Rating: 4.64 stars
72 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 54
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1

This truly is the World's Best Lasagna! I love this recipe but I am always looking for ways to take out the fat when I cook. I substituted lean ground turkey and turkey sausage for the meat. I also used lite mozzarella and cut out the egg and salt.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
2 hrs 30 mins
additional:
15 mins
total:
3 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat a Dutch oven or large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir turkey sausage, ground turkey, onion, and garlic until well browned, about 15 minutes. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer, uncovered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain.

  • Spread 1 1/2 cups turkey sauce in bottom of 9x13 baking dish. Arrange 6 noodles lengthwise over sauce. Spread half the ricotta over noodles. Top with a third of the mozzarella cheese slices. Spoon 1 1/2 cups turkey sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover with aluminum foil; make sure foil does not touch cheese to prevent sticking.

  • Bake in preheated oven until sauce is hot and cheese is melted, about 25 minutes more. Remove foil and bake until cheese is golden brown, about 25 minutes. Cool 15 minutes before serving.

Editor's Note:

If you want to save time, you can skip cooking the noodles first. Put the dry noodles in and after the 25 minutes of covered cooking, add about 1 cup water to the lasagna and the noodles will be perfect.

This recipe is a healthier version of World's Best Lasagna.

Nutrition Facts

390 calories; protein 33.1g; carbohydrates 33.4g; fat 15.4g; cholesterol 80.8mg; sodium 1129.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (53)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2012
I love the fact that you posted this. I was shopping for sausage and turkey as a substitute and saw your modifications here on allrecipes.The result is fantastic and I really didn't miss out on flavor or the fat of the cheese. Now to come up with a vegan version for my friend! Thank you! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/18/2016
I'm sorry hate to be that guy but you can't call a recipe with SIXTEEN ounces of ricotta cheese, 2 cans tomato paste, AND two cans tomato sauce healthy....just because you used ground turkey instead of ground beef. That's an absurd amount of saturated fat and sugar... Horrible false advertising for people on here that are taking your word for it. As for the recipe obviously still super delicious hense the 3 stars, but god bless those who think this is "healthy" Read More
(37)
72 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 54
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2012
I love the fact that you posted this. I was shopping for sausage and turkey as a substitute and saw your modifications here on allrecipes.The result is fantastic and I really didn't miss out on flavor or the fat of the cheese. Now to come up with a vegan version for my friend! Thank you! Read More
(94)
Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2012
Can't go wrong with Chef John (original recipe). I doctored the sauce a little (use red wine); added egg mix and fresh parsley to the ricotta. Oh and I used whole wheat lasagna noodles and everybody loved it! Read More
(70)
Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2012
A repeater. My family liked this a lot and it was great that it was a healthy version of Lasagna Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/18/2016
I'm sorry hate to be that guy but you can't call a recipe with SIXTEEN ounces of ricotta cheese, 2 cans tomato paste, AND two cans tomato sauce healthy....just because you used ground turkey instead of ground beef. That's an absurd amount of saturated fat and sugar... Horrible false advertising for people on here that are taking your word for it. As for the recipe obviously still super delicious hense the 3 stars, but god bless those who think this is "healthy" Read More
(37)
Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2013
Made this for Christmas dinner and was a hit family said it was the best lasagna they had ever had! I've made it twice now and used 1 1/2 to 2 pounds lean ground beef and it turned out wonderful! Will definitely do this again!!! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2012
This is the best lasagna ever! I have made the less healthy version before and this one is just as hearty and delicious! The only thing I changed was I added lots of spinach to my red sauce at the very end of the simmering process. MmmmmMmmmm good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2013
This recipe was excellent and easy to make.. I used whole wheat lasagna noodles and I cut down on the cheese and it was Excellent. I added mushrooms to my sauce. Next time I'm getting a slice some zucchini and eggplant as well. The noodles I bought did not require me to boil them first I cooked them hard with the sauce and the cheeses and it turned out excellent. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2012
This is a great recipe it tried this for my first homemade lasagna and it turned out perfect I added my own little touch by adding sliched olives and chopped peppers. I can't wait to make it again. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2014
This is the world's best lasagna - everyone loves it and begs me to make it again. As a personal preference I did switch out the ricotta for a cottage cheese/egg mixture but otherwise followed it as written. No one minded the turkey swap one bit as it had plenty of flavor. One strange thing I did find myself with some extra sauce both times I made this so I think you can be more generous for each layer. I ended up freezing it and using it for spaghetti sauce and that was good too. Read More
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