Mediterranean Sheet Pan Dinner with Sausage, Chickpeas, & Zucchini

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This Easy Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER has hearty and satisfying chicken sausage, creamy and bright zucchini. and crispy nutty chickpeas.  Serve over quinoa with a few dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas
Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas

I love cooking, but I hate doing dishes.  I don’t know about you, but in my house, there are always dishes piling up!  That’s one of the reasons I LOVE this Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER for easy cleanup!  It has hearty and satisfying chicken sausage, creamy and bright zucchini. and crispy nutty chickpeas.  Everything is infused with Mediterranean flavors from the garlic, oregano, and olive oil.  Serve over quinoa with a few dollops of seasoned Ricotta and you gotta one heck of a delicious dinner!

 

Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER on a plate with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas

Loaded with Protein & Fiber!

Sometimes feeding kids leaves you wondering if they are getting enough protein, vitamins, nutrients, and fiber.  This Sheet Pan Dinner has you covered, with over 18g of Fiber and 52.5g Protein!   The average sedentary woman needs 46g of Protein per day and about 25g of Fiber per day so this meal definitely keeps you on track to meet your daily needs!

The reason this recipe packs such a punch in both Protein and Fiber is because you are getting high quality inputs from different sources here.  While many foods give protein, not all are the complete proteins that you can get from meat, meaning they contain all 9 Essential Amino Acids.  Chicken, Chickpeas, and Quinoa ALL provide complete proteins, so this is especially important here.  Chickpeas and Quinoa are also great sources of Fiber.

Other Sheet Pan or One Pot Dinners packing a punch:

For with bite of zucchini, chickpeas, sausage, and ricotta. Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER has hearty and satisfying chicken sausage, creamy and bright zucchini. and crispy nutty chickpeas.  Serve over quinoa with a few dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

Nothing special for this one! Just a large sheet pan (I use a 17×11) and a small-medium pot with lid for the quinoa.

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR MEDITERRANEAN SHEET PAN DINNER

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

Ingredients for Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas

For this recipe, you can prepare all of the ingredients in advance and simply roast them in the oven the night you want to eat this!

  1. Prep the Chickpeas
  2. Slice the Zucchini
  3. Slice the Sausage
  4. Cook the Quinoa
  5. Mix the Ricotta

Start by draining the chickpeas and rinsing them under cold water.  Store them in the fridge until ready to cook.

Slice the zucchini lengthwise in half and then cut 1/4 inch slices.Sliced zucchini on cutting board with knife for Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas

You can make the Quinoa up to 4 days in advance and store it in the fridge as well!  Start by measuring out 1 cup of uncooked quinoa and rinsing it in a strainer with cool water in the sink.  Then put the rinsed quinoa in a small-medium size pot with fitted lid.  Add 2 cups of water and 2 tsp of Chicken Base or a Bouillon cube.

Rinsing quinoa in strainer for Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas

Spoon adding chicken base to quinoa for Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas

Bring the water to a soft boil and stir to make sure the base or bouillon is dissolved.  Turn the heat down to the lowest setting, cover with fitted lid and cook for 20 minutes.  After 20 minutes, turn the heat off, but keep it covered for another 5 minutes or so as it starts to cool down.  Then fluff with a fork and transfer to storage container to store in the fridge until ready to reheat and eat.

Italian Chicken Sausage

Next slice the Chicken Sausage and store it in the fridge as well.  Italian Chicken Sausage is something that you can find these days at any standard or specialty grocery store and often there are even several different brands and varieties to choose from.  Therefore, use your favorite!  If you don’t have a go-to product in mind, I suggest checking out the delicious Italian Chicken Sausage from Hungryroot!  It’s actually a subscription box service that sends you pre-prepped fresh and healthy food products every week (you can skip any week at no cost).  The food products range from fresh produce that’s been peeled, chopped, diced.  To healthy proteins like chicken and lean beef.  To meat alternatives, such as Beyond Burger, and other vegetarian and vegan products.  If you want to try it out, just CLICK HERE for $25 off your first 2 boxes!  

Sliced sausage on cutting board with knife for Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas

Sliced sausage on cutting board with knife for Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas

Ok, the final prep-ahead step is to mix the Ricotta with garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper.

 

COOK YOUR MEDITERRANEAN SHEET PAN DINNER

Preheat your oven to 400 F degrees.  

