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Yield:  2 servings (2 wedges per serving)

Nutritional Information: Per serving: 249 calories, 16 g protein, 31 g carbohydrate, 7 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 107 mg cholesterol, 4 g fiber, 234 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 25%.



5-Ingredient Lasagna


14-ounce package Turkey Polska Kielbasa (such as Hillshire Farm), diced; or you can substitute soy or chicken sausage

24-ounce jar marinara sauce (such as Bertolli Olive Oil, Basil & Garlic)

9 whole-wheat blend lasagna noodles, uncooked

15-ounce container part-skim ricotta cheese

2 cups shredded, reduced-fat 4-cheese Italian cheese (such as Sargento); or substitute part-skim mozzarella


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Start heating a large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add diced sausage and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly brown. Turn off heat and set aside.
  • Pour marinara sauce into a 4-cup measure and add enough water to make 4 cups (about 1 1/2 cups water). Pour 1 cup of this sauce over the bottom of a 13x9-inch baking dish.
  • Lay three uncooked lasagna strips lengthwise over sauce. Pour another cup of sauce evenly over the top of the noodles, then dot evenly with half the ricotta cheese. Sprinkle half the shredded Italian cheese blend over the top.
  • Lay three more uncooked lasagna strips lengthwise over the top. Cover with another cup of sauce. Spoon the diced kielbasa over this, then dot with remaining ricotta cheese. Lay the last three lasagna strips in dish, pour remaining sauce over the top, and sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese.
  • Cover with foil and bake 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake 10 more minutes or until lasagna is hot and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Yield: 12 servings

Nutrition Information: Per serving: 229 calories, 17.5 g protein, 21 g carbohydrate, 8.8 g fat, 4.3 g saturated fat, 41 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 623 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 34%.

Recipes provided by Elaine Magee; © 2009 Elaine Magee

Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, is the "Recipe Doctor" for WebMD and the author of numerous books on nutrition and health. Her opinions and conclusions are her own.

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