Paired with: San Felice Chianti Classico
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I presented this duo recently for dinner and was made to promise that I do it again! It's a perfect food and wine pairing for the depths of winter. Enjoy!
This recipe is sourced from Bon Appetit.
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups chopped onion
1/2 cup diced carrot
1 tablespoon fennel seeds, crushed in a spice mill or in mortar with pestle
1 pound spicy, Italian turkey sausages, casings removed
3 large garlic cloves, pressed
1/2 cup dry white wine
5 cups crushed tomatoes with added puree (from two 28-ounce cans)
1 cup chopped fresh basil, divided
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
1 15-ounce container whole-milk ricotta cheese
3 cups (packed) coarsely grated whole-milk mozzarella cheese (12 ounces)
1 1/4 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
16 6 1/2x3 1/4-inch no-boil lasagna noodles
Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, carrot, and fennel seeds; sauté 5 minutes. Add sausage and garlic; sauté until sausage is cooked through, breaking into pieces, 8 to 10 minutes. Add wine; boil 1 minute. Add tomatoes, 1/2 cup basil, and oregano. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer until sauce thickens, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Combine ricotta, mozzarella, 1 cup Parmesan, and 1/2 cup basil in medium bowl; stir to blend. Season with pepper. DO AHEAD. Sauce and cheese mixture can be made 1 day ahead. Cover separately; chill.
Place noodles in large bowl; cover with hot water. Soak until pliable, separating occasionally, about 30 minutes. Drain well.
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Spread 1 cup sauce over bottom of 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Cover with 4 noodles, arranging crosswise. Drop 1/4 of cheese mixture over by tablespoonfuls; spread out. Top with 1 cup sauce, then 4 noodles and 1/3 remaining cheese mixture. Repeat 2 more times with 1 cup sauce, 4 noodles and 1/2 of cheese mixture. Spread any remaining sauce over. Sprinkle with 1 cup parmesan.
Bake lasagna uncovered until heated through and puffed. about 50 minutes. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes and serve.