I found this recipe in my Taste of Home Comfort Foods Diet cookbook. It’s an awesome cookbook, and this recipe is the BOMB! Seriously, who knew lasagna could be healthy, and if it’s healthy, it certainly won’t taste good, right? WRONG!! Trust me on this one. My son (5) and daughter (17 months) gobbled it up, and my son asked to take it in his lunch the next day. Then he wanted it again for dinner. Amazing.
It was also very easy to prepare! I prepped everything in the afternoon while my daughter napped and then put it together and left it in the over while we had T-ball practice. We came home to a wonderful smelling house and dinner that was ready to go!
- 1 pound of lean ground beef
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 1 3/4 cups water
- 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
- 1 envelope of spaghetti sauce mix
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 2 cups (16 ounces) fat-free cottage cheese
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 6 uncooked lasagna noodles
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- In a large saucepan, cook beef and onion overr medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, water, tomato paste, and spaghetti sauce mix. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- In a bowl, combine the egg, cottage cheese and Parmesan cheese. Spread 2 cups of meat sauce in a 13×9″ baking dish coated with cooking spray. Layer with three noodles, half of cottage cheese mixture and half of remaining meat sauce.Repeat layers.
- Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. bake 10-15 minutes longer or until bubbly and cheese is melted. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting.
Yeild: 9 servings
Nutrition facts: 1 piece equals 280 calories, 7 grams of fat (3 g saturated fat), 65 mg cholesterol, 804 mg sodium, 29 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 25 g protien. Diabetic exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 starch.
- Because I wasn’t paying attention, I threw the mozzarella cheese into the bowl with the egg and cottage cheese, so I had to add an extra cup of mozzarella to top it with. Overall, I don’t think it makes that much of a difference, maybe adding about 30 calories per slice.
- Again, I wasn’t paying attention when I cut it, and ended up with 10 servings instead of 9! They were still HUGE servings! When you cut it, cut 2 times lengthwise and 2 times widthwise to end up with 9 servings!