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Easy Cheeseless Lasagna

Updated on March 22, 2016
Easy cheeseless lasagna.
Easy cheeseless lasagna. | Source
3.5 stars from 65 ratings of Easy Cheeseless Lasagna

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, and hopefully, it'll soon be a family-favorite for yours.

Cook Time

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 6-8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds ground turkey
  • 1.5 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 1.5 cups frozen bell pepper and onion mix, chopped
  • Salt, to taste
  • Powdered garlic, to taste
  • Onion powder, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp spaghetti seasoning
  • 9 pieces lasagna pasta shells
  • 16 oz Prego Traditional pasta sauce
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
Basic ingredients.
Basic ingredients. | Source

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Cook lasagna noodles according to package and set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. In a separate skillet, cook the meat until brown.
  4. 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 and garlic powder to taste.
  5. Once the meat and veggie mix is ready, set it aside. In a 9" x 9" pan spread pasta sauce to the bottom and then add 3 pasta noodles, 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.
  6. Cook lasagna for 20 minutes.
Sautee the vegetables until soft.
Sautee the vegetables until soft. | Source
Cook the ground turkey.
Cook the ground turkey. | Source
Meat and veggie mixture
Meat and veggie mixture | Source
Cook lasagna for 20 minutes.
Cook lasagna for 20 minutes. | Source

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!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome dish looks so delicious! A simple to read and easy to find ingredients.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      DDE, thank you for your comments. Yes, this dish is so easy to prepare, and it really is deliscious!

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      vandynegl 4 years ago from Ohio Valley

      Looks great! I recently tried a vegan version of lasagna and it was great too! The focus is on the vegetables and it used mushrooms and spinach. Of course, your recipe can be vegan as well by just substituting the meat. Thanks for the idea!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      vandynegl, I can imagine a Vegan version also tasting great. With the right veggies, it will be delicious. Thank you for commenting!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Hmm...with turkey meat. I will have to give this a try as it sounds real yummy!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi Sheri, it's really delicious. If you try it, let me know how it turns out!

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This sounds delicious. It is a must try. Up, useful and interesting.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      KoffeeKlatchGals, thank you for positive feedback. It is rather tasty, so I do hope you get to try it someday.

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      Nancy Owens 4 years ago from USA

      Hi Careermommy! This sounds very healthy and delish! I'm trying to think what I could substitute for the mushrooms, though. Something with texture. I also wonder what mashed cauliflower would taste like if worked into the sauce. Any ideas?

      Nancy

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      This looks really great and delicious. I love lasagna but I need to make it glutenfree.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi Nancy, what about a squash vegetable, like butternut or spaghetti squash? Those textures seem like they will work well with this dish. Hmmm, mashed cauliflower sounds interesting, and may work as well. Let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi janetwrites, I'm sure this will taste great without the gluten. Thank you for your comments!

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      agapsikap 4 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you Careermommy for sharing this recipe. Summer time is a fun time to discover more recipe for kids to enjoy not only the fun activity for summer but also the healthy meals that need to be served on their table as well. This looks yummy! Voted up and shared.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      agapsikap, thank you for your words. I love discovering new recipes with the kids as well. And when they like it, then all the better!

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      Nancy Owens 4 years ago from USA

      Ahhhh... Hadn't thought of using squash! Think I'll give it a try.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great, let me know how it turns out, Nancy!

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      Karen Robiscoe 4 years ago from California

      anyone who can make lasagne in 45 minutes has my vote! And the lack of dairy can only improve digestion & cut easy calories. :)

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Ha ha. Thanks for the vote of confidence CharronsChatter.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I voted this one up because I love the recipe idea. I avoid adding cheese to my food dishes, just trying to be healthy. Thanks for the share. Lasagna is one dish I truly enjoy these chilly days.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi teaches12345, thank you for the vote up. That means a lot to me. I agree with you on not adding cheese to my dishes. If my hubby wasn't lactose intolerant then I'd be eating way too much cheese.

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      Hamza Arshad 4 years ago from Pakistan

      looks yummmmmmmmy....i am gonna try ths thanksssss

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      This cheese-less Lasagna looks absolutely delicious. Although I am one of those believing that eating Lasagna without the rich taste of oozing, melted cheese is a crime. But on the other hand, eating it with cheese, the consequences are always disastrous. Minus a gall bladder I am supposed to eat lean meat without any extras.... So I will definitely give this recipe of yours a try, Careermommy.

      ....maybe with just a little bit of cheese....

      :))))

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Cathie, thanks for stopping by. It is yummy, and hopefully you'll get to try it!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi Martie, it is delicious and, like you, I do love the cheese as well, but I am trying to cut way...back. Thank you for your kind comments!

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      This is great! My hubby is not a fan of cheeses. I can prepare this one for him. Thanks!! Sharing and voting up.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      beingwell, thank you for your vote up and share! And, I hope your hubby will be a fan of this dish.

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      I think I would miss the cheese, but it still looks good. I guess it would taste like normal spag bol. Great for those that can't eat cheese though!

      Shared, pinned, tweeted, up and useful.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Ha Ha. Brett, I'm big on the cheese too, but you're right it's in line with a spaghetti dish, but of course you can vary it up. Thank you so much for sharing! I do appreciate it!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Always nice to have versions of lasagna for those who are lactose intolerant like your husband. Am sure that he loves this lasagna recipe. It does sound good. We do make ours with cheese...but it wouldn't hurt to cut back a little just to shave off some calories. :) Voted up, useful and will share.

