Sausages / Entrées

Merguez Sausage and Mushrooms Lasagna

with Merguez Sausage - Lamb Sausage with Spices

​Servings: 8

Ingredients

2 packs (10oz each) Merguez Sausage

  • 3 tbp extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 Lb oyster mushrooms, stems discarded and large caps halved lengthwise
  • 1 Lb shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded and caps thinly sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbp all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 Lb thin lasagna noodles, preferably flat 
  • 4 cups fresh ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 Lb truffled pecorino cheese, coarsely shredded (about 3 cups)
  • 2 tbp unsalted butter, softened, plus more for greasing
  • 2 tbp freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • Parsley leaves, for garnish

Directions

  1. Cook the merguez in a large deep skillet over moderate heat, turning once, until well browned and cooked through. Let cool and thinly slice on a plate. 
  2. Add 2 tbp of olive oil to the skillet. Add the oyster and shiitake mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened and browned, about 15 minutes. Stir in the red onion and the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil, cover and cook, stirring, until the onion is softened, about 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the flour. Set the skillet over moderately high heat and gradually stir in the chicken stock and wine until smooth. Simmer, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Add the merguez and season with salt and pepper.
  3. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the lasagne noodles until just tender, about 3 minutes. Drain the noodles, transfer to a bowl of cold water or let stand for 1 minute. Pat the noodles dry, then toss lightly with olive oil. In a large bowl, blend the ricotta with the pecorino and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375°. In a well-buttered 9-by-13-inch, deep ceramic baking dish, arrange 2 to 3 lasagna noodles in a single layer. Spread half of the mushroom mixture over the noodles. Cover with more noodles and dollop half of the cheese mixture on top. Cover with another layer of noodles, pressing gently to spread the cheese in an even layer. Continue layering with the remaining mushroom mixture, noodles and cheese mixture, ending with a layer of noodles. Spread the softened butter on the top and garnish with the grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
  5. Cover the lasagna with foil and bake for about 40 minutes, until heated through. Uncover and preheat the broiler. Broil the lasagna about 4 inches from the heat until golden brown and crisp on top, about 2 minutes. Let the lasagna rest for 15 minutes. Garnish with parsley leaves, cut into squares and serve.   

Credit:Marcia Kiesel