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A light yogurt lasagna with lean ground beef and Greek yogurt, yet nobody will notice that they are not eating the original.

 

Greek Yogurt Lasagna

light lasagna with yogurt

 

This healthy Greek yogurt lasagna is a twist on the traditional bolognese. Just as much taste, but fewer calories due to the yogurt sauce used instead of the Bechamel sauce. And honestly, nobody ever noticed the difference!

I’ve been making the traditional bolognese lasagna for years. It tastes great, everybody loves it! The only thing about it is that I mostly ate it with a bad conscience. I mean ground meat, noodles, and bechamel sauce all in one pot.

 

casserole dish with yogurt lasagna bolognese

 

A few weeks ago, my son and my cousin who was visiting us, wanted me to make lasagna again. I meant to cook the classic lasagna bolognese, but incidentally, I had found this recipe for a healthier version just a day or two before on Chefkoch.de.

It had such good reviews that I decided to give it a try and I am so glad I did. It was absolutely great. Nobody noticed anything was different, they all said I make the best lasagna ever and that settled everything.

We do love any kind of lasagna and I have quite a few lasagna recipes on the blog to prove it!

Why not try some of our favorite healthy lasagna recipes, like the vegetable lasagna with white sauce (yes, this time a real white sauce), another vegetarian lasagna with butternut squash and lentils or try a low-carb zucchini lasagna with no noodles?

 

light lasagna bolognese sliced on a plate

 

Ingredients

To begin with, you will need the typical ingredients needed for a bolognese dish: ground beef, tomatoes, dried herbs, and lasagna sheets. Then, untypically, you will need some low-fat Greek yogurt to make the sauce.

Ground beef:

  • Lean ground beef, which has a maximum of 17% fat.
  • However, if you don’t care about that, using regular ground beef is fine.

Noodles:

Yogurt:

  • Low-fat yogurt, the creamy kind like Greek yogurt, which has 1.8 % fat.

Cheese:

  • I am usually not into low-fat cheese, I rarely buy it, but for this healthy yogurt lasagna, I use a low-fat Gouda cheese, about 12% fat.
  • Cheddar cheese can be used instead.
  • Or any other kind of cheese you like to use for lasagna.
  • Again, low-fat is not mandatory, only if you are watching the calories, otherwise use whatever you like.

 

beef, cheese, carrots, sauce for lasagna

 

How to make?

Meat sauce:

  • A typical bolognese sauce needs a couple of hours of cooking time. I do that from time to time, but not in the case of this yogurt lasagna.
  • After browning the meat and the vegetables, the meat sauce will only need about 5 minutes simmering on the stove.
  • Heat the oil and saute the chopped onion, then add garlic and grated carrot.
  • Add the ground beef and brown it, breaking the clumps with a wooden spoon while the meat cooks.
  • Stir in the tomato paste for 1 minute, then add the canned tomatoes, dried oregano, sweet paprika powder, some salt, and pepper.
  • Simmer for 5 minutes and adjust the taste again.

 

frying vegetables, ground meat and making bolognese sauce

 

Yogurt sauce:

  • Not only that substituting the white sauce with yogurt makes the lasagna lighter and healthier, but the substitution also makes cooking quicker and easier.
  • Instead of stirring a white sauce, taking care that it doesn’t get clumpy, and then letting it cook for a while, you just have to stir the yogurt with some hot stock and ¾ cup of the grated cheese. It doesn’t get any easier.

 

yogurt sauce for light lasagna

 

How to assemble?

You will need a rectangular casserole dish of about 30×20 cm/12×8 inches.

  • Step 1: 2-3 tablespoons of the meat sauce, just enough sauce to thinly cover the bottom of the dish.
  • Step 2: Lasagna sheets
  • Step 3: 1/3 of the meat sauce
  • Step 4: 1/3 of the yogurt sauce.
  • Repeat steps 2 + 3 + 4 : lasagna sheets + 1/3 meat sauce + 1/3 yogurt sauce.
  • Repeat steps 2 + 3 + 4 again: lasagna sheets + 1/3 meat sauce + 1/3 yogurt sauce.
  • Step 5: Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Step 6: Bake for about 30 minutes or until the noodles are cooked through and the cheese is golden brown. Check by inserting a fork in the casserole, the pasta should be soft.

 

assemble lasagna step by step

 

How to serve?

Let the Greek yogurt lasagna set in the dish for about 5 to 10 minutes before slicing it. You can cover it loosely with aluminum foil, if you wish, to make sure it doesn’t lose too much heat. But I usually don’t bother for a few minutes.

Slice the yogurt lasagna into squares and serve it with any of the following side dishes:

 

cheesy bake with ground meat and noodles

 

More lasagna?

Low-Carb Zucchini Lasagna – No Noodles

Leftover Turkey Lasagna

Roast Vegetable Lasagna with Ricotta

Chicken Curry Lasagna

 

bolognese bake with cheese and beef

slice of greek yogurt lasagna on a white plate

Light Yogurt Lasagna

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

A lighter yogurt lasagna with lean ground beef and Greek yogurt, yet nobody will notice that they are not eating the original.

