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Stock The Crock Review Plus A Lasagna Recipe!

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I own quite a few cookbooks and some of my favorites are those by Phyllis Good. She is the New York Times Bestselling Author of the Fix-It and Forget-It series. When I first discovered slow cooker meals, I used those Fix-It and Forget-It books all the time. Some of my favorite recipes came from them.

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Phyllis Good’s newest cookbook, Stock The Crock.

stock the crock cookbook review

As soon as the book arrived, I sat right down to read it. Yes, I am one of those people. I love reading through cookbooks and putting little post its on all the recipes I want to try.

I noticed right away that this book was full of recipes that used easy to find ingredient. Most of them are items that I buy on a regular basis. With 100 recipes, there was not anything in this book I didn’t want to try. I have been looking for a good Shrimp and Grits recipe because I am currently obsessed with it. There is one in here which has a few pieces of crispy crunchy bacon in it. I also have my eye on the recipe for Dry-Rub, Mustard-Glazed Ham. I love to use dry rubs on ribs, chicken and pork tenderloins but I never thought to try it on a ham. I like that a lot of the recipes have easy tips on how to make them vegetarian. My youngest daughter doesn’t eat meat so I can easily make vegetarian friendly meals for us all without looking in a different cookbook. I have not made any desserts yet in my slow cooker but the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake with Sauce is calling out my name!

Lasagna In A Soup Bowl Recipe

Excerpted from Stock the Crock by Phyllis Good. Copyright © 2017 Oxmoor House. Reprinted with permission from Time Inc. Books, a division of Time Inc. New York, NY. All rights reserved.

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Photographer Greg DuPree, Food Stylist Margaret Dickey, Prop Stylist Thom Driver

Lasagna In A Bowl

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: 4


  • 1 pound bulk sweet or hot Italian sausage or any link sausage, squeezed out of its casing
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup sliced or diced carrots
  • 4 cups chicken broth (make your own, page 256)
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can Italian-style stewed tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 to 1 1⁄4 cups uncooked mafalda pasta
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 cups thinly sliced ribbons of fresh spinach
  • 1 1⁄2 cups diced provolone or mozzarella cheese
  • 1⁄4 cup grated or shredded Parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
  • fresh topper: 1⁄4 cup torn fresh basil


  1. 1. Grease the interior of the slow cooker crock with butter or nonstick cooking spray.
  2. 2. If you have time, cook the sausage in a skillet over medium, breaking up sausage with a wooden spoon. Stir in the onions after the sausage is no longer pink. Sauté the onions until soft. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the meat and onions to the prepared crock. Discard the drippings. Note: If you don’t have time, you can crumble the uncooked sausage straight into the crock. Stir in the onions, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon.
  3. 3. Add the carrots, chicken broth, chopped stewed tomatoes, and tomato sauce, stirring to combine.
  4. 4. Cover. Cook on Low 4 to 5 hours.
  5. 5. Stir in the uncooked pasta and garlic.
  6. 6. Cover and continue cooking on Low 1 to 1 1⁄2 hours or until the pasta is tender but not mushy.
  7. 7. Stir in the mushrooms. Cover. Cook another 10 minutes on Low.
  8. 8. Just before serving, stir in the sliced spinach. (No need to cook the spinach; the heat from the soup will wilt it.)
  9. 9. To serve, divide the diced provolone or mozzarella cheese evenly into bowls and ladle the soup over the top.
  10. 10. Top with the Parmesan cheese and torn fresh basil.


For spinach ribbons, stack fresh spinach leaves about 1 inch high. Roll them up and slice into 1⁄8- to 1⁄4-inch-wide ribbons.

Simple Swaps Use fusilli or rotini instead of mafalda pasta. Use 1 to 2 (8-ounce) cans of mushrooms with liquid instead of fresh mushrooms.

Make It Gluten-free Substitute broken soba or rice noodles, or brown rice pasta for the mafalda pasta. Stir it in with the mushrooms in Step 7 and cook 10 to 15 minutes or until the pasta is tender. You can also substitute shirataki noodles, adding them 5 minutes before the end of the cooking time.

Make It for Picky Eaters Use sweet, not hot, Italian sausage, or substitute plain turkey or pork sausage, or ground beef. Omit or reduce the amount of onions and garlic. Add 1 cup additional carrots. Switch to plain stewed tomatoes.

