Cook Ahead & Freeze Italian Sausage Lasagna
italian sausage lasagna 
prep: 30 min, cook: 1:30, plus cooling time. 
1 lb.  sweet or hot italian sausage, casings removed
2 tsp  olive oil
1   red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
1   green bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
1 large  yellow onion, thinly sliced
4 clove  garlic, peeled
3-1/3 cup  canned tomatoes, undrained
2 tsp  fennel seeds
1 Tbsp  unsalted butter, melted
1 large  yellow onion, chopped
10 oz.  frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed to drain all
1 cup  grated parmesan cheese
3 cup  part skim ricotta cheese
2 oz.  mozzarella cheese, shredded
9   lasagna noodles
crumble and saute sausage in a heavy nonstick skillet over medium-high 
heat until well browned. drain off fat. set sausage aside. wipe 
skillet clean. add oil and heat over medium-high heat. add sliced 
peppers, sliced onion, and 2 cloves garlic. cover and cook about 10 
minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are 
soft. stir in tomatoes and fennel seed. reduce heat to low and simmer 
20-30 minutes. stir in reserved sausage. season with salt and pepper 
to taste. set sauce aside. 
melt butter in a separate heavy nonstick skillet over medium heat. 
saute chopped onion and 2 cloves garlic about 10 minutes, until soft. 
stir in spinach and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese. set aside. 
combine ricotta, mozzarella and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese in a bowl. 
season with salt and pepper to taste. boil noodles according to 
package directions and drain. 
preheat oven to 350 f. pour 1/3 of the tomato sauce into a lightly 
oiled 9x13 inch baking dish. spread evenly. arrange 3 noodles in the 
dish and spread half the spinach mixture over the noodles. spread half 
the cheese mixture evenly over the spinach. repeat this layering 
process once more. top with remaining 3 noodles and tomato sauce. 
sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup parmesan cheese. bake about 1 hour, 
until bubbly and browned on top. cool 10-15 minutes before serving. 
if freezing cooked food, divide into freezer/oven-proof containers in 
the amounts you will use at one time. cool as quickly as possible to 
retain freshness. (dairy, egg and meat based dishes should cool in 
refrigerator.) cover tightly and place in freezer for up to 3 months. 
reheating options: place frozen food in oven and turn on heat to 
375 f. bake about 1 hour, or until bubbly. or, transfer food to a 
covered microwave-safe container and heat on high setting until 
bubbly. (usda recommends reheating meats to 165 f to destroy any 
this recipe serves 10 people. due to the nature of this recipe, it 
adjusts the number of servings in multiples of 10 only. 
per serving: calories 456, fat 28.9g, 56% calories from fat, 
cholesterol 75mg, protein 28.0g, carbohydrates 22.3g, fiber 3.1g, 
sugar 10.8g, sodium 963mg, diet points 11.4. 
dietary exchanges: milk: 0.0, vegetable: 2.1, fruit: 0.0, bread: 0.4, 
lean meat: 3.4, fat: 4.1, sugar: 0.0, very lean meat protein: 0.0per 
the recommended wine is: burgundy. 
(ID: 9468) Mirror: Tue, Dec 23, 2003

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