Looking for new ways to use ground turkey? This Double Cheese Turkey Lasagna is a hit, even with the kids. With traditional lasagna flavors, they will never know it’s made with turkey and not beef! This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TasteTheSeason This post may contain affiliate links.
My first experience with a Progressive Dinner was about eight years ago. I had never heard of a Progressive Dinner until my husband and I started helping out with the Student Ministry at our local church. It was a fun time. We stopped by one house for an appetizer, one for the main meal, and one for dessert. At each house, the group would play a fun game or have a special lesson after they had eaten. In fact, talking about it reminds me that we need to plan another one of these in the near future! One thing that I’ve learned through having get-togethers and working with students is that there is always a group that doesn’t care for traditional holiday dishes. One thing that I try to do is have a non-traditional casserole or dish that has a holiday themed twist. Lasagna has always been a hit with kids and students, and that is where the inspiration for this recipe came from today. Lasagna meets Thanksgiving in this Double Cheese Turkey Lasagna.
Be sure to use a good baking pan. My all-time favorite is this Wilton one. It cleans easily, and isn’t that expensive. I’ve owned it since my husband and I were married, and it still looks brand new, even after weekly use.
- (1-2) 8 ounce bricks of Philadelphia Cream Cheese
- (3) bags of Kraft Italian Five Cheese Shreds
- (2) lbs. ground turkey
- (1) box oven ready lasagna noodles
- (1) cup grated Kraft Parmesan Cheese
- (3) jars marinara
- Non-stick spray
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Thoroughly cook the ground turkey over medium heat. I always use the straight edge of a spatula to chop the cooked turkey up into small pieces. Set the Philadelphia Cream Cheese out on the counter to soften.
Once the turkey is cooked, drain the grease and add the marinara. Simmer for 8-12 minutes.
In a separate bowl, combine four and a half cups of the Kraft Italian Five Cheese Shreds with the grated Kraft Parmesan Cheese.
Spray a 13×9 pan with non-stick spray. Lay a layer of lasagna noodles on the bottom of the pan. Hold a brick of Philadelphia Cream Cheese and rub the cheese on the noodles. Cover the noodles with half of the turkey and marinara. Cover this with a layer of cheese. Add another layer of noodles. Rub the cheese on these noodles, as well. Cover the noodles with the other half of turkey and marinara. Cover this with another layer of cheese mixture. Add a final layer of noodles. Cover with any remaining sauce and cheese. Sprinkle the remaining half cup of cheese from the bag on the top.
Bake for 30 minutes or until cheese is browning.
In the past when I’ve cooked with ground turkey, I’ve been told (by people like my daughter) that it has a “funny taste.” However, the amount of marinara and cheese in this dish overpowers the ground turkey. So this dish is great for kids or adults whose taste buds aren’t acclimated to turkey. Sneak it in there!
Have you ever participated in a Progressive Dinner? What’s your favorite dish to share?
If you need more inspiration, check out the Cooking Up Good website.
Melanie, you can make dinner for my family and I anytime…in fact, we have Italian on our menu board for Friday….so we’ll be waiting for you! 🙂
Haha! I’ll be there!
amy @ one artsy mama says
Mmmmmm! I love me some lasagna! That looks and sounds deLICious! I’ll be right over…lol.
We almost always use ground turkey in our recipes, but I don’t think I’ve ever tried it in a lasagna! I’ll have to try your recipe for our next lasagna night! Thanks for sharing #client
Yum! Lasagna is one of my husbands favorite meals, I bet he would love this! I can’t ever seem to get my lasagna to turn out right, but I’m excited to try your recipe. 🙂
Kim @ 2justByou says
Yep, I just pinned it. My mouth is watering for lasagna now, but it’s still breakfast time here!
Maryann @ Domestically Speaking says
Amanda @ Serenity Now says
Oh, that looks heavenly!!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe. 🙂
Katie Pierce says
Oh my this sounds so rich in taste, all of those ingredients sound like they work so well together!
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Looks so yummy!
I love this! I made lasagna last night and I wish I would have used turkey!
This looks amazing!
Evelyn @ My Turn for us says
This is an awesome Lasagna!! You had me at Double Cheese!!!
yum!! I love lasagna.. I’ve never used turkey though and it sounds so good. My husband has been asking me to make lasagna so I think I’ll put it on the menu now! pinned ;o)
Nicky @ Little Family Adventure says
This is a great recipe. Anything with that much cheese can’t be bad.
Emily @ Love, Pasta and a Tool Belt says
Yum!! This looks good. I love a new twist on lasagna.
Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads says
This sound SO good! Gotta love lasagna and double cheese? Yum!
Stephanie Pass says
I’ve seen progressive dinners, but I’ve never had a chance to do one before. This lasagna looks amazing! I would have never thought to put cream cheese in it, but I bet it makes so good!
Jen @ Simple Nails and Beauty says
I am slightly embarrassed to admit I still have turkey frozen in my freezer from last Thanksgiving. I think I will try this recipe to use it up (hopefully it is still okay!!)
Cheese and turkey – what’s not to love?!!
What a wonderful dish to use with our left over turkey. Plus I love anything with double cheese. 😉 Thanks for the recipe.
Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life says
I use turkey sometimes…this looks good! We love lasagna!
Sandra @ A Dash of Sanity says
I love that you used turkey for a lasagna. Looks great!!
We used to do progressive dinners when I was a kid with our church, and I thought they were such fun!
And this lasagna looks amazing! Love all the cheese!
I love lasagna! One of my favorite meals!
Debi @ Life Currents says
That looks great, and I bet it’s amazing!
Yum, lasagna always melts hearts (probably bc of the cheese;) and I love the idea of progressive dinners…do you have any tips for planning one?
We’ve only planned them for youth- never adults. Basically, you need three homes that are fairly close together who are willing to host a gathering. One will make an appetizer, one the main dish, and one the dessert. Other than that, you can throw it together however that you want!
Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says
Gosh, I haven’t had lasagna in forever – this sounds like a delicious combo!
Joanna Sormunen says
Lasagna… mmm…. pasta… mmm… cheese… mmmm… turkey… mmm… do I need to say that this is absolutely yummylicious?
Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama says
This sounds fantastic!! Excited to try it out. Thanks for sharing!!
Oh YUM! This looks fabulous.