Zucchini Eggplant Lasagna
An Italian classic that has become a staple in many American kitchens, lasagna is a wonderfully versatile go-to dish. It can fit the bill for a simple weeknight dinner, or be the perfect addition to a spread for entertaining. Lasagna’s varieties suit an array of taste buds and preferences, from strict vegetarians to the most carnivorous meat lovers. Many of these recipes can be made ahead of time and frozen, or prepared in the slow cooker. Click through the gallery below to see some of our favorite healthy lasagna recipes.
First on our list, this zucchini eggplant lasagna makes use of fresh summer produce in a filling meatless entrée.
Lasagna with Grape Tomatoes and Broccoli Rabe
"Fresh" is a word not often associated with lasagna, yet that's exactly the sensation this one offers. Sweet-as-candy grape tomatoes burst and release their moisture and flavor, while earthy-bitter broccoli rabe and milder Broccolini balance the taste.
Vegetable Lasagna with Butternut Béchamel
For a lighter take on this classic, we substitute hearty butternut squash for butter, which becomes velvety and creamy when blended with garlic and milk. Our saucy lasagna packs more than 2 cups of vegetables into each slice, is overflowing with melty cheese, and has half the calories of the original.
Chicken, Spinach, and Mushroom Lasagna
Chicken thighs poach until tender in stock, which becomes the base for a creamy béchamel sauce. No-boil noodles absorb more liquid during baking for a sturdy slice after freezing and reheating.
Slow Cooker Sausage and Squash Lasagna
We were surprised and delighted by how well lasagna cooks up in the slow cooker. Be sure to use traditional noodles, and place them in the cooker uncooked. We tried the recipe with specially formulated no-bake noodles, and they didn't work as well.
Classic Lasagna with Meat Sauce
We stick to part-skim mozzarella for our lasagna and add just a touch of Parm-Regg to the top so its salty flavor is prominent. In the filling, we use fat-free ricotta but stir in a bit of melted butter to enrich it—it tastes great and still has less fat and sat fat than part-skim ricotta.
Creamy Artichoke and Asparagus Lasagna
Lemon rind brightens the sauce, making for a more delicate lasagna. To save on salt, use frozen artichokes, which contain a quarter of the sodium of the canned variety that are usually packed in brine.
Ricotta, parmesan, and mozzarella combine to give this lasagna an irresistible gooey factor. Store-bought tomato sauce offers convenience and is perked up with a little fresh basil, garlic, and ground red pepper.
Classic Light Bolognese Lasagna
We played it straight with this lasagna standard, which retains all of its meaty, cheesy, saucy goodness but has less than half the calories.
Individual White Lasagnas
Ramekins help keep these cheesy, decadent layers in portion-perfect shape.
Baked Vegetable Lasagna
Don't press out extra water from the tofu for this recipe; that way, the cheesy layer will remain moist and creamy.
Gruyère-spiked Béchamel drapes over the noodles and squash to give this dish velvety richness. Hearty, earthy kale perfectly balances the sweet squash. Crunchy toasted pecans on top? Yes, please!
Easy Ravioli Lasagna
Okay, this won't win any beauty contests. But we guarantee your family will go nuts for it. With ricotta cheese and spinach already tucked inside each ravioli, this is a shortcut way to a well-rounded lasagna.
Kale and Mushroom Lasagna
A small amount of pancetta adds richness and depth to the mushroom mixture; feel free to omit it—and swap in vegetable stock for beef—for a vegetarian version.
Lasagna with Zucchini
Your family will love this light comfort meal—and you'll love that it's a great use for all that summer squash and zucchini. This cheesy veggie lasagna so good that they won't miss the traditional dish.
Truffled Wild Mushroom Lasagna
You don't have to spend a lot on truffle oil; look for small 2- or 3-ounce bottles, which are less likely to go bad before you use up the oil.
Creamy Spinach Lasagna
The mild flavor and creamy texture of this spinach lasagna will appeal to kids and adults alike. You may want to reduce or increase the pepper amounts according to your family's preferences.
