Beef Lentil and Squash Lasagna

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Makes: 12


  1. 8 oz (250 g) extra lean ground beef
  2. 1 jar (650 mL) prepared tomato sauce
  3. 1 can (540 mL) lentils, drained and rinsed
  4. 3 cups (750 mL) finely diced butternut squash
  5. 2 cups (500 mL) finely diced zucchini
  6. 1 pkg (142 g) baby spinach
  7. 12 whole wheat lasagna noodles, cooked according to package directions
  8. 1 tub (500 g) Compliments Balance 1% Cottage Cheese
  9. 1 bag (320 g) Compliments Balance Shredded Part Skim Mozzarella


  1. Preheat oven to 400F (200C). Heat large saucepan over medium heat. Crumble ground beef into saucepan and sprinkle 2 tbsp (30 mL) water over top. Cook, stirring, 5 min. or until meat is browned. Stir in tomato sauce, 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) water, lentils, butternut squash and zucchini. Bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, 20 to 25 min. until vegetables are tender. Stir in spinach and cook 2 min. until it is wilted.
  2. Spread 1 cup (250 mL) tomato sauce mixture in bottom of greased 9 x 13-in. (3 L) baking dish. Place 3 lasagna noodles side-by-side on the sauce. Spread 1/4 of remaining tomato sauce mixture, 1/3 of cottage cheese, and 1/4 of mozzarella on top of noodles. Repeat noodle and sauce layers twice more. Finish with remaining 3 noodles, sauce mixture and mozzarella. 
  3. Cover with foil and cook in preheated oven 15 min. Remove foil and cook an additional 15 min. or until cheese is bubbling, then broil on high 2 to 3 min. until top is golden brown. Rest 10 min. before serving.

Tip: Trim calories with a lasagna that replaces half of the beef with lentils and is layered with reduced-fat cheeses. Compliments Balance 1% Cottage Cheese and Compliments Balance Shredded Part Skim Mozzarella make each bite taste rich and delicious. Lentils and veggies add fibre and fresh garden flavours to each forkful. 

AFTER (per serving)

290 calories