Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Make-Ahead Lasagna with Turkey and Spinach

LASAGNA!! I like to eat, but I don't like to spend hours in the kitchen. This is my new favorite meal because it hardly takes any time to make--but it's so tasty. Build the layers a day ahead and refrigerate overnight, then come home after a busy day and just throw the pan in the oven. I've spent weeks tweaking the recipe, and this is my favorite version.
1/2 lb. ground turkey
1 shallot, finely chopped
8 oz frozen chopped spinach (thawed, drained, duh)
1 container (15 oz) ricotta cheese at room temperature
1 can (14.5 oz) chopped Italian style tomatoes
1-1/2 cups Ragu roasted garlic spaghetti sauce

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

1 tsp. dried basil
9 lasagna noodles, uncooked
2-1/4 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
Grated Parmesan cheese
Cooking spray

1. Throw the turkey and shallots into a large skillet over medium heat. Brown the turkey and drain off the grease

2. While the turkey is cooking, stir the spinach into the ricotta. Now your lasagna is going to have green stuff. It's HEALTHY! It's practically SALAD!

2. Stir the canned tomatoes (juice and all), spaghetti sauce, Italian seasoning, and basil into the skillet with the turkey and shallots. Saucy.

3. Lightly spray a 12 x 8 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Place 3 lasagna noodles in the dish. Spread a thin layer of ricotta over them. Ladle a thin layer of meat sauce over that. Top with 3/4 cup of mozzarella and a sprinkling of Parmesan. Repeat layers 2 more times. Did you use up all your ingredients? Good.

4. Cover and refrigerate overnight, up to 24 hours.

5. When ready to bake, remove the cover and place in a cold oven. You've been waiting HOURS for this lasagna; I'm not going to make you preheat. Turn the oven on at 350 degrees. Bake 45-50 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.


  1. Hey, Jen! Merry Christmas. My husband made this for the family over Christmas break and the family loved it. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Whoa, it's nice to hear from you! And I'm glad the recipe worked out. Isn't it EASY? When I first made it, I was like There must be a trick. Easy food isn't supposed to taste good! :)


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