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Lasagna with Sausage and Kale

The lasagna can be assembled up to one day ahead and refrigerated, covered tightly with plastic wrap; the cooking time will be the same.

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  • Servings: 8
Lasagna with Sausage and Kale

Source: Everyday Food, October 2004


  • 12 ounces spicy Italian sausage, removed from casings and crumbled
  • 2 large onions, halved and thinly sliced (4 cups)
  • 1 to 2 bunches kale (1 1/2 pounds), thick stems removed
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 8 ounces lasagna noodles (about 9 noodles), each broken crosswise into 4 to 6 pieces
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3 cups part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a 5-quart pot, cook sausage over medium heat, stirring often, until browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in onions; cover, and cook until softened, 5 minutes. Uncover; cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.

  2. Add kale and 1/2 cup water to pot; season with salt and pepper. Cover; cook over medium-low heat, tossing occasionally, until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain; coarsely chop. Transfer to bowl with onions.

  3. Meanwhile, cook noodles 2 minutes less than package instructions. Drain; rinse under cold water.

  4. Add noodles, tomatoes, and ricotta to the bowl; season with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Toss well. Pour into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish; smooth top with a spatula. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake until golden brown, about 40 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before serving.


You can replace the kale with two 10-ounce packages of frozen chopped spinach; thaw spinach, and squeeze out excess water before adding to noodle mixture in step 4 (skip step 2).

Reviews (3)

  • jrh3 5 Jan, 2014

    I chopped a parsnip, a red pepper and added spinach to the kale . The flavors were great, my family loved it!

  • LMS 007 14 Sep, 2012

    I really like this recipe. But it is very spicy if you make it with spicy Italian sausage, like they say. And I like spice. Last time I made it with half mild Italian sausage and half spicy but it was still too much, especially if I'm making it for people that don't like it. I think from now on I'll make it with mild and does not take away from the flavor. Also, one time I made it with frozen mustard greens instead of fresh kale and while it was good, fresh kale is best. Also works if frozen!

  • patcrom 7 Mar, 2011

    Family loved this easy healthy dish. I followed recipe closely except added a few more noodles.

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