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Pumpkin & Sausage Lasagna

  • Author: Mix and Match Mama
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 to 8 1x

Description

A delicious and simple fall twist on lasagna.  It feeds a crowd and everyone will love it!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 pound of bulk Italian sausage
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz) can of pumpkin (we use Libby’s)
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning (make sure it’s gluten-free, we like Morton & Bassett)
  • ½ tablespoon cinnamon
  • a few handfuls of fresh basil, torn
  • about a cup of grated Parmesan cheese (reserve some for garnish)
  • 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 box of oven ready lasagna noodles (we use these for our gluten-free noodles, *see tip below*)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease (I use Pam) a 9×13 baking dish.  Set aside.
  3. See note below about soaking noodles, optional.
  4. In a pot over medium-high heat, brown your beef and Italian sausage in a big drizzle of EVOO
  5. Once browned and crumbly, stir in your chopped onion and garlic along with a big pinch of both salt and pepper.  Sauté about five minutes or until the onions are tender.  Next, stir in your tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and pumpkin along with your Italian seasoning and cinnamon.
  6. Add in most of your basil (reserving some to garnish), reduce the heat to low and allow everything to simmer about 10 minutes.  After that, you’re ready to assemble.
  7. Place a third of your meat mixture down across the bottom of your prepared baking dish.  Next, sprinkle over a third of your mozzarella and your Parm followed by a row of lasagna noodles.  Repeat once more.  After that, spread the remaining third of your meat mixture down over the lasagna noodles followed by the rest of your cheese.
  8. Pop your lasagna in the oven and bake uncovered about 35 to 40 minutes or until the edges of your noodles brown up a bit and it’s nice and bubbly.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to sit about 5 minutes before cutting into squares.
  10. Serve with a bit more torn basil.

Notes

Here’s a great tip for using oven ready lasagna noodles.  If you find that your lasagna noodles are too crunchy when you use the oven ready variety, simply pull them out of the box and soak them in cold water about 10 minutes before using.  Basically, the whole time you’re making your meat sauce, soak those noodles.  Shake off the water and assemble when it’s time to layer.  Easy as that!

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