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Author Notes: As a lover of Tex-Mex, Mexican,and Southwestern cuisine, I decided to take the traditional Italian baked lasagna recipe and "kick it up a notch." Garnering up some of my favorite ingredients for producing a southwestern dish and adapting them to an Italian lasagna resulted in this Southwestern Lasagna, which leaves family and friends begging for more. —maggie531
- 1 pound Chorizo sausage
- 1/2 pound Italian sweet sausage or ground beef
- 32 ounces crushed tomatoes with juice
- 2 tablespoons cumin
- 1 Sweet onion
- 1 jalapeno pepper diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 red pepper diced
- 1 green bell pepper diced
- 32 ounces Ricotta cheese
- 2 eggs
- 1 pound Monterey Jack cheese shredded
- 1/2 cup medium hot green chilies
- 1 pound oven-ready lasagna noodles
- Dice the chorizo sausage and skin the sweet sausages, brown, drain and set aside.Pre-heat oven to 350.
- Add tomatoes, cumin, onion, peppers and garlic to a large saucepan. Simmer until the onion and peppers are soft (about 30 minutes). Set aside.
- Lightly whisk the eggs and stir in the ricotta to blend into a thick sauce. Set aside
- Place 1/3 tomato sauce in large pyrex baking dish. Top with a layer of pasta. Top with the sausage and green chilies, 1/3 more sauce and 1/2 Monterey Jack. Top with another layer of pasta. Top with remaining sauce and cheese.
- Bake for 45-60 minutes or until top is nicely browned. Serve with a mixed green salad.
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