Sweet Sausage and Three Cheese Lasagna

I’m a creature of habit. So when I make tomato sauce, there’s a rhythm and order of things or it’s not quite right – like sauce superstitions of some sort. It starts by opening a bottle of red wine and pouring myself a glass before adding some to the onions; I have to slice the garlic paper thin like they did when they cooked in prison that one time  in the Godfather (remember?); then I have to play at least one Dino or Frank song, preferably while the sauce is simmering.

And, when it comes to making lasagna, I have approximately 19,000 versions but my happy place is my Mom’s version, this Sweet Sausage and Three Cheese Lasagna. It’s ridiculously easy (no béchamel to speak of) but still really comforting – especially since it’s got loads and loads of cheese. I mean, high-quality ricotta and a well-made tomato sauce is my Kryptonite, people!

I’m a creature of habit – when I make tomato sauce, there’s a rhythm of things I have to do just so or it’s not quite right – like sauce superstitions of some sort. It starts by opening a bottle of red wine and pouring myself a glass before adding some to the onions; I have to slice the garlic paper thin like they did in the Godfather when they cooked in prison that one time (remember?); then I have to play at least one Dino or Frank song, preferably while the sauce is simmering.   And, when it comes to making lasagna, I have approximately 19,000 versions but my happy place is my Mom’s version. It’s ridiculously easy (no béchamel to speak of) but still really comforting – especially since it’s got loads and loads of cheese. I mean, good ricotta and tomato sauce is my Kryptonite, people!  So, after many moons, I realized that I have cooked the lasagna anytime there’s a big group to feed (be it a ski weekend, pre-music festival fare, or just in the midst of a cold snap like we’re having right now).

I cook this Sweet Sausage and Three Cheese Lasagna anytime there’s a big group to feed (be it a ski weekend, pre-music festival fare, or just in the midst of a cold snap like we’re having right now), but I realized I’ve never shared the recipe with you. Sure, I’ve made more sophisticated lasagnas (pesto lasagna, anyone?) but there are few that are as comforting as this one. I mean, it’s my Mom’s most requested recipe so clearly, when it comes to this Sweet Sausage and Three Cheese Lasagna, mother knows best.