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Creamy Chipotle and Italian Sausage Lasagna

Prep Time 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Servings 24 servings

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This twist on traditional lasagna has italian sausage (mild or spicy!) and a creamy chipotle sauce! It also makes 2, so you can give one to a friend or save one in the freezer for later!

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So it’s that time of year again….

School’s back in session.

For some, it’s the happiest time of the year! The kids go back to school and you can settle back into routine.

For others, namely those kids that have to go back and their teachers, not quite as fun!

close up image of chipotle sausage lasagna in baking dish with lots of melted cheese

It’s not like I don’t love my job, and it’s not like my 60 14-18 year old students aren’t going to be super excited to see me (rolls eyes), but it’s just so much nicer sitting around home, having every day open to do whatever I want blog and be a mother.

And I know there are people who work more than 5 hours and 20 minutes — which includes a 75 minute prep and a 30 minute lunch — and then have to go home and make supper… but it still feels like a lot somedays.

There are a lot of things bloggers do behind the scenes that not everybody knows about. In fact, I didn’t even know about them until I started, which is maybe why I started in the first place! But I’m glad I did and I’ve learned an incredible amount so far.

Moving on.

piece of chipotle italian sausage lasagna being scooped out of pan

We love pasta.

And I love my freezer as much as I love my slow cooker.

When the middle of August rolls around, I’m usually starting to stock up the freezer a bit so I can have a few extra nights off of supper duty when I’m working. Because if you’re going to make one, you may as well make two. Or more.

So the recipe I’m including for you makes two lasagnas, but it can be easily be halved if you only want one!

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Creamy Chipotle and Italian Sausage Lasagna

A creamy, smoky, slightly spicy take on lasagna with spinach and tomatoes. Makes 2 lasagnas, so you can eat one and freeze one, or pass one on to a friend!
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 24 servings
Calories 294cal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb italian sausage 4-5 links, casings removed
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 3/4 cup frozen spinach thawed and drained
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • 18 lasagna noodles
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2-1 tsp chipotle peppers in adobo pureed
  • 1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes drained
  • 4 cups shredded cheese

Instructions

  • In a large pan, fry italian sausage, beef and onion together until browned. Drain any extra fat.
  • Stir in spinach and garlic and cook 1-2 minutes. Remove from the pan (set aside) and wipe clean with a paper towel.
  • While your meat is cooking, cook your noodles according to the package. Drain and set aside to let cool so you can handle them. I often soak mine in some cold water for a few minutes.
  • In the frying pan melt the butter. Whisk in the flour until smooth and cook 1 minute.
  • Stir in milk, 1 cup at a time, whisking and cooking until thickened after each addition. When all milk has been added and mixture is thick, stir in sausage mixture, tomato sauce, salt, chipotle peppers (less for less heat, more for more heat) and tomatoes. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  • Assembly:Spray two 9×13″ pans with non stick spray (I use one foil pan for the freezer lasagna, and keep one to bake the next day). Line each pan with 3 noodles. Top the noodles in each pan with ⅙ of the sauce (you’re just trying to keep the sauce spread evenly throughout the dish). Top with a sprinkle of cheese. Repeat layers two more times: 3 noodles, ⅙ of the sauce, sprinkle of cheese. 3 noodles, remaining sauce, remaining cheese.
  • To bake:Set in the fridge until ready to bake or place right into an oven preheated to 350 degrees F. Bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour until heated through and cheese starts to brown. If your cheese begins to look too dry, cover with a piece of tin foil sprayed with non stick spray. Let sit 5 minutes before slicing.

Notes

!To freeze:
Spray a piece of plastic wrap with non stick spray and place spray-side down on top of the lasagna (you don’t want that cheese to stick while it’s freezing!). Cover with a piece of tin foil and write the date and name of the dish. I also write a reminder to take the plastic wrap out before baking. Freeze flat.
On the day you want to eat it, remove from the freezer in the morning and let thaw. It won’t be completely thawed by the time you go to bake, which is fine. You can also pop right into the oven from the freezer, provided you used a foil baking pan, you’ll just want to make sure the middle is hot before serving. Bake at 350 degrees for at least 1 hour, up to 1.5 hours, until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 294cal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 473mg | Potassium: 299mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 925IU | Vitamin C: 2.9mg | Calcium: 152mg | Iron: 1.5mg

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Jennifer says

    I saw this recipe and needed to make it right away. Unfortunately, my small town is weird when it comes to getting certain things ie: chipotle peppers….. Crazy right? They did however have a chipotle sauce, so I used that instead and didn’t include the tomato paste.

    It was the best lasagna I have ever made/eaten. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      I’m so glad to hear that! I live in a small town too so I totally know what you mean! I stock up on certain things when we’re in the city 🙂 Thanks for coming back and leaving a comment!

  2. Hope says

    What type of cheese do you use for this recipe? Just found your blog thru Pinterest and this looks so good! My family loves anything with Chipotles in them. 🙂

    • Ashley says

      I would try any other supermarket. I’m sure I’ve gotten them at wal mart before. They’ll be with the Mexican food.

    • Ashley says

      We have two somewhat small freezers, plus the one on our fridge, and it still doesn’t seem like enough! I love to load up my freezer with meals and baking — such a time saver!

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