You’re just getting your back to school routine groove back and need to make dinner in a flash. Don’t sweat, we’ve got you covered with this slow cooker lasagna courtesy of our San Diego Editor, Leah Singer (she also blogs over at Leah’s Thoughts). With its cheesy goodness that’s heavy on the spinach, this crock pot recipe will provide your kids with a good amount of protein, and you with a reliable go-to dinner recipe.
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 tsp. garlic
1 lb. sliced crimini or Portobello mushrooms
1 bag of fresh baby spinach leaves
3 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. flour
3 cups of whole milk
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
Salt and Pepper
1 cup Parmesan cheese
10 (approximately) no-bake lasagna noodles
1. In a saute pan, heat olive oil around the pan. Add the onions and cook about two minutes.
2. Add the garlic, and then the mushrooms. Cook until the mushrooms are tender and reduced in size. Sprinkle salt and pepper onto the mushroom and onion mix.
3. Add the spinach (a little bit at a time) until all of it has wilted down.
4. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add flour and cook for about one minute. Turn the heat up to medium-high and add the milk at once.
5. Bring to a simmer, and let the mixture simmer until it thickens (enough to coat a wooden spoon). Add nutmeg, salt and pepper.
6. Prepare your crockpot by spraying the inside with non-stick cooking spray. Place approximately one cup of the white mixture on the bottom of the crockpot. Then place a layer of lasagna noodles. You may need to break them in pieces to cover the space.
7. Place half the mushroom mixture over the noodles. Then add another cup of white sauce and 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese. Repeat this process until you are left with the top layer, which is noodles, the remaining white sauce and Parmesan cheese.
8. Cover the crockpot and cook on low for about four hours.
Leah Singer is a freelance writer, a practicing speechwriter, and rock star calendar editor for Red Tricycle San Diego. She shares many family-friendly recipes, as well as stories of motherhood, craft ideas, writing, and other such topics at Leah’s Thoughts. Read more about Leah at: leahsthoughts.com.