Lasagne With A Pepper Kick

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This Lasagne has a tiny kick of spicy hot pepper. It's creamy, rich and delicious! I've made it for years and years. This is one of "those" recipes that is handed down from one generation to the other..IT's Just that good.

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40 Min
55 Min


1 pkg
8oz lasagne noodles (uncooked)
1 lb
ground chuck
1 lb
hot sausage (i use neese's hot)
4 c
spaghetti sauce (your own or bought.(i've use ragu, green peppers and garlic, large jar, in a time crunch. this is where the red pepper flakes go in.
1 tsp
balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp
brown sugar
1/4 tsp
red pepper flakes
1 1/2 c
3 c
ricotta cheese(i like plenty)
3 c
mozzarella cheese
1/2 c
parmesan cheese grated
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
black pepper
large eggs


1Brown ground chuck and sausage together. Drain
2Combine spaghetti sauce,brown sugar and red pepper flakes. Reserve 1 cup.
3Combine browned meat, spaghetti sauce, balsamic vinegar and water.
Simmer on low for 10-15 minutes.
4While the sauce is simmering in another med. bowl mix together the ricotta, eggs, parmesan, salt and black pepper.
5Spray a 9x13 dish with Pam.
Spoon the reserved 1 cup of sauce on the bottom and layer noodles on.
Layer 1: Spoon enough beef mixture to lightly cover noodles, Layer 2: Spoon on cheese mixture to cover,
Layer 3: Sprinkle on mozzarella to cover.
Repeat starting with noodles until all ingredients are used. Normally makes about 3 layers. End with mozzarella on top. (i usually have to use another small dish) This makes a huge lasagne meal.
6Spray the back of a piece of aluminum foil with Pam so the cheese won't stick to it. Then cover and bake on 350* for 40-50 minutes or until bubbly in the middle . Uncover the last 10 minutes.
7Sometimes I make a marinara sauce for spooning over if desired:
1 garlic clove, crushed and chopped fine
1 can (14oz) diced Italian tomatoes (pureed) ,
1/2 tsp oregano,
1/2 tsp basil,
1 tsp Italian seasoning (includes, marjoram, rosemary,thyme,sage, oregano and basil)
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
simmer 10/15 minutes
Spoon over hot lasagne at the table.

About Lasagne With A Pepper Kick

Course/Dish: Beef, Pasta, Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian