Growing up, I totally related to Garfield. Along with our shared hatred of Mondays, we both loved lasagne! It's something I cook year round, regardless of the temperature (maybe I'll consider passing when it's in the 90's.) It really doesn't take a whole lot of effort, just a little bit of time. My recipe is a reduced fat version, as I use turkey meat instead of beef, but you get a punch of flavor from the Italian sausage. I cook these two meat separately, that way the sausage doesn't completely overpower the dish.
12 lasagna sheets
1 LB 85/15 ground turkey
1/2 lb Italian sausage
2 T Olive Oil
1 1/2 cups marinara (your favorite or something simple like Prego will work)
16 oz small curd 4% cottage cheese
8 oz mozzarella
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil.
- Take 2 saute pans and heat them over medium with 1 T of olive oil in each. Add the ground turkey to one and the Italian sausage to the other, and brown.
- Once the sausage is done remove from the heat. For the turkey meat, once browned, add your marinara.
- Add the lasagna noodles to the boiling water and cook 8-10 minutes.
- Strain the noodles and then carefully place the pasta noodles on wire racks to cool a little. I do this so the lasagne does get too wet.
- Brush the bottom of your lasagne pan with 1 teaspoon of olive oil.
- Lay out 3 noodles side by side to form the bottom.
- Gently spread a thin layer of cottage cheese over the noodles.
- Now add some of the turkey meat, spreading a thin layer evenly.
- Sprinkle a little mozzarella over everything.
- Add your next 3 noodles to create another layer, and repeat until you have three layers. (So, to be clear, the bottom layer of pasta, meat and cheese filling, noodles, filling, noodles, filling, noodles... and then the next step.)
- Cover the top with the Italian sausage and remaining mozzarella.
- Cover with tin foil and put into the oven. Bake for 20 minutes, remove foil then bake for another 20 minutes. Remove and let cool for 10 minutes.
To serve: I am a huge sauce guy, so once you cut your piece of lasagne, I top with marinara!