I was a blogger for G (Green) Living TV, putting my own spin on health and nutrition. I'm a working mom of two young boys.
To some, eating lasagna without the rich taste of oozing, melted cheese is a crime. But to others, the thought of including cheese in any meal is an all-out stomach war, especially for those like my husband who are lactose-intolerant and can't properly digest dairy products.
Well, the key is in the flavoring. If the meat sauce is rich and zesty, then you don't need cheese to hide behind. In fact, you won't even miss it.
This easy, cheeseless pasta dish has been a long-standing favorite in my household. Hopefully, it'll soon be a family-favorite for yours, too.
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- 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
- 1 1/2 cups mushrooms, sliced
- 1 1/2 cups frozen bell pepper and onion mix, chopped
- Salt, to taste
- Powdered garlic, to taste
- Onion powder, to taste
- 2 tablespoons spaghetti seasoning
- 9 pieces lasagna pasta shells
- 16 ounces Prego Traditional pasta sauce
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
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- Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Cook lasagna noodles according to package and set aside.
- Warm a large skillet and add olive oil. Add in the vegetables and cook until soft. If you want to make the dish more kid-friendly, you can cut the vegetables into tiny pieces or even chop them in a food processor.
- In a separate skillet, cook the meat until brown.
- Transfer the soft vegetables to the meat, and then mix together. Pour in two cups of pasta sauce, along with the spaghetti seasoning. Continue to mix. Sprinkle in salt, onion powder, and garlic powder to taste.
- Once the meat and veggie mix is ready, set it aside. In a 9x9-inch pan, spread pasta sauce to the bottom, add 3 pasta noodles, and then add meat mixture on top. Continue this process for two more layers, adding sauce, then meat, and then pasta noodles. The very top layer should be your pasta noodles, and then top this off with pasta sauce.
- Cook lasagna for 20 minutes.
That's all it takes to make your delicious, cheeseless lasagna. This recipe also gives you the leeway to be creative. You can substitute the ground turkey for beef or chicken, or take the meat out altogether and make a vegetarian version. And hopefully, it'll be tasty enough that you and your family won't be wondering, "Where's the cheese?" Bon Appétit!