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Easy Sausage and Mushroom Lasagna

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Easy Sausage and Mushroom Lasagna: A couple shortcuts make this  classic pasta dish a breeze to prepare!

Slice of Easy Sausage and Mushroom Lasagna on a white plate

Easy Sausage and Mushroom Lasagna

Did you know you don’t have to cook your lasagna noodles before baking? And how about your sauce? Have you tried an uncooked version? This recipe adapted from Red Gold, purveyor of prime tomatoes, had a couple of nifty short cuts that made creating this layered pasta a wee bit simpler. I took their Easy Classic Lasagna and with a couple of tweaks transformed it into this Easy Sausage and Mushroom Lasagna.

Pan of Easy Sausage and Mushroom Lasagna

Tips for an Easier Lasagna

I’ve made tons of lasagnas..or “rizzoni” as Katie dubbed it as a toddler. But I hate how many messy dishes there are to wash when it’s all said and done. I started soaking my lasagna noodles in hot water instead of boiling them when I learned of that short cut, and when no-boil pasta came out, I tried that as well.

But the easiest time-saving trick is to make a more watery sauce and just use the pasta straight out of the box. As the lasagna cooks, the noodles absorb the excess water and are cooked to perfection. And doubly nice is that this pasta sauce is uncooked; there are definitely fewer pots and pans to wash after the prep is finished.

Red Gold also has recipes for Chicken Parmesan Lasagna, Fresh Harvest Lasagna and Eggplant Florentine Lasagna on their website…all based on the same Classic Lasagna from which this recipe was based.

Easy Sausage and Mushroom Lasagna

Easy Sausage and Mushroom Lasagna

Simplify your lasagna prep with this Easy Sausage and Mushroom Lasagna

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Yield 12 servings


  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage links, sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 (28 ounce) can Crushed Tomatoes In Thick Puree
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans Diced Tomatoes With Basil, Garlic & Oregano
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage, or lean ground beef, cooked and drained
  • 1 (16 ounce) box lasagna noodles, traditional, uncooked
  • 1 (15 ounce) carton low fat ricotta cheese
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. In a large saute pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add onions and mushrooms and cook till soft and slightly browned. Add to large mixing bowl. Add more olive oil if needed and cook sausage till browned on both sides. Add to the onions and mushrooms. Add crushed tomatoes and diced tomatoes, salt, and water to the mixing bowl, stir to combine ingredients.
  3. Cover the bottom of a 9x13x2 inch greased 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, 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 cheeses.
  4. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 1 to 1½ hours; until noodles are cooked. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Yield: 12 servings

Total time: 2 hours.


Recipe adapted from Red Gold

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 416Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 886mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 25g


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36 comments on “Easy Sausage and Mushroom Lasagna”

  1. Lasagna can be such a messy and time consuming dish! I love your quick and tasty version Liz!

  2. Easy lasagna sounds tempting.. the one that takes half day to make I wouldn’t repeat again πŸ™‚

  3. We love lasagna too but don’t like the mess that comes along with it either. What a great tip Liz, love your easier version and can’t wait to try it next time πŸ™‚

  4. I’ve never tried this method, your lasagna looks good enough to eat:@)

  5. I’ll definitely keep this in mind the next time I make a pasta cake.

  6. Love how you sped up lasagna! I have a hubby who loves it, but I hate the whole making process….so this is definitely gonna happen in my house!

  7. I’ve been hankering for a good lasagna lately. You’ve sealed the deal…

  8. The only proble is, i can’t hold my selt to keep digging the entire batches, LoL

  9. This is brilliant, yes please to lasagna with less dishes! πŸ˜‰

  10. I really should try the watery sauce trick with regular noodles sometime. I’ve heard it works really well, and you’ve just confirmed it. Super looking lasagna — this is one of my favorite dishes!

  11. Beautiful lasagna Liz, I like the sausage in it…so tasty!
    Hope you are having a great week πŸ˜€

  12. Lasagna is a favourite around here. Thanks for this recipe – I’m always worried that my sauce isn’t watery enough to cook the noodles – this gives good measurments!

  13. I have made lasagna this way and think it is terrific. I will have to try Italian sausage in mine…I’ve never made that version and it sounds great.

  14. I love the idea of putting sausage in a lasagna … very tasty! And even better that it’s an easy peasy version like this! πŸ™‚

  15. Argh! I wish I’d seen this post last night, Liz. (I made lasagna to a new recipe from one of my favourite TV chefs and discovered after I started that the sauce needed 2 hours simmering before it got anywhere near the oven. And then, it was probably the least tasty lasagna I have ever tasted. I’m ripping up that recipe and replacing it with your flavor-packed, quick and easy recipe). Love the sausage/minced beef mix, adding tons of flavour.

  16. Lasagna is a dish I very rarely make because of the time involved in prep…but love the dish. I knew of no cook pasta but not sure if I ever tried. Lots of great tips here too. Sending you love and support in your difficult week.

  17. I love this lasagna!! look wonderful!!

  18. Why on earth haven’t I think of that before!!! this is a really BRILLIANT idea. I always look at the package in the store and tell my self ” ok ,may be next time” :). Thanks for the recipe and the clever idea.

  19. I’ve used the no-cook pasta before and it does make a difference. This looks great.

  20. Lizzy, that gorgeous slice of lasagna is really testing my willpower! Why does everything good contain carbs? Sobs!

  21. I’ve always used the no cook lasagna but this is worth a try. It looks great, Liz! Hey, how many mushrooms did you use? Inquiring minds need to know! Hang in there, Liz!

  22. Oh, I like this one, Liz! Can I have some, please!? πŸ™‚ ela

  23. Fantastic recipe Liz! How much mushrooms should we use?(it’s not mentioned in the ingredients)
    Thank you for another wonderful post!

  24. Where are the mushrooms???

  25. I have never cooked pasta for my lasagna…but sauce..I usually prepared them one day before, so never tried the raw sauce. Your lasagna with mushrooms and sausage looks delectable!

  26. Ooh that is easy! πŸ˜€ I’ve never heard of not cooking the noodles before…or the sauce. I never even knew it was possible. Your lasagna looks fabulous, Lizzy!


  27. Oh, I had NO IDEA you could do this. I love lasagna, and it’s not HARD to make by any means, but it is time-consuming, messy, and results in soooo many dishes to wash. Even just one less pot from boiling the noodles would be welcome. Thanks Liz!

  28. So hearty and delicious, you can’t go wrong with sausage and pasta sheets together πŸ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

  29. I haven’t made lasagna in years, in fact I’ve probably only ever made it once! This version looks fantastic and the ingredients are wonderful too. I must say, Liz, lasagna is very difficult to photograph but you’ve done beautifully. I love the layers, the sauce, everything about it is beautiful.

  30. This works for me. I love cooking and baking but the clean up, not so much.

  31. Hi this lasagna looks fantastic. A great change up and one I am going to try. Thanks for the recipe

  32. Did I mention lasagna always remind me of Garfield? You seem to be making this quite often. Are you keeping Garfield in your home?

  33. I LOVE lasagna and yours looks soo good. I like how you added chucks of sausage in there instead of the traditional ground beef.

  34. I cooked my first (no boil) lasagna recently too… it’s so much easier to do. I think it’s my new favorite method since I don’t have to burn my hands pulling apart hot noodles. πŸ™‚ I love how your lasagna sliced… so clean…. mine is always a towering mess.

  35. Boy does this look good – you got some wonderful pictures of it too!

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