Italian Sausage Lasagna (lighter recipe)

Finally! A flavorful lighter version of the classic baked lasagna.

  • Prep Time 1 hr 10 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 10 min
  • Servings 8

1
lb bulk reduced-fat Italian pork sausage
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1
clove garlic, finely chopped
3
tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1
tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves or 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1
teaspoon sugar
2
cups Muir Glen™ organic diced tomatoes (from 28-oz can), undrained
1
can (15 oz) Muir Glen™ organic tomato sauce
12
uncooked lasagna noodles (12 oz)
1
container (15 oz) reduced-fat ricotta cheese or small-curd cottage cheese (2 cups)
1/4
cup grated Parmesan cheese
1
tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
2
cups shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese (8 oz)
1/4
cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 In 10-inch skillet, cook sausage, onion and garlic over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sausage is no longer pink; drain.
  • 2 Stir in 2 tablespoons of the parsley, the basil, sugar, tomatoes and tomato sauce. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; simmer uncovered about 45 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • 3 Heat oven to 350ºF. Cook and drain noodles as directed on package.
  • 4 In medium bowl, mix ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, remaining 1 tablespoon parsley and the oregano.
  • 5 Spread 1 cup of the sauce mixture in ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish. Top with 4 noodles. Spread 1 cup of the cheese mixture over noodles; spread with 1 cup of the sauce mixture. Sprinkle with 2/3 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat with 4 noodles, the remaining cheese mixture, 1 cup of the sauce mixture and 2/3 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Top with remaining noodles and sauce mixture. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
  • 6 Cover; bake 30 minutes. Uncover; bake about 15 minutes longer or until hot and bubbly. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting.

Expert Tips

Meat departments in many grocery stores now sell bulk Italian sausage in 1-pound packs just like ground beef.

For less adventuresome palates, use ground beef or turkey instead of the Italian sausage.

If your family likes lasagna with a milder flavor, use ground turkey breast instead of the bulk Italian sausage.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
385
(
Calories from Fat
115 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
13 g
13 %
(Saturated Fat
7 g,
7 %
),
Cholesterol
65 mg
65 %;
Sodium
1360 mg
1360 %;
Total Carbohydrate
38 g
38 %
(Dietary Fiber
3 g
3 %
),
Protein
32 g
32 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
24%;
Vitamin C
14%;
Calcium
48%;
Iron
16%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 2 Vegetable; 3 Lean Meat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.