Add the Chickpeas to a Large Sheet Pan. Drizzle with olive oil and then sprinkle with salt, pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, and 1 tsp dried oregano. Toss the chickpeas in the seasoning until dispersed evenly and then spread them out into a single layer on the pan. Roast the Chickpeas in the oven for 15 minutes.

Chickpeas on pan for Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas

Chickpeas on pan for Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas

After 15 minutes, push the chickpeas to the side of the pan and add the zucchini slices in the center and the sausage slices on the other side. Drizzle olive oil on the zucchini and sprinkle with salt, pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp Oregano. Flip the zucchini over and do the same to the other side. Bake in the oven for another 15 minutes.Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas

After 15 minutes, take the sheet pan out and add parmesan cheese on top of the zucchini. Place back in the oven for another 5 minutes either under the broiler or back on center rack to get golden brown.Hand sprinkling parmesan on zucchini for Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas

Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas

While everything is roasting in the oven, warm up the Quinoa in the microwave for 1 minute. Or you can put it in a pot on the stove with a tbls of water. Cover and reheat on low heat for 5 minutes, stirring to ensure it doesn’t burn.

To serve, plate a large scoop of Quinoa and top with some sausage, zucchini, and chickpeas. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and add a dollop or two or three of the seasoned Ricotta. 

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER on a plate with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas
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Mediterranean Sheet Pan Dinner: Sausage, Chickpeas, Zucchini

This Easy & Delicious Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER has hearty and satisfying chicken sausage, creamy and bright zucchini. and crispy nutty chickpeas.  Everything is infused with Mediterranean flavors from the garlic, oregano, and olive oil.  Serve over quinoa with a few dollops of seasoned Ricotta and you gotta one heck of a delicious dinner! #sheetpandinner #easydinner #healthydinner #familydinner #dinnerideas #onepandinners #30minutemeals #chickpeas #quinoa

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword chicken sausage, chickpeas, sheet pan dinner, zucchini
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 747 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Sheet Pan Ingredients

  • 15 oz Chickpeas
  • 1 Zucchini, large
  • 4-5 links Chicken Sausage, Italian
  • 2 tsp Oregano, dried
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder

Other Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 1 cup Quinoa, uncooked
  • 2 cups Water or Chicken Broth (add 2 tsp Chicken base or bouillon cubes to water)
  • 1 cup Ricotta Cheese, whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano, dried

Instructions

Prep-Ahead

  1. You can make the Quinoa up to 4 days in advance and store it in the fridge as well!  Start by measuring out 1 cup of uncooked quinoa and rinsing it in a strainer with cool water in the sink.  Then put the rinsed quinoa in a small-medium size pot with fitted lid.  Add 2 cups of water and 2 tsp of Chicken Base or a Bouillon cube.

    Rinsing quinoa in strainer for Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas
  2. Drain the chickpeas and rinse them under cold water.  Store them in the fridge until ready to cook.

  3. Slice the zucchini lengthwise in half and then cut 1/4 inch slices.

    Sliced zucchini on cutting board with knife for Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas
  4. Slice the sausage and store in fridge until ready to cook.

    Sliced sausage on cutting board with knife for Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas
  5. In a medium-size bowl, mix the Ricotta with 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder, 1/2 tsp Oregano, 1/2 tsp Salt, 1/2 tsp Black Pepper. Store in the fridge until ready to eat.

Cook

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees

  2. Add the Chickpeas to a Large Sheet Pan. Drizzle with olive oil and then sprinkle with salt, pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, and 1 tsp dried oregano. Toss the chickpeas in the seasoning until dispersed evenly and then spread them out into a single layer on the pan. Roast the Chickpeas in the oven for 15 minutes.

    Chickpeas on pan for Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas
  3. After 15 minutes, push the chickpeas to the side of the pan and add the zucchini slices in the center and the sausage slices on the other side. Drizzle olive oil on the zucchini and sprinkle with salt, pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp Oregano. Flip the zucchini over and do the same to the other side. Bake in the oven for another 15 minutes.

    Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas
  4. After 15 minutes, take the sheet pan out and add parmesan cheese on top of the zucchini. Place back in the oven for another 5 minutes either under the broiler or back on center rack to get golden brown.

