Thursday, August 27, 2009


There are a million lasagna recipes out there and I have tried a lot of them. I use a lot of different recipes, this is one of my easier, lower calorie, healthier recipes. Since that has been one of the focuses of my cooking lately that is what you get.
9 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
1 lb. lean ground beef (or substitute ground turkey)
2 cloves minced garlic
1-1/2 tsp. oregano
1 jar spaghetti sauce
2-1/2 c. mozzarella cheese
1 pint fat-free ricotta cheese
1 tomato, chopped
5 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1/2 c. Romano cheese

Brown the ground beef in a large sauce pan with the minced garlic and oregano. Add spaghetti sauce and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.

*I use Classico brand spaghetti sauce. They have a sausage flavored sauce that works great. That way the lasagna still gets the sausage flavor without the fat and calories.

Remove the meat and sauce from heat and stir in the tomato.

In a 9x13 pan spread 1/2 c. sauce mix. Layer 3 noodles. Spread 1 c. ricotta cheese, then 1 c. mozzarella cheese, then spinach, and finally 1 c. sauce mix. Layer 3 more noodles, remaining 1 c. ricotta cheese, 1 c. mozzarella cheese, then 1 c. sauce mix. Layer last 3 noodles and remaining sauce.

Cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove foil and sprinkle remaining mozzarella cheese and Romano cheese. Bake for an additional 5 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Serves: 9
Points: 7

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