Recipe courtesy of Jessie Tirsch and Emeril Lagasse

Turkey and Spinach Lasagna

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Inactive: 15 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 15 min
  • Yield: 12 servings
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Ingredients

12 whole-wheat lasagna noodles

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 chopped red pepper

1 pound ground turkey breast, white meat only

1/2 pound hot Italian turkey sausage

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 teaspoons chopped garlic

1 teaspoon Essence, recipe follows

3 1/2 cups prepared marinara sauce

3 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided

2 cups part skim ricotta

2 cups thawed and drained chopped frozen spinach

1/4 cup grated Romano

2 egg whites

1/2 cup chopped basil leaves

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):

2 1/2 tablespoons paprika

2 tablespoons salt

2 tablespoons garlic powder

1 tablespoon black pepper

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon dried thyme

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large pot, bring several quarts of salted water to a boil. Add noodles and cook until very al dente, 7 minutes. Remove from water and place on a towel lined baking sheet.
  3. Place the olive oil, onion and red pepper in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Saute until the vegetables begin to sweat, about 5 minutes. Add ground turkey, turkey sausage, garlic and Essence, stirring to combine until turkey cooks through, about 10 minutes. Add marinara sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. In a large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups mozzarella and remaining ingredients and set aside.
  5. Spray a 13- by 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Spread 1 cup turkey mixture in bottom of the dish and arrange 4 noodles over turkey mixture; top with 1 1/2 cups turkey mixture. Spread half of cheese mixture over turkey mixture. Repeat layers, ending with the remaining turkey mixture.
  6. Cover and bake for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, and bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  7. Let lasagna stand 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):

Yield: 2/3 cup
  1. Combine all ingredients thoroughly.