Sweet Italian Sausage Lasagna - Dee Dee's

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Diane Atherton

By
@DeeDee2011

Sweet Italian Sausage Lasagna with a buttered piece of french bread right out of the bread maker (still hot)....OH MY was this GOOD!!!!

I made a homemade sauce, but you could use a favorite canned sauce if you like.

Hope you enjoy!

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Where to begin when describing this amazing sweet Italian sausage lasagna recipe. I love sweet Italian sausage and it added so much flavor to this dish. We used ricotta cheese which made the filling very creamy. The homemade sauce really sets this lasagna apart, but if in a crunch use your favorite jarred sauce. Some in the Test Kitchen went back for seconds ... it's that good! The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★★ 6 votes

Comments:
Serves:
8
Prep:
35 Min
Cook:
1 Hr
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

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  • SAUCE

  • 3 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1 large
    onion, chopped
  • 1 large
    bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp
    red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp
    fennel seeds
  • 3
    14.5-oz cans diced tomatoes and juice
  • 1
    8-oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 c
    fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tsp
    Italian seasoning
  • ·
    salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • LASAGNA

  • 1 lb
    Johnsonville sweet Italian sausage with sweet basil and spice blend
  • 1/4 tsp
    fennel seed
  • 1/4 tsp
    red pepper flakes
  • ·
    salt and pepper to taste
  • 1
    16-oz container of small curb cottage cheese or ricotta cheese
  • 2 large
    eggs
  • 1
    16-oz pkg mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • ·
    sauce (recipe provided)
  • ·
    lasagna noodles (cooked according to pkg directions) (i used 6 noodles)

How to Make Sweet Italian Sausage Lasagna - Dee Dee's

Step-by-Step

  1. SAUCE:
    Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic; cook until tender.
  2. Add red pepper flakes, fennel seeds, tomatoes, tomato sauce, fresh basil, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper; stir. Bring to a slow boil, reduce heat slighly and let simmer for 15 minutes covered. Remove lid and simmer another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, to thicken.
  3. LASAGNA:
    Remove casing from sausage and break sausage up. In a large skillet brown the sausage with fennel seeds and crushed red pepper. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook sausage until brown and cooked all the way through.
  4. Mix ricotta cheese and eggs in a small bowl; set aside.
  5. In a large casserole dish or pan start creating the lasagna by spooning a thin layer of the sauce at the bottom of dish, add a layer of noodles.
  6. Next, add another layer of sauce on top of the noodles. Add ½ of the cottage or ricotta mixture; sprinkle ½ of the brown sausage over this mixture, and and top with ½ of the mozzarella cheese. Add another layer or noodles and continue the layering process ending with the mozzarella cheese.
  7. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about an hour or until bubbly. Let it sit 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

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About Sweet Italian Sausage Lasagna - Dee Dee's

Course/Dish: Pasta, Pork
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Italian




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