Tonight we have a lasagna with a twist..... I decided to use ground turkey instead of hamburg and sausage. I also added arugula instead of spinach, and my all-time favorite ingredient... artichoke hearts. I have to tell you..... I started out wanting to make individual roll-ups, where I take a lasagna pasta, spread the filling, and roll up. BUT, I only had the type of lasagna pasta that you don't cook. So I thought, maybe I could just par-boil it a little, just to make it pliable enough to do what I wanted it to do. Well, let me tell you. There is a reason why they call it "no-boil" lasagna noodles. Turns out, you really can't cook them first. Not even a little bit! They absolutely fall apart..... Lesson learned!
So, I reverted to making a "traditional" lasagna, only using a "non-traditional" filling. Let's see how it plays out.....
So, I start by cooking some chopped onion and garlic in a little olive oil. When it is almost done, I add a package of ground turkey and finish cooking.
I didn't seem to taste enough garlic, so I added some additional garlic powder. I also added about 2 tablespoons of parsley. This is exactly what I always tell you.... taste and adjust.... just because it says to add a certain amount of a spice, doesn't always mean it is enough. I decide I want a little peppery taste from the arugula, so in it goes.
I also mix in a large tub of Ricotta cheese.
So I taste it and I think it is just right. So I begin to build this monstrosity of a lasagna. Loads of sauce on the bottom, 3 pieces of no-boil lasagna noodles, spread a bunch of the ricotta mixture on top. Sprinkle some grated cheese and Parmesan cheese, a little sauce and another layer of pasta....Just keep repeating until it is REALLY TALL!
It took about an hour in a 375 degree oven, covered with foil. I checked it a couple of times, by sticking the tip of a knife in to make sure the pasta was done.
WOW! The flavors in the filling came out amazing! I have to tell you, I really am proud how these dinners turn out. I go with my gut feelings and take a chance so many times.....and, when I grab a fork and take a bit, I always sigh with a little relief that it tastes so good! I think I need to work on my self-confidence just a bit.