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Turkey Lasagna Recipe, Classic Lasagna Using Ground Turkey Instead of Beef.

Updated on October 10, 2012
3.3 stars from 40 ratings of Turkey Lasagna

This recipe is featured in a great collection of hubpages recipes by 2patricias

Lasagna is a classic Italian dish named for the large flat noodles it's made with. To call a dish lasagna it can be any ingredients layered between lasagna noodles. Most commonly we see meat in a tomato sauce and mixture of cheeses. While that is exactly what I am presenting for you here, there are many possibilities. A few of which I will be creating hubs for in the near future.

Using ground turkey as the meat in this dish isn't common. Usually lasagna is made with beef or a beef and pork mixture. Turkey produces a less "greasy" result while also making it a healthier option. A serving (3 ounces) of only 10% ground beef has 20% daily value of saturated fat. Meanwhile a serving (4 ounces) of ground turkey has only 10%. Plus haven't we all heard how important it is to eat white poultry over red meats. Especially with red meats being associated with terrible health problems such as heart disease and colon cancer.

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour 40 min
Yields: a 9x13 pan of lasagna serves 8-12 people

Ingredients

  • 1 package lasagna noodles
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 2 24oz jars pasta sauce
  • 2-6 cloves garlic, amount to taste
  • 16 oz ricotta cheese
  • 16 oz mozzarella cheese, Shredded or finely chopped
  • 4 oz (1/2 cup) shredded fresh parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

A note on ingredients

Packaged dry lasagna noodles come in two varieties; no boil and regular which you must cook by boiling first. I strongly recommend the no boil variety. In the instructions I will tell you how to work with both, but I must say the no boil is much easier and saves a lot of time.

Both the ricotta and mozzarella are tastier when they are the whole milk variety. I like to avoid mozzarella that are "low moisture," while this variety can be used it isn't as soft and can often become chewy as the top layer. Fresh parmesan and the powdered variety you find in the non refrigerated isles are worlds apart, please don't substitute.

These are the most basic ingredients. In other words use all of them but don't limit yourself to just these. For instance I love to add spinach and chili paste.

Instructions

  1. If you are using no boil noodles skip this step. Set a large pot of water to boil. Meanwhile...
  2. Cook the ground turkey in a large skillet over med-high heat until brown. Drain some of the fat. Return to stove and reduce heat to low.
  3. Add one whole jar and a third of the other to the meat skillet. Micro grate, finely chop or crush garlic into skillet. Let meaty sauce mixture come to a slow boil.
  4. Preheat oven to 350'F.
  5. If you are using no boil noodles skip this step. Boil your lasagna noodles according to package instructions. Once cooked lay them out on a clean surface separately. If they start drying on each other they will "glue" together and cause a huge headache! They should be slightly undercooked.
  6. In a medium to large mixing bowl combine ricotta, all but 1/2 cup mozzarella, parmesan and eggs. Using your hands to mix in this step is the easiest, and messiest.
  7. Spread the olive oil and half of the remaining sauce (not the meat mixture) on the bottom of a 13x9 inch casserole pan.
  8. Add a layer of lasagna noodles on top of the oil and sauce mixture. If you boiled the noodles slightly overlap them. If you are using "no boil" noodles leave about a half inch space between them. They will expand when they are baked.
  9. Take half the cheese mixture and lay it evenly over the noodles.
  10. Now layer half of the meat sauce over the cheese.
  11. Repeat steps 8, 9 and 10 using the remaining cheese and meat sauce.
  12. Add your last layer of noodles in the same fashion described in step 8. Top with the remaining jarred sauce. Spread it out so there is no noodle uncovered.
  13. Cover your lasagna with aluminum foil and bake in a 350'F oven. 30 minutes for boiled noodles 45 minutes for "no boil" noodles.
  14. Remove foil and top with the 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese we put aside in step 6. Bake an additional 5-10 minutes or until cheese is completely melted.
  15. Cool 10 minutes and serve. Store leftovers in the refrigerator and eat within a week.

