Italian Sausage Lasagna

9 Oct

Normally, I’m not a huge fan of lasagna.  I’ve never ordered it out, never plan to…in fact, I couldn’t tell you the last time I even tasted a bite.  But after a long day at clinic, the husband was in the mood for something hearty.  In an attempt to please, I pulled out a cookbook we received as a wedding gift from a sweet friend, flipped through a couple pages, and voila! dinner. 

From here on out, folks, y’all can call me Garfield; this dish made me puuuuurr.

1 lb Italian sausage
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 Tbsp dried parsley flakes, divided
1 (14 1/2 oz) can whole tomatoes, chopped and undrained
2 (8 oz) cans of tomato sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp salt
12 dried whole wheat lasagna noodles
1 (15oz) carton low-fat ricotta cheese
1/4 c grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
2 c shredded mozzarella cheese
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1.  Remove and discard the casings from sausage.  Cook sausage, onion, and garlic in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring until sausage crumbles; drain.
2.  Stir in 2 Tbsp parsley, tomatoes, and next 4 ingredients; bring to a boil.  Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until sauce has thickened, stirring occasionally.
3.  Cook noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside.
4.  Combine remaining 1 Tbsp parsley, ricotta cheese, 1/4 c Parm, and oregano; set aside.
5.  Spread 1c. meat mixture in a lightly greased 13×9 baking dish.  Top with 4 noodles, 1c ricotta cheese mixture, 2/3c mozzarella cheese, and 4 more noodles.
6.  Spread remaining ricotta cheese mixture over noodles, and top with 1c meat mixture, 2/3c mozzarella cheese, and remaining 4 noodles.  Top with remaining meat mixture and mozzarella cheese; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
7.  Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until bubbly.   

One Response to “Italian Sausage Lasagna”

  1. Loralie Bazan Uribe October 19, 2010 at 9:59 am #

    This dish looks Heavenly! …. I was thinking meatloaf for dinner but now that just sounds blah! This is what’s for dinner tonight!

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