Mom’s Lasagna

Several Christmas’s ago my mom gifted my sisters and me with a leather journal full of family blessings and treasured recipes. It is a sacred heirloom. The book opens with a quote by the French artist, Paul Gauguin: “No mean woman can cook well, for it calls for a light head, a generous spirit, and a large heart.” Inside are some of my favorite recipes from my mom’s beef stew, my grandmother’s famous Thanksgiving cornbread dressing, a yummy South Carolina cheese grits, and the perfect vanilla pound cake. During these cold, wintery months, I love to make her Italian lasagna. I usually make two and save one for a later date. This week, I am hosting thirteen college boys on Spring Break and I will probably need six! Serve with a simple green salad of arugula, ribbons of Parmesan, olive oil, squeeze of lemon, salt and pepper!

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Turkey Chili

Course Main Course
Servings 8


  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 leek, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 lb ground turkey breast
  • 2 28 oz cans whole tomatoes
  • 2-3 cups chicken stock
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup Fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1 cup Fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1 avocado, optional garnish
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups brown rice, prepared
  • 1 red, yellow, green pepper, diced, seeds, and ribs removed
  • 2 sweet potatoes, cut in chunks
  • 1 cup Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup French lentils
  • 1 14 oz can cannellini and black beans (rinsed)
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar


  1. Coat the bottom of your pot generously with olive oil. Saute your onion, carrots, celery, leeks and spices until soft.

  2. Add ground turkey breast. Once turkey meat is cooked through, pour the cans of tomatoes, chicken stock, and tomato paste into the pot.

  3. Add your peppers, sweet potatoes, beans and lentils.

  4. Allow to simmer for 30 minutes, and longer if you have more time. Taste all along the way. You might need a tablespoon of turbinado sugar to reduce acidity. Turn off heat.

  5. Add cilantro, parsley, spinach and juice from one lime.

  6. Place brown rice in bottom of bowl, ladle in soup, and then garnish with avocado, chips, corn bread, green onion, more cilantro, cheese galore, sour cream and hot sauce.

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To set the ambiance, enjoy this Italian perfection with Andrea Bocelli.

  • Ramsey Corn

    March 14, 2022 at 6:57 am

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️so good!!

  • Jackie

    March 14, 2022 at 7:52 am

    Delicious! Can you share some of your other favorite recipes from your family cookbook?

  • Sallye Galloway

    March 14, 2022 at 9:37 am

    Can you share your cheese grits and vanilla pound cake?

  • Diane Tucker

    March 14, 2022 at 11:01 am

    Love homemade Lasagna! I use to make it all the time! You are amazing, hosting 13 college boys for Spring break! God Bless you!

  • Laura KOLB

    March 14, 2022 at 2:36 pm

    You are a blessing!

  • Melanie

    March 14, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    I am so excited to be on bread and honey !! Cannot wait to make this!! You are amazing Farrell, l thanks for sharing.. you inspire us to keep on cookin!! It All matters, is our Motto in our family!!