Say Cheese! Meet the Slow-Cooked Lasagna of Your Dreams

Cheesy goodness, straight from the slow cooker.Cheesy goodness, straight from the slow cooker.Who doesn't LOVE lasagna? It's a family favorite around here anytime of year. This slow-cooker lasagna hits the spot every time. No messing up your oven or heating up your kitchen. This is easy to make and yummy to eat! I love how fast it is to put together - then, just a few hours later, we've got dinner waiting! We add a salad and garlic bread. This recipe has saved the day more than once with our busy school and sports schedule. Just knowing I have dinner cooking while I taxi my son from event to event keeps us away from last-minute fast-food meals. You'll love the rich taste from the mixture of marinara and Alfredo sauces. I've heard this type of blend can be called pink sauce, or tomato cream sauce. I just call it my secret!

Ingredients

1/2 pound ground turkey
1/2 pound Italian sausage
1 tsp oregano
2 garlic cloves, chopped or crushed
1/2 jar (25 oz) pasta sauce (marinara)
1/2 jar pasta sauce (alfredo)
10 lasagna pasta noodles (approx)
1 tub (15 oz.) cottage cheese
1 pound sliced porcini mushrooms
3 cups shredded mozzarella
2 cups Italian blend shredded cheese
1/4 cup water

Related: 21 delicious pastas you can claim as secret family recipes

Directions

1. Use a 6-quart slow cooker. Brown the ground turkey and sausage in a skillet, adding the garlic and oregano. When the meat is browned, add the pasta sauces.

2. Spoon some of the meat mixture into the bottom of your slow cooker. cover with a layer of uncooked lasagna noodles. Smear some of the cottage cheese on the noodles, add mushrooms and a handful of cheese. Starting with the meat sauce, repeat the layers until your slow cooker is full.

3. Pour the water over your assembled ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or on high for 3 to 4 hours. Check about an hour before serving, and push the top noodles into the liquid. When the cheeses are completely melted on the top and have begun to brown on the edges, your meal is ready!

- By Kim Demmon

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