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Turkey Lasagna

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion - (1 onion)
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet Italian turkey sausage casings removed
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes in tomato puree - (28 oz)
  • 1 can tomato paste - (6 oz)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • Kosher salt as needed
  • Freshly-ground black pepper as needed
  • 1/2 pound lasagna noodles
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 3 ounces creamy goat cheese - (to 4) crumbled
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan plus
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan for sprinkling
  • 1 extra-large egg lightly beaten
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella thinly sliced

Details

Servings 8

Preparation

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Heat the olive oil in a large (10- to 12-inch) skillet. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes over medium-low heat, until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the sausage and cook over medium-low heat, breaking it up with a fork, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until no longer pink. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, 2 tablespoons of the parsley, the basil, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Simmer, uncovered, over medium-low heat, for 15 to 20 minutes, until thickened.

Meanwhile, fill a large bowl with the hottest tap water. Add the noodles and allow them to sit in the water for 20 minutes. Drain.

In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta, goat cheese, 1 cup of Parmesan, the egg, the remaining 2 tablespoons of parsley, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Set aside.

Ladle 1/3 of the sauce into a 9- by 12- by 2-inch rectangular baking dish, spreading the sauce over the bottom of the dish. Then add the layers as follows: half the pasta, half the mozzarella, half the ricotta, and one third of the sauce. Add the rest of the pasta, mozzarella, ricotta, and finally, sauce. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of Parmesan. Bake for 30 minutes, until the sauce is bubbling.

This recipe yields 8 servings.

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