5 Secrets to Healthier Lasagna

Make classic lasagna lighter by following these easy tips and tricks for healthier lasagna.

Lasagna is one of my favorite comfort foods. Although it's not exactly the most stellar meal nutritionally, its cheesy goodness is irresistible. But with a few easy swaps, you can make your favorite lasagna recipe healthier. Lasagna actually has quite a lot going for it, health-wise—it's all in how you assemble it. When developing Sausage, Mushroom & Spinach Lasagna we came up with some strategies to cut fat and calories and boost fiber in lasagna, without sacrificing flavor. Here are our 5 secrets to making healthier lasagna.

—Carolyn Malcoun, Senior Food Editor

Watch: See how to make lasagna in your crock pot


whole-wheat pastawhole-wheat pasta

1. Swap Whole-Wheat Lasagna Noodles

Swap whole-wheat lasagna noodles for regular ones to increase fiber.


Turkey Sausage

2. Use Full-Flavored Italian Turkey Sausage

Use full-flavored Italian turkey sausage instead of pork sausage to cut saturated fat.


spinach

3. Add Frozen Spinach

Add frozen spinach to add nutrients and bulk up the filling with minimal calories.


Sliced Mushrooms

4. Add Mushrooms

Replace some of the sausage with sliced mushrooms; mushrooms have a "meaty" flavor that is as satisfying as meat but with far less calories and fat.


Use part-skim cheeses

5. Use Part-Skim Cheeses

Use part-skim cheeses instead of full-fat versions to reduce calories and saturated fat.