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.

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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.

 

 

 

One thought on “Homemade Italian Sausage Lasagna Recipe

  1. 5 stars
    This lasagna looks so “comforting” and yummy that it is making my mouth water. It’s the perfect Fall recipe. I love that it is somewhat healthy because of the chicken sausage. I can almost smell the flavors coming through the computer. Thanks so much for posting.

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