Lighter Lasagna

Lots of vegetables, herbs and red wine, so you will not miss the extra cheese and fat from other recipes.

Author:Inspired by Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites, pg. 218
Yield:6 servings
Prep time: 00:40
Cook time: 01:05
Category:Main Courses


2 cups zucchini, cubed
1 cups red bell pepper
1 cups tomatoes, chopped
12 oz. mushrooms, sliced (about 4 cups)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cups dry red wine
3 tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
10 oz. fresh spinach, rinsed
1 cups low-fat cottage cheese
1 cups mozzarella cheese, grated
1/4 cups Parmesan cheese, grated
3 1/2 cups tomato sauce
1 lb. lasagna noodles, (uncooked)
1 cups ricotta cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (165 °C).
  2. Combine the zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, salt, and wine in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover.
  3. Simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes, until all of the vegetables are tender and juicy. Stir in the basil and set aside.
  4. Cover and cook the spinach on high heat in just the water clinging on the leaves for 3 minutes, until wilted but still bright green. Drain and chop coarsely. Combine with the cottage cheese, mozzarella, and Parmesan and set aside.
  5. Spread 1 cup of the tomato sauce evenly on the bottom of a 3"-deep nonreactive 9x9" baking dish.
  6. Layer with 5 or 6 noodles, 1 generous cup of undrained vegetables, and 1 cup of the spinach-cheese mixture.
  7. Cover with a second layer of noodles, 1 cup of sauce, 1 heaping cup of vegetables, 1 cup of the spinach-cheese mixture, and a third layer of noodles.
  8. Finally, add the rest of the vegetables, the remaining spinach-cheese mixture, a fourth layer of noodles, and the rest of the sauce.
  9. Cover tightly with foil and bake until the noodles are tender, about 60 minutes.
  10. Let sit at least 10 minutes before cutting.


Nutrition Facts

6 servings per recipe

Serving size 1 serving

Amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 480mg20%
Total Carbohydrate 23g8%
Dietary Fiber 3g12%
Total Sugars
Includes Added Sugars
Protein 18g

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrition in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.