Quick and Heavenly Layered Lasagna Rotini

IMG_8208I discovered this incredible meal by accident when my daughter was helping me cook dinner one evening. I started to prepare my basic pasta recipe with ground turkey, garlic, onions, and sauce but my daughter, in her very decisive 2-year-old way, handed me some spices from the spice rack and exclaimed “add this mama!”.  How could I say no? A dash of this and a pinch of that and voila! A super simple take on homemade lasagna in about a quarter of the time.

If you don’t fancy dirtying a casserole dish or turning on your oven, you can certainly turn this into a one-pot recipe with just a bit of tweaking. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family did!

Layered Lasagna Pasta

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 45-55 minutes

Serves: 4-6


  • 1/2 Yellow Onion, Chopped

  • 1 Tbsp Chopped Garlic

  • 1 Lb Ground Turkey

  • 1/4 tsp Italian Seasoning

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • 1/8 tsp fennel seeds

  • 1/4 tsp Dried Parsley

  • Pinch of Red Chili Flakes

  • 1.25 Cups Water

  • 1 Jar Pasta Sauce (24 oz)

  • 1.5 Cups Rotini Pasta

  • 1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella

  • 3/4 Cup Grated Parmesan


  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 F.
  2. In a large sauce pot over medium heat, cook turkey, onions, and garlic. Add salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning and continue to cook until turkey is cooked through.
  3. Add remaining seasonings, water, and pasta sauce, stir, and bring to a boil.
  4. Add pasta and cook according to package.
  5. Place half of the pasta mixture into an 8 x 11 or 2 quart casserole dish (affiliate link), top with half of the mozzarella, and then half the parmesan. Add the rest of the pasta mixture on top and then the remaining mozzarella and parmesan.
  6. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes or until bubbly and parmesan is golden.

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