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Spicy Sausage Lasagna with Mushrooms and Peppers

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This Sausage Lasagna, dotted with mushrooms and peppers, is flavorful and hearty. It comes together quickly and is very freezer-friendly.

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Lasagna is one of my favorite foods to make for the freezer. Not only is it economical and hearty, but it is also a fan favorite at my house. We are slowly making our way from a one-pan family to a two-pan family. I’m delaying the inevitable by beefing up the salad and garlic bread sides.

Economical? Yes, I said that. After a few years of paying the high price of ricotta cheese or having my kids pick at lower-price cottage cheese in the filling, I’ve landed on two alternative fillings that are both delicious and easy on my budget.

One favorite lasagna filling is a cream cheese and chicken broth mixture that you can find in this Fresh Basil and Garlic Chive Lasagne. It’s delicious! Even cheaper than that is the white sauce or bechamel that you’ll find in today’s recipe. My family loves it and it costs just pennies to make!

How I make this good:

Whenever possible I like to cook with plain old ingredients. While the convenience of mixes and canned sauces is nice, I feel better about feeding my family just real food whenever possible. (Go here for some of my reasons on all that.)

This Sausage Lasagna is just that kind of recipe, with two homemade sauces: the red and the white. I promise that it doesn’t take long to make, but feel free to use your favorite canned spaghetti sauce if you prefer.

One of the ways that I maximize my time investment is to make several casseroles at one time. If I’m making bulk batches of the sauces it really takes only a few more minutes to assemble extra lasagna pans.

I use spicy sausage in this recipe to give it a kick, purchasing it in bulk on sale at my local Sprouts whenever I can. They mix their own sausage and the ingredients list is just that: simple, plain ingredients, not weird chemicals. Read labels until you find a sausage that suits you.

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How I make this cheap:

Here are some of the strategies I use to make this recipe more economical:

  • Do a price comparison. I know that Costco is the best place to buy ingredients in bulk, like mozzarella cheese, butter, and tomato products when there isn’t a great sale elsewhere. I keep track of prices so that I know who has the best deal where.
  • Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale. For instance, when I see a great price on Sprouts sausage, I buy a lot.
  • Cook in bulk. It saves so much time and money to make more than one lasagna and stash the extras in the freezer. It also helps me avoid pricey convenience foods or take-out on the nights when I just don’t want to cook.
  • Stretch the more expensive items with less expensive counterparts. Spicy sausage can be expensive if you don’t find it on sale. You can stretch it with ground turkey or beef to offset the cost.

Tools I use to make this recipe easy:

Having the right kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs. Here are the tools that I like to use in this recipe.

  • plastic cutting boards – I have blue boards for veggies and white boards for meat.
  • Ergo Chef chef’s knife – I’ve had my set for several years and they work well.
  • chili pot – I bought this pot which is a great size for making sauces.
  • box grater for cheese – if you don’t buy the cheese already shredded, a box grater is a handy tool to have on hand. We’ve had this commercial model for almost 25 years!
  • 9×13-inch Pyrex with lid – I love these pans! I’m slowly building a collection of them.

I hope you love this Spicy Sausage Lasagna as much as we do!

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Comments

  1. Have you ever done 50-50 ricotta-cottage cheese instead of all of either? I get ricotta and cottage cheese when on sale and this helps to buffer the still higher costs of the cheeses.

  2. Ashley Smith says:

    Are the lasagna noodles cooked?

  3. Have you ever tried freezing the cottage cheese? The result is not something you would want to just eat as cottage cheese, the curds get all mushy and there is a major texture change. But, I have frozen it and used the thawed cheese successfully in my version of a breakfast casserole. This allows me to buy it on sale, always have some available, and not have to use it all up right away, which is a factor since there are only two of us. I like it a little better in the casserole, actually, since it is more evenly spread without the lumps/curds visible. I suspect it might also be successful in lasagna, but since I don’t fix it for just the two of us I don’t really know.

  4. Its curious to read that so many folks use cottage cheese/ricotta as the white sauce.I have always just used the bechamel. Cooked red lentils also make a great meat stretcher too and mix well into the red sauce.

    PS love the site, have been reading for a while but never commented:)

  5. Martha Artyomenko says:

    So, you skip ricotta and cottage cheese in this one?

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