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“For years, my grandmother has made her special lasagna for occasions. Since she doesn't get to do this as much anymore, I figured I should invent my own signature lasagna to fill in the void. I experimented with this recipe all fall; I think this is a treat to be reckoned with! The different steps all take time and planning, but can be done over the course of a few days. This is totally worth the wait.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Begin red sauce the day before; saute onion, turkey, garlic, celery, lemon zest, and basil in oil until turkey is cooked through.
  2. Add can of crushed tomatoes, stir to combine.
  3. Stir in brown sugar, and salt.
  4. Cook in crockpot, on "low" for 5-6 hours.
  5. Use within the week.
  6. Make white sauce next, right before assembling lasagna; heat butter in pot on low until it begins to brown.
  7. Add four tablespoons of flour, one at a time, stirring to thouroughly combine with butter.
  8. Pour in milk, stirring constantly. Do NOT boil.
  9. Add remaining flour to thicken, keep stirring.
  10. Remove from heat when slightly thickened, stir in nutmeg and tarragon, add salt.
  11. Pre-heat oven to 325°F.
  12. Coat bottom of buttered lasagna pan with thin layer of red sauce.
  13. Lay down noodles, slightly overlapping.
  14. Add layer of white sauce.
  15. Add layer of red sauce.
  16. Add layer of parmesan.
  17. Repeat for each layer (I do about 4-5); the second layer gets a sprinkling of the majoram.
  18. Make sure the noodles are covered in sauce or they will be dry!
  19. The last layer gets sprinkled with red pepper flakes, and remaining majoram.
  20. Cover with foil, and bake for 45-60 minutes.
  21. Remove foil, and bake an additional 10-20 minutes, or until top bubbles and browns.
  22. Let stand for at least 30 minutes before serving.

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