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Italian Sausage Lasagna

Italian Sausage Lasagna

My dad is visiting from Illinois. He drove out to Utah last week, which is a 22 hour drive. My dad doesn’t believe in stopping, only to fill up on gas, licorice, and M&M’s. He says he just closes his eyes and keeps on driving:) We are having a great time so far. It is always nice having him around.

Sunday night my sister’s family came over for dinner. We made homemade lasagna, an Artisan Bread in Five Loaf, and salad for dinner. Everything was quite tasty. We had to do two lasagnas though, a meat lover’s and a veggie. I don’t mind pleasing everyone, different strokes for different folks:)

Today I am sharing the Italian sausage recipe. I didn’t have a taste, but everyone else enjoyed it. Josh made homemade noodles and I worked on the sauce and fillings. The lasagna came together in no time. I included the recipes for the sauce and noodles. Of course you can use store bought, but we believe fresh is best:) We use our KitchenAid mixer and pasta attachment and it makes pasta making super simple.

It was fun having the family over for dinner. As you can see below my niece, loved the ABin5 bread. She is always the life of the party!

Italian Sausage Lasagna

(Printable Recipe)

Marinara Sauce

Olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
Crushed red pepper flakes
Fennel seeds
3 cans diced tomatoes
1 small can tomato sauce
Fresh basil, chopped
Italian seasoning
Salt and black pepper

1. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add onion, cook until tender. Add garlic, red pepper flakes, and fennel seeds.
2. Add in tomatoes and tomato sauce. Stir.
3. Add in fresh basil, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
4. Let simmer for 30 minutes.


4 large eggs
1 T water
3 1/2 cups sifted all purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1. Place eggs, water, flour and salt in mixer bowl. Attach flat beater. Turn to Speed 2 and mix for 30 seconds.
2. Put on the dough hook. Turn to Speed 2 and knead for 2 minutes. Remove dough and knead by had for 2 minutes.
3. Let the dough rest for 20 minutes. Follow pasta maker’s instructions. You can roll it by hand, but we use our KA pasta attachment, which is worth every penny!


Lasagna noodles
Italian sausage
Fennel seeds
Crushed red pepper
2 cups Ricotta cheese
2 eggs
Black pepper
Dried basil
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese,plus more for the top of lasagna
Mozzarella cheese

1. In a large skillet brown the Italian sausage with fennel seeds and crushed red pepper. I don’t measure the seasons, just a dash or two. Cook sausage until brown and cooked all the way through.
2. Mix ricotta cheese, eggs, black pepper, dried basil, and parmesan in a small bowl.
3. In a large casserole dish or pan start creating the lasagna.
4. Spoon some marinara sauce at the bottom, add a layer of noodles.
5. Next, add sauce, ricotta mixture, sausage, and mozzarella cheese. I don’t measure just spread around evenly. Be generous with all of the ingredients.
6. Add another layer or noodles and continue the layering process.
7. When you are finished layering, top the lasagna off with mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese.
8. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about an hour or until bubbly.
9. Let it sit for 10 minutes before cutting.

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75 Responses to “Italian Sausage Lasagna”

  1. Cristine — May 5, 2009 @ 5:15 am

    Everything looks delicious! I have recently become obsessed with homemade noodles!

  2. Meghan — May 5, 2009 @ 5:20 am

    Your lasagna looks cheesy and delicious! I love that you included fennel seeds in the recipe. I can’t wait to get a KA mixer and pasta making attachment (someday). Love that bread – it looks so good. Your niece is adorable :)

  3. Erica — May 5, 2009 @ 5:20 am

    Glad you’re having fun with the fam! 22 hours? That is a RIDICULOUS drive!! I am a huge fan of making multiple dishes when I have people over- always want to make sure there is something for everyone! This looks so good. I know my Josh would love it too. I need to try homemaking noodles

  4. ttfn300 — May 5, 2009 @ 5:24 am

    gorgeous loaf and lasagna!! enjoy your time with dad :)

  5. Balance, Joy and Delicias! — May 5, 2009 @ 5:45 am

    yummy lasagna!~ have fun with your family!

  6. Barbara Bakes — May 5, 2009 @ 6:24 am

    Sounds like a wonderful meal! I’ll look forward to the veggie lasagna recipe.

  7. Mary — May 5, 2009 @ 6:41 am

    Your niece has the most beautiful eyes! There’s something about lasagna and families that just seems to go together.

  8. Rosa's Yummy Yums — May 5, 2009 @ 6:42 am

    It looks yummy! Your niece is adorable!



  9. kat — May 5, 2009 @ 6:47 am

    Yum, we prefer Italian sausage to ground beef in our lasagna

  10. Jen — May 5, 2009 @ 7:07 am

    This looks wonderful. I need to get a pasta attachment for my mixer. You can’t beat fresh pasta!

  11. Dawn — May 5, 2009 @ 7:28 am

    ha ha, closes his eyes and drives! cute!
    Lasagna is my hubby’s favorite dish, so when I make this for him he will do almost anything for me. LOL

  12. Netts Nook — May 5, 2009 @ 7:43 am

    Your Lasagna looks great what a great post. Hope you are feeling better.

