I love this recipe for the ease of it. You can make it the night before . Come home from work put it in the oven, make a salad and bread . Set your table and you are ready to entertain guests with no hassle. This is the way to go.
I found the recipe in a Pillsbury cookbook years ago and have since noticed that it now appears on the box of Mueller’s Lasagna. The one on the box uses more sauce and more eggs. I have made both and they are delicious!!
You are not going to believe that it is made with your favorite brand of premade sauce. That is the beauty of this recipe. Using Italian sausage gives it the flavor it needs. I use Johnsonville Hot Italian Sausage. I love the flavor. I cannot find it without the casing. I use kitchen shears to remove them before browning.
Here is what you need to get started on this great Lazy Day Lasagna:
Take the sausage out of the casing. I like using the kitchen shears that you see. They are made by Fiskars and come apart for easy cleaning. There are many other brands that you can purchase, but once you start using them you will not be able to cook without them. They have so many uses from cutting chicken to chopping tomatoes in the can.
Next brown the sausage in the skillet. You will have to use a wooden spoon or a fork to break up the sausage. I prefer it like ground meat and not meatballs. While your meat is browning make your sauce in a medium saucepan.
Now you are ready to assemble the lasagna. Use a 9 x 13 in. pyrex dish or equivalent. Now here are the steps for layering. Notice that you do not cook the noodles beforehand. This needs to be refrigerated overnight before cooking. I have made one similar to this that can be baked right away, but it calls for twice as much sauce.
Now layer again. Pour half the sauce, then top with noodles, ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese.
Place in the refrigerator overnight. Uncover and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 55 minutes. Take out of the oven and cover with foil. Let it stand for 15 minutes. This keeps the lasagna from sliding all over the place on your plate!
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The recipe follows the photos. Enjoy!!!
Lazy Day Lasagna
- 1 lb. Italian sausage
- 1 32 oz. spaghetti sauce
- 1 cup water
- 1 egg
- 1 15 oz. ricotta cheese
- 1/2 t. oregano
- Lasagna noodles
- 16 oz. sliced Mozzarella cheese
- Parmesan cheese
Brown sausage and drain. Mix water and spaghetti sauce together in a medium saucepan. Simmer for 5 minutes. In a medium bowl combine ricotta cheese, oregano and egg. Mix well. Add sausage to the spaghetti sauce. To assemble layers, place 1 1/2 cups of the meat sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch pyrex dish. Top with half of the noodles. Spread half of the ricotta cheese mixture over the noodles. Top with half of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat the layers. Add half of the remaining sauce. Top with the rest of the uncooked noodles. Spread with the remaining ricotta cheese mixture and top with mozzarella cheese. Pour the remaining sauce on top and sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese. Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight. Bake for 55- 60 minutes at 350 degrees. Take out of the oven and cover with foil. Let it rest for about 15 minutes before serving. Makes about 8 generous servings.
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