All-Crust Sheet-Pan Lasagna

Savor caramelized cheese and crispy pasta with every bite of this sheet pan lasagna that's all browned bits and crunchy edges. Add a pinch[ of red pepper flakes to the sauce if you like an extra kick of heat.]

Total Time:
1 hr 10 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
50 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for oiling foil
  • 12 ounces sweet Italian sausage, casings removed (about 3 links)
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • One 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, crushed by hand
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • One 15-ounce container whole-milk ricotta cheese (about 2 cups)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup packed basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • One 1-pound block whole-milk mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 4 cups)
  • 12 flat no-boil lasagna noodles (7-by-3.5-inches each)
Directions
  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees F.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer the sausage to a bowl with a slotted spoon and reserve the drippings in the pan.

  • Reduce the heat to medium. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and the garlic to the pan. When the garlic begins to brown at the edges, about 1 minute, add the tomatoes with their juices, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a simmer and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens, about 8 minutes.

  • Mix the ricotta, egg, milk, basil, 1/2 cup of the grated Parmesan, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper together in a large bowl. Spread 2/3 cup of the tomato sauce across the bottom of an 18-by-13-inch sheet pan. Next, space out 6 lasagna noodles on top of the sauce, turning them to fit so there are 2 noodles across and 3 noodles down. (The noodles will expand when they cook.) Top the noodles with all of the ricotta mixture, all of the sausage, 2/3 cup tomato sauce, and half the shredded mozzarella. Add another layer of 6 lasagna noodles and top with the remaining sauce, mozzarella, and 1/4 cup grated Parmesan.

  • Lightly oil one side of a large piece of foil. Cover the pan with the foil, greased side down. Bake until the noodles are tender when pierced with a paring knife, about 20 minutes. Carefully remove the foil and continue to bake until the top is very crusty and brown, 10 to 15 minutes more.

  • Special equipment: an 18-by-13-inch sheet pan

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