Smoked Sausage with Smoked Tomato Marinara Lasagna
Smoked sausage and smoked marinara sauce lasagna. Smoke sausage and combine with smoked marinara sauce for a rich and comforting lasagna dish.
For the smoked sausage:
ground hot Italian sausage
casings removed or bulk
For the Lasagna:
smoked marinara sauce
recipe found at https://www.vindulge.com/smoked-marinara-sauce/
no-boil or oven ready lasagna noodles
container whole-milk ricotta cheese
shredded (about 2 cups packed tight)
For the Sausage:
Preheat smoker to 225 degrees, for this I like oak wood
Place sausage spread out on a large foil-lined cookie sheet in small clumps
Smoke for 60-90 minutes and remove. Look for a darker color on the exterior while still moist.
For the Lasagna:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
In a large skillet, add 1-tablespoon olive oil and the smoked sausage. Add 4 cups of the smoked tomato marinara sauce and 2 tablespoons of tomato paste. Mix together and let cook 5 minutes to combine.
In a medium bowl combine the ricotta, egg, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
Spread ½ cup of the tomato sauce evenly on the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Layer with 3 lasagna noodles. Spread 1/3 of the ricotta mixture over the noodles. Add 1/3 of the mozzarella, ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, and 1 cup of the smoked tomato sauce.
Repeat with noodles, ricotta mix, cheeses, and sauce 2 more times. Cover with 3 noodles. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and sauce. Cover with foil.
Bake lasagna, covered with foil, for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake about 15 more minutes, until heated through and liquid is bubbly. Let stand for about 10 minutes before serving.
Notes: You can use traditional boiled lasagna noodles too. Works great with either style. No boil are just super easy! One less step.
You can add veggies to this too. It works well with sautéed mushrooms or spinach. Just add the veggies to the layers.