Healthier World's Best Lasagna


This truly is the World's Best Lasagna! I love this recipe but I am always looking for ways to take out the fat when I cook. I substituted lean ground turkey and turkey sausage for the meat. I also used lite mozzarella and cut out the egg and salt.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 15 mins
12 servings


  • 1 pound turkey sausage

  • ¾ pound lean ground turkey

  • ½ cup minced onion

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste

  • 2 (6.5 ounce) cans canned tomato sauce

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried basil leaves

  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 12 lasagna noodles

  • 16 ounces ricotta cheese

  • ¾ pound low fat mozzarella cheese, sliced

  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Heat a Dutch oven or large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir turkey sausage, ground turkey, onion, and garlic until well browned, about 15 minutes. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer, uncovered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain.

  4. Spread 1 1/2 cups turkey sauce in bottom of 9x13 baking dish. Arrange 6 noodles lengthwise over sauce. Spread half the ricotta over noodles. Top with a third of the mozzarella cheese slices. Spoon 1 1/2 cups turkey sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover with aluminum foil; make sure foil does not touch cheese to prevent sticking.

  5. Bake in preheated oven until sauce is hot and cheese is melted, about 25 minutes more. Remove foil and bake until cheese is golden brown, about 25 minutes. Cool 15 minutes before serving.

Editor's Note:

If you want to save time, you can skip cooking the noodles first. Put the dry noodles in and after the 25 minutes of covered cooking, add about 1 cup water to the lasagna and the noodles will be perfect.

This recipe is a healthier version of World's Best Lasagna.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

390 Calories
15g Fat
33g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 390
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 20%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 1129mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 16mg 80%
Calcium 623mg 48%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 865mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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