This healthy broccoli rabe and turkey sausage lasagna recipe has plenty of vegetables and goes light on sausage, so it's lower in fat and calories than traditional lasagna recipes. The recipe makes enough for two 8-by-8-inch casseroles (four servings each)--have one for dinner tonight and freeze the other for a night when you don't have time to make dinner. Or, feel free to make one larger lasagna (in a 9-by-13-inch pan) instead of two smaller ones; just increase the cooking time a bit for the larger pan size.

Carolyn Malcoun
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2013


Recipe Summary

2 hrs


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat two 8-inch-square baking dishes with cooking spray.

  • Cook sausage in a Dutch oven over medium heat, crumbling with a spoon, until no longer pink, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl with a slotted spoon. Add onion and garlic to the pot and cook, stirring, until starting to soften, about 3 minutes. Add broccoli rabe and water and bring to a simmer; cook, stirring occasionally, until the greens are wilted and most of the water is evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add wine; increase heat to high and cook until mostly evaporated, about 3 minutes. Add Italian seasoning, crushed and diced tomatoes, olives and capers; reduce heat to maintain a lively simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Combine ricotta, Parmesan and pepper in a small bowl. Break enough off the end of each lasagna noodle so they can fit into the baking dish (it's OK if they don't break in a straight line); reserve the broken pieces for another use, if desired.

  • To assemble: Spoon 1/2 cup of the sauce into each prepared baking dish. Cover with 3 lasagna noodles. Dollop 1/2 cup of the cheese mixture on top, spreading gently. Top with about 1/2 cup sausage and 1 cup sauce. Repeat the layers, ending with the rest of the sauce. Sprinkle each lasagna with 1/2 cup mozzarella.

  • To serve: Coat a piece of foil with cooking spray and cover the baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake until the cheese is golden, about 20 minutes more. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. To freeze: Let unbaked lasagna(s) cool to room temperature. Tightly wrap with heavy-duty foil (or freezer paper) and freeze. (To prevent foil from sticking to the cheese, coat with cooking spray first.)


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 4, cover and freeze (unbaked) for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator for 2 days. Bake, covered, at 400°F for 45 minutes; uncover and bake until the cheese is golden, 15 to 20 minutes more.

Sodium amounts vary widely among brands of crushed tomatoes. And although it's hard to find any that are labeled “low-sodium,” for the best tomato flavor we use brands that have little or no added sodium. Compare nutrition labels and choose one that has 190 mg sodium or less per 1/2-cup serving.

Nutrition Facts

386 calories; protein 29g; carbohydrates 34.3g; dietary fiber 7.3g; sugars 5.3g; fat 15g; saturated fat 6.4g; cholesterol 72.5mg; vitamin a iu 2656.9IU; vitamin c 34.6mg; folate 94mcg; calcium 444.6mg; iron 4.4mg; magnesium 94.9mg; potassium 763.6mg; sodium 683.5mg; thiamin 1.2mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
Time-consuming but delicious Even though I usually refuse to make a recipe that takes more than a half hour I will probably make this again many times because it is so delicious. I followed the recipe except that I put a third of a pound more turkey sausage than it called for (by accident) and slightly more olives than it called for. I think I will use chopped kale instead of broccoli rabe next time because desteming it was the most time-consuming part of the recipe. I thawed the frozen one in the microwave just before baking instead of thawing it in the refrigerator and that worked fine. Pros: Unusually delicious and healthy Cons: It took me 2 hours active time Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Great meal We used hot turkey sausage and really enjoyed it. Made 1/2 recipe but used 3/4 pound turkey sausage. Pros: Healthy. Tasty Cons: Long cooking time Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Absolutely amazing and very easy for lasagna! I just made this a week ago but it's one of my new favorites! I made this with kale instead of broccoli rabe as suggested by the first reviewer. I don't think it made a huge difference but I can't be certain. I'll definitely try it with other greens. I also used fresh diced tomatoes and vegetarian sausage because I'm vegetarian and I prefer fresh to canned. I left out the olives too because I don't care for them. This recipe is so good I made sure to pass it on to others and since you don't cook the pasta before hand it's really fast! Pros: Quick easy and delicious Read More