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A lightened-up lasagna that tastes just like the one mom used to make--but with good-for-you, grown up ingredients by Dash of Jazz

Mommy's Lightened Up Lasanga

A lightened-up take on my mother's lasagna: layers of pasta, three cheeses, and a sauce made with ground turkey and fresh veggies.
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword easy lasagna recipe, how to make lasagna, lasagna with ground turkey, no boil lasagna, veggie lasagna recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 48 ounces marinara sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic minced or chopped
  • 1 half white or yellow onion chopped
  • 2 big handfuls spinach leaves
  • 5 ounces mushroom chopped
  • 5 ounces carrot sticks
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 1 cup set aside for topping
  • 1.5 cups shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 16 uncooked lasagna noodles not the "no boil" kind
  • 3 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • sea salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • olive oil


  1. Cook down onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat. Add ground turkey, sea salt, black pepper, chili powder, and crushed red pepper then cook through.
  2. Add in carrots, mushrooms, and sauce. Let cook for a few minutes then stir in spinach. Reduce heat to medium low and allow to simmer. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. In a large bowl, mix three cheeses (except 1 cup mozzarella) with egg and parsley by hand until uniform.
  4. Turn off heat to sauce then spoon a thin layer of it into the bottom of your baking pan. Place a layer of raw noodles on top. Spoon and spread out a layer of the cheese mixture.
  5. Repeat this order until all ingredients are used. This should be about three layers, ending with a thin layer of sauce. Sprinkle remaining cup of mozzarella over top. (It's ok if the noodles aren't completely covered, as steam generated in the pan will help cook them.)
  6. Cover pan tightly with foil and bake for about 45 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to set for one hour before serving.