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Weekday Lasagna Recipe

Weekday Lasagna Recipe

This lasagna is my husband's favorite dish. I love it because it's low-fat and a real time-saver since you don't cook the noodles before baking. —Karen McCabe, Provo, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing YIELD:9 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 envelope spaghetti sauce mix
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) fat-free cottage cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 uncooked lasagna noodles
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • 1. In a large saucepan, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, water, tomato paste and spaghetti sauce mix. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine the egg, cottage cheese and Parmesan cheese. Spread 2 cups meat sauce in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Layer with three noodles, half of the cottage cheese mixture and half of the remaining meat sauce. Repeat layers.
  • 3. Cover and bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Uncover; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until bubbly and cheese is melted. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting. Yield: 9 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 280 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 804mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 starch.

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LinaNguyen95 User ID: 8157964 216402
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2014

"Fun to make, but more time-consuming than advertised.

I lacked spagetti sauce mix, and so i dumped in some spices (paprika, garlic powder, sea salt, basil, oregano) and some extra spagetti sauce that I had... not the best idea, since the sauce was of a thinner consistency than I would have liked. If you run into the same problem, I suggest that you replace the water with spagetti sauce instead.
The outcome was good, but I probably would search for another recipe to experiment with..."

bmlink627 User ID: 6613671 74655
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2014

"This is a great, tasty and quick to prepare lasagna. I added a dash of crushed red pepper flakes to give a bit of zip to the sauce but other than that this, as my husband would say is a "rock solid meal". I will be preparing this in the near future!"

Grace1018 User ID: 7559734 147380
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2014

"Good, fast and easy. I added green pepper. Next time, I will add spinach too."

s_pants User ID: 174050 161906
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2014

"Takes a couple of hours total, so not a quick weekday meal, but good regardless. Would make again and try with a whole-grain noodle....I wonder if it would get done without being pre-cooked."

slimfast User ID: 7762791 116512
Reviewed May. 30, 2014

"I didn't have the spaghetti sauce mix,so I substituted 1 3/4 jar spaghetti sauce in place of the water. As another reviewer suggested, I added garlic to the meat sauce and Italian seasoning to the cottage cheese. Next time I will use turkey instead of ground beef.It was time consuming, but I made It on a Friday nite, so it didn't matter. Next time I will make the sauce the night before. It was very good. Hubby really liked it,and hecan be really picky!!"

[email protected] User ID: 3017922 162042
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2013

"very good, very moist, yummy! everyone loves!"

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 74654
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2013

"Still a lengthy time cook for a weekday meal, but it satisfied the boys. I prefer traditional lasagna myself."

Lisamarie98 User ID: 7262406 167633
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2013

"My first time making lasagna and it turned out great! Seemed like a lot of sauce but it turned out well and had good flavor. Next time i might try canned spaghetti sauce just for ease and comparison. I didn't really like making the sauce, kind of a hassle."

grniis2 User ID: 5615142 100438
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013

"This was a great and easy Lasagna. I loved not having to precook noodles. With all the sauce the noodles come out just right. Flavors were tasty without being too spicy. This will be one of my new favorites. Thanks for the recipe!"

pamdevone User ID: 3875916 146945
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2013

"This was very good, fast and easy."

evilpassion User ID: 1178137 167632
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2013

"Make with low-fat ground turkey for even more savings"

gillettcookie User ID: 3422974 147348
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2013

"I found this recipe in the Comfort Food Diet cookbook... we are trying to eat lighter. I have been making another style of lasagna on here that used cream cheese along with the cottage cheese... it's in the oven now and I can't wait to get my hands on it! LOL I also put some french bread in the bread maker and a salad on the side ought to make for a well rounded meal... on the lighter side!! Thanks again for a new favorite!! :)"

hbaseley User ID: 3311639 161755
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2013

"When I first tasted this, I thought "very, very good, but not mind blowing". Then I compared the nutritional info to all the other "low fat" lasagna recipes on TOH. When factoring in ease of preparation, time, nutrition and taste, this recipe zooms to the top as the winner. I froze the leftovers for another night and they were just as good the second time around. Also, as another reviewer mentioned, the portion size is very generous. This just became my go-to recipe for lasagna."

kgburgess User ID: 2727982 100383
Reviewed Feb. 29, 2012

"I didn't realize this would take so long to make when I started, so we ate really late, but it was worth the wait! I had most of the ingredients on hand already, and it was really delicious! My whole family enjoyed it. I served it with buttered bread and a salad. You'd never know there was no ricotta cheese in it! Nice-sized portion for the 280 calories, also. I'll definitely be making this again!"

