Not quite Barefoot Contessa - Lasagne with Chicken Sausage

Not quite Barefoot Contessa - Lasagne with Chicken Sausage

My admiration for the Barefoot Contessa knows absolutely no

bounds. Ever since that hot June afternoon when I sat down with a tiny Lola and

flicked through the TV channels trying to find something to stare absentmindedly

at whilst it was bottle time, I have been a fan. There she appeared, on my TV

screen, looking all smiley and homely, with her lovely house and her Kitchen

Aid and those cute American measuring cups, putting her ‘good vanilla’ and half

a pound of butter into a bowl, and I thought, ‘Oh yes, this could be me.’

Unfortunately, instead of ‘habitating’ in The Hamptons, I was lounging

somewhere near Liverpool, half asleep, not yet totally dressed, with a little

bit of baby dribble adorning my left shoulder but all that was mere detail. This

was going to happen. I could breeze in and out in my Mercedes/BMW, the odd

dinner party here, the trip to the speciality food store for some mozzarella

from the happiest buffalo in the whole world there. Bring it on.

Fast forward 10 years and I have the nice house (though it’s

not what you’d call ‘tidy’ – I need at least two hours warning of any visit so

I can shift the dogs, children, washing, yesterday’s plates, clothes, etc.)  Phill bought me a Kenwood for my birthday instead

of a Kitchen Aid (I am very grateful; I know that sounds like I am not…) and I

bought my own measuring cups. Not much going on on the old Mercedes/BMW front

but I like to zip about in my little Fiesta up to the farm shop for some carrots…

I think the point I am trying to make is that sometimes it’s nice to take an

idea and put a twist on it and kind of make it yours, and that is what I did

with my ‘I am going to be like the Barefoot Contessa fixation’ and the Barefoot

Contessa’s Turkey Sausage Lasagne recipe. I used chicken sausage. And it was fabulous.

Lasagne is a very important dish in our house. I’d like to

say it is because of our Italian roots but collectively we’re not that

interesting. However, it was a lasagne that wooed Phill (along with, I hope, my

stunning wit and repartee, my jolly personality and what I am going to call my ‘allure’)

and if I happen to think out loud about what to cook for dinner, I know what

the answer is. How would  my brood take

to this lasagne craziness? The answer, thankfully, was a general thumbs up,

though for the reasons above, Phill said he preferred the real thing. This,

however, is a tasty, ramped up humdinger of a dish that epitomises Barefoot

Contessa recipes. They’re never bland.

Lasagne with chicken sausage, adapted from ‘Barefoot


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 lb chicken sausages, casings removed
  • 1 ½ tins chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 pound no cook lasagne sheets
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 3 to 4 oz creamy goat cheese, crumbled
  • 10oz Parmesan cheese, plus 1/4 cup for sprinkling
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1lb fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
Read the whole recipe on Lola and Finn's mum