Success with Slow Cooker Lasagna

Success with Slow Cooker Lasagna: This was my first time making lasagna in a slow cooker, and it was a revelation! Unlike others who might struggle with oven-baked lasagna, I’m never going back. This method was incredibly easy and resulted in the most delicious lasagna I’ve ever had.

To achieve this lasagna magic, I relied on two personal favorites: my own recipe for the meat sauce (using adli mince) and Liza’s white sauce recipe.

Making the Lasagna:

Meat Sauce:

  • I started with up to 1 kilogram of mince. (The “up to” indicates flexibility in the amount used.)
  • I diced one onion to add flavor and texture.
  • I combined the mince and onion in a frying pan with a can of condensed tomato soup, a can of diced tomatoes with garlic for added convenience, and a few squeezes of BBQ sauce for a touch of sweetness and smokiness.
  • I simmered everything together in the pan until it was ready to be layered in the slow cooker.

White Sauce:

  • Next, I prepared the white sauce using a classic roux method. I melted 3 tablespoons of margarine, then whisked in 3 tablespoons of flour to create a smooth paste.
  • Seasoning with salt and pepper to taste, I gradually added 800 milliliters of milk while whisking continuously to avoid lumps. This process ensured a thick and creamy white sauce.

Slow Cooker Assembly and Cooking:

  • With both sauces ready, I began layering the lasagna in the slow cooker set to low heat. I placed a layer of the meat sauce on the bottom, followed by a layer of uncooked lasagna noodles.
  • To prevent condensation from dripping back onto the lasagna and making it soggy, I placed a clean tea towel under the lid of the slow cooker.
  • I repeated the layering process with meat sauce and lasagna noodles, aiming for even distribution.
  • After 3 hours of cooking, I sprinkled grated cheese on top of the lasagna.
  • The total cooking time ended up being around 5 hours. However, I turned off the slow cooker and let the lasagna sit for a while before serving. This allows the flavors to meld and the cheese to set perfectly. (The initial “sloppiness” disappears as the cheese firms up.)
  • I kept the tea towel under the lid throughout the entire cooking process to further prevent moisture issues.

I hope this detailed explanation clarifies the steps involved in making this delicious slow cooker lasagna!

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