Italian Sausage Lasagna With Roasted Garlic

Baked Lasagna

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Variety In A Sausage Recipe

This is an excellent recipe that uses roasted garlic with Italian sweet sausage, but hot or mild sausage can be substituted, if that is more to your liking. Any of the sausages can be used with a good result. Sometimes I use a combination of two varieties of sausage for a different flavor.

Occasionally, I use half sausage and half meatballs made from ground chuck or even ground sirloin in the recipe for a slightly different enjoyable flavor.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and serve the dish often.

Sausage varieties in a market.
Sausage varieties in a market. | Source

Tools And Utensils Required

  • Sanitized Counter Top - Use sanitizer spray or a little bleach in a gallon of water.
  • Large Cooking Pot for Sauce, with a well-fitting lid
  • A Lasagna Pan, either metal or glass
  • A Clean Cutting Board - Well washed and dried.
  • Clean, Sharp, Knives
  • A Large Mixing Bowl
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil in Spray Form

Garlic
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Ingredients For This Lasagna Dish

TOMATO-GARLIC SAUCE

  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil [EVOO]
  • 1 pound sweet or hot (or a combination) Italian sausages with the casings removed
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped onion
  • 5 large garlic cloves, roasted and chopped coarse. roast them under your oven broiler until they arrive at the desired done-ness, or on top of an outdoor grill.
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 1, 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes. The tomatoes can be "Italian style with spices or peppers" or the newer delicious fire-roasted crushed tomatoes that a few stores carry - ask the store manager if you cannot find them.
  • 1, 15-ounce can diced tomatoes with green pepper and onion (with jalapeno if you like extra-spicy)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Heat the EVOO in a heavy large pot over medium-high heat.
  • Next, caramelize the onions.
  • Next, add the sausage and spices.
  • Sauté the mixture until sausage is cooked through, breaking the sausage into smaller pieces.
  • Add crushed tomatoes and diced tomatoes with all their juices.
  • Bring your cooking pot to a hard boil and reduce the heat to medium.
  • Add garlic, stir, and simmer for 10-15 minutes, covered.
  • Taste-test and season with additional salt and pepper, if desired.

Lasagna Doppia Riccia

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Lasagna Filling And Final Preparation

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 3 cups Ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Chop the fresh basil moderately fine and place in a mixing bowl.
  • Add Ricotta, Mozzarella, Parmesan, eggs, salt, and pepper.
  • Mix everything int he bowl together until it is well-blended and still chunky. Do not over mix.

Prepare noodles for the lasagna pan:

  • Set aside 12 no-boil lasagna noodles (or boil-able if that is what you have - just boil and drain)
  • Measure 3 cups grated Mozzarella cheese
  • Measure 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Next Steps

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F, if you are using a glass pan. A metal pan will need a higher heat by 25 - 50 degrees.
  • Spread 1 1/4 cups sauce in 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking pan.
  • Place 3 lasagna noodles on top of the sauce.
  • Drop 1 1/2 cups of the filling over the noodles, then spread evenly.
  • Next, sprinkle the top of the filling with 3/4 cup Mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
  • Repeat layers of the sauce, noodles, filling, and cheeses; twice more.
  • Top with remaining 3 noodles and cover with remaining sauce.
  • Sprinkle with the rest of the cheese.
  • Spray large piece of foil with nonstick olive oil spray and cover the lasagna with the foil, sprayed side down.
  • Bake the lasagna 40 minutes.

After 40 minutes

  • Carefully uncover the pan and increase oven temperature to 400°F.
  • Bake until the noodles are tender and sauce bubbles, or about 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and place on counter atop a towel to cool.
  • Let stand 15 minutes and serve.

Like Garfield, this smart cat is ready for lasanga.
Like Garfield, this smart cat is ready for lasanga. | Source

Lasagna Can Be Fun

Lasagna preparation can be time consuming, but the video below will lighten your day with a laugh during your cooking spree of lasagna.

Entertainment - A Kitchen Gone Wrong - From "Chef!"

A Lasagna Coloring Page

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© 2007 Patty Inglish

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