Italian Sausage Lasagna

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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 ½ 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
½ 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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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 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 πŸ™‚

  2. 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

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

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

  5. 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

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

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

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

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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? πŸ™‚

  17. 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.

  18. oh i’m sure this lasagna taste superb, what with the fresh noodles!it’s one thing that i would love to try making one day.. when i shall have bought the pasta attachment, that is :O) .. your niece is cute!

  19. Can you make a lactose free version for me? Man a lot of love went into that dinner, looks delish.

  20. Your lasagna looks delicious! I would be all over meat lover one. You two are so talented – making your own noodles is just totally out of my league.

  21. 22 hours? blargh! and i thought 11 was rough–i shan’t complain again! πŸ™‚
    meanwhile, what a dish! soo hearty and cheesy, and obviously enjoyable. πŸ™‚

  22. WOW Maria seriously WOW. I really need to pick up that book. I don’t know what is taking me so long! But seriously, that lasagna… I am starving right now and it is calling my name and it is only breakfast!

  23. Wow your bread looks WAY better than mine! I’ve made two half batches of the master recipe (so it would make 2 1-pound loaves). The first time I made it with bread flour (my family prefers it this way and asked that I always make it with bread flour). Both batches made two small loaves. I even measured out 1 pound of dough for the first loaf. When I went to make the second loaf, there was barely 11 ounces of dough left.

    When you rest your dough before baking, does it rise at all? I even tried leaving mine out for an hour instead of 40 minutes, and it doesn’t rise a bit. It still tastes great once baked, but it just doesn’t look like the boules in the book. πŸ™

    I’m gonna try a few recipes from “Kneadlessly Simple” and see if I like her method of cold, slow rising better.

  24. Your niece is sooooo cute!! When are we going to see a little pea of your own?? πŸ™‚

  25. 22 hours straight??? man I conk out after 6! I love that you made home made noodles and bread. This is my perfect meal to the T!

  26. Marvelous. I love making pasta. My husband would be so happy. He wants sausage in everything and of course loves Italian food. (I just added you to my favorite food blog list on my home page).

  27. Yummy! You’re bread looks so perfect, you’re hubby better watch out you’ll be opening up a bakery before you know it!

  28. Everything is so beautiful! I’ve made gnocchi, but have yet to try my own pasta noodles. Lasagna sounds so good right now!

  29. Lasagna always gets my attention — especially when I’m reading blogs right before dinner! Sounds like you’re all having a great time — well except for the part where your dad “closes his eyes” and keeps driving! ; )

  30. I don’t believe in stopping either.. except for the same reasons, except maybe swap m and ms for smarties! I I think it’s great that you made your own pasta. I’ve never had homemade pasta before, I’m so curious about it’s texture.

  31. Lasagna! Hooooray!

    I like your dad’s thinking; I drive like that too. Hyped up on sugar with my eyes closed.

  32. Dinner looks delicious! Your little niece is precious too! πŸ™‚ Enjoy time with your dad and I hope your feeling better!

  33. How great that your dad can be there to visit. 22 hours is a long drive, but I’m sure it’s worth it to him to see his precious family. Also, to get to eat that beautiful bread and amazing lasagna!

  34. Cutie πŸ™‚ The lasagna looks delish! I haven’t made any ABin5 lately… I’m going to mix up a batch this afternoon.

  35. These Italian sausage lasagna recipe sounds great and looks even better. I am going to make them on my next party. It will be a crowd pleaser. thank you for shearing your post.


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  36. Everything looks fab – love the shot of your niece! And of course you made the pasta from scratch – why not?? Love how easy lasagna noodles are – you don't have to be all neat about it!

  37. Everything looks fab – love the shot of your niece! And of course you made the pasta from scratch – why not?? Love how easy lasagna noodles are – you don't have to be all neat about it!

  38. For your marinara sauce — if I’m using home-canned tomatoes would I use pint or quart jars? I wasn’t sure of the amount….thank you πŸ™‚

  39. I make a sausage lasagna, and add red bell peppers to the mix (tastes like sausage/onions/peppers… yumm. Can’t wait to try yours!

  40. You didn’t mention on whether the noodles should be boiled and for how long before they are added to the lasagna recipe.