Lasagna is one of my all-time favorite foods. When I go to an Italian restaurant, there is a very good chance I will order the lasagna. The gooey cheese between the layers of noodles and meat or veggies, is just comforting. My mom taught me the roll-up method. This method greatly reduces the "fussy factor" that is often involved in assembling a lasagna. You will also end-up with perfectly portioned servings. You only need one noodle per serving, so when you couple that with my use of nonfat ricotta and lean turkey, this is a fairly figure-friendly meal. Cook this up for dinner tonight, or pack it up to share with a neighbor or relative. Everyone will love it. Enjoy!
Turkey and Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups
I used fresh spinach, but frozen would certainly work. Use whatever you have on hand.
You will need:
2 tablespoons olive oil1 clove of garlic, minced
1/2 large onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes1 lb. ground turkey
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic and herb seasoning
8 oz can tomato sauce
12 oz can diced tomatoes
1 can water
2 cups fat free ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons basil pesto
2 cups chopped fresh spinach
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Then, prepare the meat sauce. First, place oil in a large pan over medium high. Add the garlic and onion. Saute for 2-3 minutes.
Add red pepper flakes. Continue to saute until veggies are tender.
Add turkey and remaining seasonings. Cook until browned.
Add the tomato sauce.
And the diced tomatoes, along with a can of water. Turn heat down to a simmer. Cook this for about ten minutes, or until some of the liquid has evaporated. Taste for seasoning.
Meanwhile, prepare filling. Begin by chopping the spinach.
Then, in a small bowl, combine ricotta...
...and egg. Stir to combine.
Add the chopped spinach, and thoroughly combine.
Time to assemble. Spread 1/3 of your meat sauce on the bottom of a 9 X 13 pan. This will prevent your noodles from sticking.
Lay-out one noodle at a time, and spread it with 2 tablespoons of your cheese filling.
Fold the noodle in thirds, and lay it seam-side down in the pan.
Continue with remaining noodles.
Spread remaining meat sauce over noodles.
Top with cheese.
Cover with foil, and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil for last 5 minutes of baking.
This is perfect with salad and bread. Dinner is served!