The picture doesn’t do this dish justice…
not too terribly tricky to whip up and so tasty : )
8 ounces of bulk Italian sausage
1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup bottled roasted red sweet peppers, dried and cut into think strips
1/2 cup snipped fresh basil
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups milk
12 no boil lasagna noodles
1 1/4 cups finely shredded Parmesan cheese
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly spray a 13 x 9 x 2 inch dish.
For the meat sauce:
In a large saucepan cook the sausage until it is brown.
Drain off the fat.
Add the crushed tomatoes, garlic, black pepper and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
Bring to a boil then reduce heat.
Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove from the heat and stir in the roasted peppers and basil.
For the sauce:
In a medium saucepan heat the butter on medium heat.
Stir in flour, nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Gradually stir in milk.
Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.
Arrange three of the noodles in the prepared baking dish.
Spread noodles with about 1 cup of the meat sauce and about 3/4 cup of the white sauce.
Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese.
Repeat layering 2 more times ending with top layer completely covered in sauce.
Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Cover the pan with foil and bake for 40 minutes.
Then remove foil and bake for 15 more minutes.
Remove from oven and cover with foil for 15 minutes and then serve.
You can make this ahead of time by chilling uncooked lasagna in fridge for up to 24 hours.
You will, however, cook it for 45 minutes and another 20 minutes uncovered.
(So add 5 minutes to original time)
This is a wonderful meal served with a salad and french bread.
For dessert Hazelnut cream Cassata makes this an all Italian meal.
Here’s a new Italian phrase for you .
“E’ buono come un pezzo di pane”
Literal translation: He’s as good as a piece of bread
What it means: He’s a good person, a really nice guy
Recipe from Better Homes and Gardens Ultimate Italian November 2008.