Grilled Vegetable Lasagna
Grilling the vegetables deepens their flavors, which makes for a delicious vegetarian entrée. To speed preparation, use no-boil lasagna noodles; the baking time remains the same.
Rich porcini broth and nutty Parmigiano-Reggiano add deep umami taste to this vegetarian lasagna. Plain white button mushrooms will work in place of cremini. Serve with a simple green salad for a satisfying meal.
This polenta lasagna is a great way to work extra vegetables into a weeknight meal, as it calls for chopped zucchini, mushrooms, onion, and red bell pepper.
To shorten prep time, skin, bone, and shred rotisserie chicken; add to sauce.
Butternut Squash, Carmelized Onion, and Spinach Lasagna
This layered pasta dish is a great way to add both color and vegetable servings to your dinner plate.
Lasagna Rolls with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
These rolls require some assembly time, but are a nice change of pace from layered pasta. Use baby spinach to eliminate the task of trimming stems.
Mushroom Lasagna with Creamy Béchamel
Lots of porcini, shiitake, and cremini mushrooms are smothered in a creamy sauce for this tasty entrée. The white sauce, or béchamel, for the lasagna is thinner than traditional ones. It will just coat the back of a wooden spoon, but it thickens and soaks into the noodles as the lasagna bakes.
This vegetable lasagna is perfect for making ahead and can easily transport to a potluck or the freezer.
Parmesan and Root Vegetable Lasagna
Butternut squash, sweet potato and onion blend together with parmesan and mozzarella cheeses for a flavorful vegetarian lasagna. When selecting a wine to serve at this meal, keep in mind that root vegetables pair well with earthy varieties such as tempranillo, pinot noir and sangiovese.
Semolina Lasagna with Spicy Amatriciana
Named for the town from which it hails (Amatrice in central Italy), this sauce typically combines pancetta with tomatoes. Imported San Marzano tomatoes were used to test this recipe. Use cured bacon to allow the tomatoes and heat to star, or add a smoky note with smoked bacon. It's best to cook pasta sheets one at a time. Then build the individual lasagna portions, and bake them all together. Don't worry if the pasta tears as you build each dish—just patch it together and continue assembling.
Butternut Squash Lasagna
Sweet squash contrasts beautifully with Smoky Marinara in this butternut squash lasagna. You can make the marinara in advance, and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
Rachel's Special Lasagna
You can make this dish ahead—just cover and refrigerate or freeze after you've spread the final layer of marinara sauce. Serve with a salad and breadsticks to round out the meal.
Grilled Summer Vegetable Lasagna
This recipe has a number of components, but all can be made ahead, particularly the tomato purée and the white sauce. You can substitute 3 (8-ounce) cans of tomato purée for the homemade tomato purée. You can also use a grill pan to prepare the vegetables indoors.
Tex Mex Lasagna
Use different salsa to vary the flavor for this meatless lasagna. Make it smoky with chipotle salsa, or spice it up with the hot stuff.
Pesto Lasagna with Spinach and Mushrooms
Since this lasagna is prepared in the slow cooker, it’s a great weeknight dinner option that can be assembled ahead of time, cooked throughout the day, and then served in the evening. No-boil lasagna noodles are perfect for this recipe, as they absorb all the juices that accumulate in the crockpot. Use 2 (10-ounce) packages of frozen chopped spinach in place of fresh, if you prefer. Also, any mushroom will work.
You can always splurge on fresh crabmeat, but we tested this dish with canned Chicken of the Sea lump crabmeat and liked the results. Shrimp shells render a quick stock to flavor the sauce. We used oven-ready lasagna noodles to save time.
Greek Lamb and Feta Lasagna
You don't think of lamb when you think of lasagna, but that's one of the reasons you'll love this dish. The meat plays exceptionally well with rosemary and feta.
Turkey Sausage and Spinach Lasagna
Spicy sausage gives this dish some kick, though you can also go with mild. Three cheeses—ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan—make it wonderfully indulgent.