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Two Peas and Their Pod: Italian Sausage Lasagna

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Italian Sausage Lasagna

My dad is visiting from Illinois. He drove out to Utah last week, which is a 22 hour drive. My dad doesn't believe in stopping, only to fill up on gas, licorice, and M&M's. He says he just closes his eyes and keeps on driving:) We are having a great time so far. It is always nice having him around.

Sunday night my sister's family came over for dinner. We made homemade lasagna, an Artisan Bread in Five Loaf, and salad for dinner. Everything was quite tasty. We had to do two lasagnas though, a meat lover's and a veggie. I don't mind pleasing everyone, different strokes for different folks:)

Today I am sharing the Italian sausage recipe. I didn't have a taste, but everyone else enjoyed it. Josh made homemade noodles and I worked on the sauce and fillings. The lasagna came together in no time. I included the recipes for the sauce and noodles. Of course you can use store bought, but we believe fresh is best:) We use our KitchenAid mixer and pasta attachment and it makes pasta making super simple.

It was fun having the family over for dinner. As you can see below my niece, loved the ABin5 bread. She is always the life of the party!

Italian Sausage Lasagna

(Printable Recipe)

Marinara Sauce

Olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
Crushed red pepper flakes
Fennel seeds
3 cans diced tomatoes
1 small can tomato sauce
Fresh basil, chopped
Italian seasoning
Salt and black pepper

1. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add onion, cook until tender. Add garlic, red pepper flakes, and fennel seeds.
2. Add in tomatoes and tomato sauce. Stir.
3. Add in fresh basil, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
4. Let simmer for 30 minutes.


4 large eggs
1 T water
3 1/2 cups sifted all purpose flour
1 tsp. salt

1. Place eggs, water, flour and salt in mixer bowl. Attach flat beater. Turn to Speed 2 and mix for 30 seconds.
2. Put on the dough hook. Turn to Speed 2 and knead for 2 minutes. Remove dough and knead by had for 2 minutes.
3. Let the dough rest for 20 minutes. Follow pasta maker's instructions. You can roll it by hand, but we use our KA pasta attachment, which is worth every penny!


Lasagna noodles
Italian sausage
Fennel seeds
Crushed red pepper
2 cups Ricotta cheese
2 eggs
Black pepper
Dried basil
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese,plus more for the top of lasagna
Mozzarella cheese

1. In a large skillet brown the Italian sausage with fennel seeds and crushed red pepper. I don't measure the seasons, just a dash or two. Cook sausage until brown and cooked all the way through.
2. Mix ricotta cheese, eggs, black pepper, dried basil, and parmesan in a small bowl.
3. In a large casserole dish or pan start creating the lasagna.
4. Spoon some marinara sauce at the bottom, add a layer of noodles.
5. Next, add sauce, ricotta mixture, sausage, and mozzarella cheese. I don't measure just spread around evenly. Be generous with all of the ingredients.
6. Add another layer or noodles and continue the layering process.
7. When you are finished layering, top the lasagna off with mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese.
8. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about an hour or until bubbly.
9. Let it sit for 10 minutes before cutting.

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Blogger Cristine said...

Everything looks delicious! I have recently become obsessed with homemade noodles!

5:15 AM  
Blogger Meghan said...

Your lasagna looks cheesy and delicious! I love that you included fennel seeds in the recipe. I can't wait to get a KA mixer and pasta making attachment (someday). Love that bread - it looks so good. Your niece is adorable :)

5:20 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

Glad you're having fun with the fam! 22 hours? That is a RIDICULOUS drive!! I am a huge fan of making multiple dishes when I have people over- always want to make sure there is something for everyone! This looks so good. I know my Josh would love it too. I need to try homemaking noodles

5:20 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

gorgeous loaf and lasagna!! enjoy your time with dad :)

5:24 AM  
Blogger Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

yummy lasagna!~ have fun with your family!

5:45 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

Sounds like a wonderful meal! I'll look forward to the veggie lasagna recipe.

6:24 AM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

Your niece has the most beautiful eyes! There's something about lasagna and families that just seems to go together.

6:41 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

It looks yummy! Your niece is adorable!



6:42 AM  
Blogger kat said...

Yum, we prefer Italian sausage to ground beef in our lasagna

6:47 AM  
Blogger Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

This looks wonderful. I need to get a pasta attachment for my mixer. You can't beat fresh pasta!

7:07 AM  
Blogger vanillasugarblog said...

ha ha, closes his eyes and drives! cute!
Lasagna is my hubby's favorite dish, so when I make this for him he will do almost anything for me. LOL

7:28 AM  
Blogger Netts Nook said...