    Hand sprinkling parmesan on zucchini for Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas
  5. While everything is roasting in the oven, warm up the Quinoa in the microwave for 1 minute. Or you can put it in a pot on the stove with a tbls of water. Cover and reheat on low heat for 5 minutes, stirring to ensure it doesn't burn.

  6. To serve, plate a large scoop of Quinoa and top with some sausage, zucchini, and chickpeas. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and add a dollop or two or three of the seasoned Ricotta. Enjoy!

    Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER on a plate with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas

 

 

Homemade Italian Sausage Lasagna Recipe

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This Easy Lasagne Recipe with Italian Sausage is the stuff that dreams are made of.  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, salty and hearty Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.

This Easy Homemade Italian Sausage Lasagna Recipe is the stuff that dreams are made of.  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, salty and hearty Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.  With each glorious layer, you get incredible flavor from the aromatic garlic and Italian herbs and seasonings.  What makes this recipe unique though, is that it has homemade Chicken Italian Sausage vs. traditional ground beef.  So you get a healthier, leaner meaty bite with all of that sausage-y garlic and fennel flavor.  Seriously, once you try Italian Sausage in your lasagne you will never want it without it! 

Lasagne on a plate with fresh basil.  from the dish.  This Easy Lasagne Recipe with Italian Sausage is the stuff that dreams are made of.  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, salty and hearty Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.

Easy Make-Ahead Busy Weeknight Dinner

Lasagne may seem like a lot of work to make, but it’s really so easy and you can make several ahead and even freeze.  It’s also a great recipe to make with the kids as its so forgiving, it doesn’t matter how messy it gets, as long as all of the ingredients go in, it tastes amazing!

Other Make-Ahead Busy Weeknight Dinners to try!

Lasagne on a plate with fork holding bite up. from the dish. This Easy Lasagne Recipe with Italian Sausage is the stuff that dreams are made of.  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, salty and hearty Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

Nothing special needed for this one! Just a casserole dish, approximately 9×11. Or you can divide it into two smaller pans for freezing one for later.

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR ITALIAN SAUSAGE LASAGNA

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details) 

For this recipe, you can make the entire Lasagna ahead!  However, if you are like me and like to do things in stages so they aren’t so overwhelming all at once, then you can break it up into these steps on the days ahead…

  1. Make the Italian Sausage and Tomato Sauce
  2. Mix the Ricotta
  3. Make the Lasagna
  4. Cook the Lasagna and eat!
Homemade Italian Sausage is SOOOOO EASY!

So, let’s start with what makes this Lasagna version unique, the Italian Sausage!  First, have you ever made your own Italian Sausage?  It’s incredibly easy and right at your fingertips as long as you have a few simple ingredients.  My version for this recipe uses ground chicken, which is a leaner meat than pork or beef and works really great for Italian Sausage because it sticks together nicely.   

Mince the garlic, chop the parsley, and measure out the fennel seed, salt, and pepper.

Ingredients in a bowl for homemade Italian Sausage.  This Easy ITalian Sausage Lasagne Recipe is the stuff that dreams are made of.  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, salty and hearty Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.

Then turn the heat for a pot on medium-high and add in a tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  Add the Chicken Sausage and break it up.  Let it search for a few minutes until it get really browned, then stir so that it cooks on all sides.  

Raw homemade Italian Sausage.  This Easy ITalian Sausage Lasagne Recipe is the stuff that dreams are made of.  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, salty and hearty Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.Once fully cooked, add in the crushed, diced tomatoes – I like both for sauce and texture.  Also add the garlic, 1 tsp Italian Seasoning, honey, salt, and pepper. 

Homemade Italian Sausage and tomatoes in pot for this Easy Italian Sausage Lasagne Recipe. It's the stuff that dreams are made of.  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, salty and hearty Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.

The final step for the sauce, is to make a cornstarch slurry by adding 1 tbsp of cornstarch to 1/4 cup cold water and mixing.  Then stir it into the sauce and cook the sauce for another 5 minutes.

Mixing Cornstarch Slurry for Easy Italian Sausage Lasagne Recipe. It's the stuff that dreams are made of.  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, salty and hearty Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.

Mixing Cornstarch Slurry for Easy Italian Sausage Lasagne Recipe. It's the stuff that dreams are made of.  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, salty and hearty Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.

