Spicy, layered and creamy this Cajun Lasagna is a delicious and fun take on a traditional dish with a southern flair.
So I have to confess something. I’m a lasagna hater. I know weird right. Like it’s the one pasta dish that I could pass on, just because. There is no rhyme or reason why I’m not a huge lasagna lover it’s just always been that way.
So I have been on the quest to find and make a lasagna that I adore and a while ago I created this Cajun Lasagna and we’ve been loving and making it ever since. My family is hooked. My husband once told me that if I didn’t put it on my blog that he was going to start a blog and put it on there and I would regret it. Well, now you have it!
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Now let me tell you a little bit about this delicious Cajun Lasagna. Layered with smoked sausage, peppers, chicken, Alfredo sauce, onions and cheese this lasagna is BURSTING with flavor! Literally the best lasagna hands down, but I’m biased. I totally encourage you to try it out!
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- 1 16 oz pkg lasagna noodles, cooked according to package directions (or oven ready)
- 1 lb smoked sausage sliced and quartered
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts diced
- 1 green pepper diced
- 1 red pepper diced
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 Tbs cajun seasoning divided
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
- 2 sticks butter
- 2 8 oz pkgs cream cheese, cut into quarters
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 2/3 cup parmesan cheese
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 Tbs cajun seasoning
- Salt and pepper
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, combine sausage, chicken and cajun seasoning. Cook until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.
- Remove meat from skillet and set aside.
- In same pan saute onion, peppers and garlic until tender. Remove from heat, and stir in cooked meat, set aside.
- In large sauce pan make your sauce by adding your butter and heating until almost melted, add in your cream cheese and whisk until melted.
- Pour in your heavy cream, parmesan, garlic powder, cajun seasoning and salt and pepper and whisk until melted and combined.
- Pour all but one cup into your pan with your meat and peppers.
- Spray your Ninja basin with non-stick cooking spray.
- Layer about 4 noodles on bottom of basin and spoon 1/3 of your sauce/meat mixture over the top and sprinkle with 1/3 of your mozzarella cheese.
- Repeat your layers making sure to add pasta as the top layer then pour remaining reserved sauce over the top and sprinkle with your Montery Jack cheese and parmesan.
- Cover and press your bake dry function and set heat to 325 and bake for 1 hour 25 minutes.
- Once done slice and serve.