Low-Carb Turkey Quinoa Lasagna


I made this because I needed a low-carb meal. This is delicious and satisfying. Serve hot, topped with Parmesan cheese if you like.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
1 9x13-inch baking pan


  • ¼ cup olive oil, divided

  • 2 eggplants, peeled and sliced 1/8-inch thick

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 pound ground turkey

  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped

  • 1 cup quinoa

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 (24 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce (such as Hunt's®)

  • 1 (16 ounce) package shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 1 (16 ounce) package shredded Cheddar-Monterey Jack cheese blend

  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese (Optional)


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry eggplant slices a single layer at a time, replenishing oil between batches, until golden brown and soft, about 1 minute per side.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  3. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in the skillet over medium heat. Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add turkey and onion; cook and stir until turkey is crumbled and no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in quinoa and season with salt and pepper. Pour in spaghetti sauce; cook until sauce is bubbly, 5 to 10 minutes.

  4. Spread a layer of sauce in the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking pan. Top with even layers of eggplant slices and Cheddar-Monterey Jack cheese. Repeat layering sauce, eggplant, and cheese, ending with sauce on top. Spread mozzarella cheese evenly on top. Cover with aluminum foil.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and bubbly, about 45 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until top is golden, about 15 minutes more.

Cook's Note:

Use a nonstick skillet and spray eggplant before putting them in the skillet, if you want less oil in the lasagna.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

465 Calories
28g Fat
25g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 465
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 15g 73%
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 755mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 4mg 19%
Calcium 337mg 26%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 585mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.