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Ultimate Spinach and Turkey Lasagna

This healthy lasagna recipe features ground turkey instead of beef,  reduced-fat cheese and vitamin-packed spinach. Using store-bought marinara sauce helps keep it easy.You can assemble this lasagna and freeze it, unbaked, for up to a month.  Let it thaw completely before baking. 

Health FEBRUARY 2012

  • Yield: Makes: 9 servings (Serving size: 1 (4- by 3-inch) piece)
  • Cook time:1 Hour, 15 Minutes
  • Prep time:25 Minutes
  • :1 Hour, 40 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (2 cups)
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 3/4 pound ground turkey breast
  • 3 cups low-sodium jarred marinara sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 10 ounce package frozen spinach, completely defrosted and squeezed of all excess liquid
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 lasagna noodles, cooked al dente according to package instructions
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 375°.

2. Heat oil in a large high-sided skillet and cook onion, stirring occasionally, until softened, 6-7 minutes. add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add turkey and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until no longer pink and cooked through, 4-5 minutes. Add marinara, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 2-3 minutes. Remove pan from heat and cool slightly.

3. Combine ricotta, spinach, parsley, egg whites, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.

4. Coat the bottom of a 14- x 11-inch lasagna pan with 1/2 cup sauce. arrange three lasagna noodles on the bottom of the pan. Spread 3/4 cup sauce evenly over noodles. Spoon 2/3 cup ricotta- spinach mixture evenly on top of sauce. Repeat layers two more times.

5. Cover top with three noodles and remaining 3/4 cup sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella and parmesan. Cover loosely with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake 10-15 minutes, until cheese is bubbly. Cut into 9 squares and serve.

 

Note:

MyRecipes is working with Let's Move!, the Partnership for a Healthier America, and USDA's MyPlate to give anyone looking for healthier options access to a trove of recipes that will help them create healthy, tasty plates. For more information about creating a healthy plate, visit www.choosemyplate.gov.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 346
  • Fat: 11.3g
  • Saturated fat: 4.3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.5g
  • Cholesterol: 44mg
  • Protein: 23g
  • Carbohydrate: 38g
  • Sugars: 5g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sodium: 321mg
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