Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Spinach Alfredo Lasagna

Spinach Alfredo Lasagna
It is hot here in NM.  I avoid using the oven because the house gets so hot and it takes sooo long to cool down.  I have been scouring cooking sites, magazines, cookbooks, for recipes that don't require the use of the oven or long cooking over  the stove.  I was delighted when I found this recipe for Spinach Alfredo Lasagna that was cooked in a slow cooker. In reading over the ingredients, the recipe sounded wonderful.  A hearty meat sauce, three different types of cheese, Alfredo sauce, spinach and pasta - all delicious.  This recipe was easy to prepare.  Everything is layered in your slow cooker.  You use no-cook lasagna noodles and your favorite jar of spaghetti sauce and Alfredo sauce.  What could be simpler.  Cook on low 4-5 hours and dinner is ready.  What a delicious dinner it is.  The family really enjoyed this dish.  The taste was delicious and everyone went back for seconds.  This is my new go to lasagna recipe.



Spinach Alfredo Lasagna
From Taste Of Home Simple and Delicious

Special Equipment:  Slow cooker

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 jar (24 oz) spaghetti sauce
1 carton (15 oz) ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 package (8 oz) no-cook lasagna noodles
8 cups (32 oz) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 package (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 jar (15 oz) Alfredo sauce

Directions:

1. In a large skillet, cook beef, onion and garlic over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until beef in no longer pink, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain.  Stir in spaghetti sauce.
2. In a small bowl, mix ricotta and Parmesan cheese, parsley and pepper.  Spread 1 cup meat mixture into an ungreased 5-or-6-quart slow cooker.  Arrange four noodles on top, breaking to fit; layer with half of the ricotta mixture, 2 cups mozzarella cheese and 1 cup meat mixture.
Cheese Mixture
Layer of Meat Sauce
Noodles
Cheese Mixture
Mozzarella Cheese
Meat Sauce
3. Top with four noodles, spinach, Alfredo sauce and 2 cups mozzarella cheese.  Continue layering with four noodles, remaining ricotta mixture, 2 cups mozzarella cheese and 1 cup meat mixture.  Add any remaining noodles; top with remaining meat mixture and mozzarella cheese.
Spinach
Alfredo Sauce
Cheese
4. Cook covered, on low 4-5 hours or until noodles are tender.


Delicious 
Makes 8 servings
















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