Recipes about 1 month ago by Liz Adams

Deconstructed Lasagna Recipe

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Hands down my most favorite comfort meal is pasta and this deconstructed lasagna recipe is, as my husband says, “tastes like your favorite order at your favorite Italian restaurant.” And that my friends, is the greatest compliment! There is nothing I love more than a cozy dinner and this is it.

Ok another thing about this meal…I love lasagna but sometimes it feels like a lot of effort to pull together. Do you boil the noodles? Do you use the no-boil noodles that are always a little tough? The layers feel like a lot of prep and always have to be perfect. This meal has all the flavors of your favorite lasagna with less effort to make it just right. You can make it in the morning and refrigerate until you’re read to bake, you can make an extra tin to keep in the freezer, it’s the perfect meal for a meal train. It’s the best! I always order these on Amazon to keep in my pantry if I ever decide to make an extra batch. Scroll down for the recipe!

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Deconstructed Lasagna Bake Recipe

Ingredients:

1 lb of pasta (I prefer penne but can also use farfalle)
1 lb of ground turkey
1 16 oz jar of pasta sauce (I love Rao’s)
extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper
1 cup of fresh spinach, chopped
1 cup of ricotta cheese
zest of 1 lemon
2 cloves of garlic, grated or finely chopped
shredded mozzarella cheese
grated parmesan cheese
seasoned panko breadcrumbs to top (optional)

*This recipe works for any standard casserole dish. I used an this ruffle oversized pie dish and had some leftovers so made another small batch for the freezer. Just know that any extra ingredients can be used again!

Start by boiling the water for your pasta. In a pan, heat 2 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat. Add your turkey and begin to brown. Add your italian seasoning, salt and garlic powder to your turkey. Once cooked through, add 1/3 of your jar to the turkey and set aside. Meanwhile, cook your pasta. Once the pasta is al dente, strain and add the pasta to your turkey pan. Incorporate the turkey mixture and pasta together and set aside.

In a separate bowl. combine your ricotta, lemon zest, garlic, salt and pepper.

Preheat your oven to 375F. Assemble your “deconstructed lasagna!” Start with a layer of pasta sauce, add your turkey and pasta mixture, chopped spinach, shredded mozzarella cheese and some dollops of your ricotta mixture then repeat. Sauce, turkey/pasta, spinach, mozzarella cheese, ricotta. Repeat as needed and then on the last layer add some grated parmesan and breadcrumbs. Cover your dish with aluminum foil and bake at 375F for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and cook for another 10 minutes. Then I like to turn the broiler on for 2-3 minutes (watch closely!) to really make that cheese brown and bubbly.

You can see a full step by step video of this recipe right here!

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