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A few tips for slow-cooker success from Phyllis Good, author of Stock the Crock

  1. A slow cooker does its best work when it’s 2/3 full. Less than that and it may dry out, especially around the edges and the bottom.
  1. Pack it full, and the longer it will take to cook, especially in the middle, where the food is furthest from the heat source. Jamming the cooker tight and full risks the food being overcooked toward the outside and undercooked near the center.
  1. The larger the pieces of meat and dense vegetables, the longer it will take them to cook. Read the recipe’s suggestion about whether to “dice fine” or “cube” those ingredients. The recipe’s recommended cooking time is partly based on the size of the chunks or thin slices it calls for.
  1. You can add more delicate and fragile ingredients later, if they’re toppings—or if the dish allows for mixing the ingredients together as it nears the end of the cooking time. Put fresh herbs in 5 minutes before the dish is finished. Or stir in peas 10 minutes before the end. By doing this you’ll have a fresher tasting dish—and you won’t be restricted by using only those ingredients that can hold up with hours of cooking.
  1. Pay attention, too, to the size of the slow cooker the recipe recommends. Brownies work best when made in a large oval slow cooker with more floor area than a round, tall cooker has. So when the recipe calls for a 6- or 7-quart oval cooker, that’s the reason. Yes, the brownie batter will fit in a round 5-quart cooker, but it won’t cook well if the batter is too deep and dense. (Expect the brownies against the wall to be crumbly and dry, while those in the middle will be limp and soggy.)

Final Thoughts

I really like that Phyllis encourages to write in the Stock the Crock cookbook. All slow cookers are not the sames and if you may notice that you have to let a certain dish cook a little longer. Or maybe you swapped some ingredients out. Make a note in the book for the next time you make that recipe.

What sets Stock the Crock apart from other cookbooks for me is all the extras. The variations have already been figured out for you. You don’t have to spend extra time trying to figure out how to make a dish gluten-free or Paleo-friendly. There are also easy tips to prepare a recipe for the picky eaters in your house.

There are also a few recipes that don’t require a slow cooker but can come in handy. They include:

  • Homemade Chicken Bone Broth
  • Gluten Free Noodles
  • Quick and Easy Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • Homemade Honey Barbecue Sauce
  • Cooking Dried Beans
  • Tomato Paste
  • Homemade Taco Seasoning

I will am definitely trying the cream of mushroom soup recipe. I am always running out of it. Plus it has to be cheaper to make myself.

Stock the Crock can be found at Amazon for only $15.24 . Pair it with a slow cooker and you have a gift that will get lots of use.

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  • Reply rochelle haynes

    I love lasagna looking good

    October 23, 2017 at 5:49 am
  • Reply Cassie Liz

    Wow I never knew you could make lasanga in a slow cooker! Looks like you can get some excellent recipes from this book

    October 23, 2017 at 5:18 pm
  • Reply Three Divas (@BTouches2)

    I love using the crockpot! I’m imagining making this for me and my wife!

    October 23, 2017 at 5:21 pm
  • Reply Kandi

    I am in need of some good crock pot recipes! I need to check out this book. That lasagna recipe sounds amazing.

    October 23, 2017 at 6:46 pm
  • Reply Stacey Stegg

    sounds good and very adaptable for a vegetarian diet. I need to add this to my list!

    October 23, 2017 at 6:55 pm
  • Reply Claudia Krusch

    This is sure to be a hit in my house. I will have to get the ingredients I need to make some this weekend. It looks so delicious and easy to make.

    October 23, 2017 at 9:24 pm
  • Reply Tara Pittman (@momknowsbest15)

    I love using my crock for cooking. This post inspired me to make some beans tomorrow.

    October 23, 2017 at 9:53 pm
  • Reply Venus Fitness-Shannon

    I love making soups in the slow cooker i had no idea you could do Lasagna i will have to give this a try.

    October 24, 2017 at 9:47 am
  • Reply Christine

    I didn’t know you could make lasagna in a crockpot. I love lasagna and I would like to give this a try. It looks good.

    October 24, 2017 at 11:54 am
  • Reply GiGi Eats Celebrities

    We own a crock pot. Do we ever use it? Ehhhhhh NOT so much. I made chicken shawarma in it once – in mass quantities for when I threw my birthday party, and it was good, but I just don’t really like PIPING HOT FOOD/SOUP that is typically made from a crock pot. Ha! Weird, I know – and I also know these babies can be SOOOOO beneficial for meal prep!

    October 24, 2017 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply Belle

    My husband loves Lasagna & soup! I bet he’ll love this!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    October 24, 2017 at 12:22 pm
  • Reply Katie @ Book Ink Reviews

    I love cooking with my crock pot. Soup is seriously the best from it. I am going to have to try this recipe.

    October 24, 2017 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply Azlin Bloor

    That’s a great review, and I just love the recipe too. I don’t use slow cookers but if I were to buy someone one as a gift, I’d definitely look this up.

    October 24, 2017 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply April@loveourreallife

    Lasagna in a soup bowl looks absolutely scrumptious! My crockpot gets lots of use, especially in the fall/winter months. I appreciate the cook book review!

