Spinach and Turkey Sausage Lasagna
Total TimePrep: 1 hour Bake: 55 min. + standing
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 3 cups fat-free milk
- 3 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, cubed
- 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed and crumbled
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
- 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
- 1 jar (7 ounces) roasted sweet red peppers, drained and chopped
- 1/2 cup white wine or reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 3/4 cup 2% cottage cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 9 lasagna noodles, cooked, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- In a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth; gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in cream cheese until melted. Stir in Parmesan cheese just until melted. Remove from the heat; set aside.
- In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook sausage and onion over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink. Add the garlic, oregano, marjoram and fennel; cook 1 minute longer.
- Add roasted peppers and wine. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 3-5 minutes or until liquid is reduced to 3 tablespoons. Remove from the heat; set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine the spinach, cottage cheese and nutmeg. Spread 1/2 cup cheese sauce in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with three noodles, half of the sausage mixture, half of the spinach mixture and 1 cup sauce; repeat layers. Top with remaining noodles and sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
- Cover and bake at 375° for 40 minutes. Uncover; bake 15-20 minutes longer or until heated through and top is lightly browned. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.
Nutrition Facts1 piece: 279 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 664mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 19g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.
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Dec 10, 2014
This was really, really good. However, it does take a while to make. The cheese sauce was very thick, like sticky mashed potatoes, so be patient with that. My son loved it too, and I'll definitely make this again, but probably wait for a weekend to make it because making it after work made for a very late dinner.
Nov 4, 2009
I normally do not like to eat the food that I prepare but I actually ate seconds with this great recipe! It takes me almost 3 hrs from start to end baking to prepare! Absolutely wonderful taste! Try it with normal hot italian sausage!
Jun 16, 2009
I am anxious to try this. However, my grown children and my grandchildren will probably turn up their noses because all they ever want is Granny Sue's lasagna. However, I'm a turkey and spinach lover so I am anxious to try it along with my "traditional" lasagna!!!
Aug 22, 2008
This was absolutely great!! It takes a bit of time, but the taste is well worth it.