Sated and Slated – Sausage Lasagne

Recipe Source: Nigel Slater, Eat (the little book of Fast Food)

So in reading Eat I came across this delightful ‘lasagne’ (the non-North American spelling for ‘lasagna’) that promised to be simple, wholesome, delicious & fast – essentially a perfect representation of the recipes in this must-own book. Simply titled Sausage Lasagne, Slater calls for the most basic of ingredients and puts together an amazingly delicious – and quick! – spin on a typical Lasagna (Lasagne!).

Perfect for a winter night, but also perfect for whenever you feel like a pasta-y dish, this is one of the most redeeming recipes I’ve made out of a cookbook. Enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • six sheets of oven-ready lasagna pasta
  • EVOO
  • 12-16 oz. cherry/plum tomatoes, chopped at least in half
  • two firm, large tomatoes such as Hot House
  • shredded parmesan cheese, the more the better
  • 12-16 oz. pork sausage w/o casing; anything from Jimmy Dean to your butcher’s finest will work here
  • ricotta cheese (optional)
  • 1 cup, cream
  • 1 tablespoon, dijon mustard
  • handful of fresh basil leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • preheat oven to 400ºF
  • brush EVOO on the bottom of a baking dish
  • layer the bottom of a baking dish with the dry noodles; break as necessary to form a complete bottom
  • generously glug EVOO on the noodles
  • cover the noodles with half of the tomatoes and half of the sausage
  • generously ‘fill in the gaps’ with ricotta (if using), and otherwise layer generously with parmesan
  • add another layer of pasta, as complete as possible
  • add the rest of tomatoes, sausage and ricotta – also healthy layer of parmesan
  • mix cream and dijon, pour over mixture
  • cover dish with slices of tomato, and cover that with parmesan
  • bake for 45 minutes or until tomatoes are roasted and browning and the cheese mixture is bubbling

This is quite literally an amazing, and amazingly simple, dish. I am a total Nigel Slater hyper because of this book and recipes like this. Absolutely awesome.

 

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