A delicious leftover turkey lasagna with vegetables and a white sauce made with cream cheese and cottage cheese.
Delicious leftover turkey lasagna with a healthier kind of white sauce. A dish that is comforting and full of flavor, perfect for using some of the leftover turkeys from Thanksgiving or Christmas.
I used to make this lasagna many years ago, using this cream cheese and cottage cheese sauce. During those times, the dish was mostly vegetarian, with lots of different veggies like carrots, peppers, broccoli, and even kohlrabi once. But then, like with many recipes we love at one point or another, we kind of forgot about it.
Recently, while perusing one of my first recipe notebooks, I found the recipe again and thought it would be a great idea to make it again and, this time to put some turkey into it as well.
With so many turkey roasts lately (have a look at this delicious Oven Roasted Turkey Breast or these Oven Roasted Turkey Drumsticks), I did find myself with lots of turkey leftovers in the fridge.
The Quick Fricassee with Leftover Turkey, Turkey Lentil Soup, and Vegetable Strudel with Turkey were wonderful, but more recipes were needed.
I really hope you will give this leftover turkey lasagna a try; it is really worth it! And unlike most lasagna recipes, it will really not leave you with a guilty conscience. After all the holiday indulgence, I always find myself in need of some thoroughly healthy recipes, and this lasagna fulfills this goal perfectly.
And best of all, you will not even be able to taste that it is so healthy; it tastes just like a regular, calorie-loaded lasagna and so delicious you will make it again and again.
- I used leftover turkey to make this lasagna.
- If you don’t have leftovers, use fresh turkey strips, which you will fry in 1 teaspoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- I used homemade pizza sauce, which I had in the freezer.
- That was basically 1 lb pureed tomatoes mixed with salt and pepper, a pinch of sugar, dry oregano, and dry basil.
- Making that mixture could not be easier or cheaper, but if you wish, you can use any pizza or tomato pasta sauce brand you like.
- I used low-fat cream cheese 4% fat, low-fat cottage cheese 0,2% fat, low-fat milk, and sour cream 10% fat.
- You can use that or higher-fat versions, that is definitely up to you, but if you have been looking for a low-fat, healthier lasagna, then you will probably be interested in using the low-fat products.
- No boil oven-ready lasagna sheets. (Amazon affiliate link)
- Please read the lasagna packet’s instructions and use the lasagna sheets accordingly.
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Leftover Turkey Lasagna
- 3 cups shredded leftover turkey or fresh
- 1 onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 9 oz carrots about 3 thick ones
- 1 large red bell pepper
- 1-2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 lb pizza or tomato sauce of choice
- 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
- 2/3 cup low-fat cream cheese 4% fat
- 2/3 cup sour cream 10% fat
- 1/2 cup low-fat milk
- 9 sheets lasagna no boil, oven ready
- 1/2 cup Gouda cheese
- 1/4 cup Parmesan
- fine sea salt and ground black pepper
- Chop turkey: If you are using leftover turkey chop it into very small pieces. If you are using fresh turkey, chop it, season it with salt and pepper and fry it in 1 teaspoon olive oil until golden. Take out of the pan and set aside.
- Prepare vegetables: Slice the onion into thin half rings. Chop the garlic finely. Chop the carrots and the bell pepper into small cubes.
- Saute: Heat one teaspoon olive oil in the pan, add the onion rings, and cook shortly until translucent. Next, add the garlic and the carrots. Cook often stirring for about 2 minutes, add the peppers and cook for another 2 minutes. (I usually chop the peppers while the carrots are in the pan and add them as soon as I am finished chopping them).
- Cook vegetables: Add about 1/3 cup/ 75 ml water, salt, and pepper to taste, and some dried oregano. Cover leaving a crack open and cook the vegetables for about 10 minutes or until slightly softer.Add the pizza or tomato sauce and reheat.
- In the meantime, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit/ 200 degrees Celsius.
- Whisk the cream cheese, milk, and sour cream. Set aside.
- Stir tomato sauce: When the tomato sauce is warm, add the cottage cheese and the finely chopped turkey to the sauce and stir well.
- Assemble lasagna: Place a few tablespoons of the tomato-vegetable-turkey sauce into a rectangular casserole dish (about 30x20 cm/ 12x8 inches). Arrange 3 lasagna sheets on top, cover with 1/3 of the cheese sauce and 1/3 of the tomato sauce.Add the following 3 lasagna sheets, 1/3 of the cheese sauce, and 1/3 tomato sauce.Place the last 3 lasagna sheets on top and finish with the remaining cheese sauce, followed by the remaining tomato sauce.Spread the grated Gouda and Parmesan on top.
- Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until the noodles are cooked through.
Thursday 9th of September 2021
I'm on a very strict renal diet. Do you have a recipe for veggie lasagna using a white sauce without tomatoes, and no meat. I can substitute ground chicken, and just use small amounts if meat is necessary.I try to do several meatless meals a week. It's very difficult, but I'd like to make casseroles for myself that I can eat a few times a week and not be cooking every day, thus leaving time for meals for the rest of the family. Even soups would be good or other casseroles. Or do you have suggestions to modify some of your delicious meals that I'm unable to eat. I can adjust the veggie selections to fit what I'm allowed on this very strict diet.
Friday 10th of September 2021
Hi Elizabeth. I have a Pumpkin Chicken Lasagne on the blog without tomatoes, but I can't say if the recipe is appropriate for your diet. I am not a dietician. There are almost 1000 recipes on the blog, I am sure you could find something to suit you, but as I don't know anything at all about a renal diet, I really cannot give advice. Sorry.
Friday 3rd of November 2017
i've never tried cream cheese in my lasagna--great idea!
Kathy@Beyond the Chicken Coop
Monday 30th of October 2017
This is the perfect dinner for my family. We love baked pastas and my husband isn't a huge fan of ricotta so the cottage cheese is perfect.
Saturday 28th of October 2017
Lots of cream and cheese...it must be very delicious!