Ingredients

  • Meat sauce:
  • 1 onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 800 g/ 28 oz lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cans chopped tomatoes (about 400 g/14 oz each)
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika powder
  • Yogurt Sauce:
  • 300 g/ 10.6 oz/ 1 ¼ cups low fat Greek yogurt
  • 200 ml/ 6.7 fl.oz/ scant 1 cup hot stock (See note 1)
  • Yogurt lasagna:
  • 170 g/ 6 oz/ 1 ¾ cups (grated) low fat cheese, divided (See note 2)
  • about 12 no-boil lasagna sheets, as needed
  • fine sea salt and pepper

Instructions

Meat sauce:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius/ 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Chop the onion and the garlic cloves finely. Grate the carrots.
  3. Heat the oil in a pan and saute the onions until translucent. Add the garlic and the carrots, saute for a couple of minutes more.
  4. Add the ground beef and let it get a bit brown. Break the meat lumps with a wooden spoon while the meat is cooking.
  5. Add the tomato paste, stir well and saute for 1 more minute.
  6. Add the tomatoes, oregano, paprika, salt and pepper to taste and bring everything to a boil. Simmer gently for 5 minutes.


Yogurt sauce:

  1. In the meantime mix together the yogurt and the hot stock.
  2. Add 70 g/ 2.5 oz/ ¾ cup of the grated cheese to the yogurt mixture and stir well.

Assemble the yogurt lasagna:

  1. Place 2-3 tablespoons of the meat sauce in a rectangular casserole dish of about 30x20 cm/12x8 inches, just enough sauce to thinly cover the bottom of the dish.
  2. Place lasagna sheets on top, add 1/3 of the meat sauce and 1/3 of the yogurt sauce.
  3. Repeat the procedure: lasagna sheets, 1/3 of the meat sauce, 1/3 of the yogurt sauce.
  4. Again: lasagna, rest meat sauce, rest yogurt sauce.
  5. Sprinkle with the remaining 100 g/ 3.5 oz/ 1 cup grated cheese.
  6. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the lasagna sheets are cooked through and the cheese is golden brown. Check by inserting a fork in the casserole, the noodles should be soft.
  7. Let the lasagna set for 5 to 10 minutes, cut into squares and serve with one or two of the sides suggested above.

Notes

  1. Made from a ½ vegetable stock cube dissolved in 200 ml/ scant 1 cup hot water.
  2. I used Gouda, but Cheddar is just as fine. Or any other kind of cheese you usually take for lasagna.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/6 of the dish
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 523Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 131mgSodium: 802mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 55g

Nutritional information is not always accurate.

 
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Evi @ greenevi 25/05/2015 - 13:53

Using greek yogurt is such a great idea! I’m going to make my pumpkin-spinach lasagne next time with greek yogurt, I’m sick of making bechamel 😀

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Adina 25/05/2015 - 17:51

I am not keen on bechamel either. And no one noticed that there was something different with the food. I just thought it tasted a bit fresher, which is a good thing. 🙂

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Kerryn 08/06/2017 - 14:04

I made this as part of a birthday gift for my daughter-in-law to give her the night off cooking on her day. I’m happy to tell you it was a huge hit. My son said it was better than my regular lasagna and he’s always loved it, but this recipe is now the favourite. They have asked me for the recipe. Good one, so thank you very much Adina ?

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Adina 08/06/2017 - 17:53

Hi Kerryn. I am so happy to hear this! Thank you. 🙂

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anya geraldyne 11/07/2017 - 08:15

This lasagna recipe is different from the others. perfect blend.

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Adina 19/07/2017 - 10:51

Thank you, Anya.

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Lynn 05/08/2017 - 15:30

This was delicious! Thank you for the recipe. It tasted great. (I used vegetarian mince instead of meat, but it still tasted great and the meat eaters loved it as well) So fresh tasting, and no more making cheese sauce!

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Adina 05/08/2017 - 20:53

I am glad to hear it, Lynn. Thank you for the feedback.

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Lizzie 28/09/2017 - 15:29

I’m wondering if I can substitute yoghurt for the white sauce in fish pie?

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Adina 28/09/2017 - 16:19

I can’t see why not, I would definitely try it! Let me know if it works, please!

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Laurie 14/01/2020 - 06:45

Thanks for posting this! I stole your yogurt sauce recipe to make “lightened” spaghetti squash lasagna boats. So delicious and much easier than these cheese sauce I have made previously. Great idea!

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Adina 14/01/2020 - 08:54

So happy to hear it, Laurie! Thank you for the feedback.

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Anne 22/10/2017 - 13:02

What’s hot broth? (I don’t cook often ??)

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Adina 22/10/2017 - 15:59

Hi Anne. Broth that you heated up. ?

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