Light Italian Classic Lasagna

Looking for a classic Italian dinner? Then check out this cheesy lasagna and meat sauce recipe.

  • prep time 45 min
  • total time 2 hr 15 min
  • ingredients 19
  • servings 8

Ingredients

NOODLES

6
uncooked lasagna noodles

MEAT SAUCE

1/2
lb. lean ground turkey or extra-lean ground beef
1/2
lb. turkey Italian sausage, casings removed
1
cup chopped fresh mushrooms
3/4
cup chopped green bell pepper
3/4
cup chopped onions
1
(28-oz.) can Italian plum tomatoes, undrained, cut up
1
(6-oz.) can tomato paste
1
teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/2
teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/2
teaspoon sugar
1/4
teaspoon garlic powder
1/4
teaspoon salt

CHEESE MIXTURE

1
(15-oz.) container light ricotta cheese
1
cup nonfat cottage cheese
2
egg whites, beaten
1/4
cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4
cup chopped fresh parsley
8
oz. (2 cups) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Cook lasagna noodles to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain; place in cold water.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in large saucepan or Dutch oven, combine ground turkey, sausage, mushrooms, bell pepper and onions. Cook over medium heat until ground turkey and sausage are no longer pink. Drain. Add remaining meat sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer uncovered 30 to 45 minutes or until very thick, stirring occasionally.
  • 3 In medium bowl, combine all cheese mixture ingredients except mozzarella cheese; blend well.
  • 4 Heat oven to 350°F. Spread about 1/2 cup of the meat sauce in bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) baking dish. Drain noodles. Top meat sauce with 3 noodles, half of the ricotta cheese mixture and half of the remaining meat sauce. Repeat layers. Top with mozzarella cheese.
  • 5 Bake at 350°F. for 35 to 45 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand covered for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    380
    (
    Calories from Fat
    140),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    15g
    15%
    (Saturated Fat
    8g,
    8%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    65mg
    65%;
    Sodium
    950mg
    950%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    28g
    28%
    (Dietary Fiber
    3g
    3%
      Sugars
    7g
    7%
    ),
    Protein
    33g
    33%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    35%;
    Vitamin C
    40%;
    Calcium
    50%;
    Iron
    15%;
    Exchanges:
    1 1/2 Starch; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Vegetable; 4 Lean Meat; 1/2 Fat;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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