Pepperoni and Pineapple Pizza Lasagna

Do you like Pepperoni and Pineapple Pizza? Do you like Lasagna? I decided to combine them and WOW was it good! This will be a Keeper in our household. I really think the pineapple was the defining ingredient. You really could put what ever topping you like in the sauce. for example…Mushrooms, green peppers, etc……the ideas are endless!!!

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. of ground italian sausage
1 diced onion
1 diced carrot
1 diced zucchini
1 28 oz crushed tomatoes
3 minced garlic gloves
1 TBS sugar
Dried basil, salt, pepper and crushed pepper flakes, 2 bay leaves
1 can of olives – sliced
1 large can of pineapple tid bits – drained
Ricotta cheese mixture (recipe below)
lasagna noodles (whole wheat works great)
Sliced pepperoni
Grated Parmesan cheese
Grated mozzarella cheese

Brown the italian sausage until cooked. Add onions, carrots, zucchini and some olive oil and saute until tender.   Add crushed tomatoes, garlic, sugar and spices and cover. Simmer for about an hour.

While sauce is simmering prepare your lasagna noodles. I have found that you really don’t need to do anything and can use them raw. Sometimes its easier though when they are soft. In that case you can either boiling them or put them in a dish of boiling water and let them sit until they soften enough and are somewhat pliable. Instant hots are great for this technique. I used about 15 noodles and made 3 layers in my casserole dish (about a 12 x 9)

simmer lasagna

Add olives and drained pineapple and mix well.

Ricotta Cheese:
1 15 oz. tub
1 egg
Parsley flakes
garlic powder
mix together until smooth, set aside.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees

Assemble your lasagna:

Start with a small layer of sauce at the bottom of your lightly greased dish add the next steps in this order:

Noodles
Ricotta cheese mixture
Pepperoni (lay on cheese in a single layer)
Sauce mixture
Mozzarella cheese
Parmesan cheese
Repeat layers ending in cheese.
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Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
Remove foil and bake for another 15 minutes
Let stand to set for at least 15 minutes. Enjoy!

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