Mixing favorite veggies in an attempt to make a one-pot dinner resulting in our new favorite lasagna; although, I have to wonder if the new marinara sauce is to blame.
8 0z Lasagna (half a box) noodles
One eggplant, 3/4 skin removed (potato peeler works nicely) and cubed
8 oz sliced mushrooms
Handful (about 4 oz) of spinach, roughly chopped
One jar (40 oz) of Victoria White Linen Marinara Sauce
One shallot, chopped
4 cups mozzarella cheese, divided
8 oz cottage cheese
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, divided
Leftover chopped tomatoes (about 7 oz canned)
3 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper
Layer in Crock-Pot on High for 3 ½ hours.
I began with browning the ground turkey in olive oil on medium-high heat with salt and pepper 1/4-½ teaspoon of each. After draining the excess fat, add chopped shallots to the pan, stir in. Add eggplant, salt and pepper (1/4-½ teaspoon). Sauté until the eggplant is translucent.
Coat inside of Crock-Pot with cooking spray. Add ingredients from pan to pot.
Oops, forgot to sauté the mushrooms! Into the pan they go with a little olive oil and salt and pepper until translucent!
I almost forgot garlic, too! Right on top of the cooked mix worked out perfectly. (photo below)
Minced garlic, then chopped tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, and marinara sauce. Generally when you do lasagna, you layer it three times, but I was running out of time. I needed to get the cooking time going on the Crock-Pot for this meal to be ready for dinner. I did two layers with the mushrooms and tomatoes only in the bottom layer and spinach only in the top layer.
The first layer is always sauce, so since I had half of the meat and veggies already in the pot, I added the tomatoes and half of the sauce over it. Then all of the mushrooms, a layer of pasta, 4 oz cottage cheese, 2 c mozzarella, ½ c Parmesan. Repeat meat mixture, sauce, add spinach, continue with remaining cheese. Cover and cook.
The result? It was that melt-in-your-mouth goodness that you get from fresh, savory ingredients. I don’t know how to describe it exactly, but it was like comfort food…and fusion…delicious!