Smoked Sausage Lasagna
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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.
Course easy
Cuisine Comfort, Italian, smoked foods
Keyword smoked italian sausage, smoked lasagna, smoked sausage lasagna
Servings 12 servings
Author Mary Cressler | Vindulge

Ingredients

For the smoked sausage:

  • 1 lb ground hot Italian sausage casings removed or bulk

For the Lasagna:

  • 4 cups smoked marinara sauce recipe found at https://www.vindulge.com/smoked-marinara-sauce/
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 12 no-boil or oven ready lasagna noodles
  • 1 16- ounce container whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¾ cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1- pound mozzarella cheese shredded (about 2 cups packed tight)

Instructions

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

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.