Turkey Lasagna (without ricotta cheese)

Turkey Lasagna (without ricotta cheese)

Lasagna is very high on our list of favorite comfort foods. The best part is, the level of effort needed to make a lasagna is pretty low relative to how impressive it turns out. For this recipe, we use a turkey meat sauce and leave out the ricotta cheese. Lasagna without ricotta is a bit lighter and less likely to fall apart when serving than the traditional cheese-packed version. It’s actually shocking how much you won’t miss it. Make this turkey lasagna a day ahead (or night of) and consider serving it with a fresh starter like our Watercress and Orange Salad. Enjoy!

BASICS

Makes: 8-10 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes
Bake time: 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS

11-12 lasagna noodles (we use the 10”x2” noodles with crimped sides)
6 cups turkey meat sauce
1 egg
1 T milk
16 oz bag (4 cups) of shredded mozzarella cheese
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tsp Dried Basil Leaf

INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cook lasagna noodles as directed on the package.

STEP 2
Whisk the eggs and milk together in a small bowl.

STEP 3
In a 9x13 glass baking dish, spoon a thin layer of the meat sauce and spread evenly (do not worry about covering every inch of the dish). Next, add a layer of lasagna noodles. Use a basting brush to coat the noodle layer with the egg-milk mixture. Now add another layer of turkey meat sauce, a layer of mozzarella cheese, one third of the Parmesan cheese, and a dusting of dried basil.

Continue layering your turkey lasagna in that order. There should be three layers of noodles and you’ll end with a layer of the cheeses.

STEP 4
Bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Allow a few minutes to cool and serve. Enjoy!

If you prefer, you can assemble this lasagna a day before — just cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. It will actually set better this way. When you’re ready to make just remove the plastic and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes at 350°F.

Lasagne vs Lasagna
You’ll see both spellings used interchangeably but there is a difference. Lasagne typically refers to the noodles themselves. Like most types of pasta, the Italian word lasagne is plural form, referring to more than one sheet of lasagna (singular). When referring to the popular baked dish (like our recipe above), either word can be used but lasagna is the more common usage in the U.S.


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