01.10.22

Delicious Turkey Lasagna

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Sure, with ground turkey you can make some easy tacos or pasta—but why not surprise your family with an absolutely Delicious Turkey Lasagna, instead?

Delicious Turkey Lasagna

Growing up, one of my absolute favorite dinners that my mom made was her lasagna. When it was lasagna night, everyone was happy and everyone left the table full, smiling, and ready to wind down for the night. Now that I am a mom myself, I realize how much joy there is in feeding your family a meal that everyone enjoys and is left satisfied. 

When you’ve got ground turkey on hand, it’s easy to make an amazing family meal that’s better for you but still full of flavor. Here, I’ve done just that. With inspiration on feeding my family from my own mom, I’ve made a fantastic turkey lasagna that… no kidding, will make everyone come back for seconds! In fact, my oldest (and pickiest) eater had 3 servings of this Turkey Lasagna recently, and it’s quickly become her most requested dinner.

Delicious Turkey Lasagna

Using Shady Brook Farms 93% Lean/ 7% Fat Ground Turkey in your sauce is the perfect, easy way to add lean protein to your lasagna. While I am waiting on my pot of water to boil and my lasagna noodles to cook, I can easily prepare my sauce and ricotta mixture for layering into the lasagna. After that, it’s layering time…

Delicious Turkey Lasagna

Delicious Turkey Lasagna

This is also a great meal to make ahead on a Sunday and have it on hand for a busy weeknight. When I am prepping this ahead of time, I will layer everything and instead of baking it, I simply cover it with foil and pop it into my fridge. When I’m ready to make it, I then pop it into my oven and dinner is ready in about 45 minutes, giving me just enough time to help my kids with their homework, and whip up a simple side salad. Winning. 

Watching my entire family devour this dish makes me so happy and also brings back so many memories of my own childhood around the family table. I hope you and yours enjoy it as much as I do.

Delicious Turkey Lasagna

Delicious Turkey Lasagna

Delicious Turkey Lasagna
Serves: 8 People
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5 from 3 votes
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 25 mins

Ingredients

  • 9-12 lasagna noodles NOT no boil!
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely diced yellow onion or 1 small onion
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 lb Shady Brook Farms 93% Lean/ 7% Fat Ground Turkey
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes optional
  • 2 [14-oz] cans crushed tomatoes
  • ½ cup dry red wine
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tsp minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 [15 oz] container ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup freshly chopped parsley leaves
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup freshly shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add the lasagna noodles and cook according to package directions, drain, and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large sided skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the onions, garlic, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until the onions are translucent, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Increase the heat to medium-high and add the turkey, oregano and pepper flakes (if using). Cook, breaking up the turkey with the edge of a wooden spoon until it is no longer pink and cooked through, about 6 minutes. Add in the crushed tomatoes, wine, water, basil and thyme and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has reduced just slightly. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine the ricotta, egg, parsley, lemon zest, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and using a fork, stir until well combined. Set aside.
  • To assemble the lasagna, pour 1 cup of the turkey/tomato mixture into the bottom of a 2.5 quart oval baking dish and spread to evenly coat the bottom. Top with 3 of the lasagna noodles. Next, carefully spread ½ of the ricotta mixture over the tops of the noodles to coat evenly. Then, sprinkle with ⅓ of the mozzarella. Top with 1 cup of the turkey/tomato mixture.
  • Repeat once again by layering 3 more of the lasagna noodles, spreading the remaining ricotta mixture evenly over the noodles, sprinkling ⅓ of the mozzarella, and topping with 1 more cup of the turkey/tomato mixture.
  • For the last layer, top with the 3 remaining lasagna noodles. Spread the remaining turkey/tomato mixture over the top. I like to use a rubber spatula to tuck any of the noodles (should they be sticking out) into the sides so they are no longer poking out. Sprinkle the top with the remaining mozzarella cheese.
  • Cover the baking dish with foil and transfer to the oven and bake, covered, for 45 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until the sauce is bubbling, about 15 more minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

