Formato Brothers Hot Eggplant & Sausage Lasagna

Here’s an incredibly tasty, slightly spicy, delicious lasagna dish created by Chef Gary, using Formato Brothers Hot Eggplant Salad.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 9 pieces lasagna noodles, uncooked
  • 2 Tbsp Antica Italia Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 7 Italian sausages, cut the casing & remove
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 jar marinara sauce (24 oz)
  • 1 bottle Formato Brothers Hot Eggplant Salad (16 oz)
  • 3 cups ricotta cheese
  • 4 cups mozarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil

PREPARATION:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Cook pasta until al dente.  Drain, lightly oil & set aside.

In a medium saucepan, saute the sausage in olive oil, until no longer pink.  Remove cooked sausage from the sauce pan & spoon off excess oil, discard.

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Add marinara sauce to the mixture & set aside.

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In a medium bowl blend ricotta cheese & 1/4 cup of the grated parmesan cheese; set aside.

Coat a 9×14″ baking dish with olive oil & spread 1 cup of the sauce mixture on the bottom.

Top with 3 lasagna noodles.  Spread 1/3 of the ricotta cheese mixture on the noodles & layer on 1 cup of the sauce mixture.  Sprinkle 1/2 cup mozzarella chees over this along with one cut cut up cooked sausage.  Repeat this process two more times, starting with the noodles & finishing with the remaining 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese.

Place a layer of the remaining four cooked up cut up sausages across the top of the lasagna & then sprinkle with oregano and basil, then cover with shredded mozzarella cheese.

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Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

BUON APPETITO!

From Chef Gary Marino, one of our favorite inventive Italian friends.  Always thinking of new ways to use Formato Brothers products!!!  Grazie, Chef Gary!