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A Different Spin on Lasagna!

Posted by on June 5, 2012

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You may remember my lasagna post from back in the day…

Well, the other day, I decided to get experimental in the kitchen… I was pleased with the results so I wanted to share the recipe with you

Jumbo Shell Lasagna

Ingredients needed:

1 Package Jumbo Shells

1 lb. ground turkey

3 jars spaghetti sauce (I used Classico Italian Sausage)

1 Container Ricotta Cheese

1 Container Cottage Cheese

2 lbs Mozzarella Cheese


Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees

Cook the ground turkey

Grab 2 baking dishes.

Open 2 jars of spaghetti sauce and line the bottom of the baking dishes with spaghetti sauce.

Line the jumbo shells on the baking dishes on top of the spaghetti sauce

In a separate mixing bowl, combine ricotta and cottage cheese together.  Stir.

Spoon ground turkey into the jumbo shells.

Then spoon the ricotta/cottage cheese mix into the shells.

Cover the pans with the mozzarella.

And layer with the last jar of spaghetti sauce.

Bake in the oven for 45 minutes.

And, of course, I couldn’t have made this fabulous dinner without making something for dessert.

So, I decided to get creative.  A friend showed up to another friend’s house with a batch of cheesecake stuffed strawberries.  And I have seen this recipe flutter around on Pinterest too, so I finally got the nerve to make them on my own.

For the cheesecake I used a recipe that I have been using for years.  A recipe my mom taught me to make:

1 8 oz package cream cheese

1 16 oz container sour cream

1/4 cup sugar (or more, depending on the taste tests)

1 16 oz container cool whip

1 16 oz package strawberries

1 pie crust


Mix Cream Cheese and Sour Cream together in the mixing bowl.  Add in Sugar.  Continue to mix.  Taste to see if more sugar is needed, add to desire taste.

Add in cool whip, blend.

Refrigerate for 1/2 an hour.

Core the strawberries (cut off the stem, and then take out the middle so there is a hole in the middle of the strawberry.

Fill strawberries with the cheesecake mixture.

The cheesecake mixture makes a lot, so I always make sure to have an extra pie crust around to fill up to make an actual cheesecake.  I layered the cheesecake with strawberries and blueberries.

And voila, an amazing meal all because I was feeling a bit bored in the kitchen, and I needed to try something new.

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22 Responses to A Different Spin on Lasagna!

  1. Erin

    That looks amazing!! Think you will have any leftovers still when you com over on Wednesday?? Lol 😉 I’d love to taste test some of that! Looks so yummy!!!

    • Jamie

      No leftovers. We gobbled both pans up in two nights!! So, definitely a good meal when we gobbled it up two nights in a row =)

  2. Romina

    Thanks for sharing. I may just have to try these. I really like the spin on the lasagna with the jumbo shells; my son might just eat it. And I love the cheesecake stuffed strawberries, yum.
    Romina recently posted..Lunch at Stonefire Grill

    • Jamie

      Thanks Romina!

      I usually don’t share too many recipes, but this spin was really good. We made 2 pans, and gobbled them up in 2 days… so definitely a good thing =)

  3. Martha Giffen

    What an interesting recipe! I never would have thought about using the jumbo shells. Creative and sounds yummy!!
    Martha Giffen recently posted..How To Be A Guru Millionaire (it’s not what you think!)

    • Jamie

      Lol, I don’t know what got in me but I thought of it and had to try it out. My so said he preferred it over the regular lasagna =)

  4. Moira Hutchison

    What a good idea to use jumbo shells for lasagne! Your food pics look really good too – good job I’ve just had lunch ;).
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  5. Helena

    This looks really good Jamie. I’m definitely going to try your lasagna recipe. 🙂
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  6. Nisha

    Great recipes, Jamie! I had seen that strawberry cheesecake idea floating around Pinterest too. Glad to know it works so well. I’m going to have to try it!
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  7. Elaine Shannon

    These look great and I love the lasagna idea…you have made a dreaded recipe do-able. Thanks
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  8. Bibi @ Bibi's Culinary Journey

    Jamie, I love it…..what an awesome idea….jumbo shells. I am so trying it next time.
    Bibi @ Bibi’s Culinary Journey recently posted..Sirloin Steak & Vegetable Skewers

  9. Meghann @ Fuzzy.Little.Wishballs

    So much goodness in one post!!

  10. Mary

    YUUUUMMY! I am trying to decide what would be a good turkey sub for a non-meat eater like myself?? Baked tofu, maybe? & great to see the strawberries!;-)
    Mary recently posted..Gluten Free in Santa Monica!

    • Jamie

      Yes, let us k now because I may just have to make this for us this weekend 😉

  11. Alexis Grace

    Cheesecake stuffed strawberries?!?!? Now this sounds decadent!
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  12. Anita

    This looks great! Its breakfast time here and I want lasagna! 🙂
    Anita recently posted..How To Be Grateful and Create Success in Times of Need

  13. Jamie

    When we moved in they were a complete surprise come spring…. such an awesome thing to come home to!

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