by Skinny Ms.
Delight guests with this Savory Slow Cooker Lasagna recipe. Are you hosting friends and family to watch a Sunday afternoon NFL game this year? Or maybe it’s your turn to bring an entree to the company’s mid-day holiday bash. Or perhaps, after a long day of tree-trimming and holiday shopping, the whole family needs a hearty, comforting dish everyone will enjoy. Our slow cooker lasagna is bursting with flavor and a snap to prepare. The combination of tomatoes, parmesan, and basil give it an umami kick that will have everyone asking for the recipe. And the use of ground turkey and cottage cheese make this a guilt-free dish that you’ll feel good about slicing and savoring.
This is not your grandmother’s lasagna. In fact, she would be astonished at the ease of preparation. No hours of stirring sauce required. No boiling of noodles necessary. Simply sauté your ground turkey and layer it, with the remainder of your ingredients, in the slow cooker. Allow it to heat for four to six hours and it’s done.
At 403 calories, each serving is satisfying but not destructive to your diet! And the whopping 38 grams of protein from turkey and cottage cheese will stave off hunger for hours. The good news is that this is all lean protein. Turkey lacks the saturated fats of ground beef and veal, and the low-fat cottage cheese has less fat and calories than other cheeses. The use of lighter, healthier ingredients make this lasagna less gooey and greasy than other recipes. It’s a sure hit for fans of hearty Italian comfort dishes who want all of the flavor without the excess calories!
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Yields: 8 servings | Serving Size: 1 slice | Calories: 403 | Previous Points: 8 | Points Plus: 10 | Total Fat: 14 g | Saturated Fat: 5 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 78 | Sodium: 1015 mg | Carbohydrates: 33 g | Dietary Fiber: 7 g | Sugars: 8 g | Protein: 38 g |
- 1 pound lean ground turkey, or lean ground beef
- 1 large onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 (25 ounce) jars pasta sauce, no sugar added
- 2 cups low-fat cottage cheese
- 8 ounces shredded (part skim) mozzarella cheese
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- Pinch of salt
- 12 whole wheat lasagna noodles, (break in half before adding to slow cooker)
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Fresh basil, for garnish
Add the turkey and onion to a large skillet and cook over medium heat until the turkey has lost its pink color. Add the garlic and cook for one additional minute. Drain any fat from the cooked turkey. Add 1 1/2 jars pasta sauce and stir to combine.
Combine the cottage cheese, mozzarella, Italian seasoning, and salt.
Add a 1/2 cup meat sauce to the bottom of the slow cooker. Next, add a layer of lasagna noodles and spread 1/4 cheese mixture over noodles. Repeat the layers until these ingredients are gone.
Cover and cook in slow cooker on low-heat until noodles are al dente and cheese is bubbly, approximately 4-6 hours. Remove the lid and add the parmesan to the top. Turn off the slow cooker and allow the casserole to sit for 15 minutes before cutting. If desired, serve garnished with the fresh basil and additional parmesan.
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