Turkey Lasagna with Butternut Squash, Zucchini, and Spinach

Turkey Lasagna with Butternut Squash, Zucchini, and Spinach

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"I was craving lasagna, but not all the calories it usually comes with. After researching several recipes for inspiration, I ended up cooking up this delicious creation. I hope you enjoy it, too!"

Ingredients 2 h 45 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 477 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 477 kcal
  • 24%
  • Fat:
  • 14.3 g
  • 22%
  • Carbs:
  • 56.9g
  • 18%
  • Protein:
  • 34.7 g
  • 69%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 98 mg
  • 33%
  • Sodium:
  • 907 mg
  • 36%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook the onion and garlic in the hot oil until fragrant, 5 to 7 minutes. Break the turkey into small pieces into the skillet; cook and stir until completely browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Stir the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, water, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/4 cup parsley into the turkey mixture. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce reaches a desired consistency, 60 to 90 minutes.
  2. While the sauce simmers, place the butternut squash in a large, microwave-safe bowl; cover with plastic wrap and cook in microwave on High until tender, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Cook and stir the spinach in a large skillet over medium heat until wilted, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  4. Stir the ricotta cheese, egg, 2 tablespoons parsley, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and about 2/3 of the mozzarella cheese together in a bowl. Set aside.
  5. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  6. Pour 1 1/2 cups of the sauce into the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish. Arrange 3 of the lasagna noodles in a layer over the sauce. Spread 1 cup of the ricotta cheese mixture over the noodles. Sprinkle about half of the butternut squash over the ricotta cheese mixture. Layer about half the wilted spinach over the butternut squash. Lay about half the zucchini slices over the spinach in a layer. Repeat the layering. Top with the 3 remaining lasagna noodles. Spread any remaining ricotta cheese mixture over the top of the lasagna. Finish by topping with any remaining sauce mixture. Cover with aluminum foil.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove the aluminum foil and sprinkle the remaining mozzarella over the top of the lasagna. Return to oven and bake uncovered until the top is golden brown, about 30 minutes more. Remove and allow the lasagna to rest 15 minutes before cutting to serve.
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Adrienne
6/1/2010

I have never made lasagna before, so I was worried about how this would turn out. To my amazement, it not only turned out delicious, but it actually looked good, too! I followed the recipe exactly. I don't have lasagna experience, so I'm sure other reviewers will have different ways of making this, but I can't think of any changes that should be made. Also, I recommend taking the time to make your own sauce, rather than using a jar. The sauce was wonderful and really made the dish.

BRG
11/29/2010

Made this for Thanksgiving and it was great, though needed a little more seasoning than the recipe called for, especially salt and pepper.

HealthyMe
10/26/2010

I mistakingly bought a butternut squash instead of a spaghetti squash so I came here looking for a way to use it. Came across this recipe and absolutely loved it! I am a full time working mom with two young kids so I did the speedy version. I did not make my own sauce, I used Newman's Own Sockaroni sauce. I microwaved the butternut squash whole and then peeled and sliced it into thin slices once it cooled. Next time I will buy frozen spinach and thaw it to speed things up even more. Also, I did not use all of the cheese mixture, the lasagna was plenty big without using all of it and I figured it would cut down on the calories as well. Still turned out wonderfully and I love that this is a much healthier version of traditional lasagna. Thank you for sharing!