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
What You'll Need
Italian sweet sausage or ground beef
crushed tomatoes with juice
jalapeno pepper diced
cloves garlic minced
red pepper diced
green bell pepper diced
Monterey Jack cheese shredded
medium hot green chilies
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.