Spinach and Turkey Sausage Lasagna

Spinach and Turkey Sausage Lasagna

Let’s talk about lasagna. Being Italian, I obviously love lasagna, but I always make it the traditional way. How boring and predictable of me.

This month’s issue of Cooking Light had a feature with a bunch of different lasagna recipes. They all sounded wonderful, but this white spinach and turkey sausage lasagna caught me eye. Me eye?? What the heck? I guess I am a pirate today.

Spinach and Turkey Sausage Lasagna

Anywho, so here is what ya got. A nice, tasty, and light white sauce that contains no heavy cream! Yeah! Then it also has some spicy turkey sausage and lots of spinach. Oh and cheese, of course there is cheese. Sounds pretty good, am I right or am I right?

As with most lasagna recipes, this one takes some time with all the prep work, but it’s definitely worth the time and effort. It’s a great dish to make on a Sunday night for the fam.  One thing I like about making dinners like this is even though they take some time, once you pop it in the oven, you can get everything cleaned up so clean up afterwards doesn’t take too long. And also, you can pour yourself a great big glass of wine while it cooks. I highly recommend the huge glass of wine.

Spinach and Turkey Sausage Lasagna

Spinach and Turkey Sausage Lasagna


  • 2 tbs. water
  • 1 (12-ounce) package fresh spinach
  • 3 (4-ounce) links hot turkey Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup chopped shallots
  • 1 tbs. minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 1 tbs. canola oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper (or to taste)
  • Cooking spray
  • 6 no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 1 1/2 cups part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 ounce shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 ounce fresh Parmesan cheese, grated


  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the 2 tbs. of water and the spinach to the pan. Cook for about 2 minutes or until the spinach has wilted. Drain any excess water from the pan.
  3. Increase the heat to medium-high. Remove casings from sausage. Add sausage to the pan. Cook for about 4 minutes or until the sausage is browned, stirring and crumble with a spatula. Remove sausage from pan. Add shallots and garlic to pan and sauté 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat.
  4. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the flour, milk, stock, and the bay leaf. Cook for about 8 minutes or until thick and bubbly, stirring frequently with a whisk. Remove the sauce from heat; stir in salt and pepper. Spray an 11 x 7-inch glass or ceramic baking dish with cooking spray. Spread about 1 cup of the sauce along the bottom of the baking dish. Of the remaining sauce, set aside another 1/4 cup. Pour the remaining sauce in with the spinach and sausage mixture and mix well.
  5. Arrange 2 of the noodles over milk mixture in baking dish spread about 3/4 cup ricotta cheese and about 1/3 of the spinach and sausage mixture. Repeat layers twice. Pour the remaining 1/4 cup over the top. Sprinkle the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese over the top. Cover with foil and for 40 minutes. Remove foil.
  6. Preheat broiler to high. Keeping a close eye, broil for about 4 minutes or until cheese is golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes.

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light

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Spinach and Turkey Sausage Lasagna

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  1. I am totally a lasagna fan and I agree as good as it is….it’s good to switch things up sometimes. This looks really fun and just as delicious. :)

  2. haha I can totally relate … 99% of the time I make lasagna the way my very Italian grandmother always does : ) But this version sounds awesome! Love the turkey sausage and spinach!

  3. Love this alternative to traditional lasagna! I’ve had a few variation ideas in my head that I’m excited to try…I find I can’t compare it to traditional lasagna though since I love that sooo much it’s too hard to beat :)

  4. What a great lasagna recipe, this looks incredible! :)

  5. Love your lasagna recipe. I saw the same issue of Cooking Light and have been debating about making lasagna too! Love the combination of yours, I just wish I could get my Husband to try turkey sausage, but he won’t touch! :(

  6. I looooove white lasagnas but not the fact that they’re usually loaded with cream…love this lightened up version!

  7. This looks like one delicious recipe my friend :D


  8. I’m ALL for anything with cheese and pasta…and this lasagna looks totally irresistible!!! And being from Cooking Light makes it even better!

  9. I’ll have to try it with the turkey sausage. I’ve made a similar dish with ground chicken and it is great.

  10. I saw that issue of Cooking Light! And I’ve been craving lasagna ever since. Trying a couple of them is on my to-do list for sure. Yum!

  11. such a great recipe… simple and elegant.

  12. This looks so delicious!! Such a yummy twist on the classic :)

  13. Good in you for lightening up a classic lasagne. I always try to prepare and eat healthy dishes so I will have to give this a go.

  14. How perfect – we have pasta night coming up this weekend at my fiance’s family house. And I’m in charge of finding the recipe for it. I think its Fate you posted this today! I love spinach lasagna!

  15. I love this healthier alternative to a traditional lasagna!

  16. I love this version! Lasagna is so great, I think it often gets overlook. It’s the perfect make and take food, I’ll book mark this for a great recipe to give to a “mom-to-be” to freeze for after the baby comes!

  17. This looks like lasagna perfection. I love that it’s light and healthy. Yum!

  18. This sounds and looks sooo good. And of course…a huge glass of wine. :)

  19. What a fantastic looking lasagna! I love adding spinach to my lasagna. :)

  20. This looks great! There were several recipes in that issue I tagged as “looks so good”.

  21. What a fabulous looking lasagna! Love the fresh spinach in it, must give this a try!

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