Inspired by my Cheesy Baked Bolognese recipe, I created this delicious and creamy Lasagna. Instead of the usual plain ground beef, I added some ground Italian sausage to the mix. With some dried Thyme, garlic powder and some cream cheese and sour cream thrown in for good measure – there’s only one thing to say about this – DELICIOUS! Please enjoy!
1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground Italian sausage (if you get the ones with the casing, just remove the skin)
1 large onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1-2 teaspoons dried thyme or Italian seasoning
32 oz Tomato sauce (about 2 large cans)
1 (8 oz) package Cream Cheese (softened)
1 cup sour cream
1 box lasagna noodles, cooked and drained or use no-boil lasagna noodles (about 16-18 pieces)
1 cup Italian blend cheese (or Mozarella), shredded
In medium heat, cook the ground beef and Italian sausage until nicely browned. Add the onion and cook until softened. I don’t add any more oil because the meat would presumably have a little fat in them but feel free to use a little if you wish.
Stir in the salt, brown sugar, garlic powder, thyme, and tomato sauce. Simmer on low for about 10 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning to your taste.
Preheat the oven to 350 F (if using No-Boil Lasagna follow the manufacturer’s instruction as to the proper temperature and length of cooking time). Mix the cream cheese and sour cream together. You can use an electric mixer for convenience.
Grease a 9×13 baking dish. Layer the dish with 1/4 of the meat sauce, 4-6 noodles (depending on the content of the box and how many fits in your baking dish), and the cream cheese mixture (about 1/3 portion). You can slightly overlap the noodles in order to fit them in the baking dish.
Repeat the layers 2 more times ending with the remaining meat mixture on top. Cover and then bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until bubbly and fully heated through. Uncover, sprinkle with the Italian cheese and then bake for another 5 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted. Let stand for about 10 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!
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