19 January 2018

Pork sausage lasagna… a link to flavour

Pork sausage lasagna… a link to flavour

If you made a new year’s resolution to cook more, Ontario Pork is here to help. Kick-start your home-cooking commitment with pork sausage lasagna – a rediscovered recipe from the Ontario Pork archives.

Not only is it easy to prepare, it’s affordable and kid-friendly. Make a large batch and enjoy leftovers for the next few days, or freeze smaller portions for a quick lunch or dinner.

Traditional lasagna is made with beef, but this recipe calls for Ontario pork sausage – a budget-friendly protein that’ll bring loads of flavour. Not sure where to buy local sausage? Check our retailer map for a full listing of locations that carry local pork products. To be 100% sure you are buying local, look for the Ontario Pork checkmark logo.

 

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With so many styles of pork sausage available, experiment with different flavour profiles that best suit you and your family (mild/hot/sweet Italian, garlic, herb – the sky’s the limit!). If you’re looking for winning sausage makers, Ontario Meat and Poultry conducts Ontario’s Finest Meat Competition – if there’s a winning sausage maker in your neighbourhood, be sure to stop by.

You can make the recipe as is, using sausage, or try a different protein combination – each would provide a unique texture and flavour. How about: 

  • ground pork and pork sausage
  • pork sausage with ground beef
  • ground pork and ground beef – just bump up your spices a bit

However you make it, lasagna is always a crowd pleaser. 

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Yield: Serves 6
Preparation Time: 30 Minutes
Cooking Time: 45 Minutes

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb (500 g) mild or hot Italian Ontario pork sausages, casings removed
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp can (14 oz/398 mL) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (28 oz/798 mL) Italian plum tomatoes
  • 1/2 pkg oven-ready lasagna noodles
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 lb (250 g) ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup (250 mL) grated mozzarella cheese

Cooking Instructions:

  1. In a large heavy skillet, heat oil. Add sausage, garlic and onion, stirring to break up meat. Cook about 10 minutes until onions are soft and translucent and sausage is browned. 
  2. Add tomato sauce and tomatoes, reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. In a separate bowl, combine ricotta cheese and egg; mix well. 
  3. To assemble, spread 1/3 of meat sauce in a 9 x 13 inch (3 litre) baking dish. 
  4. Cover with a layer of noodles, half the ricotta mixture, 1/3 of remaining meat sauce and 1/3 of the mozzarella. Repeat the layers, ending with noodles, meat sauce and mozzarella. 
  5. Cover with foil and bake in a 350ºF (180ºC) oven for about 45 minutes, or until sauce is bubbling and cheese is melted. Let stand about 10 minutes before serving.
Nutritional Information
Pork Sausage Lasagna
Per 1 Person Serving
Calories 547
Fat 33.2 g
Sugar
  Saturated 12.5 g
  Monounsaturated 14.4 g
  Polyunsaturated 4.3 g
Cholesterol 111 mg
Sodium 1207 mg
Potassium
Calcium
Carbohydrate 40 g
Fibre 3 g
Protein 24 g
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