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Classic Comfort Foods: Smoked Italian Sausage Lasagna

Posted by Susie B. on November 1, 2013

Classic Comfort Foods: Smoked Italian Sausage Lasagna

The weather is (hopefully) starting to cool down in your neck of the woods, and nothing says fall like hearty and filling comfort foods. Even the most common of meals can be taken to an entire new universe of delicious when you throw on a scarf, head outdoors, and cook them on your Traeger. This Smoked Italian Sausage Lasagna is built on layers and layers of tasty Traeger smoked flavor. From the smoked and grilled italian sausage to the sweet roasted garlic and onions in the sauce, this ain't your Momma's lasagna; it's sooooooo much better.

 

Smoked Italian Sausage Lasagna

 

PREP TIME: 1 Hr 10 Min
COOK TIME: 1 Hr
SERVES: 8
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Hickory

INGREDIENTS: 
1 lb Italian Pork Sausage (regular or spicy)
1 medium onion, sliced into rings 
1 head of garlic, top removed, excess peel removed, wrapped in foil and drizzled with olive oil (see picture below) 
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves or 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups diced tomatoes (from 28-oz can), undrained
1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
12 no-boil lasagna noodles
1 container (15 oz) ricotta cheese or small-curd cottage cheese or half of a container of each 
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

PREPARATION:

Start the Traeger on Smoke for 4-5 minutes with the lid open to establish the fire. When the Traeger starts smoking, place the sausage on the grill and smoke for 30 minutes (optional). Remove the sausage and turn the temperature setting to 375 degrees F. Preheat, lid closed, for 10-15 minutes. Return the sausage to the grill, along with the sliced onions and head of garlic. Grill the sausage and onions for about 5-7 minutes per side. Leave the garlic on the grill for about 25 minutes total.

In 10-inch skillet, add tomatoes, tomato sauce, 2 tablespoons of the parsley, the basil, and sugar. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; simmer uncovered about 45 minutes or until slightly thickened. Slice the cooked sausage and finely dice the grilled onions. Add them to the sauce. When the garlic is browned and tender, squeeze it from the peel and mince finely. Add directly to the sauce.

Classic Comfort Foods: Smoked Italian Sausage Lasagna

In medium bowl, mix ricotta cheese or cottage cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, remaining 1 tablespoon parsley and the oregano. Spread 1 cup of the sauce mixture in ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish. Top with 4 noodles.

Classic Comfort Foods: Smoked Italian Sausage Lasagna

Spread 1 cup of the cheese mixture over noodles; spread with 1 cup of the sauce mixture. Sprinkle with 2/3 cup of the mozzarella cheese.

Classic Comfort Foods: Smoked Italian Sausage Lasagna

Repeat with 4 noodles, the remaining cheese mixture, 1 cup of the sauce mixture and 2/3 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Top with remaining noodles and sauce mixture. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.

Classic Comfort Foods: Smoked Italian Sausage Lasagna

Uncover; bake about 15 minutes longer or until hot and bubbly. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting.

Classic Comfort Foods: Smoked Italian Sausage Lasagna

Classic Comfort Foods: Smoked Italian Sausage Lasagna