Monday, May 7, 2012

White Lasagna

I've been wanting to make a White Lasagna for forever!  I have a hard time justifying Alfredo sauce as part of my diet, but I thought, you know what?!  I'm going to put lots of "good-for-you" stuff in there to make up for it!  So, that's what I did!

This turned out really well!  It was extremely tasty!  All four of us cleaned our plates.....Gavin was a mess, but a happy little dude after eating this!  Ours was over-cooked, but that's because we were gone longer than I had anticipated, so this was on warm for almost 4 hours.  Not the best scenario!  This won't happen to you though, because we eat over-cooked food so you won't have to! LOL

I hope you give this a try!  It's really neat to make Lasagna in the slow cooker.  I made my own alfredo sauce, but if you want to shave off some prep-time, just buy jarred sauce.  It will be fine! :)

White Lasagna

Ingredients: (I used my 6.5 Quart for this)
12 (or so) Whole Wheat Lasagna Noodles
8 oz. Mushrooms, chopped
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
10 oz. frozen leaf spinach, thawed and squeezed out (You can use fresh)
10 oz. Ricotta Cheese
1 lb. ground turkey
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
Alfredo Sauce (See recipe below)

1 cup butter
2 8oz. packages of cream cheese
4 tsp. garlic powder
4 cups milk
12 oz. grated parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Start out by making your alfredo sauce.  If you don't have time, have 2 jars of Alfredo Sauce ready to go.  To make your alfredo, start with meliting your butter over medium heat.  Once melted, add your cream cheese.
When it's melted, whisk in the garlic powder.
Add in the pepper, Paremesan and whisk.
Add the milk little by little and keep whisking.
Done :)  Great job!

In a pan, brown your ground turkey with a little salt and pepper.

In another pan, brown your onions and mushrooms until your onions are translucent.
Spray your crock with non-stick spray!!!!
In the bottom of your crock, pour about 1/2 cup of your alfredo sauce.
 Cover the bottom of your crock with lasagna noodles.  I used about 4, but break them to fit your crock.
Spread half of your ricotta on your noodles.  I found it easiest to place some dollops around and then spread it with the back of a spoon.
 Spread half of the onion and mushroom mixture over the top 
and half of the onion and mushroom mixture.
Spread half of your ground turkey over the top.
Pour about 1 cup of your alfredo sauce over that.
Repeat this process for one more layer.
Top with a final layer of lasagna noodles, about 1/2 cup of your alfredo sauce and the shredded parmesan cheese.

Cook on LOW for 6-7 hours or on HIGH for 3-3.5 hours.

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  1. Hopefully the alfredo in a jar is less calories than the recipe. I would use low fat ricotta also.

  2. WELL LA DE DA!!! If it's too many calories for you then don't make it! She didn't say it was a good part of her diet plan. Go make something else that fits your fancy and take your negative commenting elsewhere.

  3. Hi! What did you line your crock pot with? Did it make it easier to cut? Thanks!

    1. It's a Reynold's Slow Cooker Liner. It doesn't make it easier to cut (it's easy regardless) but it definitely helps cut down the SCRUBBING time!

  4. This was sooo Delicious!!!!!!! I used jarred sauce because I had some on hand. The only thing I changed was using two boxes of spinach. Amazing recipe Hope, I want to try it again using my own Alfredo recipe and see if that makes it even more yummy! Thanx Again for another winner :)

    1. You are SOOOO welcome, Meaux! I'm happy you enjoyed it! I love spinach as well, so good call on the two boxes! :)

  5. I just started mine for dinner tonight. I used regular lasagna noodles - I haven't found a brand of whole wheat that I like. Any suggestions? I added shredded carrots and zucchini to the veggie layer, and used fat free cottage cheese instead of ricotta (it was on sale!). :) It smells soooooo good - I hope it turns out ok. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Have you ever done this in an oven? Your ingredients look amazing, but I won't have time to make it in the crock today.

    1. The only thing I use my oven for is french fries and baked goods, LOL! So, no, I have never made it in the oven ;)