kgburgess User ID: 2727982 66738
Reviewed Feb. 29, 2012

"I didn't realize this would take so long to make when I started, so we ate really late, but it was worth the wait! I had most of the ingredients on hand already, and it was really delicious! My whole family enjoyed it. I served it with buttered bread and a salad. You'd never know there was no ricotta cheese in it! Nice sized portion for the 280 calories, also. I'll definitely be making this again!"

crystalcarreon User ID: 5736603 162713
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"This recipe was excellent! Not one element was overwhelming and every bite was delicious and full of flavor. Very easy to make too!"

sandisibona User ID: 2154231 167630
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011

"This recipe has replace every other lasagna recipe in my collection.

I did add garlic to the sauce, salt, pepper and italian seasoning to the cottage cheese. It came out incredible. It will be the friday night dinner in our house from now on."

1989Cunninghams User ID: 6209955 66733
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2011

"I made this for a family gathering, and everyone asked me for the recipe! I did use more mozerella than the recipe calls for because I put it each layer also."

jponce23 User ID: 6085005 94160
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2011

"I make this at least once a month, my husband and I love it very much. I follow the recipe as is but add an extra layer of lasagna noodles and cottage cheese. This is absoutely delicious!"

sue_242 User ID: 162815 100382
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2011

"tasty, quick & easy. added a few extra seasonings to make it taste more italian."

Pennylaine3680 User ID: 5574555 100379
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2011

"My family loves this and my husband has no idea it is healthy for him. Since he has heart issues, it is wonderful to find a recipe that is simple and good for him that he thinks is not. Thanks"

shuckys User ID: 4076256 146943
Reviewed May. 18, 2011

"Fairly healthy and my whole family loved it! You have to have the time for it to bake, but a VERY easy recipe to make."

[email protected] User ID: 5796216 100378
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

"I added a few dried herbs to "spice" the sauce up a bit. It was a HUGE hit with my kids! They came back for seconds!!"

lindsyanderson User ID: 5106610 93803
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"Amazing recipe. But instead of using ground beef, I use ground turkey and also add 5 oz of fresh baby spinach to the sauce. So good. It's on our list of favorite dinners!"

princesscurlyq User ID: 4753102 161754
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2010

"Made this last night. So good will definitely make again. I used 3/4 lb ground beef and a 1/4 lb ground sausage (jimmy dean all natural). I used 6 oz of mozzarella and used ricotta part skim in place of cottage cheese (less carbs). We didn't use all the sauce. Next time I will double the sauce and freeze some for spaghetti later. My husband who doesn't love red sauce went back for seconds. Weight watcher points 9, but a little less since we didn't use all the sauce. This is a keeper for my book!"

cheriwinkle User ID: 1239361 146936
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2010

"This is a great everyday lasagna recipe! Nice rich tomato flavor and allows us (on a Diabetic regime) to have comfort food we love. Thanks for having the exchanges!"

msdaisey User ID: 1222542 162031
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2010

"so hubby usually doesn't care for lasagna, he ate 2 servings .I knew it was a


Christy622 User ID: 5273151 100377
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2010

"Very good, our entire family liked it! Will definately make again"

ayost User ID: 3175480 93802
Reviewed May. 24, 2010


Casey1226 User ID: 4821346 93801
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2010

"It was good.I was not the best lasagna I have ever made, but it was for sure the easiest. I think it tastes better reheated."

dbeemiller User ID: 3858296 93880
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2009

"oh - [email protected]"

dbeemiller User ID: 3858296 162030
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2009

"I would like that recipe!!


302161 User ID: 1930238 162711
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2009

"If you will contact me, I have a slow cooker recipe.


302161 User ID: 1930238 167628
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2009

"I can give you a slow cooker recipe if you want to contact me. Norma"

annwig User ID: 2077369 94013
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2009

"I am looking for a "slow cooker" recipe for lasagna. Can someone help?"

canuck70 User ID: 3377825 147342
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2009

"Re: weekday lasagna

I made lasagna yesterday in my slow was great. you could probably do the same with this recipe.

madge4u4 User ID: 2493839 146520
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2009

"whenever I make lasagna I never cook the noodles first. I makes this a fast and easy dish to prepare."

Colleen1734 User ID: 1875548 94012
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2009

"I've tried several lasagna recipes and this is the easiest and one of the best. I'll definitely make it again."

Colleen1734 User ID: 1875548 93790
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2009

"I've tried several lasagna recipes and this is the easiest and one of the best. I'll definitely make it again."

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