Precooked lasagna noodles require no boiling, but be sure to make this dish 24 hours ahead so the juices from the sauce and ricotta mixture have time to soften the noodles. You can use regular cooked lasagna noodles and proceed with the recipe immediately, if you like.
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 pound ground turkey
4 cups bottled salsa
2 teaspoons ground cumin
8 garlic cloves, minced and divided
1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15-ounce) carton part-skim ricotta cheese
1/2 cup (4 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
1 cup (4 ounces) preshredded reduced-fat Mexican blend or cheddar cheese
Oregano sprigs (optional)
How to Make It
Place a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat until hot. Add onion, and cook for 3 minutes. Add turkey; cook until browned, stirring to crumble. Add salsa, cumin, half the garlic, and beans.
Place ricotta in a food processor, and process for 1 minute or until smooth. Add remaining garlic, cream cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan, and egg white; pulse 2 to 3 times. Add the spinach, and pulse 2 to 3 times.
Spread 3/4 cup turkey mixture in the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange 3 noodles over the turkey mixture, and top with 1 cup ricotta mixture, 3/4 cup turkey mixture, and 1/4 cup Mexican cheese. Repeat layers, ending with noodles. Spread remaining turkey mixture over noodles, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan. Cover with foil; store in refrigerator up to 24 hours.
Preheat oven to 375°.
Bake, covered, at 375° for 30 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Mexican cheese, and bake, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes. Garnish with oregano sprigs, if desired.
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Very yummy, my husband said it looked messy but tasted delicious! I used 1 pound of turkey because that's how it comes in the package and made the turkey mixture the night before and then made the spinach and cheese mixture and noodles and put it all together for dinner the next day,
My husband said "give this one 5 stars!" I made it the night before and was thinking, this better be worth it, b/c it was kind of time consuming.. it totally was! So delicious and lots of leftovers! :) This will be our go to lasagna dish.
This is wonderful! Iâve been making it for years â probably more often than traditional Italian-style Lasagna. Both my son & my husband love it, and I recently brought it to a church potluck and brought home an empty dish (not common at our small church)!!! When I made it for the potluck I used diced cooked chicken in place of ground turkey and it was terrific. Iâve also made it for some friends as a housewarming gift and they loved it. I would describe this dish as a cross between enchiladas and lasagna in flavor. Really tasty!