Dreamy Bacon Mac and Cheese

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Bacon Mac and Cheese on a plate. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!
Bacon Mac and Cheese in baking dish. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!

Luscious, decadent, mouthwatering, and irresistible.  This is my daughter’s  Dreamy Bacon Mac and Cheese recipe and it’ll make you sooooo happy!  The creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  You get the traditional cheesy backdrop from the cheddar and then more depth and nuttiness from the manchego.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!  

The great thing about this recipe is that you can always have the ingredients on hand in your pantry and your freezer!  The cheese can be shredded and stored in the freezer as well as the bacon.  The pasta, cornstarch, and bouillon are on hand in the pantry.  So if you can’t get to the store, make THIS Bacon Mac and Cheese!

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Bacon Mac and Cheese scooped up. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!

A Little Bacon Goes a Long Way!

Bacon has a reputation for being unhealthy because of the fat and cholesterol.  Of course, if you are eating tons of bacon everyday, it can of course be unhealthy.  But, as with any food, moderation is extremely important.  A small serving of bacon, for example 1.2oz or 1-2 slices depending on the cut, is about 70 calories and 5-7g of fat.  There is also new information about bacon’s cholesterol impact and “scientists now agree that it has minor effects on cholesterol levels in your blood“.

AND a little bacon goes a long way!  I love to use bacon in recipes where a little bit can completely infuse an entire dish.  Whether it’s a sauce, a stew, or soup, bacon can take the flavor from good to great with just a little bit!  In this Bacon Man and Cheese recipe, I only used 2oz in the entire recipe!  But I crumbled it up and added it to the sauce from the start so the smokey flavor would infuse all of the cheesy goodness.  THEN, I used the bacon fat to crisp up the cracker topping!  Only 5g of fat from the Bacon in this dish!

Here is another delicious bacon-in-moderation recipe to try: Bacon, Brussels Sprouts, & Chicken Stew!

More on Bacon

Bacon is a great source of high-quality complete protein with about 30-40g in a serving.  It also contains B6 and B12 which are good for your immune system!

Be sure to look for UNCURED or NITRATE-FREE bacon.  Cured bacon is soaked in nitrates to preserve it before smoking it.  However, there are many brands now that offer a more natural option without toxins, such as nitrates. 

You should consult your doctor or nutritionist for any dietary changes or questions. 

Bacon Mac and Cheese on a plate. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

You need (1) a large pasta pot (2) a baking dish and (3) a medium-size (8″ or similar size is good) frying pan.

For the baking dish, I love to use a deep loaf dish vs. a casserole dish. The pasta and sauce stay thicker and creamier vs. drying out in a thinner layer. I used a ceramic 1 pound loaf dish that was 10″x 5″x 3.5″. You could also use an 8″x 8″ baking dish.

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR BACON MAC AND CHEESE

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) 

In terms of prep-ahead, you can certainly make this entire dish and reheat it later.  However, I recommend just prepping the ingredients and eating it right after you make it, when it’s creamiest.  Once it goes into the fridge, the pasta soak up the sauce. 

You can prep ahead the cheeses, the bacon, crackers, and the parsley.  You can even cook up the bacon bits and the cracker crumb topping. 

Shred the manchego cheese and cheddar cheese.

Manchego and Cheddar on cutting board for Bacon Mac and Cheese. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!

Shredding Manchego for Bacon Mac and Cheese. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!

Shredded Manchego and Cheddar on cutting board for Bacon Mac and Cheese. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs! Chop the parsley. Crush the crackers.Chopped Parsley for Bacon Mac and Cheese. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!

Crackers in bag for Bacon Mac and Cheese. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!

Crushing crackers in bag for Bacon Mac and Cheese. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!

Dice the bacon.  Since I use only a little bit of bacon at a time, I store mine in the freezer.  I can then cut off just the amount I need across all slices and put the rest back in the freezer!

Knife cutting raw bacon for Bacon Mac and Cheese. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!

Raw bacon diced for Bacon Mac and Cheese. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!

Preheat a medium (about 8″) frying pan. Add the diced bacon on medium heat. Stir so that the bacon doesn’t burn. Render the fat and crip the bacon. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon leaving the fat behind and place on a plate to the side or store in the fridge if doing this in advance.Raw diced bacon in pan for Bacon Mac and Cheese. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!

Cooked bacon pieces in pan for Bacon Mac and Cheese. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!

To the bacon fat still left in the pan, add a tbsp of butter and melt it stirring it into the bacon fat. Add the cracker crumbs and the parsley and mix to coat with the fat. Stir and toast in the pan on medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside or store in fridge until ready to top the mac and cheese.

bacon fat and butter in pan for Bacon Mac and Cheese. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!

Cracker crumbs and parsley in pan for Bacon Mac and Cheese. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!

Cracker crumbs and parsley in pan for Bacon Mac and Cheese. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!

COOK YOUR BACON MAC AND CHEESE 

I realize that this recipe is called ‘Mac’ and Cheese, but we are opting for Fettuccine instead.  You can use any pasta you want, but my daughter loves fettuccine and she created this recipe.  While Italian grandmothers are probably rolling in their graves, I do break this pasta in half.  Frankly, it’s just easier for me to cook than trying to cook and easier for the kids to eat in smaller pieces.

