Turkey Lasagna with Goat Cheese

The following lasagna is a variation of a turkey lasagna that Ina Garten features in Barefoot Contessa, Family Style.

TURKEY LASAGNA

With Goat Cheese & Butternut Squash Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 (14-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 Jar of Butternut Squash Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 pound lasagna noodles
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 4 ounces creamy goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan, plus 1/4 cup for sprinkling
  • 1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella, shredded

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Heat the olive oil in a large (10 to 12-inch) skillet. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes over medium-low heat, until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the turkey and cook over medium-low heat, breaking it up with a fork, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until no longer pink. Add the tomatoes, butternut squash spaghetti sauce, the basil, 1 1/2 teaspoons of the salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Simmer, uncovered, over medium-low heat, for 15 to 20 minutes, until thickened.

Meanwhile, fill a large bowl with the hottest tap water. Add the noodles and allow them to sit in the water for 20 minutes. Drain. Or, get the “no pre-boil” noodles, which require no prep – just add them to the baking dish!

In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta, goat cheese, 1 cup of Parmesan, the egg, the remaining 2 tablespoons of basil, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Set aside.

Ladle 1/3 of the sauce into a 9 by 12 by 2-inch rectangular baking dish, spreading the sauce over the bottom of the dish. Then add the layers as follows: half the pasta, half the mozzarella, half the ricotta, and one 1/3 of the sauce. Add the rest of the pasta, mozzarella, ricotta, and finally, sauce. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of Parmesan. Bake for 30 minutes, until the sauce is bubbling.

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