My Mom’s Lasagna

This time of year is incredibly busy for our family and between planning a family vacation, working full time and attending family gatherings, our schedules are booked leaving little to no time for cooking. I try to anticipate this busy season and fill my fridge with dinners that can be prepped ahead of time, frozen and kept on hand as a staple dish for our family to enjoy.

This year, my go-to meal has been my mom’s turkey lasagna.  This is a classic lasagna that she has made over the years and is one of our family favorites. It’s also an easy meal to bring to a potluck Christmas dinner or to have when relatives show up at your door.  They’ll never know you made it days in advanced!

I hope you all have a wonderful, easy and hassle free holiday season!

//Ingredients

1 lb.  ground turkey

1 medium onion, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 jar (24 oz.) pasta sauce of your choice

2 tbs of chopped up basil

3 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

15 oz container of ricotta cheese

½ cup grated parmesan cheese, divided

¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

1 egg, beaten

2 medium zucchinis, sliced longways

1 package of lasagna, noodles cooked (see package for instructions)

salt and pepper to taste

4 tbs of olive oil

//Instructions

  • preheat oven to 350°F
  • brown the turkey in a large skillet coated with 2 tbs of olive oil on medium-high heat
  • meanwhile, mix 1 cup of mozzarella, ricotta, 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese, parsley and egg until blended
  • add the onions and garlic to the skillet and cook until the onion is a bit translucent
  • add pasta sauce and simmer for another five minutes adding salt and pepper to taste as well as the basil
  • meanwhile cook the zucchini in a pan coated with 2 tbs of olive oil on medium heat and set aside
  • assemble:  spread 1 cup meat sauce onto bottom of 13×9-inch baking dish; top with layers of lasagna noodles, 1/3 of the ricotta cheese mixture and 1 cup meat sauce and one layer of zucchini. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining noodles, meat sauce and cheese
  • cover with foil sprayed with cooking spray
  • bake for one hour or until heated through, removing foil after 45 min
  • let stand for at least 10 minutes before cutting to serve
  • enjoy!

 

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