recipe: turkey lasagna

January 19th, 2011

Do you know that moment in winter when it hits you that it’s going to be cold and miserable and disgusting outside for at least another three months?  That there is seriously no end in sight, and you’re just going to have to slug though the slushy sidewalks and wear your winter coat and gloves and hat for three months before the weather even starts to turn bearable?

Well, I do.  I had it this weekend.  (sigh.)

And there are two things to do, once that realization hits you.  The first one is to plan a vacation somewhere warm and sunny and relaxing.  And the second is to whip up some hearty winter comfort food.

Because, well, there’s a reason it’s called ‘comfort’ food.  Because on nights when it’s so cold that you can’t even bear to pick up your dry cleaning, at least you can come home to something delicious.

I used turkey instead of beef to make this a little healthier, and I used part skim ricotta and mozzarella.  Because, hey, don’t you remember step one?  If you want to look great on that beach vacation, you might as well err on the healthy side.  Right?

Turkey Lasagna


1 1/2 pounds extra lean ground turkey
2 minced shallots
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoons dried basil
2 bay leaves
2 tsp salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
12 pre-cooked lasagna noodles (or use the kind in the grocery store you don’t need to boil first)
16 ounces part skim ricotta cheese
2 1/2 cups part skim mozzarella cheese, grated
2 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Saute the ground turkey in olive oil until cooked through.  Stir in tomato sauce, tomato paste, garlic, shallots, and water.  Add the basil, bay leaves, salt, pepper.  Cover and simmer, for about half an hour, stirring occasionally.  Remove the bay leaves.

Spread 1/2 cup of the tomato sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish.  Arrange a layer of pasta over the sauce.  Add half the remaining meat sauce in a layer over the pasta.  Dot the sauce with dollops of ricotta, spreading to even them out.  Sprinkle 1 cup of parmesan cheese and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese over the ricotta.  Repeat layers, and top the pasta with any remaining sauce and the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes.  Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes.  Cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Tags: food · main dishes

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean // Jan 19, 2011 at 5:56 am

    yum! looks so good. i always use turkey in my lasagna. i always dice up some extra veggies and add them into my sauce as well 🙂

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  • 3 Alexandra // Jan 19, 2011 at 8:49 am

    This recipe is EXACTLY what I have been looking to make this winter, especially after dealing with all the slush in the past two days, some comfort food will hit the spot, I can’t wait to try it!

  • 4 Nicolette // Jan 19, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Looks heavenly! May have to try this with my new lasagna trio pan I got for Christmas… maybe then my uber healthy boyfriend will try it if it has turkey in it 🙂

  • 5 Joanne // Jan 19, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I hit that point yesterday when the city was a wet, cold, slushy mess.  Snow I can handle.  But freezing rain and slush that gets everywhere?  Not so much.

    Mmm lasagna.  The ultimate comfort food.  Love that it’s healthier!

  • 6 grace // Jan 19, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    this looks so good!  there’s nothing like baked pasta when it’s cold and dreary out.  i’m definitely trying this!

  • 7 he // Jan 20, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    so you look amazing, dress well and cook? probably not single?

    -He approves

    Fashion by He

  • 8 Rachel // Jan 20, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    MMM I need to make this – I definitely had that “THIS IS TERRIBLE!” feeling for the first time last week too.

    Unfortunately my next trip is to Colorado to go skiing…what was I thinking??

    Where are you going warm?

  • 9 Lauren // Jan 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    This looks DIVINE! I want to try it out this weekend with the snow approaching (yet again…) Nothing says comfort like a hot lasagna!

  • 10 Lauren // Jan 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    This looks DIVINE! I want to try it out this weekend with the snow approaching (yet again…) Nothing says comfort like a hot lasagna!

  • 11 Bailey // Jan 20, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    NICE… toothsome!!!! What do you do if you can’t find ground Turkey…if there’s one thing that’s not avail always in the super here.. that’s Turkey..  I can buy turkey breast.. hmmmm how would I work that in?

  • 12 Katy // Jan 21, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Bailey — I don’t think turkey breast would work!  Can you find ground chicken or bison?  Those would be the best swap.  Ground beef would work too (although a little less healthy, of course).  Would any of those work?

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