Homemade Italian Sausage Tomato Sauce in pot for this Easy Italian Sausage Lasagne Recipe. It's the stuff that dreams are made of.  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, salty and hearty Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.

The last prep-ahead step before assembling the Italian Sausage Lasagna is to mix the Ricotta with herbs and seasoning.  You want to make sure that every glorious layer is seasoned to bring out maximum flavor.  I also add in cornstarch so that it helps to thicken any additional moisture as the ricotta cooks.  In a bowl, mix the ricotta with cornstarch 1 tsp Italian Seasoning and salt.

Adding Cornstarch to Ricotta for Easy Italian Sausage Lasagne Recipe. It's the stuff that dreams are made of.  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, salty and hearty Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.

Adding seasoning to Ricotta for Easy Italian Sausage Lasagne Recipe. It's the stuff that dreams are made of.  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, salty and hearty Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.

Ok, you now have all of the major components of the Lasagna ready for assembly!

Homemade Italian Sausage Tomato Sauce in pot and Ricotta in bowl for this Easy Italian Sausage Lasagne Recipe. It's the stuff that dreams are made of.  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, salty and hearty Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.

ASSEMBLE & COOK YOUR ITALIAN SAUSAGE LASAGNA 

In addition to the Italian Sausage Sauce and the Ricotta, you will need low-moisture Mozzarella slices (fresh has too much water) and No Boil Lasagna Noodles/Sheets.  I like these best as they are easy to use and can soak up any additional moisture from the sauce or cheese.

Start by spooning a thin layer of the tomato sauce onto the bottom, just so the pasta sheets don’t stick to the bottom.  Try not to get any lumpy sausage on the bottom layer.  Then add the first layer of pasta.

Layer of tomato sauce spread in dish for this Easy Italian Sausage Lasagne Recipe. It's the stuff that dreams are made of.  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, salty and hearty Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.

Layer of no boil lasagna sheets in dish for this Easy Italian Sausage Lasagne Recipe. It's the stuff that dreams are made of.  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, salty and hearty Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.

Next add a layer of Ricotta followed by a layer of Italian Sausage sauce.  The ricotta is easier to spread on the dry pasta vs. on the sauce. Layer of ricotta in dish for this Easy Italian Sausage Lasagne Recipe. It's the stuff that dreams are made of.  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, salty and hearty Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.

Spoon adding tomato sauce to layer of ricotta in dish for this Easy Italian Sausage Lasagne Recipe. It's the stuff that dreams are made of.  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, salty and hearty Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.

Now another layer of the pasta sheets, followed by Ricotta and sauce.  This second layer, you also want to add a layer of Mozzarella! Layer of mozzarella over ricotta in dish for this Easy Italian Sausage Lasagne Recipe. It's the stuff that dreams are made of.  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, salty and hearty Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.

Now the third layer of pasta sheets, ricotta, sauce and mozzarella. 

Then the 4th and final Top layer of pasta sheets, final cover of sauce, and final cover of mozzarella.

Top layer of mozzarella over uncooked lasagna for this Easy Italian Sausage Lasagne Recipe. It's the stuff that dreams are made of.  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, salty and hearty Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.

Bake in a 350 F degree oven for 40 minutes covered.  Then uncover and bake for the final 10-15 minutes until the top is starting to get golden and toasty.

Let the lasagna sit outside the oven for 15 minutes before cutting into it just so everything can settle back in and stop bubbling.Scooping a piece of lasagne from the dish. This Italian Sausage Lasagne Recipe is the stuff that dreams are made of.  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, salty and hearty Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Lasagne on a plate with a fork cutting bite. from the dish. This Italian Sausage Lasagne Recipe is the stuff that dreams are made of.  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, salty and hearty Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.

