A part of being with family at Christmas is traditions, I love traditions and we have several. One is that we always have lasagna at Christmas. It started when we lived near family and we had a couple of days of very rich, delicious traditional food. We wanted something different so lasagna it was. Since that time, no matter what day our family celebrates Christmas, lasagna is always served at some point.
- Lasagna noodles
- drizzle of olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning (can add more per taste)
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1-2 pounds of sweet Italian sausage (if you like saucier use less meat)
- 2 (28 oz) cans of crushed tomatoes in puree
- 6 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 3/4-1 cup shaved Parmesan cheeseFill a large baking dish with hot tap water and add noodles.Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, Italian seasoning and red pepper. Cook, stirring often until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add sausage and cook, stirring to break up meat until cooked through. Add both cans of crushed tomatoes in puree. Bring to a boil and simmer about 20 minutes until slightly thickened.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain noodles and dry baking dish. Spoon approximately one cup of sauce on bottom of dish. Layer noodles, 1/2 of sauce and 1/2 of both cheeses then repeat. Cover dish tightly with foil and bake 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove foil and bake an additional 20 minutes until top is brown and bubbly. Remove from oven and let cool 15 minutes before cutting.
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