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Lightened Up Lasagna

This Italian classic just got a makeover.  For an easy low-carb option, try this lightened up lasagna recipe.  It doesn't take away any of the taste of traditional lasagna flavors, but it's without all the calories and guilt.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: lasagna low carb, lasagna with zucchini, Lightened Up Lasagna, low carb lasagna, zucchini lasagna
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 264kcal
Author: Dash of Herbs


  • olive oil spray
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3 large zucchini sliced thin
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 oz part-skim Ricotta cheese
  • 5 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese grated
  • Make-Ahead Marinara Sauce
  • 8 oz part skim Mozzarella shredded


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil spray to medium heat.  Add the onion, garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes and meat.  Cook until the onion is translucent and the meat is cooked through, about 10 minutes.  Finally, add the sauce to the meat mixture.
  •  In a small bowl, combine the Ricotta cheese and the Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Using a large Pyrex 9x13 baking dish, spoon a small amount of sauce to cover the bottom.  Add a layer of zucchini.  Add another layer of the sauce (1/3), then half of the Ricotta cheese mixture.  
  • Sprinkle half of the meat on top of the Ricotta cheese mixture. Place another layer of zucchini. Add another third of the sauce, and half of the Ricotta cheese mixture.
  • Sprinkle the rest of the meat.  Finish with the last of the sauce. Sprinkle the Mozzarella cheese on top.  Bake for about 30 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the zucchini looks cooked through.


I used a mandolin to slice my zucchini thin.  I recommend like this one (affiliate link).
Nutrition Facts
Lightened Up Lasagna
Amount Per Serving
Calories 264 Calories from Fat 146
% Daily Value*
Fat 16.2g25%
Saturated Fat 8.9g56%
Cholesterol 75.5mg25%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 0.4g2%
Sugar 1.2g1%
Protein 24.9g50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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