Turkey Mushroom Lasagna

November 10, 2008

Square portion of lasagna on a white plate

Go Obama! That’s what I said as I prepared this dish for dinner on election night. Instead of going out to a loud watch party in D.C. to buy appetizers and $12 to $15 drinks, I went to a friend’s house and made a home cooked meal for the two of us as we watched the electoral counts roll in for Obama.

This recipe is based off of my mom’s lasagna recipe which she usually makes with ground beef. Trying something different, I substituted the ground beef with 75% lean ground turkey. I also added sliced baby portabella mushrooms for a change in flavor and texture.

Image 1: Cutting board, bottle of olive oil, jar of pasta sauce, garlic bulb, small shallot, measuring spoons, three pieces of uncooked lasagna - prep; Image 2: Upclose photo of container of baby portabella mushrooms

I don’t normally make lasagna, so it was good practice to put this dish together. After I decided on the ingredients for my layer filling, I just assumed that I had an appropriate baking dish for lasagna. However, when I looked at my largest Pyrex, an 8″ x 11.5″ baking dish, it seemed a little too small and shallow for three layers of lasagna. So before I rushed out to buy a new baking dish, I did some research.

Image 1: Sliced mushrooms on a wooden cutting board; Image 2: Large pot of boiling water with lasagna pasta in it on a stove

Choosing a baking dish for lasagna isn’t complicated of course, but here are a few things to keep in mind:

Image 1: Photo of the uncooked lasagne in a white baking dish (cheese sprinkled on top); Image 2: Upclose photo of the cooked lasagna in a white baking dish

One other tip to keep in mind, make sure you use enough sauce (the amount specified in the recipe should do it) so that the lasagna doesn’t dry out as you bake it. 

Turkey Mushroom Lasagna

1/2 of a 16 oz box of lasagna pasta 
(or 9 lasagna pieces for a 9″ x13″ dish)
1-1/2 pound of 75% or 85% lean ground turkey
1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
1-1/2 tablespoon of salt
(1 tablespoon for boiling lasagna, 1/2 tablespoon for seasoning ground turkey)
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
1 small shallot, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
8 oz package fresh baby portabella mushrooms, sliced
Two 16 oz jars of tomato and basil pasta sauce
3 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
1-1/2 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bring a large stockpot full of water with 1 tbs salt to a boil. Add lasagna one by one. Boil until al dente (about 12 – 15 minutes). Remove pasta from water.

While pasta is boiling, combine ground turkey with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground turkey and cook thoroughly, stirring occasionally, until pink color is gone (about 10 minutes). Set aside.

In a sauce pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add shallot, garlic and mushrooms and sauté for about 10 minutes.

Add first layer of lasagna in a 9″ x 13″ baking dish. Spoon a generous layer of pasta sauce over the pasta. Next, spoon over a layer of cooked ground turkey and sautéed mushrooms. Then, sprinkle a layer of shredded mozzarella cheese (1 cup) and grated parmesan cheese (1/4 cup). Repeat layering two more times adding more cheese to the final layer.

Bake layered lasagna dish for 30 – 35 minutes or until top layer of cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling around the edges of the dish. Serve.

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3 Responses to “Turkey Mushroom Lasagna”

  1. unctoothlady on November 10th, 2008 7:13 pm

    OMG Tesia, that looks so good!!! I will have to try that. I make one with spinach in it but never have I added mushrooms.

  2. amaker02 on November 14th, 2008 12:22 pm

    HI Tesia
    Great recipe, I added ricotta cheese and red peppers to mine but the portabella mushrooms were a hit. Thanks

  3. Chris Jones on November 23rd, 2008 5:22 pm

    This is one of the most enticing kinds of lasagna I’ve heard of. I plan to take a stab at this one next week. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

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