You may think of lasagna as a fattening comfort food, but you will change your mind after trying this Ultimate Spinach Turkey Lasagna. It uses ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses as well as ground turkey to cut down on the fat content and calories. Spinach adds color, flavor, and fiber.
You may use jarred sauce from the market or your own homemade marinara sauce. I suggest using whole-wheat lasagna noodles to boost the fiber even more. Serve with a side salad to round out the meal.
Cheesy, meaty, and unbelievably good, this saucy lasagna is a real crowdpleaser. Serve it with a crisp green salad.
Ultimate Spinach Turkey Lasagna Recipe
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped (2 cups)
2 minced garlic cloves
3/4 pound ground turkey breast
3 cups low-sodium jarred marinara sauce
1-1/2 cups part-skim ricotta cheese
1 (10 ounces) package frozen spinach, completely defrosted and squeezed of all excess liquid
1/4 cup chopped parsley
2 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
12 lasagna noodles, cooked al dente according to package instructions
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Heat olive oil in a large high-sided skillet and cook onion, stirring occasionally, until softened, 6 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add turkey and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until no longer pink and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Add marinara, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 2 to 3 minutes. Remove pan from heat and cool slightly.
Combine ricotta cheese, spinach, parsley, egg whites, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
Coat the bottom of a 14- x 11-inch lasagna pan with 1/2 cup sauce. Arrange three lasagna noodles on the bottom of the pan. Spread 3/4 cup sauce evenly over noodles. Spoon 2/3 cup ricotta-spinach mixture evenly on top of sauce. Repeat layers two more times.
Cover top with three noodles and remaining 3/4 cup sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan. Cover loosely with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake 10 to 15 minutes, until cheese is bubbly. Cut into 9 squares and serve.
Yield: 9 servings
Nutrition per serving: 1 (4- by 3-inch) piece: Calories 346; Fat 11.3g (sat 4.3g, mono 3.7g, poly 1.5g); Cholesterol 44mg; Protein 23g; Carbohydrate 38g; Sugars 5g; Fiber 4g; RS 1g; Sodium 321mg
Recipe Source: “The CarbLovers Diet Cookbook: 150 delicious recipes that will make you slim… for life!” by Ellen Kunes and Frances Largeman-Roth (Oxmoor House)
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Ultimate Spinach Turkey Lasagna Recipe Photo ©2012 Andrew McCaul, Time Home Entertainment, Inc., licensed to Peg’s Home Cooking