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This cheesy lasagna is full of spicy Italian turkey sausage, whole-wheat noodles, mushrooms and spinach. A serving of this version has about one-third the fat and saturated fat, and only half the calories of the original. Use soy-based sausage for a hearty vegetarian variation.

Katie Webster
Source: EatingWell Magazine, April/May 2005

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

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  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add noodles and cook until not quite tender, about 2 minutes less than the package directions. Drain; return the noodles to the pot, cover with cool water and set aside.

  • Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook, crumbling with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 4 minutes. Add mushrooms and water; cook, stirring occasionally and crumbling the sausage more, until it is cooked through, the water has evaporated and the mushrooms are tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Squeeze spinach to remove excess water, then stir into the pan; remove from heat.

  • Mix tomatoes with basil, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.

  • To assemble lasagna: Spread 1/2 cup of the tomatoes in the prepared baking dish. Arrange a layer of noodles on top, trimming to fit if necessary. Evenly dollop half the ricotta over the noodles. Top with half the sausage mixture, one-third of the remaining tomatoes and one-third of the mozzarella. Continue with another layer of noodles, the remaining ricotta, the remaining sausage, half the remaining tomatoes and half the remaining mozzarella. Top with a third layer of noodles and the remaining tomatoes.

  • Cover the lasagna with foil and bake until bubbling and heated through, 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes. Remove the foil; sprinkle the remaining mozzarella on top. Return to the oven and bake until the cheese is just melted but not browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

  • Vegetarian Variation:

  • Use a sausage-style soy product, such as Gimme Lean, or simply omit the sausage altogether.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 5 up to 1 day ahead.

Ingredient Note: Whole-wheat lasagna noodles are higher in fiber than white noodles. They can be found in health-food stores and some large supermarkets.

Nutrition Facts

327 calories; protein 26.6g; carbohydrates 29.9g; dietary fiber 6.2g; sugars 5.8g; fat 12.8g; saturated fat 5.9g; cholesterol 62.8mg; vitamin a iu 6097.6IU; vitamin c 10.1mg; folate 97.9mcg; calcium 402.9mg; iron 3.7mg; magnesium 110.8mg; potassium 716.2mg; sodium 721.8mg; thiamin 0.3mg.
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