mushroom, goat cheese and spicy chicken sausage lasagna

by jenna on December 6, 2011

I’d probably make lasagna a lot more if I didn’t write a food blog.

You see, no matter what I do–or how hard I try–I just can’t seem to get my lasagna to look pretty. Oh, it’s DELICIOUS all right, but it’s not much of a looker. If someone has photographic lasagna tips, send them my way but until then, I give you this monstrosity. So be it.

This happened for dinner last night as a result of me walking around Trader Joe’s yesterday morning craving both lasagna and pizza at the same time. Lasapizza, if you will. I couldn’t decide which to make but then I remembered I had some leftover no-bake lasagna noodles in my fridge from last time, so pasta won.

When I got home and unpacked all my groceries, I laid out all my favorites to add to this lasagna: spicy chicken sausage, soft mounds of goat cheese, juicy mushrooms and a classic marinara sauce. The whole thing only took about five minutes to put together (thanks, no-bake noodles!) and then into the oven it went! Like I said, I would probably make lasagna a lot more often if I didn’t have a food blog.

The end result tasted like the delicious love child of a pizza lasagna marriage. Perfectly cheesy, perfectly hearty and perfectly spicy for a cold Monday night. Oh, and you wanna know the best best BEST part about lasagna? LEFTOVERS, baby.

Mushroom, Goat Cheese and Spicy Chicken Sausage Lasagna

serves 6

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1 15-oz container ricotta cheese

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

8 oz sliced mushrooms

2-3 links spicy chicken sausage (I love the kind from Trader Joe’s!), sliced

1 large jar marinara sauce

1 cup crumbled goat cheese

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1 box no-bake lasagna noodles


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese, salt, pepper and garlic.

Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray and then drizzle in about a quarter cup of the marinara sauce. Lay three lasagna noodles flat. On top of the noodles, spread a little bit of the ricotta mixture, followed by a small handful of mushrooms, sliced sausage and crumbled goat cheese. Follow with another quarter cup of sauce and top with three more noodles.

Repeat these process three times, ending up with a layer of noodles and the remainder of the sauce. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese all over the top, followed by the rest of the goat cheese.

Cover pan very loosely with tin foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Let cool completely before slicing and serving.


1.5 hours

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Emmy (Wine and Butter) December 6, 2011 at 3:28 am

My favourite lasagne is a variation of Jamie Olivers which has anchovies in it! Sounds awful but it tastes amazing and is (like yours!) sort of a pizza meets pasta type affair! I love lasagne so so much!


Anne December 6, 2011 at 4:11 am

Yes, this Jamie Oliver lasagna is incredible !


Holli December 6, 2011 at 4:13 am

Can you post the recipe?


Anne December 6, 2011 at 4:15 am
Holli December 6, 2011 at 4:17 am

Thank you, Anne 🙂

Cassie @ Back to Her Roots December 6, 2011 at 3:31 am

Instead of making a big dish of lasagna then trying to scoop a piece out (where the photography fail begins), just make lasagna “stacks”. They wont work with all fillings, but if you have the right stuff, I think they photograph nicely!


Holli December 6, 2011 at 3:36 am

Making this tonight! 🙂


Erika - The Teenage Taste December 6, 2011 at 4:17 am

Mmmm…I’m not a huge lasagna fan, but even I have to admit that this looks fab! I love your addition of the TJ’s chicken sausage!


kristin December 6, 2011 at 4:24 am

Do the uncooked mushrooms not make the lasagna soggy after it bakes? I have run into this problem with raw mushrooms in veggie lasagnas and also on pizza – any advice?


amy walters, aDESIGNdock December 6, 2011 at 4:24 am

Oh lasagna gets me everytime. Worry not about the photos Jenna…they’re more mouth-watering than you think 😉


Heather Michelle @ A Sweet Simple Life December 6, 2011 at 4:33 am

Yum! Love chicken sausage and love this recipe!


Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau December 6, 2011 at 4:48 am

Yum, this looks delicious. Goat cheese – I die.

Lasagna is a toughie to cut nicely. Maybe if you let it chill, cut a piece cold and then nuked it? I know it’s not ideal, but it would probably hold it’s shape better.


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 6, 2011 at 4:50 am

I don’t make lasagna very much either – partly for the same reason, that it isn’t very photogenic! But sometimes the least appetizing-looking meals are the tastiest. I think yours still looks beautiful!


