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One of my absolute favorites! This has been modified over the years but is based on a recipe from Jane Butels Hotter Than Hell cookbook. To reduce the fire use sweet sausage instead of hot and omit the crushed red pepper, but leave the cayenne and white pepper in the sauce.
Cook the lasagna noodles until just tender to bite.
Remove casings then grind the hot sausage and brown in skillet with 1½ tablespoons of the crushed red pepper (omit the crushed red pepper for a tamer version). Drain the sausage, remove from skillet and set aside.
Wipe out skillet and sauté the mushrooms and zucchini until softened. Add tomatoes and cook an additional 2-3 minutes or until liquid has mostly evaporated. Set tomato mixture aside.
Melt the butter in a saucepan then stir in flour until well blended. Using a whisk, stir in cream; whisk until sauce is slightly thickened. Season with salt, cayenne, white pepper and nutmeg. Remove from heat.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Generously butter a large (10"x14") casserole dish. Layer ingredients in casserole as follows:
Repeat until all ingredients are used (although 2 layers - one meat and one veggie - should fill the pan), ensuring enough cream sauce for the top. Sprinkle with Parmesan and remaining crushed red pepper. Bake, uncovered, 45 minutes or until bubbly.
This dish is even better when cooled and then reheated.
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