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.