Italian Sausage with Fresh Mozzarella Lasagna

You can vary this basic recipe by using turkey sausage or your own favorite homemade sauce.

Serves: 10Hands-on: 40 minutesTotal: 1 hour 25 minutesDifficulty: Medium


Serves: 10

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 oz.) lasagna noodles
  • 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and cut into ¼" pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1½ lbs. Italian sausage
  • 4 cups marinara sauce
  • 2 cups fresh ricotta
  • ½ cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1¼ cups finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 lb. fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced

Directions

  • Boil a large, heavy pot of water and cook lasagna noodles for 8–11 minutes until just done. Rinse, drain, coat with 1 tablespoon olive oil, and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil, add chopped onion and carrot, and sauté until soft and onion is almost transparent. Add garlic and sauté a few minutes more until aromas are blended, then add crumbled Italian sausage and sauté until sausage is cooked through. Then add marinara sauce.
  • In a small bowl, combine ricotta, goat cheese, 1 cup of Parmesan cheese, egg, salt, and pepper.
  • Heat oven to 375°F. In a 9" × 13" greased baking dish, layer noodles, mozzarella slices, cheese-and-egg mixture, and sausage-and-tomato-sauce mixture. Repeat, top with a final layer of noodles, and then sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup Parmesan cheese. Bake for 30–45 minutes, until lasagna is browned and bubbly.