Homestyle Lasagna

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This is a satisfying dish that has been modified (from a traditional lasagna) in two ways. First, it has half the calories as a regular lasagna, and second, it is extremely quick and easy to make.  The cheese on top gets warm, bubbly and browned. It also comes with the added bonus of being a nutritionally balanced meal. I wanted to make it taste as close to a ‘traditional’ lasagna as possible, so I used lean ground beef and regular noodles.  However, you could use extra-lean ground turkey and zucchini slices instead of the noodles, which would make an even leaner version of this recipe.


The estimated total time to make this recipe is 1 1/2 hours.


Preheat oven to 350 and spray a 13×9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. In a large saucepan, cook the beef (or turkey) and onion and garlic over medium-high heat until meat is browned, stirring to break up meat. Stir in the spaghetti sauce, salt, basil, and oregano; cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat.


Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine egg, cottage cheese, and Parmesan cheese. Layer the lasagna in the baking dish starting with 2 cups of the meat sauce. Follow with a layer of three noodles, half of the cottage cheese mixture, and half of the remaining meat sauce.  Repeat Layers.


Cover and bake for 50 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and slightly browned on top. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting.


1 lbLean ground beef (or lean ground turkey)
1/2Small white onion, chopped fine
1 tspGarlic powder
2 cupsSpaghetti Sauce
1/2 tsp Salt (or to taste)
1 tspItalian seasoning
1Egg, beaten
2 cupsLow fat cottage cheese
2 tbs Parmesan cheese
6 Whole Wheat (or High Fiber Lasagna Noodles, cooked according to package directions)

Nutrition Breakdown

8 Servings
250 Calories Per Slice
7 g Fat
25 g Carbohydrates
4 g Fiber
3 g Sugar
24 g Protein
5 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving


Matt Brown said:

Thanks for the recipe! I tried it and it was great. I went the route with the zucchini instead of the pasta and it was fantastic. I also added chopped spinach and chopped broccoli into it and it was a great addition.

Thanks for all the great healthy recipes and keep it up!

March 25th, 2010 — 5:05pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Matt…I’m glad to hear you tried it with zucchini! :) It really sounds like you ‘made it your own’ which I always LOVE! :) Glad to hear you liked it…thanks for the comment!

March 27th, 2010 — 6:11am  |  Reply

Jakolien said:

Hi Katie,
looks a lot like the low card lasagna I always make. About the zucchini: I always grill them thinly sliced in a non-stick pan without oil on medium to high heat. It’s gives flavor and those nice grill marks!
Cheers from Amsterdam, NL

August 14th, 2010 — 3:58am  |  Reply

Ginger said:

Made Katie’s lasagna last night using the whole wheat noodles. It was delicious. Thanks, Katie.

October 15th, 2010 — 5:56am  |  Reply

Ana Maria said:

i love lasagna! I wonder if you have ever tried turkey, as in not ground turkey and if it would make a difference.

March 17th, 2011 — 8:28am  |  Reply

Maggie Combs said:

I made this tonight… I was blown away with how much it tastes like regular lasagna!!

May 25th, 2011 — 5:11pm  |  Reply

Lori said:

I made this today and it is totally amazing! I used the zucchini slices instead of the noodles – using every opportunity to eat some more vegetables.

I also added cauliflower (like your wonderful cauliflower mini pizza bites) and then mixed the cottage cheese in it.

The points came out to 6 and 6 servings, but I think that is because the turkey was not extra lean and I used some extra cottage cheese.

I will make again and try it with the lasagna noodles.

Thanks for sharing!

May 6th, 2012 — 3:27pm  |  Reply

Becca said:

Hi Katie! Love your site. How many people does this serve? I see the WWP+ value per slice but can you tell me how many slices it makes? I’m assuming 6 or 8 but wanted to check…

May 10th, 2012 — 1:47pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

hi becca! it has 8 servings…sorry i put it in the wrong box so that was hidden for this recipe! :)

May 10th, 2012 — 4:35pm  | 

Karen said:

Step 3 calls for mozzarella cheese, but it’s not included in the ingredient list. Does the nutritional analysis include the mozzarella, and if so, how much?

May 22nd, 2012 — 7:06pm  |  Reply

Karen said:

In your ingredient list, it says the noodles are to be cooked according to package directions. However, in your description, you said that they don’t need to be cooked ahead of time. Could you clear this up for me?

May 26th, 2012 — 5:01pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

sure! you do need to cook the lasagna according to package directions, then add it to the lasagna. I didn’t re-write it in the method, because I had already mentioned to pre-cook them in the ingredient list :)

May 26th, 2012 — 5:12pm  | 

Karen said:

No – I was referred to your recipe description – NOT the instructions. Your description says the following:
“This is a satisfying dish that has been modified (from a traditional lasagna) in two ways.. First it has half the calories as a regular lasagna, and second it is very quick and easy to make, because it doesn’t require cooking the noodles before hand!”
That’s why I was confused about the noodle cooking.

May 26th, 2012 — 8:49pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

Ahhhh I see :) I think i meant to put if you used no cook lasagna :)

May 26th, 2012 — 9:28pm  | 

Diana said:

The mozzarella cheese is listed in the directions, but not in the ingredients. Is it included in the points? If so, how much?

Thank you.

June 12th, 2012 — 10:58pm  |  Reply

Josephine Peyton Sturkey said:

hey doll – my hubs and i ADORE this recipe, but i was just curious… are the nutritionals & WWP+ calculated with or withOUT the 1 cup part skim mozzarella cheese?

September 10th, 2012 — 1:19pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

everything is always included unless it says optional :)

September 10th, 2012 — 2:16pm  | 

Josephine Peyton Sturkey said:

I was confused bc the recipe posted here does NOT include the mozzarella in the ingredient list, but it’s mentioned in the instructions. BUT, I bought your mealplan and the mozz cheese IS included in the ingredient list there. Regardless, thanks for clarifying!

September 10th, 2012 — 2:19pm  | 

claudia. said:

I love the look of this recipe but am conscious of my carb intake at the moment. If you make the recipe with zucchini slices how many zucchinis do I use? Thanks

November 6th, 2012 — 4:05am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

go check out my no noodles lasagna! :)

November 6th, 2012 — 8:53am  | 

Stephanie said:

Delish! Made this with all turkey, regular lasagna noodles and FF cottage cheese and it came out to 6pp+ (in larger 6 portions vs smaller 8). Really tasty and good for you! My hubby went back for thirds! I put the rest into containers and have been bringing for lunch because they reheat well.

January 23rd, 2013 — 2:07pm  |  Reply

Lauren Marshall said:

The Boyfriend said this was the best lasagna EVER! I didn’t have the heart to tell him it was made with whole wheat noodles and turkey! SCORE!! :) Thanks for posting so many healthy meal ideas, but most importantly for your Christian influence.

February 25th, 2013 — 10:09pm  |  Reply

Nasrin Castillo said:

Can this be made in the slow cooker in the same method as the white chicken lasagna you have?

December 6th, 2013 — 6:31pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

no sorry :)

December 9th, 2013 — 9:13am  | 

Katie Farrell said:

thanks ginger! so glad you enjoyed it! :) xoxo

October 15th, 2010 — 6:34am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks so much for stopping by to comment maggie! :)

May 25th, 2011 — 5:30pm  |  Reply

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