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Lasagna with Sausage Ragu Redux

Serves 6 to 8

Gather your family to the dinner table and enjoy the bold flavors of this hearty meat lasagna from Sunset magazine.

Lasagna with Sausage Ragu Redux

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon
  About 2 tbsp. olive oil, divided
 1/2 cup chopped onion
 1/2 cup chopped celery
 1/2 cup chopped carrot
 1 pound turkey Italian sausage, casings removed
 1 teaspoon salt, divided
 1 cup low-fat (1%) milk
 1/2 cup dry white wine, such as Chardonnay
 1 can (28 oz.) whole tomatoes, including juices, finely chopped or crushed with your hands
 1 cup tomato juice
 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
 2 1/2 cups low-fat (1%) cottage cheese
 1 large egg
 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, divided
 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
 12 ounces lasagna noodles
Step 1

In a large, heavy saucepan, heat 1 tbsp. oil over medium heat. Add onion; sauté until golden, 5 minutes. Stir in celery and carrot; cook 5 more minutes. Add sausage and 1/2 tsp. salt, breaking up meat with a spoon, and cook until it loses its raw color.

Step 2

Add milk and cook over medium heat, stirring, until completely evaporated, 10 to 12 minutes. (The mixture will appear quite curdled at this point.) Add wine and cook until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes and juice, bring to a boil, lower heat, and gently simmer, uncovered. Cook ragù until liquid reduces by a third, about 30 minutes. Season with 1/4 tsp. pepper and remaining 1/2 tsp. salt.

Step 3

In a food processor, whirl cottage cheese, egg, 1/4 cup parmesan, remaining 1/4 tsp. pepper, and the nutmeg until smooth.

Step 4

Preheat oven to 375°. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions; don't overcook. Drain noodles and lay flat on kitchen towels without overlapping. Oil a 9- by 13-in. baking dish and spread with about 1/2 cup ragù. Add a single layer of noodles (for most brands this is 3 sheets per layer). Spread with a third of ragu, then top with another layer of noodles, half the cheese mixture, and another layer of noodles. Repeat layering, giving you 2 alternating layers of sauce and cheese. Cover with remaining third of ragù and sprinkle evenly with remaining parmesan.

Step 5

Cover lasagna with oiled foil and bake until hot, 30 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Step 6

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Serves 6 to 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 407Calories from Fat 26
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g19%

Saturated Fat 3.6g18%
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 1315mg55%
Total Carbohydrate 47g16%

Dietary Fiber 3.7g15%
Protein 29g58%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.