Lets talk comfort food.
What does it for you? Do you like a big bowl of potato soup, or chili? A plate full of cheesy chicken and rice? Or maybe you’re a true Southerner that longs for biscuits and gravy. I love all of the above, but I think a really good lasagna definitely lands on the list of official comfort foods. I mean, what about it doesn’t qualify? It has melted, gooey cheese, a hearty layer of meat swimming in a rich marinara sauce. If that doesn’t sooth your soul I don’t know what would.
Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner you might be looking for an impressive, yet simple comforting dinner. Look no further, I have got you covered. This lasagna calls for basic ingredients you may already have on hand, and doesn’t call for any crazy cooking methods. There is, however, one step you might be tempted to skip, roasting the garlic. Don’t skip it! It makes all the difference, it takes a regular lasagna, to something really special. It has a more savory, robust flavor that will have your guests wondering what you know that they don’t. In case you missed it, you can find out how to roast garlic here.
- 1 pound Italian sausage, cooked, crumbled, and drained
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 large jar marinara sauce
- 1 package lasagna noodles (I used 6 total, two layers of three noodles)
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
- 5-7 roasted garlic cloves
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- Preheat oven to 400
- Brown Italian sausage over medium heat, break into very small pieces. Add chopped onion and cook until translucent. Drain fat, add pasta sauce (reserving about 3/4 cup) and set aside.
- In a small bowl combine cream cheese, sour cream, Parmesan, green onions, garlic, and seasonings. Mix well. If you prefer to have chunks of garlic with in your lasagna, just stir well. However, if you want a smoother texture you may want to use your food processor.
- Before assembling check your pasta, if you are using no bake lasagna noodles there is no need to prep the noodles. But if they aren't no bake, cook in boiling water according to package direction.
- In a large greased baking dish pour the reserved pasta sauce on the bottom of dish. Top sauce with lasagna noodles (it is okay if they overlap) add a layer of the meat mixture, then the cheese filling, top with mozzarella cheese. Continue in this order until you have used all ingredients.
- Bake 45 minutes until it is golden and bubbly.