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Homemade Italian Sausage Lasagna

This Easy Homemade Italian Sausage Lasagna Recipe is the stuff that dreams are made of!  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, hearty flavorful Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.  With each glorious layer, you get incredible flavor from the aromatic garlic and Italian herbs and seasonings. #Lasagnarecipes #lasagna #italiansausage #familydinner #casseroles #italianrecipes #pasta

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword casserole, Italian sausage, lasagna, pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Italian Sausage

  • 16 oz Ground Turkey or Chicken lean breast, raised without antibiotics
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 3 tbsp Parsley Chopped
  • 1 tsp Fennel Seed
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Other Ingredients

  • 28 oz Crushed Tomatoes
  • 28 oz Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp Italian Seasoning (1 tsp for sauce, 1 tsp for ricotta)
  • 1.5 tsp Salt (1 tsp for sauce, 1/2 tsp for ricotta)
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1/4 cup Water, cold
  • 2 tbsp Cornstarch (1 tbsp for sauce, 1 tbsp for ricotta)
  • 30 oz Ricotta Cheese, whole milk
  • 16 Slices Low-Moisture Mozzarella Cheese Assumes 4 slices per layer for 2 layers and 6 slices on top. Adjust as needed.
  • 16 oz Lasagna Noodles, No-Boil

Instructions

Prep Ahead for your Homemade Lasagna

  1. Mince the garlic, chop the parsley, and measure out the fennel seed, salt, and pepper. Then add all to the ground chicken in a large mixing bowl. Mix to combine.

    Ingredients in a bowl for homemade Italian Sausage. This Easy ITalian Sausage Lasagne Recipe is the stuff that dreams are made of.  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, salty and hearty Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.
  2. Preheat a large pot or dutch oven on medium-high heat and add in a tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  Add the Chicken Sausage mixture and break it up.  Let it search for a few minutes until it get really browned, then stir so that it cooks on all sides.  

    Raw homemade Italian Sausage. This Easy ITalian Sausage Lasagne Recipe is the stuff that dreams are made of.  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, salty and hearty Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.
  3. Once fully cooked, add in the crushed, diced tomatoes, garlic, 1 tsp Italian Seasoning, honey, salt, and pepper. Make a cornstarch slurry by adding 1 tbsp of cornstarch to 1/4 cup cold water and mixing.  Then stir it into the sauce and cook the sauce for another 5 minutes.

    Homemade Italian Sausage and tomatoes in pot for this Easy Italian Sausage Lasagne Recipe. It's the stuff that dreams are made of.  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, salty and hearty Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.
  4. Make a cornstarch slurry by adding 1 tbsp of cornstarch to 1/4 cup cold water and mixing.  Then stir it into the sauce and cook the sauce for another 5 minutes.

    Homemade Italian Sausage Tomato Sauce in pot for this Easy Italian Sausage Lasagne Recipe. It's the stuff that dreams are made of.  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, salty and hearty Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.
  5. In a bowl, mix the ricotta with cornstarch 1 tsp Italian Seasoning and salt.

    Adding seasoning to Ricotta for Easy Italian Sausage Lasagne Recipe. It's the stuff that dreams are made of.  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, salty and hearty Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.

Assemble

  1. Layer 1 - Start by spooning a thin layer of the tomato sauce onto the bottom, just so the pasta sheets don’t stick to the bottom.  Try not to get any lumpy sausage on the bottom layer.  Then add the first layer of pasta.

    Layer of no boil lasagna sheets in dish for this Easy Italian Sausage Lasagne Recipe. It's the stuff that dreams are made of.  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, salty and hearty Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.
  2. Layer 1 - Next add a layer of Ricotta followed by a layer of Italian Sausage sauce.

    Spoon adding tomato sauce to layer of ricotta in dish for this Easy Italian Sausage Lasagne Recipe. It's the stuff that dreams are made of.  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, salty and hearty Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.
  3. Layer 2 - Add another layer of pasta sheets, ricotta, and sauce. This time, also add a layer of mozzarella slices.

    Layer of mozzarella over ricotta in dish for this Easy Italian Sausage Lasagne Recipe. It's the stuff that dreams are made of.  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, salty and hearty Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.
  4. Layer 3 - Repeat! Pasta sheets, ricotta, sauce, mozzarella.

  5. Finally, top off the Lasagna with a final layer of pasta sheets, then Sauce, then completely cover with Mozzarella Slices.

    Top layer of mozzarella over uncooked lasagna for this Easy Italian Sausage Lasagne Recipe. It's the stuff that dreams are made of.  Layers of pasta, creamy ricotta, salty chewy mozzarella, salty and hearty Italian Sausage, and sweet and tangy tomato sauce.

Cook your Lasagna

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

  2. Cover the baking dish with an oven-safe cover or aluminum foil. Bake for 40 minutes. Remove the cover and bake for 15 more minutes. Let the lasagna rest for at least 15 minutes before slicing.