Thanksgiving leftovers are easily the most coveted leftovers of the year, but how many open-faced sandwiches can you make until you wish you were a little more generous with the leftover you sent home with your guests? If you're in need of a more creative and delectable idea for your leftover turkey, we have a simple solution. Think of this recipe as more of a guideline than an instruction manual—meaning if you have leftovers you want folded between pockets of pasta, toss 'em in. Add stuffing, mashed potatoes, roasted root veggies; whatever you like. It’s your lasagna, and hopefully a new tradition you can look forward to when all the extra side dishes are packed away neatly in your fridge.
This clever way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers can also be made any time of year with ground turkey.
- 1 cup leftover cooked turkey (or ground turkey crumbles, browned)
- 1/4 cup gravy
- 1/2 cup milk
- 6 oven-ready lasagna noodles
- 1 ½ cups leftover creamed spinach (or other cooked greens mixed with ricotta cheese and garlic)
- 1 cup roasted mashed sweet potato or squash
- 1 jar Pasta Jay's Classic Marinara Sauce
- Parmesan cheese, for garnish
How To Make
STEP 1: Shred leftover turkey with a fork, then slice until pieces are about 1 inch long. Heat gravy in a small saucepan, and add milk and stir until bubbling. Stir in the turkey and let cool.
STEP 2: Par-cook noodles in boiling water until they are pliable, about 2 minutes. Rinse with cold water. Lay noodles on a work surface, like a clean countertop or cutting board.
STEP 3: Spread a generous portion of spinach on three noodles. Layer a second noodle on top. On the second noodle, cover half with squash and the other half with turkey. If you have extra turkey sauce, drizzle on top.
STEP 4: Starting at either the squash or turkey end of the noodle, gently roll into a swirl like you’re making sushi. The finished roll will be oblong, not perfectly circular. Rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to set.
STEP 5: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Add marinara sauce to a small baking dish.
STEP 6: Use a sharp, serrated knife to cut the lasagna rolls in half (or in thirds, depending how tall you want the lasagna rolls). Add to a medium-sized baking dish so the swirls are upward and any jagged edges are pointing upwards. Bake for 30 minutes. Broil on low for an additional 2-3 minutes if you want a crisp top.
STEP 7: Add parmesan cheese on top and serve.