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Zucchini Beef Lasagna Recipe

"This fresh-tasting and mildly seasoned Italian entree is a real crowd-pleaser," remarks Brenda Tumasone of Newhall, California.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Bake: 30 min. + standing YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 package (16 ounces) lasagna noodles, cooked, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) fat-free cottage cheese
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced and cooked
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) reduced-fat sour cream

Directions

  • 1. In a large skillet, cook beef and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the tomato sauce, water, tomato paste, bay leaves, parsley and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes.
  • 2. Discard bay leaves. Spread 1/2 cup meat sauce in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange five noodles over sauce, cutting to fit. Spread with cottage cheese. Cover with five noodles, half of the meat sauce and the zucchini. Cover with five noodles and sour cream. Top with remaining noodles and meat sauce.
  • 3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

One serving equals 187 calories, 8 g fat (0 saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 270 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 14 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.