-Raise your hand if you had a wonderful Christmas.
-Raise your hand if you are exhausted.
-Raise your hand if your hands are chapped and cracked and red from opening children’s toys packaged in excessive amounts of plastic and cardboard.
-Raise your hand if you are pretty sure you have gone up a solid dress size but are too scared to get on the scale and see what the actual damage is.
-Raise your hand if you will “just deal with it” on Jan 1st.
-Raise your hand if all you want to do is wear your nice soft sweatpants (with the expansive elastic waist band) and lie on the couch and watch tv.
-Raise your hand if you too surpassed your limit on pay per view movies on your Comcast account. No- just us?
-Raise your hand if you want something easy and comforting for dinner tonight.
Lasagna with Spicy Sausage, feeds 6-8
-3/4 lbs of Spicy Pork Sausage
-3 cups Tomato Sauce (homemade or good quality store bought)
-1 lb Ricotta Cheese
-10 oz Frozen Spinach, thawed
-2 Cloves Garlic, minced
-Kosher salt and Pepper
-1lb fresh pasta sheets
-3 cups mozzarella
-2 Tbs olive oil
1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and get out an 8×8 baking pan.
2) Heat a large pan to medium-high heat. Squeeze the sausage out of the casing and into the pan. Cook and brown the sausage while cooking the sausage until it is almost cooked all the way through.
3) Add the tomato sauce and continue to cook the sauce with the sausage on low heat.
4) Meanwhile, drain your thawed spinach by squeezing the water from it and wrapping it paper towels to squeeze the excess moisture out.
5) In a medium sized bowl, mix the ricotta cheese, the egg, the garlic and a generous sprinkle of Kosher salt and fresh black pepper and combine well!
6) When the cheese is smooth, add the spinach in and stir until well combined.
7) Meanwhile, spread a bit of the sauce into the bottom of the pan.
8) Cut the sheets of pasta in half. Place two at a time in a dish of hot water in the sink.
9) Overlap the two sheets of pasta in the bottom of the pan.
Layer half of the cheese and then two sheets of pasta and then 1 cup of mozzarella and ½ of the tomato sauce. Repeat this process with the remaining ricotta pasta and tomato sauce- reserving the last cup of mozzarella for the top. (most incomprehensive pic’s ever! Sorry.)
10) Drizzle the top with the olive oil.
11) Place the lasagna on a baking sheet and pop in the 350 degree oven until hot and golden and bubbly- about 40 minutes.
12) Let cool for about 5 minutes before cutting it into pieces.
13) Serve and enjoy!