  13. Kara — May 5, 2009 @ 8:24 am

    I’ve been looking for a great marinara sauce and this one sounds yummy. I’m putting fennel seeds on my grocery list!

  14. Mary Ann — May 5, 2009 @ 8:27 am

    Looks delicious Maria! And how nice of you to make 2 lasagnas, so that everyone could have what they wanted. Sounds like alot of work!
    Your niece is adorable.

  15. Bridgett — May 5, 2009 @ 8:42 am

    I love Italian sausage in loads of different pasta dishes. It just gives it that extra kick of flavor. This looks delish!

  16. Sara — May 5, 2009 @ 8:45 am

    WOW, this looks SO good!!! I want some right now. You even made your own noodles?? Awesome!

  17. Gillian — May 5, 2009 @ 9:14 am

    What a great idea to use sausage, this looks delicious!

  18. The Short (dis)Order Cook — May 5, 2009 @ 9:15 am

    Delicious. Sausage is my best friend.

    I don’t have the attachment for my Kitchen Aid. I just have a hand-cranked roller-cutter, so I need to be in a really patient mood to make my own pasta!

    Dad doesn’t believe in stopping? I don’t want to know how he handles bathroom breaks!

  19. teresa — May 5, 2009 @ 9:25 am

    What a cute picture! This looks incredible, I LOVE lasagna

  20. Leslie — May 5, 2009 @ 10:19 am

    how did you make the top look soooo yum?

  21. Pearl — May 5, 2009 @ 10:49 am

    have a great time with your father!

  22. Veron — May 5, 2009 @ 11:09 am

    yay, you posted this. Your tweets were making me hungry! It looks delicious, Maria. I’m glad you are having a fantastic time with your dad!

  23. Kymmie's Cakes — May 5, 2009 @ 11:14 am

    Mmmmm! You’re lasagna looks scrumptious! I’m glad you Dad is visiting but I hope you get feeling better soon!

  24. The Blonde Duck — May 5, 2009 @ 11:19 am

    I’m totally craving lasagna now…

  25. Spryte — May 5, 2009 @ 11:39 am

    WOW!!! That looks amazing! Making my own noodles is so intimidating!! I don’t know if I’m brave enough to try it!

  26. 5 Star Foodie — May 5, 2009 @ 12:19 pm

    This lasagna with sausage sounds super delicious!

  27. Leslie — May 5, 2009 @ 12:49 pm

    Looks great.
    have fun with your dad

  28. pinkstripes — May 5, 2009 @ 12:50 pm

    Your lasagne looks perfect. Your niece is adorable.

  29. Ingrid — May 5, 2009 @ 12:57 pm

    Your nieces eyes are so big and blue! What a cutie!

    Your lasagna looks yummy!

    Btw, I made the ABin5 pizza dough! Yeah, for me it worked and was so good. The terrible blogger that I am I didn't take any photos. We actualy used the whole batch to make a bunch (& I mean a bunch of 7/8 in pizza's and one 14 inch one).
    I did have a question…my dough was VERY sticky (Should I have added more flour until it wasn't?).Is that normal? Thx for your help.

  30. Amanda — May 5, 2009 @ 1:13 pm

    That looks so good you guys! I need to get that pasta attachment and try my own :)

  31. Katrina — May 5, 2009 @ 1:27 pm

    Your niece is gorgeous.
    The lasagna (one of my favorite foods) looks awesome.
    I would have gone for the veggie one.
    Awesome to make your own pasta!
    I will never buy store bought sauce. So much better making your own.
    Great post.

  32. Kerstin — May 5, 2009 @ 1:36 pm

    Your lasagna looks fantastic and I’m impressed you made your own noodles! Your niece is so cute!

  33. Snooky doodle — May 5, 2009 @ 2:13 pm

    your niece is adorable ! :) I love lasagne . Looks delicious!

  34. Tracey — May 5, 2009 @ 2:48 pm

    Your lasagna looks fantastic! I can’t wait to get a pasta roller so I can make homemade pasta! How cute is your niece with those big blue eyes? :)

  35. Aggie — May 5, 2009 @ 2:59 pm

    Wow homemade noodles!! It looks awesome and so does that bread!

  36. Jenny — May 5, 2009 @ 3:16 pm

    Yum, I love all things lasagna:) Nothing is better than noodles, sauce and lots of cheese.

  37. Katherine Aucoin — May 5, 2009 @ 4:59 pm

    That is one delicious look lasagna! Wish I was there!

  38. Carrian — May 5, 2009 @ 5:33 pm

    Looks delicious! I love the cookies too.

  39. Monica H — May 5, 2009 @ 5:48 pm

    Thanks for posting this even if you didn’t eat it! I love italian sausage lasagna!

  40. Psychgrad — May 5, 2009 @ 6:55 pm

    Wow – 22 hours without stopping. I hit my driving limit after about 2 hours at a time.

    This lasagna looks delicious! Homemade noodles too – very impressive.

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