Your Lasagna looks great what a great post. Hope you are feeling better.

7:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been looking for a great marinara sauce and this one sounds yummy. I'm putting fennel seeds on my grocery list!

8:24 AM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

Looks delicious Maria! And how nice of you to make 2 lasagnas, so that everyone could have what they wanted. Sounds like alot of work!
Your niece is adorable.

8:27 AM  
Blogger La Bella Cooks said...

I love Italian sausage in loads of different pasta dishes. It just gives it that extra kick of flavor. This looks delish!

8:42 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

WOW, this looks SO good!!! I want some right now. You even made your own noodles?? Awesome!

8:45 AM  
Blogger Gillian said...

What a great idea to use sausage, this looks delicious!

9:14 AM  
Blogger The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Delicious. Sausage is my best friend.

I don't have the attachment for my Kitchen Aid. I just have a hand-cranked roller-cutter, so I need to be in a really patient mood to make my own pasta!

Dad doesn't believe in stopping? I don't want to know how he handles bathroom breaks!

9:15 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

What a cute picture! This looks incredible, I LOVE lasagna

9:25 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

how did you make the top look soooo yum?

10:19 AM  
Blogger Pearl said...

have a great time with your father!

10:49 AM  
Blogger Veron said...

yay, you posted this. Your tweets were making me hungry! It looks delicious, Maria. I'm glad you are having a fantastic time with your dad!

11:09 AM  
Blogger Kymmie's Cakes said...

Mmmmm! You're lasagna looks scrumptious! I'm glad you Dad is visiting but I hope you get feeling better soon!

11:14 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

I'm totally craving lasagna now...

11:19 AM  
Blogger Spryte said...

WOW!!! That looks amazing! Making my own noodles is so intimidating!! I don't know if I'm brave enough to try it!

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This lasagna with sausage sounds super delicious!

12:19 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

Looks great.
have fun with your dad

12:49 PM  
Blogger pinkstripes said...

Your lasagne looks perfect. Your niece is adorable.

12:50 PM  
Blogger Ingrid_3Bs said...

Your nieces eyes are so big and blue! What a cutie!

Your lasagna looks yummy!

Btw, I made the ABin5 pizza dough! Yeah, for me it worked and was so good. The terrible blogger that I am I didn't take any photos. We actualy used the whole batch to make a bunch (& I mean a bunch of 7/8 in pizza's and one 14 inch one).
I did have a dough was VERY sticky (Should I have added more flour until it wasn't?).Is that normal? Thx for your help.

12:57 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

That looks so good you guys! I need to get that pasta attachment and try my own :)

1:13 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

Your niece is gorgeous.
The lasagna (one of my favorite foods) looks awesome.
I would have gone for the veggie one.
Awesome to make your own pasta!
I will never buy store bought sauce. So much better making your own.
Great post.

1:27 PM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

Your lasagna looks fantastic and I'm impressed you made your own noodles! Your niece is so cute!

1:36 PM  
Blogger Snooky doodle said...

your niece is adorable ! :) I love lasagne . Looks delicious!

2:13 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Your lasagna looks fantastic! I can't wait to get a pasta roller so I can make homemade pasta! How cute is your niece with those big blue eyes? :)

2:48 PM  
Blogger Aggie said...

Wow homemade noodles!! It looks awesome and so does that bread!

2:59 PM  
Blogger Jenny @ flutterbyechronicles said...

Yum, I love all things lasagna:) Nothing is better than noodles, sauce and lots of cheese.

3:16 PM  
Blogger Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

That is one delicious look lasagna! Wish I was there!

4:59 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Looks delicious! I love the cookies too.

5:33 PM  
Blogger Monica H said...

Thanks for posting this even if you didn't eat it! I love italian sausage lasagna!

5:48 PM  
Blogger PG said...

Wow - 22 hours without stopping. I hit my driving limit after about 2 hours at a time.

This lasagna looks delicious! Homemade noodles too - very impressive.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Mmmnnnn! One of my favorites.

7:18 PM  
Blogger Bunny said...

Oh man this looks fantastic, you're making me insanely hungry!!

7:18 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

yum! i love italian sausage. and that is one freakin adorable kiddo!!

8:03 PM  
Blogger Jescel said...

oh i'm sure this lasagna taste superb, what with the fresh noodles!it's one thing that i would love to try making one day.. when i shall have bought the pasta attachment, that is :O) .. your niece is cute!

8:39 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

You daughter is a cutie. This lasagna is making me drool - nicely done.

9:14 PM  
Blogger Mermaid Sews said...

