On New Years Day our friends (and Wisconsin alum) invited us over to watch the Rose Bowl. The Badgers didn’t win, but they made an awesome lasagna using Ina Garten’s turkey lasagna recipe. It was so good and we were so impressed that I literally made it for us the very next day… with a twist of course. Instead of using lasagna noodles, I used spaghetti squash. If you are a fan of spaghetti squash and lasagna then you will truly love this recipe! No noodles at all and you won’t even miss ’em. There’s also goat cheese in this recipe. Need I say more? It is a match made in heaven as far as I am concerned!
Like 95% of the things I make, this one starts off with sauteing some onions in olive oil.
Once they start to become translucent, add chopped garlic and cook for another minute.
Next, add sausage. I used pork sausage (hot Italian) and Ina’s recipe calls for turkey sausage. You can decide what works best for you. Sausage can be omitted altogether if you want to avoid the meat.
Once that was cooked, I transferred it to a larger pot. I recommend starting off in the larger pot to avoid having to make this transition and to avoid cleaning an extra pan.
To the sausage, onions and garlic, add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, parsley, basil, and salt and pepper.
Let that simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare the ricotta layer. The very best thing about the lasagna was that it had goat cheese in it. YUM. I love goat cheese. It provided a great tanginess to the lasagna. To prepare the ricotta layer mix ricotta cheese, goat cheese, parmesan cheese, egg and salt and pepper.
OK. So while you’re doing all of this you also want to prepare your spaghetti squash. You can do this in advance if you’d like.
In a rectangular baking sheet create a layer of spaghetti squash in the bottom of the pan. Pressing down with a fork to make it a solid layer.
Next, place some thinly sliced mozzarella (you could also use shredded cheese here) on top of the squash layer.
Next, add the ricotta cheese and spread it out evenly.
And then add the tomato/sausage sauce
And then some more cheese
To create a lasagna casserole…
Bake it for about 30 minutes, until it is bubbling hot and the cheese is melty and gooey (all technical terms of course).
and just like regular lasagna it comes out like this…