Bacon Lasagne Light

Bacon Lasagne Light

Bacon Lasagne Light  I love lasagne. Who’s with me? To tell the truth, I love most food. Lasagne has to be up there though. And what savory dish isn’t improved by adding bacon? So here’s my low-fat, veggie-heavy, but-still-tastes-indulgent recipe #1.

Bacon Lasagne Light

The key ingredients.  The second time I made this, I used fresh lasagne sheets, and it tasted better.

Bacon Lasagne Light

Trim all the fat off 150g short-cut bacon. This is actually an Aldi product called “Budget Bacon” where you get a kilo for five bucks. It’s a lot less than a kilo after you trim all the fat off, but I think it’s still a good deal.  Dice up that bacon like you mean it.

Bacon Lasagne Light

Trim all the fat off 150g short-cut bacon. This is actually an Aldi product called “Budget Bacon” where you get a kilo for five bucks. It’s a lot less than a kilo after you trim all the fat off, but I think it’s still a good deal.  Dice up that bacon like you mean it.

Bacon Lasagne Light

Then dice your other veggies. I used celery, carrot, capsicum and eggplant. I dice them all up pretty small, because I like them that way, and my kids have a harder time identifying them. Mushrooms would also be really good. Essential, even, but I didn’t have any, and the result was still delicious.

Bacon Lasagne Light

Spray your pan lightly with oil of some sort – currently I have avocado oil because it was on sale at Aldi (Americans, Aldi is like a ghetto version of Trader Joe’s. Not as good, but they have a lot of cheaper alternatives compared to your conventional grocery store. Pretty much everything about me is a little ghetto though – even my countertops, and my Christmas stocking when I was a little girl) – and then saute the onions, garlic, and bacon, and capsicum if you like doing that. I did.Bacon Lasagne Light

Then throw in the rest of your veggies, and saute them for a few minutes. If I had mushrooms, I would wait until the rest of the veggies are softened before putting them in last. Add salt and pepper!

Bacon Lasagne Light

It’s looking good at this point. You could even stop here and just have this for dinner. Or put some of this in an omelet. Or serve it on steamed brown rice, or quinoa, or mix it with couscous. Or, keep reading.Bacon Lasagne Light

Then add a can of diced tomatoes. Of course fresh diced tomatoes would be better, if you had a whole heap of them. But you would need at least a kilo, which would cost at least $3, and you would have to scrape the seeds out, otherwise it would be too wet. A can of diced tomatoes costs 85c, and all of the work is done. How do they do that? Child labor?

Bacon Lasagne Light

Then add a 250g jar of pasta sauce. Stir it all up and let it simmer for maybe 10 minutes.

Bacon Lasagne Light

Meanwhile, mix up some extra light ricotta cheese and some light cottage cheese with 2 eggs and lots of salt and pepper. Or just pepper, if you’re into the whole low-sodium thing. I love salt. But I also sweat a lot, so I think it balances out. I used 250g ricotta (about a cup) and 125g ( about half a cup) cottage cheese. But varying these amounts won’t make a ton of difference.  Next time I think I would use a cup of each. It makes it super cheesy and creamy, without that heavy fatty feeling (and calorie count) of regular lasagne.

Bacon Lasagne Light

Time to start construction.  Spread some of the red sauce in the bottom of your lasagne pan.

Bacon Lasagne Light

Then lay your lasagne sheets in there, and spread some ricotta mixture on top. Sprinkle with grated light mozzarella cheese. I measured out 100g of grated light mozzarella for the entire recipe, and then split that into three parts for the three layers, so this is about 33g

Bacon Lasagne Light

Then whack some more red sauce on top of the mozzarella, and do two more layers like this, ending with red sauce. (Have you caught sight of my really cool coloured bowls? My sister Aimee gave them to me and they make me want to cook more.)

Bacon Lasagne Light

Oh! The Grana Padano. Yes, you can use regular old Parmesan instead. Grana Padano is way better though. Grate about 50g of it, and sprinkle it all over the top

Bacon Lasagne Light

Like this. Then bake for about 30 minutes at 180C.

Bacon Lasagne Light

Bacon Lasagne Light is a superb flavor for dinner. you should not miss this recipe even if it is a bit of a challenge.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword lasagna, lasagne
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 400 kcal

Ingredients

  • 150 gr short-cut bacon, trimmed
  • various vegetables (the more the merrier)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 250 gr jar pasta sauce
  • 250 gr fresh lasagne sheets
  • 250 gr extra light ricotta
  • 125 gr light cottage cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 grated light mozzarella
  • 50 gr grated Grana Padano

Instructions

  1. Saute bacon, onion, garlic and capsicum for two minutes.

  2. Add remaining veggies & saute for 3 minutes.

  3. Add canned diced tomatoes & pasta sauce; simmer for about 10 minutes.

  4. Mix ricotta, cottage cheese, and eggs with salt and pepper.

  5. Layer red sauce, lasagne sheets, ricotta mixture, and mozzarella cheese three times, ending with another layer of red sauce. Sprinkle with Grana Padano

  6. Bake in a moderate oven for 30-40 minutes. Serve with a fresh green salad.

 

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