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 239 calories, 3 grams of fat and 6 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.  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
(old points) 4
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 slice (⅙ of recipe)
239 calories, 3g fat, 27g protein, 31g carbs, 4g fiber, 630mg sodium, 4g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 serving made with full fat ingredients
763 calories, 33g fat, 50g protein, 67g carbs, 1488mg sodium, 7g sugar

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58 Responses to “Skinny Lasagna`Ole”

  1. Anna's Table Says:

    Nice take on the traditional lasagna dish with the Mexican twist. You could have fooled me with this low fat lasagna. It looks so satisfying and delicious.

  2. Terri McVay Says:

    Oh….my….gosh!! DELICIOUS!! Loved this! I’m going to add a few jalapeños next time I make this! So glad I found this website!!

  3. admin Says:

    I’m so glad you found my site too Terri!

  4. Madison M. Says:

    I made these for dinner tonight and it was delicious! It was a little runnier than the picture looked. I don’t really know why? Regardless, it was delicious and I had seconds :)

  5. admin Says:

    Madison, thanks for the feedback. I’m so happy you like the taste. In general, I find that a casserole is best when refrigerated overnight so it has time to firm up. I really should have mentioned that. You’ll see when you heat up the leftovers. Enjoy!

  6. Adelina Priddis Says:

    Looks like a great lasagna! I like the addition of the corn. Not something I usually put in my lasagna’s. Thanks for linking to foodie friday

  7. admin Says:

    Thanks Adelina! Also thanks for hosting…

  8. Diane Balch Says:

    Usually this kinda of dish is too heavy for me… but you have really lightened up. Thanks for sharing this on foodie friday.

  9. admin Says:

    My great pleasure Diane. Thanks for hosting another great party!

  10. Jenn Says:

    Oh man – I love each and every one of those ingredients. I am so making this and I love that it is a “skinny” version!

  11. admin Says:

    Thanks Jenn…I hope you enjoy it!

  12. The Better Baker Says:

    I can’t wait to make this! I love everything in it and know it will be fantastic. So glad you shared!

  13. admin Says:

    Thanks Marsha…Enjoy and thanks as always for hosting!

  14. Rebecca Yuen Says:

    This is so yummy! And even my hubby devours anything I make from this site. Thank you so much for posting recipes that remind me that changing my lifestyle doesn’t have to be boring and flavorless. You’re a Godsend.

  15. admin Says:

    What a nice note Rebecca! Sounds like you’ve been busy cooking. I’m so happy you and your husband are enjoying my recipes!
    Wishing you all the best,

  16. Meghan Says:

    This dish turned out perfect and was absolutely delicious! My hubby and 2 young kids loved it, which sometimes is a difficult task to accomplish in our house. I ended up making two dishes and froze one to use later. Any suggestions on how to cook it after freezing (oven temp, time)?

  17. admin Says:

    I’m so happy to hear the whole family enjoyed this recipe Meghan! It sure makes the dinner nice when everybody does…
    I’ve never frozen this casserole unbaked. I usually bake it first, refrigerate and then freeze. So, I’m not sure how it will turn out.
    That said, I’m thinking you should take it out of the freezer the day before and let defrost in the fridge.
    Once defrosted, bake as directed on my recipe.

    Meghan, I loved to hear how it turned out!
    All the best,

  18. Pam @ Housewives of Frederick County Says:

    Thank you so much for this website! I’m looking for good WW recipes. This one looks dee-lish!

  19. admin Says:

    Welcome Pam…I’m so happy you found my site.
    With best wishes,

  20. Skinny Lasagna Ole - 6 Weight Watchers Points Plus Value - Housewives of Frederick County Says:

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  21. admin Says:

    Wow Pam…You sure made me and my recipe sounds great!!! Thanks you so much for the kind words about my site. You did a great job with my Skinny Lasagne Ole!
    Have fun skinny cooking.
    With my very best wishes,

  22. Miz Helen Says:

    This is a great Lasagna and so full of our favorite flavors. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  23. admin Says:

    You’re the best Miz Helen. I love sharing each week at your link party!
    See you next time,

  24. Ami Says:

    Would ground turkey work instead of the chicken?

  25. admin Says:

    Ami, it sure would. Just make sure to first brown it until completely cooked before adding to the recipe. Then bake the casserole.
    Best of luck,


    Thanks for including the Weight watchers points! I am doing Simple Start but this should help in a week!

  27. admin Says:

    My pleasure Shelley.
    Best of luck to you,

  28. pia Says:

    Thanks! It looks incredible and when I make it (soon) I will let it sit overnight!

  29. admin Says:

    Thanks Pia…Enjoy!

  30. kazi Says:

    The lasagna looks so great . Which one do you prefer using ? Turkey or chicken ?

  31. admin Says:

    Kazi, I like to make it using chicken.

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  33. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for the invite Elin! I just submitted Skinny Kitchen.
    My best,

  34. Kelsey Says:

    I am making this for dinner tonight! I can’t wait to try it!!!! I prepared it in the casserole dish so all I have to do is pop it in the oven when I get home from work. I added some chopped onion and rotel to the shredded chicken mixture as well. I do have one question…Could I use salsa as the base in the dish instead of marinara sauce? Since not that much is used, it seems easier to just use more salsa on the bottom instead of buying a whole jar of marinara. Thanks for this recipe!! :)

  35. admin Says:

    You sure could Kelsey. The salsa will make this dish taste a bit spicier but should still taste great. Enjoy!

  36. pauline Says:

    How many servings in this recipe?

  37. admin Says:

    Pauline, This recipe makes 6 servings (each serving, 1 slice)

  38. Tara Says:

    Love a Mexican lasagna and yours looks great! YUM!

  39. Susan Williams Says:

    Amazing! All that yummy, and only 239 calories a serving!

  40. admin Says:

    Yes in deed Susan. Enjoy!

  41. Rena McDaniel Says:

    I can’t believe that this is considered “skinny” it looks to delicious! I can’t wait to try this one out.

  42. admin Says:

    You can enjoy every bite guilt-free Rena!

  43. michelle Says:

    I can’t WAIT to try this one!!!

  44. admin Says:

    I hope you enjoy it Michelle!

  45. Linda (Meal Planning Maven) Says:

    I am in love with this dish Nancy! I especially love the addition of the Mexican twist on traditional lasagna. Yummy!

  46. admin Says:

    Thanks linda. It’s easy to make and freezes great too!

  47. Nettie Moore Says:

    Oh I can’t wait to make this lasagna! Looks fantastic! Nettie

  48. admin Says:

    Thanks Nettie. Enjoy!

  49. 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!

  50. admin Says:

    Thanks Haralee.
    My best,

  51. Doreen McGettigan Says:

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

  52. admin Says:

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

  53. Barb Says:

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

  54. 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,

  55. Barb Says:

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

  56. admin Says:

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

  57. 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!

  58. 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,

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