One of the things I miss the most is pasta. I really miss eating Italian dishes. There are so many different pasta dishes I really miss. That means I have to think outside of the box. I think being a homeschooled mom has really helped in this area. I often have to think outside of the box. No two kids are alike. No two kids learn the same way. I have had to rethink how learning happens and have had to grow in so many areas. I have two very different children. One child thrived on more of a classical way of learning. Loved reading Greek philosophers, history my other child is more of an eclectic learner and has taught himself so much about computers. When he talks about computers it just goes over my head.
I do a lot of reading and a lot of what I call research. I read article after article on ingredients that I can eat. I try to educate myself on a different way of thinking. I have learned so much about different fats, oils, flours, sweeteners. I have created recipes to make many of the things I use to eat before.
I started thinking about different things I could use in place of pasta. I decided on sweet potatoes. I didn’t have enough yellow potatoes so I used both white and yellow in this recipe. This recipe is really a decadent treat and made a minimum of 12 servings. My family and I had it for two meals plus an extra one that I froze for another night.
My husband and son are not huge fans of sweet potatoes. Yet they both loved this lasagna. My husband really enjoyed being able to take it to work for lunch the following day.
I made this lasagna the day before Thanksgiving eve. It was nice not having to worry about what we were going to eat the day before Thanksgiving. Now all I have to do to make this dinner complete is to write a recipe for garlic bread sticks. Then we can eat it with breadsticks, salad, and green beans.
Nutritional Facts are based on 16 servings. See below photos.
1 1/2 lbs Portuguese Linguica Sausage
1 lb ground turkey
2 cups chopped onions
2 (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
4 tablespoons Garlicky Onion Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 minced clove of garlic
Fry up the onions, sausage, and ground turkey. Add crushed tomatoes and seasonings. Cook until hot.
1 (15 0z) cottage cheese or ricotta
1 1/4 cups shredded mozzarella
3/4 cup shredded Parmesan
1 cup asiago or provolone
Combine ingredients inside a food processor and combine until a thin cheese sauce is created. Set Aside
Sweet Potato As Pasta
2 lbs -3 lbs thinly sliced sweet potato
Using a kitchen aide vegetable sheet cutter or a slicer. Cut sweet potatoes into thin sheets. Use as the pasta inside the lasagna. You can use both white and yellow sweet potatoes.
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup shredded parmesan
Combine the cheeses together and top the lasagna with it.
Preheat oven to 450. In a lasagna pan add a little bit of meat sauce on top with thin sheets of sweet potato.
Top the sweet potatoes with cheese sauce.
Place a layer of meat sauce on top of the cheese sauce.
Top the meat sauce with another layer of sweet potatoes, and another layer of cheese sauce, with another layer of meat sauce.
Repeat at least three layers of sweet potatoes, three layers of cheese sauce, three layers of meat sauce. Lastly, top with shredded cheese topping from above (Shredded Mozzarella and Parmesan).
Top the lasagna with tin foil and bake 50 minutes. Carefully remove tin foil and bake another 10 – 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and lightly browned.
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value *|
|Total Fat 16 g||24 %|
|Saturated Fat 5 g||26 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g|
|Trans Fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 82 mg||27 %|
|Sodium 840 mg||35 %|
|Potassium 625 mg||18 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 28 g||9 %|
|Dietary Fiber 5 g||18 %|
|Sugars 8 g|
|Protein 23 g||45 %|
|Vitamin A||255 %|
|Vitamin C||23 %|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|