Zesty Lasagna

Sausage-Pepper-Lasagna-45210In my opinion, lasagna is the ultimate comfort food.  It’s flavorful, hearty, zesty, cheesy, and so easy to tweak that I am constantly experimenting with different ingredients.

This recipe uses breakfast sausage instead of ground beef, extra cheese (yes!), and mushrooms.

Photo from kraftrecipes.com

Ingredients:

  • Lasagna noodles (I use whole wheat and my family can’t tell the difference)
  • Large jar of Prego (Prego is my go-to sauce – you can also make your own or choose your favorite brand)
  • 1 lb Jimmy Dean’s breakfast sausage – Sage or Italian
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 7 oz can of mushrooms drained (optional)
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups provolone cheese (I use slices of it from the deli)
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Boil lasagna noodles according to the directions.  Do not over cook.  Drain and rinse with cold water.  I lay them out on a paper towel while I’m prepping everything else to help minimize runny lasagna.

In a large bowl, combine egg, ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, parmesan cheese, and a little mozzarella if you want.  This will be your egg mixture layer.

In a saute pan, cook green onions, mushrooms, breakfast sausage together until cooked through.  Drain grease.  Pour your spaghetti sauce into the pan.

Time to layer!  Grease a 9×13 baking dish.  Your layers will go as follows: noodles, egg mixture, provolone cheese layer, spaghetti layer.  Repeat until you’re at the top of the dish, ending with a final noodle layer.  Don’t worry if you’re not stellar at spreading around the egg mixture.  It took me quite a few times before I got decent at it.

Before putting lasagna into the oven, spread a thin layer of spaghetti sauce on top.  This will help keep the noodles from burning and turning black.

Some people cover lasagna, I usually don’t but it’s up to you.  Bake in the oven for 1 hour – after 55 minutes, remove lasagna top with more cheese and replace for an additional 5 minutes until the cheese on top is melted.

Enjoy!


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