Veggie Lasagna. With Sausage.

I love vegetables and I love vegetarian meals, but vegetarian lasagna has never quite hit the spot for me. I hate(absolutely hate!) zucchini and squash which are usually used as a meat replacement in lasagnas and aside from a year of bet-induced vegetarianism I like to eat meat. So I created this lasagna loaded with both vegetables and meat.

Veggie lasagna. With sausage.

1 lb. Italian sausage
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 medium onion, diced
2 medium carrots, grated
4 cloves garlic, crushed
3 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
1/2 lb. mushrooms, sliced
1 10 oz. box frozen spinach
1 8 oz. package cream cheese
1 cup cottage cheese
1 large egg
1/2 lb grated mozzarella
9 Lasagna noodles, cooked

Brown and drain the grease from the sausage in a large pan. Add the pepper, onion, carrots and garlic and cook until the vegetables are tender. Add the tomato paste, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and Italian seasoning and simmer about 20 minutes until sauce is thickened.

In a bowl mix the cream cheese, cottage cheese and egg.

Build your lasagna: a layer of three noodles, a third of the tomato sauce, half of the mushrooms, half of the cream/cottage cheese mix, half of the spinach, half of the mozzarella cheese, three noodles, a third of the tomato sauce, the other half of the mushrooms, the other half of the cheese mix, the other half of the spinach, noodles, tomato sauce, and the rest of the mozzarella.

Bake covered with tin foil at 350 degrees for about 45 to 50 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

You could, of course, make this a vegetarian dish by using two cups each of zucchini and yellow squash instead of the sausage. You do what you like… foul it up with zucchini and squash if you must… but, trust me, this is a really good lasagna the way it is.


One response to “Veggie Lasagna. With Sausage.

  1. Oh my gosh, Susan. I am looking at your blog at the wrong time. I’m hungry right now and that lasagne looks so incredible… Ditto on the pumpkin muffins!

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