A Squared: Red Gold Lasagna Party: Zesty Italian Chicken Sausage & Zucchini Lasagna

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Red Gold Lasagna Party: Zesty Italian Chicken Sausage & Zucchini Lasagna

Recently, the nice people over at Red Gold invited me to a Lasagna Party. This sounded like my kind of party, so of course, I was in!

Red Gold is one of my go to brands for canned tomatoes-- which I use in so many different recipes. They have been around for more than 70 years and are based right here in the Midwest, so the majority of their produce is locally grown in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. I am sucker for local products-- especially high quality ones like Red Gold.

They were generous enough to send me my very own Lasagna Party Kit (filled with all of the non-perishable lasagna essentials) so that I could host my very own party! Also included in the kit was a recipe for Red Gold's foolproof All-In-One Lasagna. Knowing that lasagna can be a bit intimidating to make, they created a recipe that is super easy to follow and makes a perfect lasagna-- or the perfect base for creating a gourmet lasagna that is all your own!

Red Gold has already come up with some fabulous recipes for simple gourmet lasagnas that involve just a few tweaks to the basic All-in-One recipe like Chicken Parmesan Lasagna, Eggplant Florentine Lasagna, and Fresh Harvest Lasagna.

Never one to turn down a cooking challenge, I decided to use Red Gold's All-In-One recipe as a base for my very own lasagna: Zesty Italian Chicken Sausage & Zucchini Lasagna. I decided to spice up the sauce a little with some crushed red pepper flakes. To the layers of pasta, cheese, and sauce, I added super thinly sliced zucchini rounds and some Italian chicken sausage. It was the perfect way to shake up a traditional lasagna, adding great flavors, some heat, and even a little bit of nutrition, without a ton of additional work.

My Lasagna Party guests loved the results-- and I was pretty pleased with them myself!

Want to join the Lasagna Party? Check out Red Gold's Facebook page (for a chance to win a fun lasagna party pack of your own!) and create your own Red Gold lasagna and post it online with the hashtag #RGLasagna.

Zesty Italian Chicken Sausage & Zucchini Lasagna

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 (28-oz.) can Red Gold® Crushed Tomatoes
  • 2 (14.5-oz.) cans Red Gold® Diced Tomatoes With Basil, Garlic & Oregano
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • Salt, to taste
  • 16-oz. box lasagna noodles, traditional, uncooked
  • 15 oz. low fat ricotta cheese
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
My additional ingredients:
  • 3/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into very thinly sliced rounds *I used a mandolin to get them super thin and even
  • 1 package Italian chicken sausage (4 links), cut into 1/4-inch rounds

Servings: 12
Preparation Time: 20 minutes 
Cook Time: 60 minutes

Preheat oven to 350ยบ F. In large mixing bowl combine water, RED GOLD® CRUSHED TOMATOES,  RED GOLD® DICED TOMATOES with BASIL, GARLIC & OREGANO, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, and salt.

Cover the bottom of a 9x13x2-inch baking pan with 1½ cups of sauce mixture.  Arrange 1/3 of noodles on top of sauce, slightly overlapped.  Top with ½ of ricotta cheese, ½ of the zucchini slices, ½ of the chicken sausage slices, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese and 1 cup of sauce.  Repeat layers and top with last 1/3 of noodles and the remaining sauce.  Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

Cover tightly with foil and bake for 1 to 1½ hours; until noodles are cooked. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

The recipe makes 12 servings, but you could divide the recipe into two 9x9-inch baking dishes and freeze for a future dinner.

Editor's Note: Some of the products here were provided to me at no cost by Red Gold. The opinions expressed here, as always, are my own. Thanks, Red Gold!

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