Delicious, two-phase lasagna in the slow cooker. Deeply flavourful meat sauce, sheets of lasagna cooked to perfection, béchamel sauce and lots of gooey cheese. If you’ve ever felt a bit daunted by this dish, the slow cooker is the way to cook it.
So, after my latest big news I thought it was high time I started posting more slow cooker recipes again! A deliciously comforting lasagna might be a good place to start, no?
If you follow slow cooker blogs you probably already know you can cook lasagna (or lasagne, depending on the country you are in) easily in the slow cooker. There are numerous recipes out there. But have you tried it? Maybe you’ve thought about it but never got round to doing it? Well, no more excuses. Here’s a post to take you through it, broken into two phases. The first is the recipe for the sauce, which is based on an old one from here on the blog, and the second is the béchamel and final lasagna dish.
So to begin with, make the meat sauce. Keep in mind you will be using half the prepared amount for the lasagna. Keep the rest (about 3-4 portions) and freeze it, then warm it up for a lazy dinner on a night when you can only face boiling some pasta and nothing much more. For phase two, make the béchamel, a nice thick one, and assemble the final dish. Then cook for a couple more hours and you have yourself a delicious, moist, perfectly cooked lasagna.
Why would you choose to cook it this way? Well, it’s true that once the meat sauce and béchamel are ready, you could just build your dish and pop it in the oven. The main reason the slow cooker is a good idea is that you don’t have to worry about the pasta sheets drying out. A good lasagna has just the right amount of liquid to cook the pasta, but doesn’t turn into a soup when served. The slow cooker keeps the moisture in the pot so there is no worry that anything will dry out! Also, there is no question that the meat sauce is better cooked this way, so since you’ve already used the insert and got it dirty, why use a baking dish as well? Not to mention the cost of running the oven for the 45 minutes needed to cook lasagna. My final argument is that if you’re a beginner cook (or a beginner at this particular dish), you can create a very impressive result with less chance of failure. And who doesn’t want to impress with their cooking skills?!
Oh, I just thought of another reason. The slow cooker doesn’t heat up the kitchen. So this way, we can enjoy a delicious lasagna dinner even in summer time!
Let’s have a look at the details.