Lasagna Casserole (healthier version!)

Teresa Jacobson


This is quick, easy and "lighter" than other versions. My husband has freakishly high cholesterol so I'm always looking for ways to eat better. The great thing is you'll never miss those extra calories because this tastes SO good!
Fresh ground flaxseed is helpful in lowering cholesterol. The key to flax is to grind it as you need it because it loses its cholesterol lowering properties as it ages and whole flaxseed can pass through your system without ever being useful. You can always omit the ground flaxseed if you like. It won't change the taste!


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40 Min
1 Hr


  • 1 lb
    ground turkey or 12 oz pkg of meatless crumbles (i use boca brand)
  • 1/4 c
    chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt-free seasoning (like mrs. dash)
  • 13 1/4 oz
    box whole wheat rotini
  • 2 c
    fat-free mozzarella, shredded
  • 24 oz
    cottage cheese, lowfat
  • 2
    egg whites
  • 1/3 c
    parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 Tbsp
    dried parsley flakes
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh ground flaxseed (optional)
  • 26 oz
    low-sodium spaghetti sauce

How to Make Lasagna Casserole (healthier version!)


  1. Brown ground turkey and onion with a little bit of water in a skillet; add salt-free seasoning. When browned, drain and set aside. (If using meatless crumbles, heat per package directions and add onion.)
  2. Prepare rotini according to package direction but omit salt and oil. Drain well; pour into large bowl.
  3. To rotini add 1 c. mozzarella, cottage cheese, egg whites, parmesan, parsley flakes, and flaxseed. Mix well. Pour into a greased 13 x 9 baking dish.
  4. Pour browned turkey on top of rotini mixture, do not stir. Top w/ jar of spaghetti sauce, do not stir. Dish will be full. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
  5. Remove foil; add remaining cup of mozzarella. Return to oven and bake, uncovered, an additional 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
  6. Nutritional Info: per serving with meatless crumbles
    Calories: 398
    Total Fat: 9.2 g / Sat fat: 5.2g
    Cholesterol: 24mg
    Sodium: 800mg
    Total Carbs: 42.7g / Dietary fiber: 7g / Sugars: 2.2g
    Protein: 37.1g

    With ground turkey:
    Calories: 527
    Total fat: 17.3g / Sat fat: 17.1g
    Cholesterol: 82mg
    Sodium: 908mg
    Total carbs: 47.2g / Dietary fiber: 6.8g / Sugars: 9.2g
    Protein: 44.3g

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About Lasagna Casserole (healthier version!)

Course/Dish: Turkey Pasta Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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