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Cheesy Spinach Lasagna

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
  • Calories: 260
  • Protein: 23 g
  • Total Fat: 10 g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 6 g
    • Saturated Fat: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 45 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 23 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4 g
  • Total Sugar: 4 g
    • Natural Sugar: 4 g
    • Added Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 320 mg

This ooey-gooey, cheesy lasagna is sure to hit the spot. It’s perfect for a simple weeknight supper, yet elegant enough for serving company. Plus, there’s no need to precook the noodles, which makes preparation a snap. You can also get your little ones involved; have them decorate the top using sliced bell peppers and tomatoes to create funny faces, hearts, or even write their initials. And thanks to the heaps of frozen spinach, there’s a whole lot of feel-good nutrition in every luscious bite.

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This recipe makes 12 slices
Ingredients:
  • 1 pound ground turkey, 93% lean
  • One jar (24 ounces) tomato or marinara sauce 
  • 2 cups part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 boxes (10 ounces each) frozen, chopped spinach thawed and thoroughly drained of all water
  • 9 whole-grain lasagna noodles, uncooked
  • 1½ to 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese 
  • Optional decoration for the top: sliced cherry/grape tomatoes and colorful thin bell pepper sticks
Preparation:

Cook the turkey in a skillet coated with nonstick oil spray over medium heat, making sure to crumble the turkey as it’s cooking with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Drain off fat. Add marinara sauce and ½ cup water to the pan with the cooked turkey. Mix to combine, cover and shut off heat, then set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350°. Coat a 9- x 13–inch baking dish with nonstick oil spray.

In a large bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese, egg, egg white, garlic powder, pepper, basil, and oregano. Add the drained spinach and mix again to combine. 

Cover the bottom of the pan with a thin layer of meat sauce (about ½ cup) and place down 3 of the uncooked lasagna noodles. Top with half of the spinach-ricotta mixture and about 1 cup of the meat sauce mixture, then a layer of 3 more noodles. Top with the remaining spinach-ricotta mixture and then the remaining 3 lasagna noodles. Pour the remaining meat sauce over the top. Sprinkle on the mozzarella cheese. Pour about ½ cup of water around the edge of the pan (this will cook the noodles), and cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil.

Bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake uncovered for 30 more minutes. Let cool for 10 to 15 minutes—then decorate the top using cherry tomatoes and bell pepper sticks  (you can create a heart, smiley face, or even spell a family member’s initials). 

Nutrition provided for 1 slice

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