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Shortcut Sausage Lasagna

 Shortcut Sausage Lasagna
"My family and friends love this great tasting lasagna," writes Cindy Moore of Rhinelander, Wisconsin. "The recipe is almost foolproof. Best of all, there's no need to precook the noodles."
6 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Johnsonville® Mild Ground Italian Sausage
  • 1 jar (14 ounces) meatless spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 uncooked lasagna noodles
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • Crumble the sausage into a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover;
  • microwave on high for 3-5 minutes or until meat is no longer pink,
  • stirring once; drain. Stir in the spaghetti sauce, onion, green
  • pepper, water, olives and salt.
  • In a greased 11-in. x 7-in. microwave-safe dish, layer 1-1/3 cups
  • meat sauce, three noodles, 1/2 cup ricotta cheese and 1/2 cup
  • mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers. Top with remaining meat sauce.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • Cover and microwave at 70% power for 21-24 minutes or until noodles
  • are tender. Sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella cheese.

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Directions (continued)

  • Microwave, uncovered, on high for 45-60 seconds or until cheese is
  • melted. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 square) equals 443 calories, 25 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 78 mg cholesterol, 1,091 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 26 g protein.
Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.