Penne Lasagne Bake

pennelas3

For an interesting take on lasagna, I decided to use penne noodles instead of lasagna noodles.  For the meat mixture, I chose ground turkey along with Italian sausage links. I’m actually more a fan of ground turkey than I am of ground beef.  It just feels healthier to me.  Plus, I like the taste.  You can serve this with a simple Caesar salad and garlic bread, and you have a complete meal.

Ingredients for Penne Lasagna

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage links
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Sicilian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 26-ounce jar tomato basil marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 2 cups mozzerella cheese
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In large skillet, brown onion in olive oil and add garlic.  Add ground turkey and Italian sausage, along with the kosher salt and pepper to the skillet and cook until browned and crumbly. Drain the meat mixture and put back into the skillet. Next add the Sicilian seasoning, basil, oregano and crushed red pepper flakes.  Stir into the meat mixture and add the canned tomatoes and basil marinara sauce. Pour the grated parmesan into the meat sauce and let simmer for 30 minutes on medium heat until the sauce thickens.

Boil noodles as per package instructions.

Beat together the ricotta cheese and egg with a handheld mixer.

Once noodles are done, drain.  Spray a large baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and pour in half the noodles.  Top the noodles with half the ricotta, half the meat mixture and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.  Add the rest of the noodles, the rest of the ricotta and the other cup of mozzarella cheese.  Sprinkle a little Sicilian seasoning over the top for a bit of color. Put in the oven to bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees.  If you put your lasagna dish together earlier in the day and set it in the fridge, you will want to bake it for at least 45 minutes, or until bubbling.

Ingredients for Ciabatta Garlic Bread

  • 1 loaf ciabatta bread
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Sicilian seasoning

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut bread in half lengthwise.  Melt butter.  Mince garlic.  Add the minced garlic and Sicilian seasoning to the melted butter.  Spread over both halves of the garlic bread.  Put the bread back together and wrap in foil.  Bake in a 375 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.

Enjoy!

Until next time, Kris

 

Author: Sunshine and Savory

I love when my house is filled with people, having friends and family over for a meal feeds my soul. There is nothing I enjoy more than preparing for a dinner party, a holiday dinner, or a book club meeting when it's my turn to host ... If I could, I would own a Bed and Breakfast! This would ensure I'd always have someone to prepare a meal for. Being with others and sharing my table is what I look forward to most. I was born in Wisconsin and after I got married in 1987, my husband and I moved west for his job. He had just graduated college and we were married a couple months later. An interesting tidbit about me is that I never cooked a meal before I got married. I taught myself how to cook and found that I really enjoyed it. One of the first meals I made after we were married was a shrimp pasta dish. I made this for myself when my husband was on business travel and I had so much fun inventing this meal - this was the start of my love of cooking. I probably won't be posting much on shrimp dishes, since I am now allergic. Big bummer! I was allergic to lobster, and then had an issue with scallops, so just never had a shrimp after the scallop incident. Why couldn't I be allergic to something less enjoyable?! My favorite celebrity chefs are Ina Garten and The Pioneer Woman. I hope you enjoy my blog!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s