Imagine being super young, and suffering from acid-reflux and having absolutely no idea why. That was my sister, until ultimately, last year, she got diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis caused by a dairy allergy. For those wondering, there is a big difference between a dairy allergy and being lactose intolerant. Someone who is allergic to dairy may suffer from upset stomachs, hives, vomiting and even anaphylactic shock, whereas someone who is lactose intolerant may experience abdominal pain, nausea, or gas, but never a life threatening reaction.

Since then, my mother has had to become innovative and recreate my sister's favorite foods using alternative methods. One of my sister's favorite meals is lasagna, so my mother accepted the challenge and was able to create the most delicious dairy-free lasagna. Whether or not you have a dairy-allergy, are lactose intolerant, or simply want to try a delicious lasagna dish, this recipe is bound to be your new favorite.

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Caroline Ingalls

Dairy-Free Lasagna

  • Prep Time:15 mins
  • Cook Time:1 hr
  • Total Time:1 hr 15 mins
  • Servings:8
  • Easy


  • 1 box Barilla Gluten-Free Oven-Ready Lasagna
  • 1 lb Organic Gluten-Free Ground Turkey -- I used Rancher's from Whole Foods Market
  • 16 oz Tofutti Milk-Free Ricotta Cheese -- I used my own my recipe -- will be below
  • 2 jars Rao's Marinara Sauce -- can use whichever you like
  • 1 pack Daiya Dairy-Free Mozzarella Style Shreds
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
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Keni Lin
  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 425° Fahrenheit.

    Kat Romero
  • Step 2

    Cook the ground turkey in a non-stick pan for about 10 minutes (just add salt and pepper, no additional oils or spices are necessary).

    Marissa Rodriguez
  • Step 3

    Pour half of the marinara sauce jar into the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish.

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    Tess Citron
  • Step 4

    Layer the lasagna sheets, filling the bottom of the baking dish.

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    Kevin Kozlik
  • Step 5

    Cover the sheets with ricotta, followed by the ground turkey, add more marinara sauce and sprinkle it with mozzarella cheese. (Don't skimp on the sauce or the lasagna sheets will lift!!)

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    Yasmeen Aboulhawa
  • Step 6

    Repeat Steps 3-5 two more times.

    sweet, dairy product, milk, dairy, Feta, cheese, crumbles
    Caroline Ingalls
  • Step 7

    Place baking dish in the oven for 60 minutes.

    Ashley Nunez
  • Step 8

    Eat up!

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    Jocelyn Hsu

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Dairy-Free Ricotta Cheese

  • Prep Time:15 mins
  • Cook Time:0
  • Total Time:15 mins
  • Servings:8
  • Easy


  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp agar -- available at Whole Foods Market
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp minced onions
  • 1/4 tsp garlic
  • 1/4 tsp salt
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Katie Elliott
  • Step 1

    Mix all ingredients except for the agar in a bowl.

    Susy Cohen
  • Step 2

    Slowly add the agar. Mix well.

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    Mun Ling Koh
  • Step 3

    Enjoy with dairy-free lasagna, or however you want!

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    Jennifer Weintraub

This dish can be frozen if there are leftovers, and can be enjoyed for many days following. Plus, it tastes great as a main meal, or a side to other delicious foods, like an Italian meal consisting of lots of salad and garlic bread. Whether or not you're dairy-free, I can promise you're bound to love this creamy goodness at any time of the day. Enjoy!