Sunday, February 16, 2014

Ina's Sausage Lasagna

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...The birds returned to our hillside this morning and that's a sure sign that winter's nearly done with us. I listened to their song with a bit of melancholy because this is our last season in this house. We sold our home yesterday and made an offer on another that we hope will bring us as much enjoyment as we have known here. It has been a crazy couple of weeks that started with eye surgery and ended with prospective buyers traipsing through the house on days that would make even an ice queen blanch. It was a quick process, but as anyone who has sold a home can tell you, it was not easy. One of the things that I have missed was being able to cook with aromatics, especially onions and garlic. Both were pushed to the side in an attempt to keep the kitchen from smelling like a pizza parlor while the house was being shown. Tonight I extracted my revenge and cooked both with abandon using Ina Garten's wonderful recipe for sausage lasagna. This is one of those recipes that belongs in everyone's rotation. The sausage and goat cheese take this pasta favorite to a whole nother level and I know that your family will enjoy it. The recipe is self-explanatory, and like all of Ina's recipes, it works. This one has the added advantage of being easy to make. Do try it! Here is how her lasagna is made.

Sausage Lasagna...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Ina Garten

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped yellow onion (1 onion)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 pounds sweet Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes in tomato puree
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, divided
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 pound lasagna noodles
15 ounces ricotta cheese
3 to 4 ounces creamy goat cheese, crumbled
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus 1/4 cup for sprinkling
1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
1 pound fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2) Heat olive oil in a large (10- to 12-inch) skillet. Add onions and cook for 5 minutes over medium-low heat, until translucent. Add  garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add  sausage and cook over medium-low heat, breaking it up with a fork, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until no longer pink. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, 2 tablespoons of the parsley, the basil, 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Simmer, uncovered, over medium-low heat, for 15 to 20 minutes, until thickened.
3) Meanwhile, fill a large bowl with hottest tap water. Add  noodles and allow them to sit in the water for 20 minutes. Drain.
4) In a medium bowl, combine ricotta, goat cheese, 1 cup of Parmesan,  egg,  remaining 2 tablespoons of parsley, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Set aside.
5) Ladle 1/3 of the sauce into a 9 x 12 x 2-inch rectangular baking dish, spreading sauce over bottom of dish. Then add layers as follows: half of pasta, half of mozzarella, half of ricotta, and one third of sauce. Add rest of pasta, mozzarella, ricotta, and finally, sauce. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese. Bake for 30 minutes, until the sauce is bubbling.Yield: 8 servings.

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Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

We do love a good lasagne!

Hope you're doing well, Mary

Lynn said...

Congrats on the sale of your home and on being able to cook with onions and garlic again Mary:@) The lasagna sounds wonderful!

Cuisine de Provence said...

Four different cheeses - not exactly diet food but so tempting!

Penny said...

I"m happy for you that you sold your house. I can imagine that the new house will have a kitchen just as beautiful as your current kitchen. Ina's lasagna is fine revenge indeed. Hope there are no ill effects from the eye surgery Mary. Take care.

Allie and Pattie said...

Mary, I am SO very happy for you! Wishing you many happy blessings in your new home and in your new chapter!
We are still waiting for a buyer to appear. I pray so hard every day- it's been so incredibly long. xoxo

Kim said...

I can't wait to see the day when the winter will be over around here too! anyway, we still have beautiful meals like this one the warm us:)

From the Kitchen said...

This is a prize-winning recipe from Ina and you. The house news is good. I'm sure you'll turn your next home into just the right spot for you and yours--and fill it with delicious aromas.


Beverly said...

Congratulations as you prepare for a new adventure.

I haven't tried Ina's lasagna, but I will.

Barbara F. said...

Congrats on the quick sale, mary, and lots of luck in the new place. i felt the same way when my other house was on the market. did not cook corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick's Day that year! xo


A food blogger and food lover that can't use garlic and onions. You must have had fun making this lasagne. I love Ina's recipes. And yours.


ps. Congrats on selling your home.

QembarDelites said...

Sounds wonderful! Looks wonderful, bet taste wonderful too! Hope you are doing well :)

Melinda said...

This looks yummy!

Best wishes on your
new adventure.

M : )

Big Dude said...

Congratulations on selling your house and you have my deepest condolences for what comes next. I'd rather be drug my a horse than have to move. The lasagna looks outstanding and I believe with a fork I could get one perfect bite - right before and ate at least two pieces of it.

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself said...

Good luck in finding a new place my friend, I am sure it will be perfect when you do :D
And love this lasagna, best of the meat world and Italian gourmet kitchen!

Choc Chip Uru

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