One thing every mom loves is having someone else make dinner for them once in a while. Whether your mom loves to bake, or is seldom seen near the stove, everyone loves lasagna. I don’t know about you, but I know in my house lasagna is always welcome. There is just something comforting and satisfying about a heaping plate of sauce, meat, and noodles. Some may argue that lasagna is just fancy pasta, but truly, layering it creates a whole different experience.
Several of the tricks I use in my lasagna I already have written about in my sneaky healthy lasagna post, and a few more I mention in my YouTube video. The video will show you how to assemble this recipe step by step, and is found by clicking this link, and is also at the end of this post.
For the cheese layer, I seldom am willing to pay a premium for cheese such as ricotta when I know cottage cheese works just as well and is far cheaper. I use a mixture of cottage cheese and sour cream here, and it is super tasty. But if you are a purist who only wants ricotta, or if you have some fancy type of cheese, feel free to switch it up.
For mother’s day, if you are lucky enough to live near your mom, and haven’t already made reservations somewhere, give this simple 30-minute recipe a try. Putting lasagna together is far easier than you may think, and it always impresses. Lasagna looks amazing and tastes even better. Impress your mom, date, siblings, friends, or coworkers. Heck, make a whole pan for yourself and it will last all week. Just give it a try!
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 box lasagna noodles (12-15)
- 1 cup mushrooms (I used button and enoki)
- 1/2 white onion
- 3-5 cloves garlic
- 1 can or jar pasta sauce
- 1 can chopped tomatoes
- 1 tub cottage cheese
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 cups spinach
- Sharp cheddar cheese to taste
- 1-2 tbsp Olive oil
Step 1: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the noodles and olive oil (the oil helps keep the noodles from sticking as much) and simmer for about 10 minutes.
Step 2: Dice up your mushrooms, garlic, and onions. Add the ground turkey to a pan over medium heat, and cook until browned.
Add in the garlic, onion, & mushrooms, cover and cook another 5-10 minutes.
Step 3: In a large bowl, mix the cottage cheese and sour cream.
Step 4: Once the noodles are cooked and drained, layer a 9 x 13 baking pan with 4-5 noodles, overlapping the edges. Add half of your cooked meat mixture on top of the noodles. Pour 1/2 your sauce on top, followed by half of the cheese mixture. Lay down a layer of 1 cup spinach, and then another layer of 4-5 noodles, again overlapping. Repeat the layers, saving a small amount of sauce to pour on the top.
Step 5: If you want, shred a layer of sharp white cheddar cheese on top. Pop your lasagna in the oven for 30-45 minutes at 350 degrees.
That’s all there is to it! You could also make this in a disposable aluminum pan, cover with foil, and put in the freezer for a night you don’t feel like baking. Most likely, you will just make the house smell amazing and will devour the whole thing in one meal!
With the healthy protein from the turkey and cottage cheese, the extra tomatoes boosting your lycopene and vegetable intake, and a healthy layer of spinach, you don’t have to feel guilty about going back for seconds!
(Oh, and if you do make this for mom, super mega bonus points to do the dishes after!)
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