    October 24, 2017 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply Sue Reddel

    It’s that time for a good soup recipe. It’s really cold here in Chicago today in the 40’s. I love the idea of a lasagna soup recipe. All our favorite flavors in one pot.

    October 24, 2017 at 5:14 pm
  • Reply fashionbeyondforty

    I have a crock pot but today’s slow cookers seem so much better. I could really use a copy of this book to get back into using mine!

    October 24, 2017 at 5:55 pm
  • Reply Marla | Because I Said So Baby

    Love this idea for lasagna in the crock pot!

    October 24, 2017 at 6:26 pm
  • Reply Melanie

    So I’ve never heard of mafalda pasta, but I might have to hunt it down to make this recipe. I always like getting a new cookbook and trying out the recipes. I use my slow cooker multiple times a week during the fall and winter, so I may have to invest on this one.

    October 24, 2017 at 7:37 pm
  • Reply Censie Sawyer

    yup adding this to our meal plan next week. We are finally getting snow next week and I am ready for some winter weather recipes. This is a perfect meal for our busy family during the winter months.

    October 24, 2017 at 8:42 pm
  • Reply Stephanie JNote

    Now I have tried making ravioli lasagna int he crockpot which I love, but never actual lasagna and I could see this really bursting with flavor. Yummy!

    October 25, 2017 at 1:01 am
  • Reply Kelly Hutchinson (@KickingWKelly)

    I love to cook in the crock pot, but make the same things all the time. I would love to try some of the recipes in this book!

    October 25, 2017 at 6:07 am
  • Reply Colette S

    It was good to read about how to better use the crock pot. I’m still learning and understanding the ingredients and why it’s requested to be like that is very helpful.
    I’ve had failed crock pots before. Either overcooked or burnt edges.

    October 25, 2017 at 7:58 am
  • Reply Shelley

    Love the lasagna recipe. I love cookbooks and i too read them. I don’t know what i would do without crockpot reciepes. Single mom, kids, work, and more they are my life saver!

    October 25, 2017 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Lian

    I love flipping through cook books. I also need a crock pot, and this cook book would be great to have on hand when we finally get one. This recipe sounds delicious and perfect for this time of year.

    October 25, 2017 at 11:38 am
  • Reply Tami (@ThisMomsDelight)

    My husband’s new work schedule causes him to be home anytime within a 2 hour time frame. That makes it aggravating when trying to time a hot meal for his arrival. I have been using my crockpot but have ran out of ideas. This book will be a perfect help!

    October 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm
  • Reply alisonrost

    Thank you so much for this recipe! My parents were lucky enough to visit Italy last summer and had a lasagna with rage and béchamel that they my mother describes as mindbogglingly glorious. Since then I’ve occasionally rooted around online trying to find a recipe that matched in soup form, because they mostly eat soup in the cold months. This one I’m definitely going to try. x ps: Thank-you too for the great cookbook recommendation!

    October 25, 2017 at 4:55 pm
  • Reply Fatima Torres at MTME

    Yum! Homemade chicken bone broth sounds delicious. I’d like to pair it with other dishes.

    October 25, 2017 at 6:19 pm
  • Reply crystalandcomp

    It is going to be 58 degrees here in North Texas on Saturday morning. We are soooo ready for soup weather and this Lasagna in a Bowl looks perfect! I had no idea this cookbook was hitting shelves. So glad you shared!!!

    October 25, 2017 at 9:23 pm
    • Reply Nita

      This Looks so Yum Yum!

      October 26, 2017 at 2:39 am
  • Reply mariamagdalenahusain (@momanddiy)

    Wow, it’s time saving so I can do my hobby while still cooking for the family.

    October 25, 2017 at 9:27 pm
  • Reply Blair Villanueva

    Somehow, i learned the basics of making a lasagna, but I want to learn other variants of it. With your post, it is very much helpful.

    October 26, 2017 at 1:49 am
  • Reply Bobbi

    I love using my crockpot and so this looks awesome. Need to get this!

    October 26, 2017 at 8:18 am
  • Reply Krystle Cook

    I really needed some more ideas and this looks like it has tons. Totally perfect!

    October 26, 2017 at 8:19 am
  • Reply toastycritic

    Lasagna in a bowl does look delicious. I know that I would love that and I know that my daughter would as well. My daughter and I would both love this recipe as we both love lasagna and soups.

    October 26, 2017 at 11:11 pm
  • Reply Suzanne Spiegoski-Decamps

    Never heard of a lasagna being made in a crock pot but this looks so good! I will have to give it a try.

    October 27, 2017 at 1:21 pm
  • Reply Rachelle Williber

    I’ve never heard of lasagna in crock pot but the recipe sounds good. I’ll have to try it

    November 3, 2017 at 5:50 pm
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