Turkey Lasagna

Typically I follow directions well. When it comes to cooking it can be a different story though. I like the freedom of experimenting as I go and using a recipe as guidance instead of an end all be all.

I took my Mom’s traditional, very easy Lasagna recipe and made it my own. I have always loved how simply yummy it is, but it has been fun experiencing with it. She gave me the recipe at one of my bridal showers, and I believe she got it from her mother, my Grandma Rabenort.
Mom’s Lasagna Recipe
Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
Oven Temperature: 350 Degrees
Oven Time: 40 Minutes
Serves: 8 Hungry People
1 Pound Italian Sausage
2 Pounds Hamburger
2-3 Jars Ragu
12 Lasagna Noodles
16 oz. Cheddar Cheese Shredded
16 oz. Mozzarella Cheese Shredded
1 Onion (optional)
Brown Sausage, Hamburger and Onion. Drain and add Ragu. Boil noodles according to package. Rinse in cool/cold water. In 9 x 13 pound layer noodles, sauce and cheese. Cover with tin foil and stick in the oven.
I don’t change the recipe much, but to make it a “healthier” option I use Jenni-O ground turkey. You can find Lean Jenni-O Ground Turkey and Lean Italian Turkey Sausage at your local grocery store. I typically buy a pound of each. You can ground the turkey the same way you would hamburger.
*If you find yourself browning meat often I suggest investing in a Pampered Chef Mix N’ Chop.
Then I like to add lots of veggies. I often add onions and mushrooms. I usually don’t finely chop the mushrooms; just slice them up a little especially if purchased whole. You can really add whatever you want. Peppers are great too!
I also use Newman’s Own pasta sauce instead of Ragu. There are many flavors to choose from as well. Some day I’d like to make my own red sauce, but I just don’t have the time at this point to make that happen.
After some mixing, layering, and 40 minutes in the oven I have a meal the hubs loves! It makes WAY more than we need so I typically freeze some and we eat Lasagna for days. If you don’t want a lot of leftovers 1. cut the recipe in half or 2. invite friends or family over to help you eat it!

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One Response to Turkey Lasagna

  1. Robdogg says:

    Grandma R would be so happy you made it a bit healthier. I never varied from the original because of all the dairy issues and aversion for fungus (mushrooms) from your brothers and dad. Looks Nummy

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