness of traditional lasagna without the extra time and labor. This is the ultimate easy Italian comfort food dish.

You can also easily customize this recipe to your own taste or dietary needs. If you prefer a lower fat version you can simply substitute the ground beef for ground turkey or ground chicken. Additionally, if you don’t have lasagna style noodles on hand you can substitute them for different pasta, such as penne noodles.

Not only is this recipe easy to prepare , but everyone loves the full Italian lasagna richness of this meal. As with traditional lasagna, the perfect  sides would be fresh garlic bread and a Caesar or garden salad. Of course a glass of your favorite wine with this dish is always welcomed.

Here is everything you need to enjoy this amazing crockpot lasagna dish.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1lb ground beef*
  • 1C onion, chopped
  • 1C green bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 15oz petite diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4C tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, optional
  • 6C chicken broth
  • 1/2C heavy cream
  • 3/4C Parmesan cheese
  • 4-5oz Mafaldine shaped pasta (see notes)
  • Whole milk mozzarella, shredded for topping

Directions:

  1. To the bowl of a 5-6 quart slow cooker add vegetables, tomato paste, spices and chicken broth. Cover and begin to cook on high for 4 hours (or low for 8). Cook and drain beef of fat, adding cooked meat to the slow cooker. Cover and continue cooking.
  2. When 4 hours is up, stir in heavy cream and Parmesan cheese, followed by pasta. If using large or long shaped pasta, break it up into smaller more manageable pieces. Cover and cook for an additional 30 minutes, or until pasta is tender.
  3. Serve with freshly shredded mozzarella.

We hope that you enjoy this recipe and would love to hear about any modifications that you made to it. Feel free to print this recipe for yourself and share it with your friends on Facebook.

Source: Baked By Rachel

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