So here are the star ingredients for the lasagna (this is slightly different from Sherri's recipe...it is what I used this morning) :
1 jar spaghetti sauce (or equivalent)
16 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
1 lb. ground beef, browned
1 c. cottage cheese (I prefer this to ricotta)
12 oz pasta, any type
1 can diced tomatoes
1 TBSP Italian seasoning
1 TBSP parsley flakes
1 diced onion, sauteed in olive oil
The ingredients below are all from the pantry. The ground beef can be frozen flat in the freezer in Ziploc bags, as can the the cheese. The cheese can be frozen in the bags from the store, or if you are shredding your own cheese, put it in the Ziploc bags and freeze it. You can also buy frozen diced onions or dice you own and freeze them.
Saute the onions in the olive oil and brown the ground beef. Then, put all of the ingredients into a large crock pot and cook on low for 3 hours. I mix everything around a few times in the first hour. This is a great dish to take for a potluck meal and you can easily store all of the ingredients as a part of your 3 month storage. You are probably wondering where the final picture is, right? Well, I took my crock pot of lasagna to a luncheon today, and forgot to take the picture...sorry!! But it looks just like regular lasagna, so I hope that you can envision it!