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Low Calorie Lasagne - Tried and Tasted

Lasagne brings home thoughts of layers of pasta and cheese in a creamy sauce with lashings of meat and dressing… all those calories! See how our panel got on with seven different brands, some full fat and some low calorie.

Remember, the Tried and Tasted Team don’t know which product is which, so there’s no bias involved!

Table 1: Low Calorie Lasagne Compared
Product Lasagne, Be Good to Yourself, Sainsbury's* Beef Lasagne, Weight Watchers from Heinz* Lasagne, Bird's Eye*
  Be Good to Yourself, Sainsbury's* Weight Watchers, Heinz* BIrds Eye*
Ranking 1 2 3
Taste/Texture Looked good and tasted good! You were obviously eating 'lasagne'. Good portions and loads of layers. Our panel were surprised when shown this dish was a low-fat option. We have seen that some of the low-fat dishes can be watery and lacking in flavour in comparison to full-fat options, which can make you feel 'deprived'. However this dish unanimously held its own with all brands. The portion size (300g) for a main meal was deemed poor - definitely not enough for an adult's main meal. However, for flavour and taste all the panel thought it was excellent and not an obvious low-fat dish. Good mixture of textures and tastes. A spicy taste to this lasagne which was positively received. colour. Adequate portions, loads of tomatoes and one of the better dishes tasted.
Serving Size 450g 300g 375g
Calorie Content per Serving 504kcal 297kcal 420kcal
Fat Content per Serving 17.1g 8.4g 17.3g
Table 2: Low Calorie Lasagne Compared
Product Lasagne, Asda* Lasagne, Healthy Eating, Tesco* Lasagne, Healthy Choice, Asda*
  Asda* Healthy Eating, Tesco* Healthy Choice, Asda*
Ranking 4 5 6
Taste/Texture A thick and creamy almost heavy topping. A good colour. In comparison with the other dishes lacking in taste and flavour. Poor colour and not a real flavoursome or tasty lasagne. A strong pasta taste above all else. Obvious amounts of vegetables. A bland appearance. Tasteless and runny and an obvious low-fat dish. The panel agreed it tasted like a bland cheese and tomato pasta dish.
Serving Size 378g 340g 348g
Calorie Content per Serving 427kcal 343kcal 383kcal
Fat Content per Serving 18.9g 10.2g 7.0g

Conclusion

We have found in the past that low fat options can be watery and lack flavour and taste. Our panel were pleasantly surprised to discover two which upheld their own — Sainsbury's Be Good to Yourself and Weight Watchers — proving you can have your lasagne without consuming loads of unwanted calories!

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