Although I do a lot of baking even in the dog days of summer, the oven really gets busy when the days turn cooler. I can't remember the last time I made lasagna but this version had me wondering why I don't make it more often. My lasagna of choice would normally be vegetable (eggplant, yummm) but I thought I'd give meat a try (which the rest of the family prefers). Now, I don't eat beef but I do eat turkey so I called this, Lasagna with Mini Turkey Meatballs.
Hmmm, it looks a little yuck in that picture but it was goood. I know it isn't very tall but it certainly was tasty and a huge hit for two reasons, I think: smoked mozzerella & tender meatballs.
Sorry but I'm not going to type out a recipe for you because I didn't use one and I'm too lazy tired to think up measurements. It was pretty much your average lasagna recipe but with meatballs (duh) and smoked mozzerella instead of regular.
So, the meatballs were made of ground turkey, a LOT of chopped sweet onion, 3 HUGE cloves of fresh garlic (pressed), chives, a bit of fresh sourdough breadcrumbs, sea salt, smoked paprika (very important, have come to rely on it heavily in my cooking, love, love), a bit of shredded parmesan, and an egg. Sauteed them in a pan with olive oil until brown on all sides and just cooked through.
Then layered everything up like regular lasagna. By the way, I never precook my noodles, I only ever use the Barilla No-Cook kind and have never had any problem with them. You just need to make sure there's plenty of liquid in the pan for those noodles to soak up.
Late that evening, the girlie and I made Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins which the kids love. I love that helper girl!
I made up a little recipe card for you to print if you'd like to try them. Just click on the image and right-click/control-click to save to your computer and print.