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      adity5 4 years ago

      wow lovely !! And since i am trying to be a vegan soon this recipe will help me a lot :)

      Thanks for sharing :D

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      An engaging recipe hub! I am a big fan of lasagna. I am weight-conscious and this is something I would like to try. Your instructions are clearly written and the photos are drool-worthy. Rated your recipe 5 stars. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up & pinned

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Peggy, thank you for your comments. It's hard to forgo the cheese, especially for cheese lovers like myself. Thank you for the vote up!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      adity5, great! You can add all kinds of wonderful vegetables to this dish. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      ishwaryaa22, I appreciate your share! That means a lot to me. I hope you enjoy this dish as much as me!

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      LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

      Looks good, Careermommy. I could whip one of them up and toss it in the solar oven. I've been looking for creative new ways to use my millions of tomatoes. lol.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      LongTimeMother, I'm glad you found a home for your tomatoes! Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Great idea I have never tried lasagne (a favorite of mine) without cheese so this looks and sounds great! Love the fact you cut down on fat too and won't miss the cheese. Great job, voted up, useful, interesting and shared!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I love cheese, but this looks like a delicious recipe. I like meals with a lot of flavor, and this version would probably not make my stomach hurt so much. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for this healthy Lasagne recipe. I haven't had it without cheese, but will give it a try now.

      Thank you for sharing this with us. Votes up, sharing, pinning and tweeting!

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      Stephanie Bradberry 4 years ago from New Jersey

      I voted that I have never had lasagna without cheese but am willing to try. But I would recommend using soy cheese by a company like Daiya where it still melts like real cheese. I also like the taste of goat and rice cheese.

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      sweetie1 4 years ago from India

      Voted 5 stars because you have made it look so easy with point wise description of the method. I am sure kids must be loving this dish too.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Well, I love cheese, but I hadn't considered using ground turkey in lasagna, so this was appreciated. Great photo. I will try the recipe!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi Suzie, it's hard to imagine Lasagna without the cheese, but once you have it I think it'll become a favorite dish. There are so many ways to spice it up. Thank you for commenting and sharing!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Kathryn, thank you for stopping by. My hubby has the lactose intolerant issue and has stomach issues with certain foods, but this version is fine for him. Hopefully, for you too!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Livingsta, thank you so much for sharing! I appreciate that so much. If you do get a chance to try it without the cheese let me know how you like it!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Stephanie, those are great alternatives if you still want to include the cheese, but my hubby prefers none of the substitutes so I avoid them altogether. I like the idea of goat cheese. That's something I will try for my self. Thank you for your suggestions and comments!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi sweetie1, yes my kids do love this dish. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you get to try it as well!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi Rebecca, I use ground turkey in most of my dishes. It's especially great in pasta meals. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Yes, I will definitely do. Thank you :-)

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      Aileen Billones 4 years ago from Naga City, Philippines

      I love lasagna, but I never tried it without cheese. Thanks for the tips.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      aylsbillones, you'll have to try it at least once with no cheese to see if it's worth trying again. Thanks for the read!

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      Aileen Billones 4 years ago from Naga City, Philippines

      Yes, I will, thanks for the suggestion.

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      This looks amazing, can't wait to try it!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thank you for stopping by, Cathy. I hope you enjoy it!

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      Louise Lately 4 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Careermommy! That looks so good I just want to eat the computer screen! And it's making me hungry - time for lunch I think :)

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi Louise Lately, I'm glad the cheeseless version appeals to you! Some people can't do without the cheese. Well, if you do make it one day, please let me know how it turns out. Thank you for your comments.

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      C Suycott 3 years ago

      I made this lasagna recipe (with some minor changes) for dinner guests, along with a traditional lasagna. Most of us tried some of each, and the cheeseless version got rave reviews. No one missed the cheese at all, and it was very flavorful. The dish doesn't have the eye appeal of having the melted cheese on top, so I will think through what would be a good topping. I used half mild and half hot Italian sausage, substituted minced onion and minced garlic instead of the powdered versions.

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      C Suycott, thanks for trying out the recipe. I love that you made two versions of this dish. I make the cheese less version often because of my hubby's lactose intolerance. Thank you again!

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      Katie Bush 3 years ago

      Awesome! I'll be making this tonight. My daughter is lactose intolerant and I'm nursing her...so I've been looking for a dairy free lasagna :)

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      More cheese please! But you have done a service for the cheeseless.

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      Payal N Naik 2 years ago from Mumbai

      Awesome healthy and tasty recipe. will definitely try this one .

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      Kristen Howe 18 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      It looks delicious and tempting to try for a vegetarian version. Thanks for sharing this lens. I might give this a go sometime this winter.

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      Marcy 8 months ago

      Thanks so much for this recipe! I made it last night for my fiancé who doesn't like lasagna to begin with (because of the ricotta cheese), and I'm lactose intolerant so I made your recipe. It was a huge hit! He said it tastes just like lasagna - in a good way ;)

      Disclaimer: I was in a rush preparing it, so I completely forgot to put the spices (garlic & onion) in.. silly me! It still turned out fantastic though.

      I also used konjac lasagna noodles because I'' GF as well and they worked really well and didn't have that fishy flavor they sometimes do with other pasta dishes.

      Thanks again for the recipe! Will definitely be using in the future :)

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      Maita 4 weeks ago

      Thank you for the recipe! Both hubby and I are lactose intolerant and hubby also can't tolerate Daiya vegan cheese. I will definitely try cheeseless lasagna.

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