Skillet Vegetable Lasagna

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Skillet Lasagna with Vegetables is the weeknight answer to your lasagna cravings. Simple to make, packed with veggies, and all the lasagna flavor you are looking for in under thirty minutes.

327 CAL 35g CARBS 13g FAT 21g PROTEIN

This easy Skillet Lasagna with spinach, zucchini, mushrooms takes less than thirty minutes to make and has all the amazing flavors of baked lasagna. It's a favorite lasagna shortcut along with this Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup and Lasagna Cupckaes.

Love lasagna but don't love how long it takes? Consider making this skillet vegetable lasagna instead. It has all the great flavor of lasagna but is made in one skillet on the stove without all the prep. It's the lasagna recipe you need for busy weeknight meals.

Let's talk about why this skillet lasagna recipe works for well. To keep things healthy, it starts with veggies. I used zucchini, spinach, and mushrooms but you could use any combination of veggies you like. You could also add some lean ground turkey, ground beef, or turkey sausage if prefer meat lasagna.

Next up is the tomato sauce. You can use a simple canned tomato sauce or reach for your favorite brand of pasta sauce. Both will work great. Next up is the key to any good lasagna - the ricotta cheese. It's seasoned with plenty of herbs and Parmesan cheese so that every bite is packed with flavor. And then to keep things super easy, this recipe uses no-boil lasagna noodles. You can use regular no-boil lasagna noodles or whole wheat for a healthier spin. 

Then all you do is layer everything into your skillet, cover it, and walk away. In just 25 minutes, you will have delicious lasagna that your family will gobble up. This is a meal your family will request over and over again. 

Recipe Ideas for Skillet Lasagna

  • Make it spicy: Add some by adding red pepper flakes to the mix. You can also add some sliced Calabrian chiles for heat.
  • Make it creamy: For a super creamy lasagna, grab some cream cheese. Microwave it until it is slightly melted and stir it right into the tomato sauce. This creates a super creamy and rich sauce that is surprisingly light if you use reduced fat cream cheese.
  • Try cottage cheese: Some people prefer cottage cheese in their lasagna instead of ricotta. You can easily swap in cottage cheese for the ricotta. 
  • Try different veggies: This veggie skillet lasagna will work with almost any vegetable you like. Some of our favorites include butternut squash, kale, cauliflower, and even cabbage is pretty delicious. Just make sure to cook them first and remove any excess moisture so that the lasagna doesn't get watery.
  • Add protein: If you prefer a skillet lasagna with meat, you can easily add it to this recipe. Simply brown some ground beef or turkey and create a layer of meat on top of the veggies. You could also use sliced chicken or turkey sausage, just make sure to cook it first if it doesn't come precooked.

Skillet lasagna in a skillet with layers of noodles, vegetables, ricotta, mozzarella, and sauce.

Tips for Making Skillet Lasagna

  • To make sure the lasagna doesn't get watery, make sure to drain the vegetables and squeeze out any moisture. Spinach, zucchini, and mushrooms all release a lot of water when they are cooked and you don't want that to water down the lasagna.
  • If you like a crispy top to your lasagna, you can place the lasagna under the broiler for a few minutes to create that toasty top that so many people love.
  • This recipe will work with almost any type of pasta in place of the lasagna noodles. However, you will need to cook them slightly beforehand. I find that cooking them for about half the cooking time called for works well. 
  • If you don't care about having the classic lasagna layers, you can break the lasagna noodles into smaller pieces and just loosely layer, stir things together. It won't be pretty but it will still taste delicious.

Can I make this with bowtie pasta?

Sure! If you want to make this with bowtie pasta, you have two options. The first is to cook the pasta until is very al dente (about half the cooking time) and layer it in as you would with the lasagna noodles. The second option is to cook the bowtie pasta until al dente. Then stir it into the veggies and marinara sauce. Add the ricotta mixture and mozzarella cheese on top (instead of creating layers) and cover and cook for 3-5 minutes until the ricotta cheese mixture melts and bubbles.

Can this be prepped in advance? Frozen?

You can prep this skillet vegetable lasagna ahead of time. Simply layer everything together in your skillet and cover with foil. Then when you are ready to cook it, place it on the stove and bring it to a simmer. Once it is simmering, cover and cook for 25 minutes. If you want to prep this in advance to freeze, prepare it in an oven-safe baking dish. Then simply bake at 375 degrees for 35-45 minutes until the sides are bubbling and everything is cooked through.

Can I add sausage or ground beef?

Skillet lasagna is delicious with ground sausage, beef, or turkey. Simply brown the meat beforehand and drain off any excess fat. Then create a meat layer while building the lasagna layers in the pan. You could also use precooked chicken sausage, cooked chicken breast, or shredded rotisserie chicken for an option that doesn't have to be cooked.

The Recipe
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Skillet Vegetable Lasagna

327 CAL 35g CARBS 13g FAT 21g PROTEIN
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  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 1 zucchini, sliced very thin
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup part skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 18 oz canned tomato sauce (or your favorite spaghetti sauce)
  • 6 no boil lasagna noodles
  • 3/4 cup shredded part skim mozzarella

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Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the spinach, zucchini, and mushrooms. Cook for 5 minutes. Squeeze out any excess moisture and set aside.


In a bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese, egg, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, oregano, and dried basil. Set aside.


Spray the skillet with cooking spray. Add about 1 cup of sauce to the bottom.


Cover with two lasagna noodles, breaking them if needed.


Then layer on half the zucchini, mushrooms, and spinach. Season with salt and pepper.


Layer on half the ricotta mixture and then sprinkle with 1/4 cup mozzarella.


Add another cup of sauce. Then make another layer starting with 2 noodles, then the remaining vegetables, the remaining ricotta, then 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese.


Top with the final 2 noodles and remaining sauce. Sprinkle with last 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese.


Cover and cook (directly on the stove top) for 25 minutes.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 327
Calories from Fat 114
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g
Saturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 86mg
Sodium 1261mg
Total Carbohydrate 35g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 9g
Protein 21g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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Cindy Clow
April 3, 2019 - 15:56
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Huge servings. I put it in a loaf pan. and it was great.
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Jill Doying
January 20, 2016 - 17:15
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Absolutely delicious! My husband said he would never have known it wasn't the traditional baked lasagna and was possibly the best lasagna he's ever had. We rarely eat meat so this was right up our alley. I was confused that the ingredient list says 'tomato sauce' and the directions say, "add the spaghetti sauce". As it was I read 18 ounces as 8 ounces of tomato sauce and had to mash tomatoes up to make the difference. It was still positively delicious!
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Megan Eaton
January 18, 2016 - 15:53
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This was super tasty and easy to make! My one criticism was the recipe didn't indicate what temp the lasagna should be cooked on or whether it was on the stove or in the oven. I figured it out but might want to adjust.
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