Lasagna with Sausage and Kale

Prep Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins

This hearty pasta bake will satisfy even the hungriest crew.


  • 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

  • ½ 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.

Cook's Notes

The lasagna can be assembled up to 1 day ahead and refrigerated, covered tightly with plastic wrap; the cooking time will be the same.

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