Recipe of the Week: Low-Calorie Beef Lasagna

Lasagna’s roots go back to the days of ancient Greece, and thanks to the Romans, it has remained one of the most celebrated Italian dishes for centuries.

This recipe, which is from my cookbook, The Shredded Chef, was pieced together from many others I’ve tried and liked. I think it’s the perfect balance of sauce, beef, and cheesiness, without a obscene amount of calories. Enjoy!




Calories Per Serving


Protein Per Serving

24 grams

Carbohydrates Per Serving

34 grams

Fat Per Serving

4 grams



6 no-boil lasagna noodles

1/2 pound extra-lean ground round

1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 small yellow onion, chopped

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

pinch of ground black pepper

2 cups low-sodium tomato sauce

1 cup fat-free ricotta cheese

1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, grated

1 zucchini, thinly sliced



Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef, onion, oregano, and pepper. Stir while breaking apart the beef, for about 6 – 8 minutes, or until the beef is fully cooked. Stir in the tomato sauce and bring to a boil, then remove from the heat.

In a bowl, mix the ricotta and Parmesan.

Now, to build the lasagna, take a 9 x 5 inch baking dish and begin by layering 1/2 cup of the sauce, 2 of the noodles, 1/2 cup of the cheese mix, another 1/2 cup of the sauce, and 1/2 of the zucchini. Add the next 2 noodles and repeat 1/2 cup of cheese, 1/2 cup of sauce, and 1/2 of the zucchini. Finish by topping the zucchini with the remaining 1/2 cup of sauce and 2 noodles.

Cover the dish with foil and bake in the oven for 30 minutes

What You Get to Eat

beef lasagna 1

What did you think of this week’s recipe? Let me know in the comments below!

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