Low-Calorie Cheesy Meat Lasagna

One of my favorite and go-to holiday meals is lasagna! I’ve never met anyone that doesn’t like this classic Italian dish. I make this for my husband each Christmas and he always rants and raves over it. The biggest issue with Italian dishes like lasagna is the loads of carbs and fat. I’ve been using this low-calorie recipe for years now and can’t tell a difference. Plus, I don’t get the guilt feeling after indulging!

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I found this recipe from Kraft’s Healthy Living section, which by the way is AMAZING when it comes to healthier meals. Total lifesaver! A serving of this lasagna is less than 300 calories! Pair it with a salad and you’ve got a complete meal for four and leftovers! Now that’s cooking made simple!

WHAT Y’ALL NEED

3/4 lb. extra-lean ground beef

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 jar (24 oz.) traditional pasta sauce

1 large tomato, chopped

1 egg

1 container (16 oz.) 2% milkfat low fat cottage cheese

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

9 lasagna noodles, cooked

1 pkg. (7 oz.) 2% milk shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

STEP ONE

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Don’t forget to cook your lasagna noodles as directed on the box.

STEP TWO

Brown meat with garlic in a large saucepan. Stir in pasta sauce and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in chopped tomatoes.

STEP THREE

Mix together egg, cottage cheese, and parmesan cheese until well-blended.

STEP FOUR

Spread 1/4 cup meat sauce on the bottom of a 13×9 baking dish. Make sure to spay the bottom. Top with layers of 3 noodles, half the cottage cheese mixture, 1/2 cup mozzarella and 1 cup sauce; repeat layers. Top with remaining noodles and sauce; cover.

STEP FIVE

Bake covered with foil for 30 minutes or until heated through.

STEP SIX

Top with remaining mozzarella and bake uncovered for 5 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

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Voilà! You’ve got a hearty and delicious meal to entertain anybody. It’s a fan amongst kiddos too!

What’s your favorite holiday dish? I want to hear! Comment below 🙂

– BRANDI –

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