Indulging in Ultra Thin Sausage and Fennel Lasagna

by Elena on May 25, 2012 in Fitness

We are a cheese loving family. Good cheese. Cheese on it’s own, cheese on top of other things. Delicious cheese.

Except that cheese is not always the best choice when you are trying to loose weight and feel lean.

Which means that when I do find a cheese that is natural and delicious and can work in the big nutritional picture (each slice is 45 calories or fewer), I do a little happy dance. Which is what I did when I had the opportunity to try Sargento’s new Ultra Thin cheese during lunch at Mom 2.0 Summit. Unlike many low calorie cheeses, this cheese melts! As in really melts! I was thrilled  to come home and try out a recipe for sausage and fresh fennel lasagna with this delicious but also low calorie cheese.

Indulging in Ultra Thin Lasagna | Ciao Mom

Truth be told, the sausage and fennel lasagna was the first family meal that I cooked this week. Rocket has done most of the cooking in the last few weeks, but this was my turn.  (Although, since I am being truthful, he did the grocery shopping {again} this week even running out to the store late last night to make sure I had everything for this recipe.) While Rocket and Principessa played on the Xbox, I sauteed the sausage and fennel, turned on the oven, and then…after assembling the lasagna, actually sat down to watch television with a glass of wine! Talk about simplifying life in the  Thin to Win Challenge spirit. Life could not have been any simpler.

The recipe itself was basic enough, though I did make a few tweaks, that in retrospect probably led to my lasagna looking less like lasagna and more like a gooey mound of deliciousness.

Indulging in Ultra Thin Lasagna | Ciao Mom

To make the sausage and fresh fennel lasagna (thank you Sargento for the recipe!) you will need:

  • 3/4 lb. turkey Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 medium fennel bulb, trimmed, chopped (1-1/2 cups) {I used a small amount of the stalks, finely chopped as well}
  • 1 jar (24 oz.) marinara sauce, preferably spicy tomato basil
  • 2 cups (15 oz.) Sargento® Light Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/2 cup (2 oz.) Sargento® Artisan Blends® Shredded Parmesan Cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil {I also added some of the fennel leaves to the basil}
  • 6 no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 18 slices (8 oz.) Sargento® Ultra Thin Sliced Provolone Cheese

This is what it should look like.

Ultra Thin Lasagna | Ciao Mom

Mine did not look like that. Not even close. But…the aroma that filled the house? And the taste that had even Principessa cleaning off every last piece on her plate? Was scrumptious. And? Rocket asked that this meal be added to our regular repertoire.

On a scale of 1 to ten, this recipe, and the Ultra Thin cheese were a win win in our book on both the nutritional and the foodie front.

Sargento has a great selection of recipes for their Ultra Thin cheeses.  Take a look…be inspired.  And then? Take the Thin to Win Challenge! Sargento is challenging us, for 45 days to simplify our lives with their thin to win challenge. Each day a new challenge is posted in Sargento’s Facebook page, where challengers can share their success for a chance to win a variety of prizes.

Ciao Mom



Disclosure: I received products and compensation from Sargento Foods Inc. and The Motherhood as part of my participation in this campaign. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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Chucky May 25, 2012 at 8:04 am

Ultra Thin Sausage and Fennel Lasagna looks delish. Thanks for the mouthwatering post you’ve shared. I think I will try these on weekend.

Dawn May 25, 2012 at 9:48 am

That lasagna looks very tasty! Yum! I may just have to try the recipe for myself! I am always looking for healthy and still delicious recipes to try! Thank you for sharing!

Shane May 25, 2012 at 10:56 am

It really looks great and I’m definitely sure it tastes like heaven too. I just so love lasagna. I can’t wait to make this one later. Do you still have any recipes similar to this one?

Louis Kieran May 26, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Wow!!!! its a great news about low calorie cheese. I am very fond of cheese. Overeating cheese is not a good habit. But if we get the low calorie cheese then it will be a good habit. So, i want to have this low calorie Sargento’s new Ultra Thin cheese.

ConnieFoggles May 26, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Yours looks just fine and delicious too. My family doesn’t like fennel so I get sausage without it. Definitely going to try the light Sargento cheeses. I bet no one knows the difference.

Andrea (Lil-Kid-Things) May 29, 2012 at 10:23 am

oh my…this looks so delicious!

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