20 Comments

  • Reply
    Lisa S
    April 19, 2022 at 1:33 am

    This was really good! I usually do the easy recipe on the back of the Skinner noodles box which uses a jarred sauce, and sub out cottage cheese because that’s what my mom did (I guess ricotta might have been harder to find in the 70s?) Really nice though to make the sauce myself, especially since i grow fresh herbs. First time for me making it without the no boil noodles and everyone said they thought it made a difference. Loved the addition of lemon zest and red pepper flakes. Definitely will make again. Unfortunately my kids now think cottage cheese is the norm so may have to stick with that for them 😂.

  • Reply
    Sharon
    March 28, 2022 at 2:42 pm

    5 stars
    This is how I make turkey lasagna, come out great every time. I would suggest adding a tiny pinch or nutmeg to the ricotta. I’ve always done that to any dish I use ricotta cheese in and that tiny bit adds something, but just a tiny pinch goes a long way. I’d love to know what you think. My MIL, learned this from her FIL who was a wonderful Italian cook.

  • Reply
    Kristen Barre
    February 28, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    My husband doesn’t like ricotta. Can I leave it out and use more mozzarella in place?

    • Reply
      Alex
      March 4, 2022 at 8:18 pm

      I feel like ricotta has always been a staple ingredient in lasagna (or at least for me growing up) but heck, mozzarella layered with lasagna noodles and meat sauce can’t taste bad!! haha, i am sure you can just amp up the mozzarella and it’d be delicious.

  • Reply
    Claire
    February 8, 2022 at 1:15 am

    This looks so good and turned into a liquid-y mess….wondering what I did wrong? Were you supposed to drain the tomatoes? So bummed!!

  • Reply
    Anna Bliss
    February 4, 2022 at 10:35 pm

    Made this and substituted with Banza chickpea pasta (because I had it on hand and was also feeling lazy) and it was 10/10!!!! Will def be making again. Also a good alternative if you are gluten free or looking to up your protein. The sauce in this was so good, the hint of red wine *chefs kiss*.

  • Reply
    Patti
    January 30, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Made it with turkey! Would like to try with beef! Will that still be good!
    Hubby prefers beef!

    • Reply
      Alex
      January 31, 2022 at 6:43 pm

      yes will be great with Beef!

  • Reply
    Sette Butcher
    January 24, 2022 at 1:26 am

    5 stars
    Made tonight. OUTSTANDING!!!!

  • Reply
    Jen
    January 18, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    Can you suggest another sized baking dish if we don’t have oval?

    • Reply
      Jade
      January 24, 2022 at 12:31 am

      I just made it in a 9×13 and it seemed to work great!

  • Reply
    Jen
    January 16, 2022 at 1:49 am

    5 stars
    Needed some comfort food tonight before we get hit by a huge winter storm. This is off-the-charts delicious. Followed the recipe exactly and the whole family loved it. Can’t wait for leftovers tomorrow!

    • Reply
      Alex
      January 16, 2022 at 6:34 pm

      So glad it was a hit!!! xoxo

  • Reply
    Tiffany
    January 15, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    Can you freeze this dish?

    • Reply
      Alex
      January 16, 2022 at 6:36 pm

      yes absolutely! it’s a great make ahead and freeze dinner! you can assemble it, then defrost and bake.

  • Reply
    Kelly
    January 14, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    Hi! Any substitute suggestions for the red wine?

    • Reply
      Alex
      January 16, 2022 at 6:38 pm

      You can use beef broth– it just might not have as deep of a flavor

  • Reply
    Beka
    January 11, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    This looks delicious, I see you say no to using no boil noodles. I’m just curious if there is any particular reason why?

    • Reply
      Alex
      January 12, 2022 at 9:02 pm

      You can try it, I just don’t find that they turn out the same.

      • Reply
        Amy
        February 3, 2022 at 12:23 am

        I used no boil gluten free noodles because that was all I could find GF. It was delicious!

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