Monday, February 28, 2011

Italian Sausage, Tomato, Mushroom, Spinach and Red Pepper Lasagna

This is a variation of a recipe I saw on I added the turkey sausage, spinach, and the canned mushrooms.  I encourage people to think outside the box when it comes to recipes. If you see something that looks good but has an ingredient you don't like then swap it out for something you do like. Also you can always pack in the veggies, even if the recipe doesn't call for them. When you make a recipe to your specifications you will always enjoy it more! Hope you guys enjoy this one as much as we did.

  • 1lb turkey sausage 
  • 8 oz canned mushrooms
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 24 oz marinara sauce, store-bought 
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes. fire roasted, drained
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese.
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute, such as egg beaters
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 9 items oven ready lasagna noodles (I had whole wheat on hand so I just boiled them till they were al dente.)
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, packed in water (I used a fresh red bell pepper and sauteed it with the turkey sausage and mushrooms.)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2.  In a small pot, combine marinara sauce, garlic, and tomatoes; set over low heat and simmer for 10 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
  3.  Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses; stir to combine. Stir in egg substitute, salt, pepper and oregano.
  4. In a saute pan brown turkey sausage and diced red bell pepper. Add canned mushrooms and spinach. Stir till spinach is wilted and warmed through.
  5. Spoon 1 cup of sauce in bottom of an 11- X 7-inch glass baking dish. Arrange 3 lasagna noodles over sauce, down center of dish. Spread half of cheese mixture (about 1 cup) over noodles; top with 1/2 of the turkey sausage mixture. Place 3 more noodles on top; spread with remaining cheese mixture and turkey sausage mixture. Top with 1 cup of marinara sauce; place remaining 3 lasagna noodles on top. Spoon remaining sauce over top and gently press down on lasagna.
  6.  Cover dish loosely with aluminum foil; bake for 40 minutes. Remove foil; bake until sauce is lightly browned and noodles are tender when tested with a knife, about 10 to 15 minutes more. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes to firm up slightly.

Nutrition Information: 
Slice into 8 pieces and serve. Yields 1 piece per serving. 10 Points+ per serving

Recipe from

1 comment:

  1. Looks delish! Will be following along with you on your cooking adventures!