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July 27, 2014

Lightened-Up Lasagna

Lightened-Up Lasagna ~ Enjoy full flavor Lasagna with this Low-fat option and some "hidden" veggies #Lasagna #LowFat #LowFatLasagna

You would never guess this is a lightened-up Lasagna. It is just as tasty as the usual, if not more delicious.

This recipe is also quick and easy to make and you can even make two {by doubling all the ingredients}, bake the one Lasagna and freeze {covered well} the second Lasagna after step 6.

All you need to do when you want to serve the frozen Lasagna, is to take it from the freezer, defrost overnight in the refrigerator and bake as per step 7.

Low-fat Cheddar is better if you are on a strict diet, but the quantity sprinkled over the top is not much, therefore I would not worry too much about that.

adapted from : Gesonde Gesinskos {Recipe Book}

Serves : 6 - 8


500g Lean Ground Beef
1 Onion, chopped
2 t Garlic, crushed
1 cup Carrots, finely grated
1/2 cup Chicken Stock
1 can (200g) Tomato Puree
1/2 packet Oxtail Soup Powder  {use Beef if Oxtail is unavailable}
1/2 cup Boiling Water
1 t Dried Italian Herbs
1 t Paprika
1/2 t Salt

250g Spinach Lasagna Sheets

3 TB Cornflour
1/2 packet Mushroom Soup Powder
2 cups Fat-Free Milk
Pinch Cayenne Pepper

1/3 cup Low-Fat Cheddar, grated


1.) Pre-heat oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F){you can switch on the oven in step 6} - spray a large oven dish with cooking oil.
2.) Cook the Ground Beef in a non-stick pan until browned - add the Onion, Garlic and Carrots to the meat - stir-fry 5 minutes.
3.) Mix together the Chicken Stock, Tomato Puree, Oxtail Soup, Boiling Water, Herbs, Paprika and Salt - add to the meat mixture - cover and simmer 30 minutes.
4.) Start making the sauce a few minutes before the meat has done cooking - Mix the Cornflour and the Mushroom Powder with 1/2 cup of the Milk - place the remaining Milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat - stir in the Cornflour mixture and add the Cayenne Pepper - simmer and stir until a thick sauce has formed {takes only about 1 - 2 minutes} - remove from heat.
5.) Scoop a thin layer of the Meat mixture onto the bottom of the prepared oven dish - arrange a layer of Lasagna sheets over the Meat followed by half the remaining Meat - top with half the Sauce and repeat the layers from the Lasagna sheets once more.
6.) End with sprinkling the Cheddar over the last layer of Sauce - leave to stand 30 minutes {this is to soften the Lasagna sheets, so that you do not have to cook them in advance}
7.) Bake 20 minutes or until the Cheese has melted and the dish is heated through.

Serve with side salads or vegetables and dinner rolls.

Lightened-Up Lasagna ~ Enjoy full flavor Lasagna with this Low-fat option and some "hidden" veggies #Lasagna #LowFat #LowFatLasagna
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  1. Lasagna is one of my all time favourite dishes. When I was in Italy I ate a bucket load of it!!! So this to me looks absolutely delicious. Always happy to try out new lasagna recipes :-)

    Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning :-)

  2. mmm just call me Garfield! yum and I love a low fat version!

  3. Good idea to do away with the rich creamy sauce and make it light.

  4. Another great tip! Thanks for linking up at the Merry Monday's Linky Party this week. Have an awesome week!

  5. This looks delicious! I love doubling these types of recipes and freezing one too, it is always so helpful. Thanks for linking up with us at What We Eat Wednesdays over at Orchard Girls.

  6. This looks yummy! Thanks for sharing at On Display Thursday!
    -Leia @ Eat It & Say Yum

  7. Looks good and not too heavy like regular lasagna. Have to try this one. Thanks.

  8. It looks delicious! Thanks for linking up to the Feature Friday Link Party!

    Danielle @ Blissful & Domestic
    Creating Beautiful on Less

  9. I'm a fan of doubling recipes and freezing for later. And I like the tip about letting the lasagna stand to soften the pasta.

    Thank you for sharing, Linda. Your lightened up lasagna tied for Top-Viewed this week!

  10. Delicious healthy Lasgana, Love this lightened version. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop. I am pinning.


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