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Beyond Decadent, Skinny Lasagna Alfredo

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Get ready to thrill your family and friends with this out of this world dish!  No one will ever guess it’s low in calories.  My husband and I love it so much, we ended up eating it 3 days in a row.  That’s why I included it on My Top 10 Skinny Recipes of 2012. I made it skinny by using whole grain lasagna noodles, delicious store bought light Alfredo sauce and reduced-fat cheese.  The skinny for 1 serving, 290 calories, 9.5 grams of fat and 7 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.  Made with regular Alfredo sauce and cheese each serving has 416 calories and 20 grams of fat.  Just serve with a simple Caesar salad.  I’ve included a quick recipe under Serving Tips below.  I hope you love this dish as much as my family and friends do!

Prep Time: 35 minutes
Bake Time: 55 minutes


Ingredients

9 dried whole wheat or whole grain lasagna noodles, see shopping tip

2 (10 ounce) containers Buitoni Light Alfredo Sauce, see shopping tip

3 tablespoons lemon juice

½ teaspoon cracked black pepper

3 cups chopped, cooked chicken breast, see prep tip

1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained

1 cup bottled roasted red sweet peppers, drained and chopped, see shopping tip

½ cup Sargento reduced-fat 4 cheese Italian blend or reduced-fat mozzarella, shredded


Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain; rinse with cold water; drain again. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine both packages of Alfredo sauce, lemon juice and black pepper. Stir in chicken, spinach and red peppers.

2. Lightly coat a 12 or 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish or 3-quart rectangular casserole with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange 3 cooked noodles in bottom of dish. Top with one-third chicken mixture. Repeat layers twice. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.

3. Uncover; sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered for 10 minutes more or until cheese is melted.  Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

4. Cut into 9 slices. This casserole freezes great.

Makes 9 servings (each serving, 1 slice)

Shopping Tips
There are several brands of whole wheat or whole grain lasagna noodles that will work great for this recipe. I used a brand called Eating Right and bought it at Vons/Safeway.

Use Buitoni Light Alfredo Sauce, if possible. It comes in a 10 ounce container and can be found in most supermarkets in the refrigerator section where fresh pasta and sauces are displayed.  If you can’t find it, there are several brands of jarred light Alfredo sauce in the pasta aisle. They come in a larger, 15 ounce jar, so you’ll need to buy 2 and save the extra for another use.

Sargento’s Reduced-fat 4 Cheese Italian Blend is a delicious.  If you can’t find it use any brand of reduced-fat mozzarella cheese.

Jarred roasted red peppers are sold in most supermarkets. They’re packed in water, not oil. I used about ½ jar of Trader Joe’s fire roasted red peppers.


Prep Tip

Trader Joe’s sells wonderful packages of cooked chicken breasts or buy your favorite.  Here’s a quick way to cook chicken instead of using store bought: Season 1 pound raw boneless, skinless chicken breast halves with ¼ teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium. Add chicken and cook, uncovered, 8 to 12 minutes or until no longer pink, turning halfway through cooking. Cool chicken slightly before chopping.


Serving Tip

Serve this lasagna with a simple Caesar salad. Here’s an easy recipe: In a large bowl add 1 bag of romaine lettuce, 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced, ¼ cup chopped scallions and 1½ tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese. Toss with about 3-4 tablespoons Light Caesar Dressing such as Cardini’s Light Caesar Vinaigrette Dressing or Girard’s Light Caesar Dressing. This salad serves 4-5 side salads.

Weight Watchers
(old points) 6
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 7

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (1 slice)
290 calories, 9.5g fat, 24g protein, 26g carbs, 3g fiber, 503mg sodium, 3g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 serving
416 calories, 20g fat, 27g protein, 30g carbs, 2g fiber, 899mg sodium, 3g sugar

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33 Responses to “Beyond Decadent, Skinny Lasagna Alfredo”

  1. Martha Says:

    Wow, this sure looks like a winner. I think it’s going to be one of my personal favorites too. I love the idea of skinny alfredo.

  2. admin Says:

    Martha it’s been my family’s favorite recipe this year! I hope you enjoy it too!

  3. Czzz Says:

    This was absolutely DELICIOUS! I am seriously in love with this recipe, even the kiddies loved it. Thank you!

  4. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for the wonderful feedback Colleen. I’m happy to hear your family love it. It’s such a simple recipe to make and it taste so decadent. I’m planning on making it soon, when my girlfriends come over dinner!

