In the world of lasagna, there about 9,000 delicious combinations to be had. Personally, I don’t feel like there is THE ONE lasagna to rule them all. Rather, I feel like saying lasagna is the same thing as referring to a pasta dish–there are a bunch of ways to make it, and all of them are delicious.
One thing that can turn people off about lasagna is the complexity. Some lasagnas can get pretty complex–Giada de Laurentis makes one with a homemade basil and sun-dried tomato pesto, a mascarpone, ricotta, and asparagus filling, and a homemade tomato sauce, topped with fresh parmigiano reggiano. While I’m sure it’s scrumptious, not all of us A) have those ingredients or B) have the time on a regular basis to make something like that.
Hence, 4 ingredient lasagna: lasagna noodles, jarred pasta sauce, mozzarella, and Italian sausage. It’s the solution to the “I don’t have those ingredients” and “I don’t have time” quandries. In the time it takes the pasta to cook, you can have the sausage browned, the sauce put together, and the cheese grated. That makes for something like 20-25 minute prep time (including the time it takes the water to boil). Then you pop it in the oven and enjoy your life.
Sometimes, I add 1 small can of tomato sauce to my jar of pasta sauce to give me more sauce to work with. I recommend it.
I like to serve this with something simple, like French bread and salad or green beans. Last night was my 6-month anniversary, so I served chilled poached white peaches with blueberries. Mmmm…
Four Ingredient Lasagna
12 lasagna noodles
3-4c grated mozzarella
1 1/2 jars favorite spaghetti sauce (I use Newman’s Own Sockarooni)
1lb Italian sausage
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions (my packages always say cook noodles 1o minutes).
Meanwhile, brown sausage in a medium skillet. Drain any excess fat. Pour jarred pasta sauce into a medium saucepan. Add sausage and stir over medium heat 5 minutes. Turn heat off and allow to sit. *if your sauce is really acidic, now would be the time to add a pinch of brown sugar.
To assemble, pour a smidge of sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 13″ pan (use less than 1/4″). Layer 4 noodles over sauce. Add 1/3 of sauce over noodles. Sprinkle 1/3 of cheese. Repeat layers, ending with cheese. If desired, sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
Bake at 375 about 40 minutes or till bubbly.