Ww Watch Your Weight Lasagna With Meat Sauce

Recipe by Robin W
READY IN: 1hr 10mins




  • Cook the lasagna noodles according to package directions.
  • Drain, rinse with cold water and set aside.
  • Toast and grind the fennel seeds by placing them in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat.
  • Cook, shaking the pan and stirring constantly until lightly browned and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Watch them carefully- they will burn quickly!
  • Remove from pan and grind to a powder.
  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the oil, then add the beef, onion, bell pepper and zucchini.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until the beef browns.
  • Stir in the marinara sauce and fennel, bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until slightly thickened and the flavors blend, about 10 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Spread one-fourth of the meat sauce in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
  • Top with 3 of the noodles; spread with 1/2 cup of ricotta.
  • Repeat the layering twice, ending with the meat sauce.
  • Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and sprinkle with the mozzarella and Romano.
  • Bake until heated through and cheeses are lightly browned, abut 20 minutes longer.
  • Let stand about 10 minutes before serving.