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3.23.2011

Lasagna with Turkey Bolognese & Fresh Mozzarella

Everyone has a lasagna recipe. They are all about the same, but this one has a couple of elements that make it special. This is exactly the kind of dish I love since it has everything that I would want in a meal. Pasta, Tomato Sauce, and Cheese. What makes my lasagna different is that I use some wine with the tomato sauce, ground turkey to lighten it up a bit, and fresh mozzarella. The fresh cheese is really what I think takes this lasagna to a new level. I make this quite a bit and it is fantastic the next day and feeds a crowd perfectly. I don't like too much sauce with my lasagna as I like the top noodles to get a little crispy, so you might want to make some extra and you can always freeze whatever you don't use. Whether just for one to eat over a week's time or a dinner for guests, this lasagna never disappoints and I guarantee you will be making it over and over again.

Lasagna with Turkey Bolognese & Fresh Mozzarella
Forks & Amusement 2011
serves 6-8

For the sauce:
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 lb ground turkey or beef
2 big glugs of dry white wine
salt and pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper or two if you like it spicy
1 tablespoon tomato paste
28 oz crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon sugar

For the ricotta:
16 oz part skim ricotta cheese
1 egg
salt and pepper to taste

1 lb fresh mozzarella, sliced thin and dried on paper towels to remove any excess moisture
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 package of lasagna noodles, cooked to the package directions or use no-boil noodles

In a large skillet over medium heat, saute the onion in the olive oil until softened. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant. Add the turkey and combine with the onions and garlic, breaking up the meat with the back of a wooden spoon. Brown the meat until cooked through. Add the wine to the pan and cook until it has mostly evaporated. Add salt and pepper to taste, the oregano, red pepper and tomato paste. Cook for a minute or so until everything is combined. Add the crushed tomatoes and the sugar, bring to a boil, then lower to medium-low heat and simmer until thickened. About 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat.

Combine all the ingredients for the ricotta mixture in a bowl.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a lasagna pan well with oil or Pam.

To assemble, start with a layer of pasta sheets, making sure there are no holes. I usually do three across and then one the opposite direction at the far end. Then spread one third of the ricotta mixture on the noodles. Top with one third of the mozzarella, then layer on one third of the sauce. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Repeat. Noodles, ricotta, mozzarella, sauce, parm.

Then top with one more layer of noodles. But then layer in this order: ricotta, sauce, mozzarella, then sprinkle very generously with the remaining parmesan.

Bake for 45 minutes until it is bubbling and melted all the way through.

Enjoy!
xoxo
Erin

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