Better-than-Ever Cheesy Meat Lasagna

4.5
(522) 405 Reviews
Prep Time
30
min.
Total Time
1
hr.
5
min.
Servings

9 servings

Not to brag or anything, but we've found a way for cheesy layers of noodles, ground beef and spaghetti sauce to fit into your healthful eating plan.

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Make It

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  • Heat oven to 375°F.
  • Brown meat with garlic and oregano in large saucepan. Stir in spaghetti sauce; simmer 5 min., stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in tomatoes. Mix egg, cottage cheese and Parmesan until blended.
  • Spread 1/2 cup meat sauce onto bottom of 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Top with layers of 3 noodles, half the cottage cheese mixture, 1/2 cup mozzarella and 1 cup sauce; repeat layers. Top with remaining noodles and sauce; cover.
  • Bake 30 min. or until heated through. Top with remaining mozzarella; bake, uncovered, 5 min. or until melted. Let stand 5 min. before serving.

Makeover - How We Did It

We've made over a traditional lasagna that results in a savings of 150 calories and 11g of total fat, including 6g of sat fat, per serving by using extra-lean ground beef instead of sausage and decreasing the amount, using cottage cheese instead of ricotta cheese, decreasing the Parmesan and using 1 pkg. (7 oz.) KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese.

Substitute

Substitute 1 container (15 oz.) part-skim ricotta cheese for the cottage cheese.

Variation

Substitute 2 cups frozen BOCA Ground Crumbles for the browned ground beef. Add to spaghetti sauce in saucepan along with the garlic and oregano; cook until heated through, stirring occasionally. Continue as directed.

Servings

  • 9 servings

Healthy Living

  • Low calorie
  • Good source of calcium
  • Generally Nutritious
  • Diabetes Center

Diabetes Center

  • Carb Choices: 2 Carb Choice

Diet Exchange

  • 1-1/2 Starch
  • 3 Meat (L)
  • 1 Fat

Nutrition Bonus

Enjoy this delicious low-calorie main dish, which is a good source of calcium from the mozzarella cheese, any night of the week.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 9 servings
AMOUNT PER SERVING
Calories 290
% Daily Value
Total fat 9g
Saturated fat 4g
Cholesterol 65mg
Sodium 710mg
Carbohydrate 25g
Dietary fiber 3g
Sugars 5g
Protein 25g
   
Vitamin A 20 %DV
Vitamin C 15 %DV
Calcium 45 %DV
Iron 15 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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  • forevercoco |

    One of my favorite recipes.

  • PatLessard |

    As is, the recipe was wonderful! I find all the people rating "their" makeovers to your recipes annoying. Who cares what you do...no one asks!

  • debbie.woods |

    I've made this several times now and it's a pretty good basic recipe. What I've started doing is adding chopped onion, green pepper and mushrooms in with the ground beef (I usually use ground turkey) to really pump up the homemade taste. It does take a little longer in the oven, though. I'd add about another five minutes.

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