Healthy lasagna recipes
Traditional lasagna recipes tend to call for ingredients that are high in calories and saturated fat. But with a few simple swaps, we were able to reduce the calorie count significantly in these healthier lasagna recipes while also boosting the amount of good-for-you nutrients. The result? Indulgent lasagna meals you can actually feel good about eating.
These recipes are easy to make, and most require about 15-20 minutes of prep. Know you have a busy week ahead? Chop all the fresh veggies on Sunday, refrigerate, and then toss everything together about an hour before you want to serve dinner.
We also love that these recipes are packed with calcium (thanks to low-fat cheese), protein (from lean meats like ground turkey), and plenty of filling fiber (we loaded them up with fresh veggies and pulses, like black beans). Bookmark your favorite lasagna recipes from this list for the next time you're craving lower-calorie comfort food.
Try this recipe: Vegetable Lasagna
High in protein, fiber, and calcium, this veggie lasagna recipe manages to combine nutrient-rich mushrooms, artichokes, and spinach with low-fat cheeses to create a healthier pasta dish that still tastes totally decadent. Instead of heavy cream, we used skim milk, flour, and a dash of nutmeg, so you won't feel overly weighed-down.
Ingredients: Olive oil cooking spray, Porcini mushrooms, lasagna noodles, skim milk, light butter spread, all-purpose flour, salt, nutmeg, zucchini, ground black pepper, frozen artichoke hearts, spinach, low-fat ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese
Photo: Photo: Quentin Bacon; Stylist: Sarah Cave
Try this recipe: Spinach-Pesto Lasagna
Less than 300 calories a slice, this lasagna is low-calorie but still delicious. And it doesn’t sacrifice the cheesy taste you crave from a lasagna meal, thanks to part-skim ricotta, part-skim mozzarella, and Parmesan.
Ingredients: Part-skim ricotta cheese, pesto, egg, baby spinach, wonton wrapper, roasted red peppers, part-skim mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese
Roasted Vegetable Lasagna
Try the recipe: Roasted Vegetable Lasagna
Just 15 minutes of prep is all you need to whip up this satisfying, healthier vegetable lasagna. Every bite is full of protein, calcium, fiber, and iron. And with plenty of savory roasted vegetables and low-fat cheese, we guarantee you won't miss the meat.
Ingredients: Part-skim ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, eggs, garlic cloves, fresh basil, marinara sauce, no-boil lasagna noodles, roasted vegetables, part-skim mozzarella cheese
Try this recipe: Garden Lasagna
Welcome warmer weather with this garden lasagna. The recipe requires a bit more prep, but the delicious gourmet result is worth the extra effort. You'll get a veggie-rich lasagna that's full of unexpected and summery flavors, including carrot, corn, and zucchini.
Ingredients: Olive oil, zucchini, onion, carrot, whole-kernel corn, fresh basil, kosher salt, ground black pepper, all-purpose flour, 1% low-fat milk, 1% low-fat cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, ground nutmeg, cooking spray, no-boil lasagna noodles, part-skim mozzarella cheese
Photo: Oxmoor House
Black Bean Lasagna Rolls
Try this recipe: Black Bean Lasagna Rolls
This flavor-packed lasagna combines black beans, two types of cheeses, and green chiles to deliver a filling dose of fiber and protein for under 300 calories.
Ingredients: Uncooked lasagna noodles, reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese, part-skim ricotta cheese, green chiles, chili powder, salt, no-salt added black beans, cooking spray, no-salt-added salsa, cilantro sprigs (optional)
Special Occasion Lasagna
Try this recipe: Special Occasion Lasagna
Whether it's a big dinner party or a cozy night in for two, this healthier lasagna will make for an incredible (but still low-calorie) main course. The secret ingredient that gives it its amazing flavor? Dijon mustard.
Ingredients: Uncooked lasagna noodles, fat-free cottage cheese, 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, part-skim ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, fresh chives, Dijon mustard, salt, dry mustard, ground black pepper, garlic cloves, eggs, fat-free pasta sauce, cooking spray, part-skim mozzarella cheese
Photo: Quentin Bacon
Spinach and Pesto Lasagna Roll-Ups
Try this recipe: Spinach and Pesto Lasagna Roll-Ups
A great source of fiber, protein, iron, and calcium, this lasagna meal requires a mere 20 minutes of prep and 40 minutes in the oven. The result? A warm platter of comfort-food goodness that needed minimal effort to whip up.
Ingredients: Whole wheat lasagna noodles, part-skim ricotta, spinach, egg, Parmesan cheese, basil pesto, salt, ground black pepper, marinara sauce, part-skim mozzarella
Try this recipe: Spinach and Turkey Lasagna
Just one serving of this turkey and spinach-based lasagna is filled with 28 grams of protein, plus a hearty helping of calcium and fiber. Even better: It's completely cheesy, meaty, and unbelievably good.
Ingredients: Olive oil, turkey breast, garlic, marinara sauce, ricotta cheese, spinach, parsley, egg whites, salt, pepper, lasagna noodles, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese.
Zucchini Eggplant Lasagna
Try this recipe: Zucchini Eggplant Lasagna
With zucchini, tomatoes, and eggplant, you can count on getting tons good-for-you nutrients in this lasagna recipe. The fresh produce is swimming in part-skim ricotta and mozzarella cheeses.
Ingredients: Eggplant, salt, olive oil, onion, garlic, black pepper, fresh oregano, red pepper, crushed tomatoes, fresh basil, part-skim ricotta, cooking spray, precooked lasagna noodles, zucchini, part-skim mozzarella
Photo: Jonny Valiant
Pesto Vegetarian Lasagna
Try this recipe: Bethenny’s Pesto Vegetarian Lasagna
This vegetarian lasagna recipe is Bethenny Frankel's go-to; she loves that it's greener (thanks to pesto!), fresher tasting, and so much less fattening than most other superheavy lasagna dishes.
Ingredients: Whole-wheat lasagna noodles, part-skim ricotta, basil, pine nuts, pesto, part-skim mozzarella
Photo: Oxmoor House
Pesto Lasagna With Spinach and Mushrooms
It may seem unconventional, but your slow cooker is ideal for making lasagna—as long as you use no-boil noodles, which ensure that the final result isn't soggy. We also love that this dish is packed with flavor from pesto, spinach, and mushrooms, plus low-fat cheese.
Ingredients: Spinach, cremini mushrooms, pesto, part-skim mozzarella cheese, provolone cheese, fat-free ricotta cheese, egg, Parmesan cheese, fat-free tomato-basil pasta sauce, canned tomato sauce, cooking spray, precooked lasagna noodles
Try this recipe: Turkey Lasagna
Lean turkey deli breast delivers protein without tons of added saturated fat and cholesterol, and spinach is a great source of filling fiber and iron.
Ingredients: Vegetable oil, onion, green bell pepper, mushrooms, garlic, turkey deli breast, dried Italian seasoning, tomato-basil pasta sauce, Parmesan cheese, salt, black pepper, eggs, fat-free cottage cheese, cooking spray, lasagna noodles, part-skim mozzarella cheese