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Italian Sausage Lasagna (lighter recipe)

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Italian Sausage Lasagna (lighter recipe)
  • Prep Time 1 hr 10 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 10 min
  • Servings 8
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Finally! A flavorful lighter version of the classic baked lasagna.

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • 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.
Tips  

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