Turkey and Vegetable Lasagne

    Turkey and Vegetable Lasagne


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    About this recipe: A delicously different lasagne. Lasagne sheets are layered with turkey ragu, ricotta, butternut squash, spinach and courgettes, then baked to perfection.

    Serves: 8 

    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 570g minced turkey
    • 2 (400g) tins chopped tomatoes
    • 515g tomato puree
    • 350ml water
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
    • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
    • 1 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    • 500g peeled and cubed butternut squash
    • 285g fresh spinach
    • 425g ricotta cheese
    • 1 egg
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 175g grated mozzarella cheese, divided
    • 9 lasagne sheets
    • 2 courgettes, sliced lengthways

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:2hr  ›  Extra time:15min resting  ›  Ready in:2hr45min 

    1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large frying pan 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 frying pan; cook and stir until completely browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Stir the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, water, basil, fennel seeds, Italian herb seasoning, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and 4 tablespoons 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 cling film and cook in microwave on High until tender, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
    3. Cook and stir the spinach in a large frying pan 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 190 C / Gas 5.
    6. Pour 350g of the sauce into the bottom of a 23x33cm or similar sized baking dish. Arrange 3 of the lasagne sheets in a layer over the sauce. Spread 1/2 of the ricotta cheese mixture over the lasagne sheets. 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 courgette slices over the spinach in a layer. Repeat the layering. Top with the 3 remaining lasagne sheets. Spread any remaining ricotta cheese mixture over the top of the lasagne. Finish by topping with any remaining sauce mixture. Cover with foil.
    7. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and sprinkle the remaining mozzarella over the top of the lasagne. Return to oven and bake uncovered until the top is golden brown, about 30 minutes more. Remove and allow the lasagne to rest 15 minutes before cutting to serve.
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    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.  -  28 May 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Made this for Thanksgiving and it was great, though needed a little more seasoning than the recipe called for, especially salt and pepper.  -  25 Nov 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    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!  -  25 Oct 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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