Light + Easy Bison Lasagna
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs 20 mins
Total Time
4 hrs 35 mins
 
Feed a crowd with this flavor-packed lasagna, which cooks to bubbling perfection in a slow cooker. If you’re lucky, you’ll have leftovers to enjoy for lunch the next day.
Servings: 6 -8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1.25 pound ground bison  
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chile flakes
  • 1- 14.5 ounce cans No-Salt diced tomatoes
  • 1 jar Trader Joe’s Organic Marinara sauce*
  • 1 cup good quality red wine*
  • 1 lb. whole-milk ricotta cheese 
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 
  • 1/2 teaspoon Harissa
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper  
  • 9 No-boil lasagna noodles
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese sliced
  • 2 oz. Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese finely grated  
  • Thinly sliced fresh basil or sprigs of thyme for garnish 
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the bison and cook, breaking up any large chunks with a wooden spoon, until the meat is browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Add the chile flakes, tomatoes, marinara sauce and wine and bring to a simmer. Transfer the sauce to a large bowl. 

In another bowl, stir together the ricotta, parsley, harissa, and pepper. Set aside.
  2. 

Spread a thin layer of the sauce on the bottom of the slow-cooker insert. Cover the sauce with a single layer of uncooked lasagna noodles (about 3), breaking the noodles as needed to fit. Spread about 1/3 cup of the ricotta mixture over the noodles. Top with about 2 cups of the sauce, then sprinkle with about 1 cup of the mozzarella and 1/4 cup of the Parmigiano-Reggiano. Repeat the layering 4 more times, starting with the noodles.
  3. Cover and cook on low until the noodles are tender and cooked through, about 4 hours.
  4. Position a rack in the center of an oven and preheat to broil.
  5. Transfer the slow-cooker insert to the oven and broil until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Let the lasagna rest for 20 minutes before serving. Garnish with basil and serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

* TJ's Organic Marinara Sauce is very low in sodium, but feel free to use your favorite Marinara or Spaghetti sauce.
I used Coppola Claret for the sauce - always use a drinkable wine! Like the nonnas say: "one for the sauce and one for the cook" :)