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Number of Servings: 8 Total Preparation Time: 15 to 30 minutes
Actual Cooking Time: 1 1/2 hours Source: Meals Matter User
Main Ingredient: Rice, Pasta & Bread, Other Meats
Meal Type: Dinner Entrée
Nutrition Content: Good Source of Calcium
Origin: Italian
Special Features: Kids Love It, Kids Can Help Make It , Make Ahead


12 ounces bulk Italian sausage
1 cup Onion, chopped
2 Garlic cloves, minced
1 14.5 ounce can diced Tomatoes, undrained
1 8 ounce can Tomato sauce
1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed
1 teaspoon Fennel seeds, crushed (optional)
1/4 teaspoon black Pepper
9 dried Lasagna noodles
1 Egg, beaten
1 15 ounce container of Ricotta cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
6 ounces shredded Mozzarella cheese
Extra Parmesan cheese (optional)


For sauce, in a large saucepan cook sausage, onion and garlic until meat is brown; drain.

Stir in undrained tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, fennel seeds (op'l) and pepper into meat mixture. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 15 mins., stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, cook noodles for 10 to 12 mins. or until tender but still firm. Drain noodles; rinse noodles and set aside.

For filling, combine egg, ricotta and the 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese. Set aside.

Spread about 1/2 cup of the sauce over the bottom of a 2-qt rectangular baking dish. Layer 3 noodles in bottom of dish. Spread filling, top with sauce, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese. Then repeat layers.

Place baking dish on a baking sheet. Bake in 375 F oven for 30 to 35 mins or until heated through. Let stand for 10 mins before serving.

Nutrient Information
Calories: 391
Total Fat: 24
Saturated Fat: 11
Polyunsaturated Fat:
Monounsaturated Fat:
Carbohydrates: 18g
Protein: 22g
Fiber: 2g
Vitamin A: 15 %
Vitamin C: 9 %
Calcium: 330
Iron: 8 %

Cook's Notes:

MAKE AHEAD: Prepare as above except for last step. Cover unbaked lasagna; chill up to 24 hours.

TO SERVE: Bake covered in 375 F oven for 40 mins; uncover and bake 20 mins more until heated through. Let stand for 10 mins before serving.

Use reduced-fat ricotta to lower the fat and calories in this dish.