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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Spicy Turkey Sausage and Spinach Lasagna

Fabulous!  Recipe from Bon Appetit

Serves 6 - 8

Lasagna Ingredients:

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/4 Lbs hot italian turkey sausages, casings removed
Spicy Tomato Sauce (recipe and ingredients below)
1 15oz container ricotta cheese (preferably lowfat)
1 10oz package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 3/4 Cups grated parmesan cheese
2 large eggs
3 Tbsp whipping cream
1/2 Tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
9 uncooked lasagna noodles
3 Cups shredded provolone cheese

Spicy Tomato Sauce Ingredients:

3 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
6 garlic clovces, minced
1 tsp dried oregano
3/4 tsp dried basil
3/4 tsp dried marjoram
3/4 tsp dried crushed red pepper
2 28oz cans italian-style tomatoes
1 cup canned crushed tomatoes with added puree
1/2 cup dry red wine

Spicy Tomato Sauce Preparation:

Heat oil in heavy large saucepan over med heat.  Add onion, garlic, oregano, basil, marjoram and crushed red pepper.  Cover and cook until onion is translucent.  Add remaining ingredients, simmer and break up tomatoes while stirring occasionally, about 1 hour 15 mins.  Season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.

Lasagna Preparation:

Heat oil in large skillet over med heat.  Add sausages; saute until brown, using fork to break up meat into coarse pieces.  Add spicy tomato sauce.  Simmer 5 mins.

Position rack in center of oven.  Preheat to 375. Whisk ricotta, spinach, 1 cup parmesan, eggs, cream, basil, oregano and pepper in bowl.  Set aside.  Spoon 1 cup sauce over bottom of 13x9x2" glass baking dish.  Place 3 noodles over sauce in single layer.  Spread 1 cup sauce over noodles, then 1 cup ricotta mixture, then 1/4 Cup parmesan and 1 cup provolone.  Repeat the layers with three more noodles, 1 cup sauce, 1 cup ricotta, 1/4 cup parmesan and 1 cup provolone until dish is full.    Sprinkle remaining cheese over the top of the lasagna. 

Tightly cover dish with foil and bake 50 minutes.  Uncover and continue baking until noodles are tender and sauce/cheese is bubbly, about 25 mins.

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