This Smoked Italian Sausage Lasagna recipe is sponsored by Premio Foods.
Lasagna is definitely one of those comfort food classics that always sounds good and never gets old. The only problem is that it’s always been prepared and cooked in kind of the same way. One of my favorite things to do here at Hey Grill, Hey is take these classic recipes and re-invent them to incorporate a smoky, wood fired element for an updated and tasty twist.
That’s exactly the course I took with this Smoked Italian Sausage Lasagna. I keep many of the traditional elements the same: wide noodles, tangy red sauce, creamy ricotta cheese, and fresh herbs. Then, I add in some flavor by slow smoking Premio’s Sweet Italian sausages before layering them into the lasagna. Top the whole thing off with loads of cheese and back to the smoker to bake. This step doesn’t add a ton of smoke flavor as the temperature is higher, but it adds in just enough of that “cooked outside” element to make every bite irresistible.
The best part about this smoked Italian sausage lasagna is how adaptable it is for your family. If you like a little more heat, simply swap out the sweet Italian sausages for hot Italian sausages. If you like cottage cheese instead of ricotta, just make a straight across trade (I’m looking at my in-laws here, they are cottage cheese fans all the way!) You can also use whatever type of marinara sauce you like, but if you’ve got the time and some tomatoes, may I recommend my Homemade Smoke Roasted Tomato Sauce? And finally, if you don’t have access to a smoker, you can simply char-grill the sausages on whatever type of grill you have to infuse the entire lasagna with a subtle smoky flavor and then bake in an oven.
However you end up adding your own twist to this recipe, I hope you enjoy! It will be a family classic for years to come.