Eat, Drink & Be Kari

Turkey,Kale & Wine Lasagna

Turkey, Kale & Wine Lasagna

2 Ways.

One SPICY, One NOT

Turkey, Kale & Wine Lasagna

Turkey, Kale & Wine Lasagna (2 Ways)

Brown Turkey, green peppers & onion in a little EVOO.  Season with salt and pepper

Brown Turkey, green peppers & onion in a little EVOO. Season with salt and pepper

Keep it simple and healthy.  Can use beef, turkey, chicken, or keep it vegetarian.  I used green peppers here.  Use whatever pepper you have on hand!

Transfer meat to plate or dish using slotted spoon!

DON’T YOU DARE CLEAN THAT PAN!!!!  We are about to use the bottom yummy bits!

Using same pan, sauté onions seasoned with s&p.

Using same pan, sauté onions seasoned with s&p.

I used 2 Onions.  One Red, One Yellow.  Again, feel free to use whatever you have on hand.

Mix them up, too!!!!  It’s always nice to use a combo.

Make the Onions Sing!

Make the Onions Sing! Add herbs & spices…just a dash!

Here I added Balsamic Vinegar, s&p, Oregano, Italian Seasoning, Crushed Red Pepper Flakes… and who knows what else!  Add what you like.  Don’t add what you don’t like!!!

Again, I don’t use recipes, I am a cook not a chef.  Please bear with me.  I do not measure ingredients or really know what I am doing.  I am trying to pay more attention so I can actually let people share my love of food and recreate my dishes for themselves.

 I use what I have available or fresh ingredients that I need to use.  If you don’t like a certain herb or spice, simply omit it and/or replace it with something you like!

Don't forget the GARLIC!

Don’t forget the GARLIC!

Here I added some Fresh Tomatoes that I need to use.  Add em if you got em!

LOVE me some garlic.  Use less if you want….

Spice It Up!!!

Spice It Up!!!

Now is where it gets tricky.  I took half the onion mixture out and set it aside.

The other half I left in the pan and added 2 Thai Chilies and 1 Jalapeño (seeds and all)

My hubby and I like a little spice, My Mom does not.  That is who the second Lasagna was going to!

Cook for a few mins, then transfer to another plate/bowl.

Sweet & Mellow

Sweet & Mellow

Now, for the 2nd Non -Spicy version I quickly sautéed up a few sweet peppers.  For color, taste and to get those veggies in, but keep the spice & heat OUT!!!

Add Handfuls of Beautiful Kale

Add Handfuls of Beautiful Kale

Now, add 3-4 handfuls of beautiful green Kale.  Sauté for 2 mins.  Do NOT overcook.  Keep your greens GREEN!!!  Transfer to a bowl or plate.

Transfer to a plate

Transfer to a plate

I decided that was not enough Kale for 2 lasagnas.  Use your judgement.  I wanted more SO….

More Kale

More Kale

Add more Kale to the hot pan.  Sauté.  Add garlic and a splash of Red Wine Vinegar at the end.  Transfer Kale to  plate with other Kale waiting.  Mix together so you get the garlic and red wine vinegar and sweet peppers all mix in to the Kale.

This is what your countertop should look like.  Ground Turkey Mixture, Ricotta Mixture, Kale Mixture

This is what your countertop should look like. Ground Turkey Mixture, Ricotta Mixture, Kale Mixture

Oh, for the Ricotta Mixture, I used a tub of light Ricotta.  Zest and Juice on 1 Lemon.  Basil. S&P Again, use what you like, but be sure to make it flavorful as ricotta is pretty bland.  I also mixed in about a 1/2 cup of provolone and 1/2 cup part skim mozzarella.

Noodle Wine Bath

Noodle Wine Bath….ain’t life grand?!?!

Now, this is where the wine comes in.  I filled a pot with water and about 2-3 cups of wine.  I thought, why not, let’s let these noodles get fancy and have some fun too!!!!

It was NOT a mistake. (it DOES tint the noodles and give them a hint of color)

Getting Ready...

Getting Ready…

Now I am getting ready to assemble.  The large lasagna pan has the spicy mixture in front (green bowl)

The smaller pan is with the non spicy mixture (white bowl)

Prepare your Pans!

Prepare your Pans!

I  realized I didn’t have much red sauce to use, so at this point (again) I thought, WHY NOT!?!

Most people put a bit of sauce on the bottom before baking so it doesn’t dry out or stick to the bottom.

Well, I use WINE!!!

Again, NOT A MISTAKE!

Get those noodles cookin!

Get those noodles cookin!

Ready, Set......

Ready, Set……Make sure you are ready to GO!!!

One Layer of Noodles on the Bottom.  Then,

Start Layering

Start Layering

Noodles, Greens, Onions, Ricotta, Red Sauce

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Noodles, Greens, Onions, Ricotta, Red Sauce

Keep Layering

Keep Layering

Until you are out of ingredients.

Until you are out of ingredients.

Then go ahead and top with cheese!!!

Then go ahead and top with cheese!!!

Now, THATS a LASAGNA, Baby!!!!

Cook 350 for an hour or so for the large.  45 mins for smaller.

Share with a friend or loved one, or FREEZE ONE!!!

Done & DONE!!!

Done & DONE!!!

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Turkey, Kale & Wine Lasagna Ingredients

1 box lasagna noodle

1 lb ground turkey

Green Pepper

Red Onion

Yellow Onion

Tomatoes

5-8 cloves garlic

Balsamic Vinegar

Herbs & Spices

Sweet Peppers

Thai Chilies

Jalapeno

part skim Ricotta

Basil

Lemon

shredded provolone & mozzarella

Red Sauce (I ADORE Rao’s…I used their Tomato Basil here…their Arrabbiata and Marinara are KILLER!)

WINE!!!

I would actually write out the recipe, but I have already pretty much shown you step by step!

Made with LOVE, Enjoy!

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Comments on: "Turkey,Kale & Wine Lasagna" (1)

  1. Kari, this looks fabulous!

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