Simple Skillet Lasagna (1 Pot – 30 Minutes – Healthy)

Simple Skillet Lasagna Recipe – One pan and 30 minutes is all you need to create a delicious family dinner recipe that is sure to become a staple in your house. This healthy one pan lasagna is loaded with four different veggies and uses three types of cheese which makes it the ultimate comfort food casserole. 

Simple Skillet Lasagna Casserole

Yes! It is possible to get a hearty and filling family dinner on the table from start to finish in less than 45 minutes with this One Pot Lasagna. In fact, even cleanup is a breeze since everything is prepared in one skillet. This means no pre boiling noodles and no cooking in the skillet only to transfer everything to a baking dish. I love being able to capture the flavors of homemade lasagna with a quick and easy weeknight dinner that tastes delicious enough to serve for the holidays

Simple Skillet Lasagna – What is it?

Skillet lasagna is THE BEST weeknight family dinner that cooks up quick in just one pan. From sautéing the vegetables to cooking the ground beef, the entire dish is made in just one skillet. Plus, the recipe uses no-boil lasagna noodles which allows them to soften during the cooking process. In less than 45 minutes from start to finish, you’ll have a tasty and light homemade skillet lasagna recipe ready for dinner. 

What are Oven-Ready Lasagna Noodles?

Oven-ready lasagna noodles are long flat sheets of pasta that do not require boiling. They are a convenient and time-saving way to make your favorite Italian casserole. Oven-ready noodles cook in the pan and are softened by tomato sauce and the juice from the other yummy ingredients in your dish such as ricotta, vegetables and/or ground beef. You can find oven-ready lasagna noodles at any major retail grocery store from brands such as Barilla or Ronzoni.
 
If you’re wondering if you can substitute traditional noodles – raw or boiled – for oven-ready noodles in a recipe, the answer is no. Cook’s Illustrated tested the concept and found the results to be starchy and gummy. I’ve tested the concept too and it was also a fail. I subbed in uncooked lasagna noodles and found that they never softened or because the consistency I desired. Therefore, when making a lasagna with no-boil noodles, be sure to follow the directions. 
 
Simple Skillet Lasagna from Holley Grainger

How Long Does My Homemade Lasagna Keep in the Fridge?

This easy lasagna will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days. I usually transfer leftovers to an airtight container versus storing the entire skillet in the refrigerator. It can also be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months. 

What Recipes Should I Pair with Vegetable Skillet Lasagna? 

Because this one pot lasagna is packed with vegetables, grains, dairy and protein from meat and cheese, it really is the ultimate one dish meal. Whenever we eat this for dinner, I serve with a simple green salad – easy and quick! And if it is bread you crave, add a crusty baguette loaf to sop up any extra sauce. 

What Cooking Tips Should I Know When Preparing Lasagna? 

To keep the lasagna from watering out or becoming too soupy, be sure to drain any excess liquid from the pan after step 2 (cooking the veggies and meat). Also, be sure to use no-boil/oven-ready noodles (see above).

And of course, make sure to use a large skillet (or deep saute pan) with a lid. No lid? No problem! Cover loosely with foil or with a baking sheet.

Simple Skillet Lasagna Casserole from Holley Grainger

More Ways to Enjoy Healthy One Pan Lasagna

Easy recipes like this one pot lasagna are always a favorite weeknight family dinner. It cooks fast and I can even prepare the vegetables and ground beef ahead. However, this simple dish would also be ideal for a light meal for Christmas or for a dinner party. If preparing for a festive occasion, serve alongside Browned Butter Green Beans, Asparagus, Zucchini and Carrot Ribbon Salad and/or Honey-Roasted Carrots.

 

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Simple Skillet Lasagna

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Easy Skillet Lasagna from Holley Grainger

Simple Skillet Lasagna

  • Author: Holley Grainger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Family Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

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Simple Skillet Lasagna Recipe – One pan and 30 minutes is all you need to create a delicious family dinner recipe that is sure to become a staple in your house. This healthy lasagna meal is loaded with four different veggies and uses three types of cheese making it the ultimate comfort food casserole. 

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup diced onion
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped zucchini
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 1 cup part skim ricotta cheese, divided
  • 6 oven-ready lasagna noodles (broken into large pieces)
  • 1 14.5-oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 14.5-oz can crushed tomatoes
  • ¾ cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves, optional

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Cook onion, zucchini and bell pepper about 3 minutes or until vegetables begin to soften. Add garlic, Italian seasoning and salt.
  2. Crumble meat into pan with sautéed veggies and cook until meat is browned. Once the meat has cooked through, drain any liquid that has accumulated in the pan.
  3. Spoon ½ cup ricotta cheese over the top of the beef. (It is easiest to dollop spoonfuls of ricotta evenly over the beef versus trying to spread it.) Top ricotta cheese with the broken lasagna noodles allowing noodles to overlap as needed.
  4. Pour crushed tomatoes and petite-diced tomatoes over noodles. Cover and bring to a boil. Once the pan is boiling, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes until noodles are softened.
  5. Spoon the remaining ricotta over the noodles and tomatoes. Sprinkle evenly with mozzarella and Parmesan. Replace lid and allow cheese to melt.
  6. Remove from heat. Garnish with basil, if desired.

Notes

The recipe photographed was prepared in a 5-quart covered deep saute pan.