Can you make a lactose free version for me? Man a lot of love went into that dinner, looks delish.

12:25 AM  
Blogger sugarlens said...

Your lasagna looks delicious! I would be all over meat lover one. You two are so talented - making your own noodles is just totally out of my league.

3:55 AM  
Blogger grace said...

22 hours? blargh! and i thought 11 was rough--i shan't complain again! :)
meanwhile, what a dish! soo hearty and cheesy, and obviously enjoyable. :)

4:54 AM  
Blogger Teanna DiMicco said...

WOW Maria seriously WOW. I really need to pick up that book. I don't know what is taking me so long! But seriously, that lasagna... I am starving right now and it is calling my name and it is only breakfast!

5:55 AM  
Blogger How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Wow your bread looks WAY better than mine! I've made two half batches of the master recipe (so it would make 2 1-pound loaves). The first time I made it with bread flour (my family prefers it this way and asked that I always make it with bread flour). Both batches made two small loaves. I even measured out 1 pound of dough for the first loaf. When I went to make the second loaf, there was barely 11 ounces of dough left.

When you rest your dough before baking, does it rise at all? I even tried leaving mine out for an hour instead of 40 minutes, and it doesn't rise a bit. It still tastes great once baked, but it just doesn't look like the boules in the book. :(

I'm gonna try a few recipes from "Kneadlessly Simple" and see if I like her method of cold, slow rising better.

6:21 AM  
Blogger Culinary Wannabe said...

Your niece is sooooo cute!! When are we going to see a little pea of your own?? :)

6:26 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

22 hours straight??? man I conk out after 6! I love that you made home made noodles and bread. This is my perfect meal to the T!

7:45 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

Marvelous. I love making pasta. My husband would be so happy. He wants sausage in everything and of course loves Italian food. (I just added you to my favorite food blog list on my home page).

8:16 AM  
Blogger Gaby said...

wow look at that!!! looks delicious!

8:41 AM  
Blogger Allie said...

Yummy! You're bread looks so perfect, you're hubby better watch out you'll be opening up a bakery before you know it!

8:46 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

Everything is so beautiful! I've made gnocchi, but have yet to try my own pasta noodles. Lasagna sounds so good right now!

9:15 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Yum..That looks absolutely delicious!!! I'd love to have that for dinner tonight now!

10:01 AM  
Blogger NKP said...

Look wonderful! The pasta attachment is my absolute favourite.

11:11 AM  
Blogger Maria‚ô• said...

Maria, this sausage lasagna looks utterly delish!! Your niece is so cute ;o)


12:55 PM  
Blogger kellypea said...

Lasagna always gets my attention -- especially when I'm reading blogs right before dinner! Sounds like you're all having a great time -- well except for the part where your dad "closes his eyes" and keeps driving! ; )

4:55 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

I don't believe in stopping either.. except for the same reasons, except maybe swap m and ms for smarties! I I think it's great that you made your own pasta. I've never had homemade pasta before, I'm so curious about it's texture.

6:12 PM  
Blogger chow and chatter said...

what a cute blog and good food

7:43 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Lasagna! Hooooray!

I like your dad's thinking; I drive like that too. Hyped up on sugar with my eyes closed.

11:31 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Dinner looks delicious! Your little niece is precious too! :) Enjoy time with your dad and I hope your feeling better!

7:17 AM  
Blogger Cookie baker Lynn said...

How great that your dad can be there to visit. 22 hours is a long drive, but I'm sure it's worth it to him to see his precious family. Also, to get to eat that beautiful bread and amazing lasagna!

8:12 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Cutie :) The lasagna looks delish! I haven't made any ABin5 lately... I'm going to mix up a batch this afternoon.

11:46 AM  
Blogger Colleen said...

This looks sooooo good. Lots of delicious home-cooked elements in there!

11:40 AM  
Blogger Peter M said...

Pops surely enjoyed the lasagna and that bread...I never get tired of it!

8:02 AM  
Blogger Rumela said...

These Italian sausage lasagna recipe sounds great and looks even better. I am going to make them on my next party. It will be a crowd pleaser. thank you for shearing your post.


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11:33 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Everything looks fab - love the shot of your niece! And of course you made the pasta from scratch - why not?? Love how easy lasagna noodles are - you don't have to be all neat about it!

7:55 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Everything looks fab - love the shot of your niece! And of course you made the pasta from scratch - why not?? Love how easy lasagna noodles are - you don't have to be all neat about it!

7:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its comfort food in all its glory! :) I just loved how it combines everything delicious in one.

5:59 AM  

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