Speedy Italian sausage lasagna

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PREP TIME

15 min

Makes

8 large servings

* PLUS Cooking time: 20 minutes, Baking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 kg hot or sweet Italian sausage , casings removed
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 796-mL can meatless tomato sauce
  • 12 lasagna noodle pasta , preferably not oven-ready
  • 454 g ricotta , drained if necessary
  • 2 eggs
  • 250 g grated mozzarella

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottom saucepan set over medium heat. Cook sausage, breaking it up with a fork, until no longer pink and lightly browned. Drain off fat. Stir in garlic and cook 1 minute. Add sauce, then bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, to cook noodles, bring a large pot of salted water to a full rolling boil. Add noodles and boil, uncovered, stirring occasionally until al dente, about 10 minutes. Rinse with cold water for easy handling and lay flat on clean kitchen towels.
  • If not using smooth ricotta, place cheese and eggs in a food processor fitted with a metal blade and whirl until fairly smooth. If ricotta is already smooth, just beat eggs and stir them into cheese.
  • Preheat oven to 350F (180C). To assemble, spread 1 cup meat sauce in a 9×13-inch (3-L) baking dish. Cover with one layer of noodles, half of ricotta mixture, one-third of remaining meat sauce and one-third of mozzarella. Repeat layers, ending with noodles, meat sauce and mozzarella. (Recipe can be prepared to this point, then covered and refrigerated or frozen. Thaw in refrigerator before proceeding or defrost in microwave. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.) Bake, uncovered, in a 350F (180C) oven for 30 to 45 minutes or until bubbly around edges.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 886,
  • Protein
  • 52.7 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 42.4 g,
  • Fat
  • 55.5 g,

Add a hearty loaf of Italian bread, a spinach salad and a robust red wine for an unbeatable casual dinner.