I love, love, love lasagna. Who doesn't though? I mean it's great for large crowds, great to freeze, great to reheat, and just tastes amazing. Recently I was invited to a large family party where they served lasagna. Of course I could not eat it, which made me want to make a michi-friendly version at home immediately. There are a million lasagna recipes, but I think the classic recipes are the best. Of course, when cooking low fat nothing is "classic", but I try to make dishes taste as close to the original as possible. I used turkey instead of sausage or ground beef and fat free cheese instead of full fat cheese. The outcome was definitely better than expected. The spinach in the dish added a lot of delicious flavor and the Lifetime cheeses have yet to disappoint. I'll definitely be putting this into the rotation. Enjoy!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cook the lasagna according to package directions. Make sure to salt the pasta. Once al dente, take the noodles out of the water carefully with tongs and place them in a single layer on kitchen or paper towels. This allows the noodles to dry straight without curling, which makes it easier to assemble the lasagna later.
While the pasta is cooking, brown the turkey on medium heat in a medium pot with the olive oil. Crumble the turkey and make sure it is cooked evenly. Add the onion, garlic, and 1/3 of the parsley to the pot. Cook for a few minutes until the onions are translucent. Mix in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, Italian seasoning, basil and oregano. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, combine the remaining 1/3 cup of parsley, cottage cheese, spinach, parmesan topping, eggs, garlic salt, and pepper. Beat the mixture well until everything is blended evenly.
After the sauce has simmered, spread two cups of the tomato sauce evenly into a 9x13 baking dish (or the closest size you have). Then, place 3-4 lasagna noodles on top of the sauce. After that, spoon the spinach mixture on top of the noodles evenly in a thin layer. Spoon more tomato sauce on top of the mixture and then sprinkle with 1 cup of mozzarella cheese. Layer 3-4 more lasagna noodles on top and then the remaining spinach mixture. Then spread half of the remaining sauce and another cup of mozzarella cheese. The final layer will have 3-4 noodles, the remaining sauce, and the remaining cheese.
Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and cook 10-15 more minutes until the cheese is bubbly (remember fat free cheese melts and looks differently than regular cheese). Let the lasagna cool for 10 minutes and serve.