Turkey (or Chicken) Lasagna with Sage and Three Cheeses
(This is an old recipe that has been removed from my site, but I am leaving the printer-friendly version here for anyone who might have been a fan of the recipe. There’s also a Printer Friendly Recipe for original version from 2006 if you enjoyed that richer version!)
(About 8 servings, adapted from a recipe for chicken lasagna from Kalyn’s Aunt Ruth Ann.)
3 cups homemade turkey stock, simmered until reduced to 2 cups (or use chicken stock or canned chicken broth, which should also be reduced)
5-6 cups diced, cooked turkey (or chicken)
16 oz. container reduced-fat sour cream
1 1/2 cups turkey gravy (can use gravy from a jar or cream of chicken soup if you don’t have leftover gravy)
1 cup good quality coarsely-grated Parmesan cheese (I would use 3/4 cup if you only have finely-grated Parmesan)
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
3 T finely chopped fresh sage, or more (or use about 1 T dried rubbed sage)
1 pkg. lasagna noodles
1 1/2 cups grated low-fat mozzarella cheese
1 cup grated low fat cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 375 F/190C.
Put 3 cups turkey stock in large pan and simmer until reduced to 2 cups. While stock reduces, dice leftover turkey and finely chop sage.
When the stock has reduced, let cool for a minute and then whisk in the gravy, sour cream, sage, garlic powder, and onion powder and simmer about 5 minutes without letting it come to a boil. Turn off heat and stir in one cup coarsely grated Parmesan cheese and the diced turkey.
Spray a 12″ x 9″ casserole dish with olive oil or non-stick spray, then make a single layer of dry lasagna noodles.
Spoon half the sauce over noodles. (It will look like a lot of liquid, but don’t worry.)
Sprinkle over half the mozzarella cheese and half the cheddar cheese.
Make another layer of dry lasagna noodles, then top with rest of sauce, mozzarella, and cheddar cheese. Cover the dish tightly with foil and bake one hour.
After an hour, remove foil and bake 30-45 minutes more, or until noodles are soft when tested with a fork, lasagna is bubbling, and cheese is melted and slightly browned.
Let sit 10-15 minutes, then serve.
44 Comments on “Turkey (or Chicken) Lasagna with Sage and Three Cheeses”
Indigoskye, thanks for the nice feedback. I’m so glad it worked out for you.
I had a huge ziplock of leftover turkey in the freezer that I had zero idea what to do with…when I happened upon this recipe.
It was so delicious that my husband suggested we go out and buy a turkey this spring, just so that we’d have enough meat to make the lasagna again!!!
Thanks for the recipe, Kalyn. I think this is going to become a new home favorite. 🙂
Forgot to mention – I freeze sage every year. Just lay the whole leaves on a baking sheet, freeze for a bit – 15 minutes is enough. Then, quickly, stack them up and put into freezer bags. They will almost thaw when you touch them, but they’re fine. They have to be used in cooked dishes but the taste is like fresh.
I would not have thought to use the turkey gravy in lasagne – and no tomato sauce…this looks wonderful.
I love anything with lots of sage!
This has got to be the best left over turkey & gravy recipe I’ve ever seen. I’m drooling! And I gotta tell ya.. after a day’s worth of leftovers, I don’t want to see turkey again – but now I’m thinking twice about that. 😀
Kalyn, that lasagna looks amazing! I’ve frozen sage leaves whole before successfully. I like to put them in my pasta sauce- they crumble into tiny bits easily while frozen, and still add that fresh sage flavor.
Oh, wow! So much good stuff to eat! If I hadn’t used all my turkey for my turkey chili, I’d have used the leftovers for turkey lasagna! Yum! I love your recipe and will have to go my some more turkey or chicken to make this delicious lasagna. 😉
Oops, I meant to say Mona, not Monda. (Maybe I created a new person by combining Mona and David!) sorry.
Monda, it was sooo good. Kind of a splurge for my diet, but worth it. Don’t you need a good reason to cook another turkey anyway?
David, glad to take those noodles off your hands, but then the next time either of us makes lasagna, we’ll be right back where we started! (This is what my mother used to call “a good problem to have!”)
how ’bout I send you my half box of lasagna noodles? Problem solved! (At least on this end…)
Kalyn, I can’t believe how incredible that looks! Oh my goodness!!! I wish I had more turkey at home with me. My parents gave me all this ham and turkey in plastic bags from home but I don’t think it’s enough to make a whole lasagna. I’m tempted to go out and buy another one just to cook this! OH MY!!! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving:) If there was an award for best leftover recipe this would win!
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Genie, phase five is no laughing matter. I have to make a real effort to avoid it.
Sara, I agree, I’ve seen some great turkey recipes. (Must remember del.icio.us more often!)
Christine, have a fun trip. As for the Dreamfields, I don’t know about the other varieties, but the lasagna noodles are cheaper at Amazon.com than they are at my store! (Note to self, send Christine an e-mail about this.)
dapfd, I agree, food photography is almost as much fun as eating.
I’m makin’ that for Friday night. Thanks. Food photography is so much fun!
This looks wonderful. If we had any turkey leftovers I’d make lasagna right now! I can only find Dreamfield’s Penne pasta in our stores. Nary a lasagna noodle anywhere!
Wish I could do WHB this week but I’m going to be out of town until Monday. I’ll catch up with you later. Have a fun one!
Wow…that sauce looks amazing. There’s some really great leftover turkey recipes on the internet this week!
Kalyn, this looks simply outstanding. And the Stage 5 business cracked me up. Thanks for posting this — you know how I feel about sage, after all!
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Yeah for sage! I adore fried sage, but I’m still working on the perfect way to make it.
I’ve come to enjoy and love sage late in life but I’m on it now.
Certainly enjoy turkey lasagna!
Sage has to be my fav. herb 🙂