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    • SandyMcCollum profile image

      SandyMcCollum 4 years ago

      Great idea for all those turkey leftovers in the freezer! Thanks!

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      I am excited to see another leftover turkey recipe. I had room for one more. It looks soooo good, I just want to eat a piece now. I may have to buy and cook another split turkey breast just to enjoy this one.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you both for the comments ^_^

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      RASO 4 years ago from Slovenia

      I love lasagna! I have collected some of lasagna recipes and I want to share them with you! Hope you enjoy. I have a passion for great food and especially Lasagna. I have created this ( http://lasagnarecipes.org.uk/ ) site to discuss and share my lasagna recipe.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Raso thank you ^_^

      I also love lasagna! I think you will really like the lasagna recipe I will be posting later this week. So keep a look out for it. Your site is very nice thank you for sharing.

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      natures47friend 4 years ago from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand.

      Yum. We have only had beef mince lasagna. Thank you for this more diet conscious recipe. Up and interesting!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you natures47friend, minced turkey is just as good if not better than minced beef in lasagna. My family prefers the turkey! ^_^ I hope you do too.

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      Peony 4 years ago

      I'm so hungry now! The recipe sounds so good and the picture looks delish! I've never tried turkey lasagna, but I think I will soon (;

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      P For Peony- Thank you. Try it and let us know what you think ^_^

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I have used ground turkey and it's a healthier meaty idea. I don't think healthy when I prepare lasagna, I think "I wanna be bad" ;) which is why I add pepperoni and ground pork or beef. Fab hub!!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Sunshine, Oh yes I saw your recipe for lasagna it looks delicious. I wish I could add the peppers like you do but my husband refuses to eat about 90% of all fruit and vegetables... peppers included. I like the idea of adding pepperoni... I think I'll keep with the theme and use turkey pepperoni. Thanks for stopping by and the wonderful idea! ^_^

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Ok. I am slurping and pinning already. Again, this sounds easy to make, because I always do pasta for myself and my family at home. Sharing!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you Michelle ^_^ You're going to run out of recipes to pin soon! I don't write hubs as fast as you, lol. You're awesome, thank you so much for all your continued support!

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      2patricias 4 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      This is useful, as it offers a lower fat/ cholestorol variation on traditional lasagne.

      I am adding it to my Recipe Index for HubPages, and sharing.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love turkey lasagna! Your recipe makes me hungry. : ) Your tips about no-boil noodles is very helpful, also the importance of fresh parmesan and regular (not low moisture) mozzarella. Thanks so much, Kim! Another great recipe!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Patricia! Wow... that's 3 recipes of mine you've now added to your index! Thank you ^_^ I'm so happy you like them! Your support if absolutely wonderful my friend ^_^

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Vespa, Always a pleasure you see you my friend ^_^ I'm so happy you like the recipe and especially the tips. I feel like if you use the wrong ingredients it can really ruin a dish... I didn't want people using skim mozz and having it come out yucky and chewy and then blaming my recipe ^_^ lol. Thank you so much for your lovely comment!

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks for sharing your recipe. I also love lasagna! The turkey is an equally tasty, and flavorful alternative to ground beef but less fatty. Voted up and useful. :)

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      Sasha Kim 3 years ago

      Thank you Vibesites ^_^ I'm so glad you like my recipe I hope you enjoy!

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      Amber 3 years ago from United States

      I've used ground turkey for a crockpot lasagna recipe and it tasted great! I also like to use ground turkey instead of beef for our taco salads, salsibury steaks, and more. My family doesn't know the difference when spices and extras are added to the meat. Hope your week is wonderful!

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      Rumana 3 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

      I was willing to learn to make lasagna, and luckily came across your recipe. I will love to try it.

      Voted up Useful and Shared!

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      Missy Mac 3 years ago from Illinois

      I am a ground turkey eater. I love this recipe and wondered about incorporating turkey into a lasagna. I will try this recipe. Thanks

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      IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Nice recipe.

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