Skinny Lasagna`Ole


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This fantastic Mexican layered casserole is both hearty and healthy!  It’s loaded with lean protein from the chicken, reduced-fat cottage cheese and fat free re-fried beans.  It’s perfect for those sensitive to wheat since I’m using corn tortillas instead of lasagna noodles. Each serving has 209 calories, 6 grams of fat and 6 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.  Serve with a vegetable or simple salad and you’re good to go.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Bake Time: 45 minutes


1½ cup reduced-fat cottage cheese

1 cup cooked white meat chicken, chopped

⅓ cup fresh or frozen corn, thawed

¼ cup (½ can) Ortega diced green chilies

⅔ cup pasta or marinara sauce (from a jar) such as Classico or Prego

6 corn tortillas, cut each into four pieces

1 (8oz) can fat-free re-fried beans

⅔ cup salsa (I like Pace Medium Chunky Salsa)

¼ cup reduced-fat cheddar cheese


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat a 9” square pan with cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, combine cottage cheese, chicken, corn and green chilies.

3. Spread pasta sauce on bottom of  pan.

4. Arrange 2 tortillas (8 pieces) on top of pasta sauce

5. Remove the beans from can, place in a small bowl and soften in the microwave for easy spreading.  Spread the re-fried beans evenly on the tortillas.

6. Arrange 2 more tortillas (8 pieces) over beans.

7. Spread cheese mixture evenly over the tortillas.

8. Cover pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes.

9. Remove from oven and place the last cut tortillas on top of casserole.

10. Spread the salsa evenly over tortillas.  Sprinkle cheddar cheese evenly on top.

11. Cover casserole and bake 15 minutes longer.  Cool slightly and cut into 6 slices.

Makes 6 servings (each serving, 1 slice)

Food Fact

Re-fried beans consist of cooked and mashed pinto or kidney beans that have been seasoned with garlic, salt and pepper.  Some re-fried beans are fried in lard but fat-free refried beans are not.

Healthy Benefit
Fat-free re-fried beans are a fairly decent source of lean protein and carbohydrates. They’re high in fiber and folate.

Reduced-fat cottage cheese is low in fat, calories and cholesterol.  It’s a very good source of vitamins B12 and calcium.

Storage Tip

This casserole will last for several days in the refrigerator and freezes great. Cut leftovers into single servings, wrap in plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag.  It will keep for several months in the freezer.


Weight Watchers SmartPoints 6
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
Weight Watchers
(old points) 4

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 slice (⅙ of recipe)
209 calories, 6g fat, 2g sat. fat, 26mg sod, 18g protein, 27g carbs, 5g fiber, 770mg sodium, 5g sugar

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60 Responses to “Skinny Lasagna`Ole”

  1. admin Says:

    I hope you enjoy it Michelle!

  2. admin Says:

    You can enjoy every bite guilt-free Rena!

  3. admin Says:

    Yes in deed Susan. Enjoy!

  4. Haralee Says:

    I like it. I like that it freezes well and that you use white chicken meat. I do not care for ground chicken!

  5. admin Says:

    Thanks Haralee.
    My best,

  6. Doreen McGettigan Says:

    This looks delicious! I have been looking for some filling low calorie meals. Thank you for sharing!

  7. admin Says:

    My pleasure Doreen. I hope you enjoy it!
    Leftovers freeze great too.
    My best,

  8. Barb Says:

    My husband will not eat salsa. Could I use taco sauce as a substitute?

  9. admin Says:

    Barb, I not sure what you mean by taco sauce. If your talking about a hot sauce, that would not work. It would be way too hot.
    You might be able to try an enchilada sauce instead of salsa. I haven’t tried it that way but I’m thinking it might work.
    Best of luck,

  10. Barb Says:

    Nancy, I will try enchilada sauce and let you know how it turns out.

  11. admin Says:

    Can’t wait to hear if this sauce works.
    Thanks Barb!

  12. Carole Says:

    I just n
    Made this for the first time tonight and I have to say, it’s not a family favorite. The marinara sauce was just weird!

  13. admin Says:

    Oh no…I’m so sorry you didn’t enjoy this recipe Carole. Maybe you were expecting it to taste more Italian. It actually is a Mexican style lasagna.
    Hopefully you will give another one of my recipes a try.
    All the best,

  14. megan Says:

    How many servings does this make?

  15. admin Says:

    Megan, this recipes makes 6 servings.
    My best,

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