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Veggie-Packed Lasagna (aka Best F'ing Lasagna) - Dads That Cook

By Jason Glover

Are you constantly trying to sneak more veggies into your family's diet? This super cheesy, veggie-packed lasagna is the perfect way to do that. Be prepared to have the kids constantly requesting this. Holy crap, this stuff is good!

Yields8 Servings
Prep Time45 minsCook Time45 minsTotal Time1 hr 30 mins

TOOLS
 Lasagna pan (deep-sided dish)
 Large skillet
 Wooden spoon or spatula
 Large bowl (for cheese mixture)
INGREDIENTS
MEAT & VEGGIE MIXTURE:
 1 lb ground turkey
 1 lb white button mushrooms, sliced
 2 large zucchinis, thinly sliced
 1 eggplant, cubed
 29 oz (2 cans) Italian style stewed tomatoes
 24 oz jarred marinara sauce
 ½ red onion, diced
 1 each red, orange & yellow bell peppers (diced or cut into chunks, your preference)
 2 tbsp Italian seasoning (or more to taste)
 2 tbsp minced garlic
 2 tbsp oregano (or more to taste)
 3 tbsp olive oil
 1 pinch salt
 1 pinch pepper
CHEESE MIXTURE
 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
 8 oz shredded Monterey jack
 8 oz shredded mozzarella
 8 oz cream cheese
 2 cups sour cream
 8 oz ricotta
 1 package lasagna noodles

COOK LASAGNA NOODLES
1

Cook the lasagna noodles, in advance, per the package's instructions. Set aside in a colander inside a bowl. Drizzle the noodles with a bit of olive oil so they don't stick together. (TIP: Cooking the noodles in advance makes the process so much easier. You can do it concurrently with making the meat and veggie mixture, but it is a lot to manage.)

2

FAST EASY WAY: Use oven ready (no-cook) lasagna noodles. The sauce cooks them while in the oven!

PREHEAT OVEN
3

Preheat oven to 350°F and position the rack to the middle of the oven.

PREP VEGGIES
4

Cut, chop, dice, slice and mince the veggies and garlic as specified in the ingredient list.

5

Set the veggies aside.

SAUTE' VEGGIES
6

Heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

7

Add the red onions and garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes, until softened.

8

Add the ground turkey and cook until browned, breaking it up into small pieces as it cooks.

9

Add the zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers and mushrooms to the pan.

10

Stir in 2 tbsp. of olive oil and continue sautéing.

11

Stir in the marina sauce and stewed tomatoes.

12

Reduce heat, if necessary.

13

Season with the Italian seasoning, oregano, salt, and pepper.

14

Stir carefully to combine and let simmer for a few minutes. (TIP: Don't worry about cooking the veggies all the way through; the oven will do that.)

ASSEMBLY
15

(TIP: Watch the video for this technique.)

16

In a large bowl, combine the cheddar, Monterey Jack and mozzarella cheeses.

17

Place one layer of noodles into the bottom of the lasagna pan.

18

Spoon an even layer of the meat and veggie sauce on top of the noodles.

19

Evenly dollop half of the cream cheese over the sauce.

20

Repeat with half of the ricotta cheese.

21

And half of the sour cream.

22

Cover with a layer of the cheddar-jack-mozzarella mixture. (TIP: Save a handful for the final layer.)

23

Repeat the noodle-sauce-cheeses step.

24

Top the last layer with noodles, a little bit of sauce, and finish with the cheddar-Monterey-mozzarella cheese mixture.

BAKE
25

Bake for 45 minutes, remove from oven and let rest for 10-15 minutes.

SERVE & ENJOY
26

No extra veggies needed; they are already inside!

27

Mangia!

This recipe is easy. It was rated intermediate because of the number of steps.

Ingredients

TOOLS
 Lasagna pan (deep-sided dish)
 Large skillet
 Wooden spoon or spatula
 Large bowl (for cheese mixture)
INGREDIENTS
MEAT & VEGGIE MIXTURE:
 1 lb ground turkey
 1 lb white button mushrooms, sliced
 2 large zucchinis, thinly sliced
 1 eggplant, cubed
 29 oz (2 cans) Italian style stewed tomatoes
 24 oz jarred marinara sauce
 ½ red onion, diced
 1 each red, orange & yellow bell peppers (diced or cut into chunks, your preference)
 2 tbsp Italian seasoning (or more to taste)
 2 tbsp minced garlic
 2 tbsp oregano (or more to taste)
 3 tbsp olive oil
 1 pinch salt
 1 pinch pepper
CHEESE MIXTURE
 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
 8 oz shredded Monterey jack
 8 oz shredded mozzarella
 8 oz cream cheese
 2 cups sour cream
 8 oz ricotta
 1 package lasagna noodles

Directions

COOK LASAGNA NOODLES
1

Cook the lasagna noodles, in advance, per the package's instructions. Set aside in a colander inside a bowl. Drizzle the noodles with a bit of olive oil so they don't stick together. (TIP: Cooking the noodles in advance makes the process so much easier. You can do it concurrently with making the meat and veggie mixture, but it is a lot to manage.)

2

FAST EASY WAY: Use oven ready (no-cook) lasagna noodles. The sauce cooks them while in the oven!

PREHEAT OVEN
3

Preheat oven to 350°F and position the rack to the middle of the oven.

PREP VEGGIES
4

Cut, chop, dice, slice and mince the veggies and garlic as specified in the ingredient list.

5

Set the veggies aside.

SAUTE' VEGGIES
6

Heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

7

Add the red onions and garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes, until softened.

8

Add the ground turkey and cook until browned, breaking it up into small pieces as it cooks.

9

Add the zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers and mushrooms to the pan.

10

Stir in 2 tbsp. of olive oil and continue sautéing.

11

Stir in the marina sauce and stewed tomatoes.

12

Reduce heat, if necessary.

13

Season with the Italian seasoning, oregano, salt, and pepper.

14

Stir carefully to combine and let simmer for a few minutes. (TIP: Don't worry about cooking the veggies all the way through; the oven will do that.)

ASSEMBLY
15

(TIP: Watch the video for this technique.)

16

In a large bowl, combine the cheddar, Monterey Jack and mozzarella cheeses.

17

Place one layer of noodles into the bottom of the lasagna pan.

18

Spoon an even layer of the meat and veggie sauce on top of the noodles.

19

Evenly dollop half of the cream cheese over the sauce.

20

Repeat with half of the ricotta cheese.

21

And half of the sour cream.

22

Cover with a layer of the cheddar-jack-mozzarella mixture. (TIP: Save a handful for the final layer.)

23

Repeat the noodle-sauce-cheeses step.

24

Top the last layer with noodles, a little bit of sauce, and finish with the cheddar-Monterey-mozzarella cheese mixture.

BAKE
25

Bake for 45 minutes, remove from oven and let rest for 10-15 minutes.

SERVE & ENJOY
26

No extra veggies needed; they are already inside!

27

Mangia!

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