Comfort food for summer can be hard to come by. But Hungry Brownie‘s Turkey Lasagna provides the perfect amount of comfort combined with lean turkey, herbs, and light cheese, which gives the dish a fresh update. Plus, this two-dish meal might just be the easiest lasagna recipe we’ve ever seen!

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Ingredients:
1 pounds lean ground turkey
2 minced shallots
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoons dried basil
2 bay leaves
2 tsp salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
12 pre-cooked lasagna noodles, drained and set aside
16 ounces part skim ricotta cheese
2 cups part skim mozzarella cheese, grated
2 cups grated Parmesan cheese

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add a tablespoon of canola oil, then saute minced garlic and shallots, about 2 minutes. Add and saute the ground turkey until brown and cooked through. Stir in tomato sauce, tomato paste and water. Add the basil, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Stir until completely combined. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes, then remove the bay leaves.

3. Spread about 1/4 cup of meat sauce on the bottom of a square baking dish. Arrange a layer of pasta over the sauce. Spread another 1/4 cup of meat sauce over the pasta, then dot the sauce with dollops of ricotta, spreading them out evenly. Sprinkle some mozzarella and Parmesan cheese over the ricotta. Repeat these steps to layer the lasagna, topping the pasta with any remaining meat sauce and sprinkle mozzarella and Parmesan cheese on top.

4. Cover with foil and bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove foil, and bake for another 20 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

recipe and photo courtesy of Hungry Brownie