Easy Skinny Skillet Lasagna

Easy Skinny Skillet Lasagna
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
5 - 6 servings

After some digging around in my pantry, this easy skillet lasagna was born. I added my own touches to make it lighter, and packed it with veggies, including zucchini and spinach. I even used low-fat Parmesan and cottage cheeses to cut down on the fat without sacrificing taste. The entire dish – pasta cooking and all – is done in the same skillet on the stove. This easy one-pot meal is a surefire weeknight dinner.



1 ½
tsp (7 mL) olive oil
cloves garlic, minced
lb(s) (225-450g) extra-lean ground turkey
Salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
medium zucchini, peeled and chopped (optional)
oz (398 mL) can diced tomatoes (San Marzano or fire-roasted)
oz (225 mL) can tomato sauce
2 ½
Tbsp (37 mL) chopped fresh basil, divided
1 ½
tsp (7 mL) dried oregano
tsp (2 mL) crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
cups (500 mL) water or low-sodium chicken broth
oz (225 g) bow-tie pasta
cups (500 mL) spinach, chopped (optional)
cup (250 mL) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
cup (150 mL) fat-free cottage cheese
cup (75 mL) low-fat ricotta cheese (optional)
Tbsp (30 mL) chopped fresh parsley
Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)



This recipe allows for lots of creativity. You may choose to use a different protein or choose to substitute gluten-free or whole-wheat pasta. Cooking times may vary.

Step 1

In extra-large skillet over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute or until fragrant.

Step 2

Add ground turkey and cook, stirring, for 4 to 5 minutes or until browned. Drain excess fat.

Step 3

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add zucchini, if using. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the basil, oregano and red pepper flakes.

Step 4

Stir in water or chicken broth. Add pasta. Bring to boil; cover skillet with lid and reduce heat.

Step 5

Cook, stirring every 3 minutes and adding more water or broth as needed, for 15 to 18 minutes or until pasta is tender. If using spinach, stir in after 13 minutes.

Step 6

Remove from heat. Stir in mozzarella and cottage cheeses. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

Step 7

Dollop ricotta cheese over top; cover skillet for 2 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Step 8

Sprinkle with chopped parsley, remaining basil and Parmesan cheese, if using.

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