ride on lasagne

There is something about Friday night that screams “have fun!”. Tonight we are going to do just that… We have invited  some friends over for dinner and I am preparing a hearty meat and vegetable lasagna. Lasagna is the perfect party food. It makes your guests feel relaxed and excited to sit down to a delicious, humbly extravagant meal.

My husband Ralph jokes that I have never served him the same lasagna twice. I haven’t! There are too many possible combinations and so little time…

Here’s tonight’s version


10 pork sausage links, cooked, cooled and sliced into mouth size chunks


8 ounces mushrooms, cleaned and halved

2 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced in rings

3 tablespoons olive oil

heat olive oil in large skillet on medium high heat

add mushrooms and fry til golden then add peppers

toss the vegetables for a couple of minutes to just begin to cook the peppers

remove from heat and set aside

2 red onions, peeled and chopped fine

3 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 lb freshly ground pork

1 lb freshly ground beef

2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped

2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped

1 tablespoon sea salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

28 ounce can best quality diced plum tomatoes

heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat and add onion and garlic

saute for 5 minutes then start to crumble the pork and beef into the skillet

using a wooden spoon, continue breaking up the meat until it is very crumbly and fully cooked

add herbs, salt, pepper and tomatoes

bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour

fresh lasagna noodles

4 cups shredded mozzarella

using a large baking dish, spread a thin layer of meat sauce over bottom of pan

cover the sauce with a layer of fresh lasagna noodles

you can make your own or use commercial

place all of the prepared sausage on the layer of pasta then pour a little of the meat sauce over the sausage

sprinkle lightly with some mozzarella

place a layer of pasta over the sausage

pour all of the mushroom and pepper mixture over the pasta

sprinkle with a little meat sauce and mozzarella

you are using just a little mozzarella between the layers to make the lasagna sturdy

add another layer of pasta and cover this layer with remaining meat sauce

sprinkle top with remaining cheese

bake in a preheat oven for 45 minutes or until top is golden and sauce is bubbling

this recipe will feed 8 people happily!

When mine is done cooking I’ll post the picture…

Thanks for reading