Mama Fresina's Lasagna - (Something New)
PREP TIME: 1 1/2 Hours

With a name like Mama Fresina's Lasagna, there's no debate what culture this recipe represents! Italians are known for their great cooking and so many famous Louisiana dishes can be traced back to humble Italian beginnings in bayou country. This reduced fat recipe is perfect for anyone watching their waistline. You won't even have to sacrifice flavor!


  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef
  • 1 pound extra lean ground turkey
  • 1 (8-ounce) package lasagna noodles
  • 2 cups onions, diced
  • 1/4 cup garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsps parsley
  • 2 tsps sweet basil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt substitute
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 3 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce, no salt added
  • 2 (6-ounce) cans tomato paste, no salt added
  • 1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup fat-free cottage cheese
  • 1 cup fat-free Ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups frozen spinach, drained
  • 2 cups low-fat Mozzarella cheese, shredded

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. In lightly salted water, boil lasagna noodles according to package directions. Drain, rinse well to keep from sticking and set aside. In a 5-quart cast iron Dutch oven, brown ground meat and turkey over medium-high heat. Continue to chop and cook meats until they separate, grain for grain. After meats are well browned, approximately 20-30 minutes, add onions and garlic. Sauté 3-5 minutes or until vegetables are wilted. Drain the excess fat. Season with oregano, parsley, basil, garlic powder, salt substitute and pepper. Add tomato sauce and tomato paste. Blend well into the meat mixture and bring to a low simmer. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and adjust seasonings if necessary. Add cottage cheese, Ricotta and spinach to the mixture. Once all is well blended, place a layer of sauce in the bottom of 9" x 13" baking dish. Add one layer of noodles and top with sauce and shredded Mozzarella. Repeat 3 times, leaving approximately 1/2-inch at the top of the dish for overflow. Sprinkle the top layer evenly with Mozzarella cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

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