Good grief. Could it possibly be any colder this week? It doesn't matter what part of the country you live in ... it's beyond frigid. And that's why even though we all swore we were going to hop back on the salad and grilled fish bandwagon to shed our excess holiday pounds -- all we want is a hot, delicious plate of comfort food to enjoy for dinner each night.
And nothing will quite make your entire family greet you with a big "YES please!" than this scrumptious Lasagna Casserole recipe from AllRecipes.
I know, I know, lasagna is usually reserved for weekends because it takes so long to assemble. But that's the beauty of this recipe ... it's a casserole. Which means instead of layering the ingredients, everything is kind of mixed together into the baking dish, saving you time and energy.
This amazing dinner is sure to be a major hit ... even when the temps start creeping back up again.
12 ounces dried campanelle or cellatani pasta
1 (16-ounce) package Italian ground sausage
1 large onion, cut in thin wedges
1 medium yellow sweet pepper, cut in bite-size strips
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (24-ounce) jar tomato and basil pasta sauce
1 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
1 (15-ounce) carton ricotta cheese
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 (8-ounce) package shredded Italian blend cheeses
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
In a large skillet cook Italian ground sausage, onion, sweet pepper, and garlic until sausage is no longer pink; drain fat. Transfer sausage mixture to a very large bowl. Stir in tomato and basil pasta sauce, fennel seed, and cooked pasta.
Transfer the pasta mixture to a 3-quart rectangular baking pan. In a medium bowl stir together ricotta cheese, egg, and 1 cup of the Italian blend cheeses. Spoon the ricotta cheese over the pasta mixture in large dollops. Sprinkle the remaining shredded Italian blend cheeses over the top. Bake, uncovered, for 35 to 40 minutes or until heated through. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
How often do you usually serve lasagna in your household?
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