Sausage, Bell Pepper, and Onion Lasagna

sausage-pepper-lasagna Leigh Beisch


  • 4 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 5 cups thinly sliced onion (about 1 1/4 pounds)
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper, divided
  • 2 cups thinly sliced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup thinly sliced green bell pepper
  • 1 cup thinly sliced yellow bell pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 (3.5-ounce) links sweet Italian turkey sausage
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 1/4 cups prepared fat-free tomato-basil pasta sauce (such as Millina's Finest)
  • 6 (7 x 3 1/2-inch) no-boil lasagna noodles (such as Vigo)
  • 6 ounces block-style fat-free cream cheese, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) preshredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375°.

  2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper; cover and cook 10 minutes or until onion is golden brown, stirring frequently. Remove from skillet.

  3. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add bell peppers and 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper; sauté 10 minutes or until soft. Remove from heat. Stir in onion mixture and salt. Reserve half for Italian Sausage Sandwiches.

  4. Cook sausage links according to package directions. Reserve 4 links for Sandwiches. Chop remaining 4 links.

  5. Spread 3/4 cup pasta sauce in the bottom of an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange 2 noodles over pasta sauce. Sprinkle half of the cream cheese over the noodles; top with 1/4 cup Parmesan, 1 cup onion-pepper mixture, and half of the chopped sausage. Repeat layers, ending with sausage. Top with remaining lasagna noodles; spread remaining pasta sauce over noodles. Sprinkle with mozzarella.

  6. Cover dish with foil, tenting to prevent foil from touching top layer. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes. Remove foil; bake 10 minutes or until golden. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

    The onion-pepper mixture and sausage in this recipe are used in the Italian Sausage Sandwiches.

    This recipe goes with Italian Sausage Sandwiches

  • Yield: Serves 6 (serving size: 1/6 of whole)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 357
Caloriesfromfat per serving: 32%
Fat per serving: 13g
Saturated fat per serving: 4.6g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 4.5g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 3.4g
Protein per serving: 26.5g
Carbohydrate per serving: 34.5g
Fiber per serving: 4.8g
Cholesterol per serving: 55mg
Iron per serving: 3.3mg
Sodium per serving: 743mg
Calcium per serving: 275mg

Good to Know

Enjoy lasagna without worrying about all that cheese. Using low-fat and fat-free cheese allows you to indulge healthily. Bell peppers are a great source of vitamin C and antioxidants.