Posts Tagged ‘slow cooker’

I am so very proud to introduce my first GUEST POST! and who better to post a delicious recipe for us than my good friend and mentor, the fabulous Nicki Cawood!

Nicki is a freelance writer and blogs regularly on her own blog, Curly and Candid. When not surgically connected to the laptop, Nicki can be found in her kitchen which she describes as the hub of her home, surrounded by her family. Nicki’s husband Roy, and her two sons Kieran & Taylor are used to enjoying (usually!) her culinary experiments.
Today’s tried and tested recipe is her chunky slow cooked lasagne, perfect for autumn and winter teatimes!

Slow cooked lasagne.

I’ve been promising this recipe for a while and was being threatened with all sorts of violence for taking so long! I decided to use it for today’s guest post (which I also promised a while ago!), kill two birds and all that.

I am not a chef, I am Mum and wife who loves to cook and experiment so no fancy words, just (hopefully) a lovely family recipe which is filling, delicious and very easy to make.

Chunky Slow Cooked Lasagne.

800g beef mince

Large jar of bolognaise sauce (or 600g of homemade sauce)

Large jar of white sauce (or 600g of your own if you prefer),

Onions, chopped,

Chopped vegetables – choose anything you like, peppers, mushrooms, courgettes are good examples.

300g grated cheese

Lasagne sheets (I use 1.5packets of the Tesco value ones)

*These measurements are for a family sized, 6l slow cooker. You will need to adjust these if your cooker is smaller.

To make:

Gently cook off your mince with the onion, drain away any excess oil/fat.

In a pan with a little oil, toss your chunky veg until cooked through.

Add the mince and vegetables together and mix with your tomato sauce.

Layer up the show cooker with a layer of the mince mixture, then pasta sheets, then cover with white sauce, then a layer of pasta sheets, then white sauce, then pasta… Continue layering up until your mixture is gone but ensure the top layer is white sauce.

Cover the top with grated cheese and put the slow cooker on.

Delicious served with crusty bread, garlic or otherwise, and a green salad.

** How long and at what setting you put the cooker on depends on when you make your lasagne. I make mine at lunch time and put in on medium, and is ready for us to eat by 5.30pm. If making on a morning I’d suggest a low setting but the key is knowing your machine.

*To make this recipe suitable for vegetarians, simply replace the mince with an equal quantity of Quorn or extra chunky veg.


Nicki Cawood, Mum, Freelance writer and blogger at Curly & Candid

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Yesterday was a busy day for me.  I had the in-laws coming around for tea and cake (like, TOTALLY shop bought) and I had a lot of washing and ironing to do (just call me the last minute homemaker!) On top of this my youngest is sick (we had a throw up festival) and I decided that I was going to completely overhaul and sort out my daughter’s room as well.

I had put out some lamb the night before and the last thing that I really wanted to do was to cook a huge meal and stand over it, stirring and making sure it didn’t stick to the bottom of the pan or burn or anything SO I brought out my trusty three litre slow cooker and here is what I finally decided upon!


I had previously bought half a leg of lamb from the butchers, chopped into medium sized casserole pieces INCLUDING the bone.  You can either leave that out and make a soup stock later or cook it in the casserole like I do for added flavour.  I split the half leg of lamb into two as there are two adults and two children, aged 5 and under who don’t eat huge portions. I recommend using fresh ginger and garlic but the *lazy* or ground varieties will work just as well if you can’t get to the shops.


Half a leg of lamb (to serve 4 adults), fat off, chopped into medium sized casserole chunks

1 onion, diced

300g green beans chopped about 1 inch long

2 tbsp cooking oil

1 tin chopped tomatoes

2 tsp finely chopped garlic

2 tsp finely chopped ginger

1/2 tsp turmeric

salt and pepper to taste

Add all the ingredients into the slow cooker and put it on high.  Serve with white fluffy rice and greek yogurt. You can use beef if you don’t like lamb and you can also try the same thing with diced chicken breast as well.


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