Monday, September 18, 2006

Crockpot Lasagne (well, close anyway)

A close approximation of real lasagna made in your crock pot.


1- 10 oz pkg. Lasagne noodles broken into bite size pieces (or use Farfalle)
1 lb. Ground beef
½ lb. Italian sausage
1 onion, diced
1 clove garlic
12 oz mozzarella cheese, grated
12 oz. ricotta (or use Cottage Cheese)
12 oz tomato paste
½ c. water
1/4 salt
½ tsp. Pepper
1 ½ Tbl dried parsley
1 tsp. Basil

Cook noodles for 9 min. Brown sausage and meat; drain. Put in lightly greased crock pot. Add all remaining ingredients. Stir to mix thoroughly. Cover; cook on low 7 -9 hours or on low 3-5 hours.

For an alternative, try defrosting some spinach and using that with it's juices instead of the 1/2 cup of water.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Pizza Dip

Football season is now in week two and before the novelty wears off, it's time to throw a party. Here's a great crock-pot dip that's easy to make and a great variation on the usual cardboard pizza you get from the delivery boy. Start this in the morning when the pre-game festivities begin and it will be ready by half-time.

1 pound lean ground beef
2 cups pizza sauce
8 ounces grated cheddar cheese
8 ounces grated Mozzarella
1 teaspoon dried leaf oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried sweet basil
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Parmesan cheese, optional


Brown ground beef well; drain off fat. Combine ground beef with all other ingredients in the slow cooker or crockpot. Cover and cook on LOW for 3 hours.
If desired, sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.

Crock Pot Cola Chicken

This recipe for cola chicken tastes like barbecued chicken. It's easy too!


1 whole chicken, about 3 pounds, in pieces
1 cup ketchup
1 large onion, thinly sliced, sweet onions are good.
1 cup cola, Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, etc.
Salt and Pepper


Wash and pat chicken dry. Salt and pepper to taste. Put chicken in Crock Pot with the onions on top. Mix wet ingredients then pour over and cook on LOW 6 to 8 hours.