  5. Megan Says:

    This is by far the BEST lasagna I have EVER had! I shared this recipe with my ENTIRE family, and it has quickly become a staple to all of our diets! I usually add in some extra vegetables, that way it’s even more filling and still has the same point value!!! I have added in mushrooms, shaved carrots, zucchini, and squash. All of them were GREAT additions to the recipe! I think that I may leave the chicken out the next time that I make it, and just use vegetables. EVERYONE should make this recipe tonight!!!!

  6. admin Says:

    What wonderful feedback Megan…You made my day!!! Your addition of extra veggies sounds like a great idea. I’m going to try it next time I make it for my family.

  7. Sonya Says:

    I just wanted to say thank you for your recipe, it was absolutely amazing! This recipe was my very first batch of lasagna and it turned out very well. I’ll also be adding more vegetables on my next go, for sure. Thanks again!

  8. admin Says:

    I’m so happy you liked this recipe,Sonya. Congrats on your first time making lasagna!

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  10. admin Says:

    Wow Lindsay, what a wonderful review! I’m thrilled you enjoyed this recipe. It’s one of my favorites, too. Thanks so much for sharing it on your site! All the best, Nancy

  11. Becka Says:

    YUM!!! This was so delicious! For ease I just boiled the chicken and chopped it, came out tender and took on the flavor of the lasagna. Also added mushrooms, onions and garlic, sautéed them in a little bit of EVOO so this may have added a little pointage but really worth it! Everyone enjoyed and we have lunches for the next day!

  12. admin Says:

    Thanks for such great feedback Becka! I’m so happy you enjoy it…

  13. Nyrene Says:

    Hi there, if I freeze the casserole do I bake it as directed then freeze whatever is left over after dinner and once it has cooled? Thanks!

  14. admin Says:

    Yes Nyrene. You would do exactly that! And, I like to freeze in individual portion size containers. It makes such a delicious, quick meal for lunch or dinner. Hope you enjoy this casserole!
    Best wishes,
    Nancy

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  16. admin Says:

    Your menu this week looks super delicious! Thanks for including my Skinny Lasagna Alfredo!
    Best of luck Kathryn,
    Nancy

  17. Chris Says:

    This looks like a really great low fat recipe. I’ll be trying this out tonight. Do you reckon it’ll work well with turkey?

  18. admin Says:

    Thank Chris! Yes turkey will taste just fine. Enjoy!
    With my best wishes,
    Nancy

  19. Lois Christensen Says:

    Looks like the perfect meal that won’t ruin the diet! Thank you for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday. Please add our button or a link back to our blog to your recipe! Join us this week for our Cookie Party!

  20. Jennifer Says:

    Finally linking up with my Friday Flash Blog community. Thanks for linking up and sharing in the fun.

    I’d like to highlight your blog post for this week’s Friday Flash Blog. Please let me know by leaving a comment at http://thejennyevolution.com/2013/04/04/friday-flash-blog-12/

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  21. admin Says:

    Another great week at your site…Thanks Jennifer!

  22. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for hosting such a terrific link party Lois!
    Best wishes,
    Nancy

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  24. admin Says:

    Thanks so much again Lindsay for sharing this recipe on your site. I’m thrilled you loved it and your photo looks great!
    Best of luck to you,
    Nancy

  25. Deb @ Kneaded Creations Says:

    This lasagna looks really good. Love your site! I will visit often! I need it bad! Glad you posted at the Miz Helen’s Full Plate Thursday link party. I’ve pinned, liked, twittered and G+-ed your post. I’d love it if you dropped by for a visit at http://www.kneadedcreations.com . I look forward to seeing you over there! Deb @ Kneaded Creations.

  26. admin Says:

    I’m so glad you found my site. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe around. That’s so nice of you!
    I’ll stop by to visit your site too.
    Best of luck to you,
    Nancy

  27. carolinaheartstrings Says:

    This looks so delicious. I cannot wait to make a big batch! Come and visit us. We are having a wonderful giveaway. A new Delta faucet for your kitchen valued at $700!

  28. admin Says:

    Oh good. I hope you enjoy this casserole!

  29. Miz Helen Says:

    I agree, it is decadent, and we will just love your Skinny Lasagna Alfredo. Thank you so much for taking the time during this busy season to share your wonderful post with Full Plate Thursday. Have a wonderful weekend and hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

  30. admin Says:

    You are so sweet Miz Helen. I love your weekly link party. I’ll see you next week.
    Have a great week,
    nancy

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  32. Julia Says:

    It’s nice to see an Alfredo recipe that is tasty and low in calories. My dad use to make me all of these great Italian recipes when I was living at home. Now that I’ve moved out I have started realizing how unhealthy they can be, so thanks for this option.

  33. admin Says:

    My great pleasure to share these recipes. Have fun!
    All the best,
    Nancy

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