Fettuccine pasta broken in half for Bacon Mac and Cheese. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!

Boil the pasta in a large pot of water with a splash of Olive Oil and a pinch of salt.  Remove 1 cup of the pasta water and then drain the pasta. Leave the pasta in the strainer until the sauce is ready.

Make the cornstarch slurry by mixing the cornstarch into the cold milk.Adding cornstarch to milk for Bacon Mac and Cheese. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!

Using the same pot that you used for the pasta, add the reserved 1 cup of pasta water plus 1 bouillon cube or chicken/vegetable base. Heat to simmer and dissolve the bouillon.  Whisk in the cornstarch slurry and add the cooked bacon pieces. Continue to whisk while it heats through and starts to thicken (about 2-3 minutes).

Adding cornstarch slurry to broth for Bacon Mac and Cheese. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!

Adding cooked bacon bits to sauce for Bacon Mac and Cheese. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!

Whisk in the shredded cheeses and stir until it is completely combined and smooth.

Adding shredded cheese to sauce for Bacon Mac and Cheese. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!

Daughter cooking Bacon Mac and Cheese. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!

Add in the cooked pasta and mix to combine. Pour the pasta and cheese sauce into a baking dish that is either loaf size 10″ x 5″ x 3.5″ or 9″ x 9″ x 2″. Add the cracker crumbs on top.Mixing fettuccine into cheese sauce for Bacon Mac and Cheese. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!

Pouring cracker crumbs over pasta for Bacon Mac and Cheese. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!

Pouring Fettuccine Bacon Mac and Cheese into a baking dish. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!

Bake in the oven for 10 minutes just for the topping to get extra crispy.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Bacon Mac and Cheese on a plate. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!

 

Bacon Mac and Cheese on a plate. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!
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Dreamy Mac and Cheese

This Bacon Mac and Cheese will make you so happy!  The creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  You get the traditional cheesy backdrop from the cheddar and then more depth and nuttiness from the manchego.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!  

Course Main Course, pasta, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Bacon, casserole, cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Bacon
  • 10 oz Dry Fettuccine Pasta, broken in half
  • 6 oz Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 2 oz Manchego Cheese, shredded
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Water (use the pasta water after pasta cooks)
  • 18-20 Ritz crackers, crushed
  • 1 tbsp Italian Parsley, chopped

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. Shred the manchego cheese and cheddar cheese

    Shredded Manchego and Cheddar on cutting board for Bacon Mac and Cheese. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!
  2. Chop the parsley. Crush the crackers. Dice the bacon.

    Knife cutting raw bacon for Bacon Mac and Cheese. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!
  3. Preheat a medium (about 8") frying pan. Add the diced bacon on medium heat. Stir so that the bacon doesn't burn. Render the fat and crip the bacon. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon leaving the fat behind and place on a plate to the side or store in the fridge if doing this in advance.

    Cooked bacon pieces in pan for Bacon Mac and Cheese. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!
  4. To the bacon fat still left in the pan, add a tbsp of butter and melt it stirring it into the bacon fat. Add the cracker crumbs and the parsley and mix to coat with the fat. Stir and toast in the pan on medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside or store in fridge until ready to top the mac and cheese.

    Cracker crumbs and parsley in pan for Bacon Mac and Cheese. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!

Cook your Bacon Mac and Cheese

  1. Boil a large pot of water for the pasta. Once the pasta water is boiling, add a splash of Olive Oil and a pinch of salt. Add the pasta and stir so that it all is immersed in the water and doesn't stick it itself. Boil the pasta until al dente. Remove 1 cup of the pasta water and then drain the pasta. Leave the pasta in the strainer until the sauce is ready.

    Save 1 cup of pasta water to dish for Bacon Mac and Cheese. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!
  2. Make the cornstarch slurry by mixing the cornstarch into the cold milk.

    Adding cornstarch to milk for Bacon Mac and Cheese. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!
  3. Using the same pot that you used for the pasta, add the reserved 1 cup of pasta water plus 1 bouillon cube or chicken/vegetable base. Heat to simmer and dissolve the bouillon. Whisk in the cornstarch slurry and add the cooked bacon pieces. Continue to whisk while it heats through and starts to thicken (about 2-3 minutes).

    Adding cooked bacon bits to sauce for Bacon Mac and Cheese. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!
  4. Whisk in the shredded cheeses and stir until it is completely combined and smooth.

    Adding shredded cheese to sauce for Bacon Mac and Cheese. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!
  5. Add in the cooked pasta and mix to combine. Pour the pasta and cheese sauce into a baking dish that is either loaf size 10" x 5" x 3.5" or 9" x 9" x 2". Add the cracker crumbs on top.

    Pouring cracker crumbs over pasta for Bacon Mac and Cheese. It has a creamy and cheesy sauce with a touch of smokiness from the bacon, coats each piece of pasta.  On top, crispy crunchy, indulgent bacon fat cracker crumbs!
  6. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes just for the topping to get extra crispy.

 

 

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.