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
Swap whole-wheat lasagna noodles for regular ones to increase fiber.
Use full-flavored Italian turkey sausage instead of pork sausage to cut saturated fat.
Add frozen spinach to add nutrients and bulk up the filling with minimal calories.
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 instead of full-fat versions to reduce calories and saturated fat.