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Healthy Turkey Taco Lasagna

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Healthy Turkey Taco Lasagna goes together quickly using oven-ready lasagna sheets, salsa and ground turkey. It’s a meal that will feed a hungry family and one you’ll be proud to put on the table.
Healthy Turkey Taco Lasagna

This is the first time I’ve ever used oven-ready pasta sheets to make lasagna, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Making this taco turkey lasagna had been on my mind to make for a very long time, even though I wasn’t quite sure about the ingredients I wanted to use, until I started.

Turkey Taco Lasagna

I was very happy with the results of this recipe, and so was my husband. Since it’s just the two of us now (yay, we’re finally empty-nesters), I didn’t make a huge pan like I normally would when making lasagna. The smaller size was just enough for the both of us to have two dinners during the week with half of it, and then I froze the other half to eat at another time.

Turkey Taco Lasagna

I’m now an oven-ready lasagna fan and will be using them from now on going forward. I didn’t miss the extra pots and pans to wash, and they certainly are a time saver without any real noticeable difference in taste or texture. If you haven’t tried them yet, now’s your chance. I highly recommend them, and this recipe. I hope you’ll try both 🙂

Turkey Taco Lasagna

Please don’t let the long list of ingredients scare you away from this recipe. They’re probably ingredients you already have on hand in your freezer and pantry. Plus, if this recipe’s servings are too many for your smaller family to eat, remember that this Turkey Taco Lasagna freezes beautifully. Perfect those days when getting busy in the kitchen is the last thing you want to do. Who can argue with that?

Serves: 8-10 hungry people      Prep Time: 15 minutes      Bake time: 20-25 minutes

1 tablespoon grape seed oil
1 pound ground turkey
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
¼ teaspoon cayenne red pepper (or to taste)
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons roasted cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 small can (4 ounces) fire roasted chilies
1½ cups salsa, divided
1 can (14.5 ounces) chopped or crushed tomatoes, divided
1 box (9 ounces) oven-ready lasagna
1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided
green onions
sour cream

-Preheat oven to 350°

-Brown the turkey in the grape seed oil in a large skillet over medium/high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and stir in the salt, pepper, garlic, onion, cayenne, coriander, chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika and fire roasted chilies. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

-Spoon half of the salsa in the bottom of an 8″ x 10″ casserole dish along with half of the crushed tomatoes. Spread with a spoon to cover the bottom of the pan. Place enough oven-ready lasagna sheets to cover the bottom of the dish.

-Spoon half of the meat mixture evenly over the lasagna sheets. Top evenly with half of the cottage cheese, half of the black beans, and half of the shredded Mexican cheese. Layer with more lasagna sheets, turkey meat, cottage cheese, black beans, salsa and tomatoes ending with the remaining shredded cheese.

-Bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes. Remove and allow the lasagna to cool for at least 15 minutes before slicing. Serve with a sprinkling of green onion, sliced avocado and sour cream if desired.

Turkey Taco Lasagna

Brown the turkey in a large skillet, add the onion, garlic and seasonings. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

Turkey Taco Lasagna

 Turkey Taco Lasagna

 Turkey Taco Lasagna

Layer the salsa and tomatoes in the bottom of a 8 x 10 casserole dish. Top with a layer of oven-ready lasagna sheets. Top with half the turkey mixture, half the cottage cheese, half the black beans and half the shredded cheese.

Turkey Taco Lasagna

 Turkey Taco Lasagna

 Turkey Taco Lasagna

Follow the same steps with the layers of pasta, meat, beans and cheeses. End with tomatoes and shredded cheese.

Turkey Taco Lasagna

 Turkey Taco Lasagna

 Turkey Taco Lasagna

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes. Remove and cool for 15 minutes before slicing. Serve and enjoy.

Turkey Taco Lasagna

 turkey taco lasagna

 Turkey Taco Lasagna

I hope you’ve enjoyed this recipe as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you. If you have any comments or questions, please don’t be shy about leaving them for me. I’ll get back with you as soon as possible with my answers.

Kudos Kitchen by Renée ~ Where food, art and fun collide on a regular basis!
Until we eat again,


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Monday 20th of April 2015

What a deliciously fun twist on the traditional. I actually just tried oven ready lasagna sheets on Easter, my daughter wanted a lasagna since she doesn't eat met. Have to say, Both she & I were not a fan of how they turned out...going back to regular cook-noodles. Maybe different brands do it better.

Rose | The Clean Dish

Friday 17th of April 2015

It is a long list of ingredients but there are a lot of spices in it so it's not that bad at all! What a delicious meal. I'm drooling on my keyboard as I look through your photos heh ;)

Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez

Thursday 16th of April 2015

Aren't those sheets, awesome!? I don't use the other kind anymore unless I have to for some reason. I love the sound of this turkey lasagna, I think it would make my family very happy!

The Food Hunter

Wednesday 15th of April 2015

Very nice and the presentation is superb! mine always falls apart.

Martha@A Family Feast

Wednesday 15th of April 2015

This sounds delicious! Perfect for a Cinco de Mayo party...