Messy Lasagna Recipe by Paula Deen

Level: Moderate

Time: 125 MINUTES

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 (20 oz) packages hot turkey sausage, casings removed
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (25.5 oz) cans pasta sauce
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 (15 oz) container ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 (16 oz) package lasagna noodles
  • 4 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese, shredded


Preheat oven to 375°.


Heat olive oil in large saucepan. Add onion, garlic and sausage, cooking over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink; drain.


Add sauce, red wine, basil and red pepper flakes to meat mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.


In a large saucepan, boil lasagna noodles, leaving them slightly firm. Drain, set aside


In medium bowl, combine ricotta, salt, parsley and egg.


Spread a small amount of sauce into bottom of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch casserole dish. Place 3 lasagna noodles lengthwise on top of sauce, slightly overlapping and keeping flush to one end of the dish. Place one additional noodle width-wise and flush to opposite end to fully cover the bottom of the dish. Spread 1/3 of the remaining sauce over noodles, top with 1/3 ricotta mixture and 1/3 mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers. Cover with foil.


Bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for 20 minutes more. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.

Messy Lasagna


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