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Lasagna - Lightened-Up

Updated on September 24, 2009

Lower Fat Lower Calories

When wanting to lower fat/calories in our diet,  we wouldn't think of having lasagna. Well, think again! We can adjust the recipe in order not to feel deprived. The taste doesn't have to suffer, either.

Normally, we would use ricotta cheese, but I have found that 2% cottage cheese, is rich enough. When comparing the fat of each, ricotta cheese (whole milk) has 16 grams of fat/10 grams of saturated fat and 2% cottage cheese has 2 grams fat/1 gram saturated fat. Ricotta has 214 calories per 1/2 cup, while 2% cottage cheese has 102 calories per 1/2 cup. If you prefer ricotta cheese, the part-skim version is 10 grams fat/6 saturated fat. Part-skim ricotta is 170 calories per 1/2 cup.

Mozzarella cheese (whole milk) is 6 grams fat/4 grams saturated fat. Mozzarella (part-skim) is 5 grams fat/4 grams saturated fat.

Italian Sausage (4 links per pound) 1 link is 21.33 grams fat/7.53 grams saturated fat. Ground beef is 6 grams fat/3 grams saturated fat per 3 oz serving.

Higher Fat Higher Calorie Lasagna

Old Lasagna Recipe

2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 Tablespoons butter

1/2 lb. bulk sweet Italian sausage

1 small yellow onion, chopped

4 large garlic cloves, chopped

Salt and pepper

1/2 teaspoon oregano

2 cans tomato paste

3 cups hot water

1/2 lb lasagna noodles (about 8)

1/2 lb. (8 oz) whole milk ricotta cheese

1 egg

1/2 lb. (8 oz) whole milk mozzarella cheese

FAT - 24 grams per serving /8 grams saturated fat

CALORIES - 456 per serving

Lower fat Lower Calorie Lasagna

New Recipe Lasagna

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

4 cloves garlic, chopped

1 small yellow onion, chopped

1 lb. lean ground beef (95% lean, 5% fat)

2 teaspoons salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon oregano

2 cans tomato paste

3 cups hot water

1/2 lb (about 8) lasagna noodles

1/2 lb. (1 cup) 2% cottage cheese

1 egg or 2 egg whites

1/4 lb. (1/2 cup) mozzarella cheese, shredded

Cook lasagna noodles per package directions. Rinse with cool water and drain.

Fry onion and garlic in oil. Add beef and cook until crumbly. Mix in salt, pepper, oregano and tomato paste blended with hot water. Simmer 30 minutes uncovered.

Combine cottage cheese with 1 egg or 2 egg whites.

In shallow baking dish, layer some of the sauce, half the noodles, half the cottage cheese mixture, more sauce. Repeat. Add mozzarella on top. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting in squares. Serves 6-8.

FAT - 11 grams/5 grams saturated fat per serving

CALORIES - 277 per serving


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    • judydianne profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Thanks, Smireles. I can always count on you!

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      Sandra Mireles 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Don't really eat lasagna but you have made some excellent diet friendly changes. Good job.

    • judydianne profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Thanks, Tony. My family loves it and I make it every Christmas eve. I hope you like it, too!

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      Tony McGregor 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      Love lasagna - will have to try this one. Thanks so much for sharing!

      Love and peace



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