Bev Weidner December 6, 2011 at 4:52 am

I completely understand with the whole messy plated picture. BUT, even if it’s sloppy, I still want to throw my entire body into it. Right now.


Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living December 6, 2011 at 4:54 am

Goat cheese in lasagna is a fantastic idea!

In terms of getting good photos of lasagna, I’ve found that it helps to alternate the direction of the noodles with each layer… that way it’s easier to cut a piece of the finished product without it falling apart. Maybe that would help?


Heather (Heather's Dish) December 6, 2011 at 5:01 am

it’s been way too long since i had goat cheese…and in lasagna no less?! yum!


Julie @ Table for Two December 6, 2011 at 5:02 am

oh dear, lasagna is one of my favorite things to make (since it makes so many leftovers!!) and this one sounds very different and delicious. I don’t know how to make lasagna look good either 🙁 it’s just floppy with tons of sauce (at least mine is) least your attempt still looks yummy!


kathleen @ the daily crumb December 6, 2011 at 5:03 am

i totally agree about the photography issues with lasagna… i’ve tried so hard to make it pretty and it just ain’t happening. i feel the same way about pasta! but they both are oh-so-delicious.


Samantha December 6, 2011 at 5:03 am

Okay, I really need to buy some ricotta cheese (and cottage cheese too). I’ve been wondering about these for a while.
In Canada we have some different brands like Nordica, Silano, and Trestelle. But they look great (although I already eat an overload of dairy, I’m sure there’s room for more). I might try quark too.
I need to buy some chicken sausage – I just need to find them; they probably won’t be as healthy as the one you show!

I love pasta. Actually, I love anything that is a carb from breakfast to bedtime: noodles (not the low-carb stuff) , and bread and oatmeal and cereal and granola and muffins, and ….the only thing equally as good as carbs is chocolate !!

I know I have a problem. I need a rehab.


Victoria December 6, 2011 at 5:28 am

Hey, it’s Empty Nut Jar!!! Wow.


Samantha December 6, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Who’ Empty Nut Jar? Is it an inside joke?


Heather December 6, 2011 at 5:13 am

I was just talking with a friend about top 5 favorite meals and lasagna was one of mine! You could try to do lasagna roll ups to pretty-fy it? Same taste, more of an appetizer look. I don’t know if this link will work, but here’s a picture I had on my food board on Pinterest:

Orrrr leave it as is (“don’t try and church it up” hehe)


Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) December 6, 2011 at 5:15 am

I love lasagna but have only ever used my grandma’s recipe.. We don’t usually put veggies in it (old school italian), but sometimes meat although i like it better without!


Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 6, 2011 at 5:18 am

Yum! I’ve never tried chicken sausage before… 🙂


Jen December 6, 2011 at 5:30 am

I hope you don’t let photogenic pictures hold you back. I like that you keep it ‘real’.

Um, I vote for Pizlasagne 🙂


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 6, 2011 at 5:40 am

My husband would love this! Now I know what I can do with those TJs sausages…never bought them before but good idea!


Carolyn December 6, 2011 at 7:09 am

You can make a delicious – and healthy – deep dish pizza with those sausages. I make this Cooking Light recipe all the time before we went vegetarian: Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

Mushroom and goat cheese in a lasagna? I’m inspired!


Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy December 6, 2011 at 5:43 am

This looks delicious! Lasagna is one of those comfort foods I just love!


jenna December 6, 2011 at 5:52 am

mmmm….lasgna is my all time favorite! i have had the worst craving for it over the past few weeks. what a fun twist to use goat cheese and chicken sausage.


Jen December 6, 2011 at 6:01 am

Who cares what it looks like! As long as it tastes good. One can make really gross things look great with a camera. I say dont judge a book by its cover!


Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove December 6, 2011 at 6:11 am

This recipe looks so good and easy to make. I can’t really handle spicy so maybe I could substitute the spicy chicken for something else. Either way, I like how it looks (but I also like how any lasagna looks!)!


Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning December 6, 2011 at 6:14 am

I made a pretty amazing lasagna that I posted a few weeks ago- it tasted like it was leftover from the night before (in a good way!) The secret was roasting the veggies beforehand. But, I love your recipe- and goat cheese is always welcome in my lasagna!
And I’m a big fan of TJs chicken sausages. I always have some in the freezer for nights that I don’t feel like taking a lot of effort to make dinner and can just grill one to throw on a salad.


Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine December 6, 2011 at 6:54 am

This looks so good—a great twist on normal lasagna! I like lasagna, but I don’t love it, you know? But I might with the additions of goat cheese and mushrooms—yum!


Charlotte Marie December 6, 2011 at 7:01 am

This looks amazing. Thank you!!


Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner December 6, 2011 at 7:06 am

Ohh, i love how simple this is.. can’t wait to try it!!


Lindsey December 6, 2011 at 7:35 am

I can’t wait to try this!!


Erin December 6, 2011 at 7:53 am

That is one tasty lasagna!


Cat @Breakfast to Bed December 6, 2011 at 7:59 am

I am LOVING the idea of the goat cheese. I basically love goat cheese on just about anything.


Sarah @ The Strength of Faith December 6, 2011 at 8:22 am

Have you ever tried to photograph lasagna cold? That way when you cut it, the layers don’t fall apart …


Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic December 6, 2011 at 8:26 am

I have not made lasagna in years! I love the flavors you used here – goat cheese, mushrooms and chicken sausage, yum!


Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) December 6, 2011 at 8:29 am

I love lasagna! This looks so good. Leftover lasagna is the best! You should make more lasagna’s, I think it looks quite tasty!


Liz @ Southern Charm December 6, 2011 at 8:32 am

LOVE love love the ingredients. This is perfect!


Corrie Anne December 6, 2011 at 8:34 am

You can make lasagna every other day if you want. I love the different takes on it!


Laurel December 6, 2011 at 8:37 am

Presentation isn’t everything….but this looks beautiful anyways! You do a mighty fine job of photographing messy foods! 😉

I love the idea of goat cheese with lasagna. That will definitely be an addition to my next lasagna bake.


Tawni December 6, 2011 at 8:46 am

This looks wonderful–do you know the nutritional info? Seems healthy especially if you use light cheeses.


jenna December 6, 2011 at 9:07 am

I don’t know the nutritional information—sorry!


Sydney December 9, 2011 at 10:17 am

If you go to, you can plug in the ingredients and it can help to assess the nutritional info. I don’t know if it can take brand-specific entries but it’s worth a look.


Cara December 6, 2011 at 9:08 am

Oh yum! I don’t love traditional lasagna, but this looks incredible! I am making it this weekend!


Rachel December 6, 2011 at 9:26 am

It may not be very pretty but I took one look at it and thought “mmm lasagna!”. I’m definitely making some for dinner tomorrow !


Deanna B. December 6, 2011 at 11:02 am

Try photographing the lasagna after its been hanging out in the refrigerator over night. It sets up and makes for super easy slicing. Even after its microwaved it should hold its shape better. Also work amazingly for potato gratins.


Molly@RDexposed December 6, 2011 at 11:06 am

How did I not know about no bake lasagna noodles until now? !


Curly J December 6, 2011 at 11:23 am

Omgg.. this look so good! And together in 5 minutes?! I hate making lasagna because it always feels like it take ALL DAY to make!


Mushrooms Canada December 6, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Totally agree! I could eat leftover lasagna for days!
– Brittany


sandy December 6, 2011 at 12:19 pm

If you assemble your lasagna the day before, let it sit in the fridge overnight to set, then bake it off the next day, it should come out in a perfect restaurant worthy square without collapsing.


Kelsey @aslolife December 6, 2011 at 2:48 pm

wow that looks amazing–I never would have thought about putting goat cheese in lasagna!


Julie December 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Yes, like the others said, let it cool overnight before slicing and shooting.


Aggie December 7, 2011 at 9:46 am

This lasagna sounds to die for! I think the key (maybe?) to lasagna is to let it cool a bit? maybe it will cut out in more of a shape that way? Not that I have ever waited for my lasagna to cool before I cut into it…


Sydney December 9, 2011 at 10:13 am

Been a subscriber for awhile but haven’t actually ventured to make any of your recipes. Did this one. Except we used ground turkey and seasoned it with taco seasoning, and used whole wheat lasagna noodles. Sounds weird but holy delicious. The goat cheese was amazing.

And oh, the leftovers.

Thanks for sharing great recipes! I’m not much of a baker but excited to try some of your other stuff!


Dianne February 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm

WOW. I have only ever made lasagna one way – the way my mom does. Noodles, cheeses, eggs and spaghetti sauce. I made your version tonight. Wow, just wow.


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