Italian Sausage Lasagna (lighter recipe)

Italian Sausage Lasagna (<I>lighter recipe</I>)

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

Prep Time

1:10

Hr:Mins

Total Time

2:10

Hrs:Mins

Makes

8

servings

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.
Makes 8 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Purchasing
Meat departments in many grocery stores now sell bulk Italian sausage in 1-pound packs just like ground beef.
Substitution
For less adventuresome palates, use ground beef or turkey instead of the Italian sausage.
Substitution
If your family likes lasagna with a milder flavor, use ground turkey breast instead of the bulk Italian sausage.

Nutrition Information:

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