Frugal Recipe: Four Cheese Vegetable Lasagna

Freeze Ahead Lasagna

Four Cheese Vegetable Lasagna

Often times, Lasagna can be a heavy, caloric dish but this one is both flavorful and lighter. This dish has plenty of vegetables, lower-fat cheeses, and still provides a healthy serving.



– 12 uncooked lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
– 2 tsp. olive oil
– 2 c. chopped broccoli
– 2 c. sliced mushrooms
– 1 1/2 c. thinly sliced carrotFreeze Ahead Lasagna
– 1/2 c. chopped red or green bell pepper
– 3 cloves minced garlic
– 1 c. sliced green onion
– 1/2 tsp. salt
– 1/2 tsp. pepper
– 2 c. low-fat (1 percent) cottage cheese
– 1 c. (4 oz.) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
– 3/4 c. (3 oz.) shredded reduced-fat Jarlsberg cheese or part-skim Swiss cheese
–  1 (10 oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
– 2 c. commercial fat-free spaghetti sauce
– 1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese


 Step 1

Cook lasagna noodles according to package, omitting salt and fat. Drain and set aside. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.


Step 2

Heat olive oil in a large, deep skillet or Dutch oven or medium-high heat until hot. Add all the veggies (broccoli, mushrooms, carrot, pepper, garlic, and onion) and saute about 5 minutes. Stir in 1/4 tsp. pepper and 1/4 tsp. salt. Set aside.


Step 3

Combine the first 3 cheeses (not the Parmesan) and spinach in a large bowl. Add 1/4 tsp. of salt and 1/4 tsp. of pepper. Mix thoroughly.


Step 4

Spread 1/2 c. tomato sauce on bottom of a 13-inch x 9-inch x 2-inch baking dish coated with vegetable cooking spray. Place ingredients in pan in this order:

1) 1/2 c. spaghetti sauce
2) 4 lasagna noodles
3) half the cottage cheese mixture
4) half broccoli mixture
5) 1/2 c. spaghetti sauce

Repeat, then add a final layer of noodles and 1/2 c. spaghetti sauce. Sprinkle evenly with Parmesan cheese.


Step 5

Cover with aluminum foil and bake 45 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.


This yields 10 servings and each serving has 245 calories. That’s pretty low!! (Sorry I have no pictures, but I will have some next time I make this.)




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