Sunday, March 18, 2012

Ground Turkey Sausage Lasagna

I don't feel like recapping our less than ideal race right now (and I'm waiting for the official results) so I will post our new recipe for this week instead!

Last night Mike and I made lasagna.  Now, some of you know this but Mike and I already have made lasagna many times before.  We actually have a really good recipe for it!  Mike kept telling me that this recipe didn't count, but I disagree.  There are some different ingredients, and while some are the same that means it counts as "new"!

Since we had our half marathon we knew we had to carbo-load so lasagna was perfect!  We ended up making Ground Turkey Sausage Lasagna using this recipe as a guide. 

Ground Turkey Sausage Lasagna

 I wish you could see everything in it better!

1 pound ground turkey (we used patties and just broke them up in the skillet)
Barilla No Boil Lasagna noodles (lazy yes, works yes)
1 onion chopped
Garlic Powder
1 jar of sauce
1 15 oz container Ricotta Cheese
1 egg
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
3 cups spinach
2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese 

You probably noticed the no boil noodles, we swear by those!  You don't have to use them if you don't want but for us they work. 

We basically followed the directions of the recipe, with a few exceptions.  After chopping the onion, the sausage, onion and some garlic powder (not sure how much, ask Mike haha) were sauteed in the skillet until the sausage browned.  The original recipe said to add the sauce to the mixture but we skipped this step since it doesn't specify what size jar of sauce!

Meanwhile, I combined the ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese and the egg in a bowl and mixed it all together. 

We used a 9x13 glass baking dish and coated it with non-stick baking spray.  Some sauce is poured into the bottom of the pan and then lasagna noodles are placed on top.  The order of our layers went: noodles, ricotta cheese mixture, sausage mixture, sauce, spinach (really we just guessed how much to use each time), mozzarella cheese (guessed how much each time again).  We repeated this 3 times until the final layer.  After the last 4 noodles are put on top, it is topped with sauce, Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese.

 Ready to go in the oven

The lasagna is cooked in a preheated 350 degree oven, uncovered, for 45 minutes (I will say covering it might be a good idea for a little while since the mozzarella cheese was slightly overcooked but not too bad!)

 Looks delicious!

This was really good!  We will definitely make it again!

And now I'm sure you are wondering how this lasagna is different than our regular lasagna, right?  Well some of the procedure is different, in our regular lasagna we mix the mozzarella cheese in the ricotta mixture and some of the ingredients are different.  We don't normally use ground turkey sausage, onions, garlic powder nor spinach.  I do have to say that all of those were great additions!

What do you put in your lasagna?

21 comments:

  1. Okay... just one question, since I have never put Spinach in my lasagna- did you use the frozen spinach, thaw it, and then wring the excess liquid from it(like Rachael Ray)? Looks and sounds really good- and great for night before race!!

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    1. Nope, but I'm sure you could do that and it would be fine! I had some spinach leaves left over from the Clean Food Challenge that we put in it. It did say to chop them in the original recipe but we skipped that step.

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  2. Yum! Looks good. I love that your and your husband cook new recipes together:)

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    1. Thanks! It is fun and it is the most that I help in the kitchen haha.

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  3. So yummy! I love to put spinach in my lasagna - my grandma taught me that.
    We all have races that don't turn out the way we hope - I bet you did better than you're giving yourself credit for.

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    1. The spinach was good!

      Thanks, it was just a little disappointing but oh well. Next time will be better!

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  4. Looks so yummy...I love lasagna!! I have used spinach lasagna noodle before and I have had a yummy all vegetable lasagna that had spinach carrots zucchini and squash and that was awesome too!!
    You guys are becoming quite the cooks!!
    you will have to plan a meal for us when we visit in April...YUM!!

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    1. That all sounds good too!

      We will have to think of something to make when you come to visit!

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  5. I love lasagna - did you guys want anything specific pre-race!!!! b/c we were thinking about making that awesome spaghetti "lasagna" that's on my blog, but we can do anything!!!!

    and I want to read the recap!!!!

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    1. We can have that! I'm sure it will be great, plus lots of carbs :)

      Recap will be coming later today, I need to get a photo off of my camera and I'm still waiting for the official results. Other than that the post is written.

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    2. Oh and I just don't eat beef! Ground turkey works for me :) If that's alright with you guys!

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  6. Looks delicious! I love adding spinach to lasagna too. I have an grilled eggplant/zucchini lasagna I'm wanting to try, as soon as I can eat cheese again! Sorry the race wasn't exactly what you hoped for... those races come!

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    1. That sounds great too! You'll be able to eat cheese soon, you're more than half way there!

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  7. YUM YUM looks so good! I have never made real lasagna just easy fake stuff with my mother in law. I will have to try this!

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    1. You should definitely try this! It is actually still pretty easy, especially if you use the no boil lasagna noodles.

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  8. I usually am super lazy and BUY lasagna that I just stick in the oven. You've inspired me to finally make my own! Looks yummy!

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    1. Yay! If we can do it, I'm sure you can! haha

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  9. I'm going to have to make this. We both love lasagna!

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    1. It was so good! The leftovers may have even been better than the first night (which is common with lasagna or so we think).

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