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Skillet Lasagna {Lightened Up}

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A super simple skillet lasagna recipe for busy nights. (Bonus: It is lightened up version!)

I love a rich and delicious homemade lasagna.  I’ll admit though, I rarely make it from scratch because it can be a time-consuming dish to put together.

This Skillet Lasagna Recipe is an excellent alternative for those times you are in the mood for lasagna but don’t want to deal with the mess or have time to make it from scratch.  

And of course, I have used lighter ingredients to help counteract my ever-expanding waistline…

Easy skillet lasagna

skillet lasagna recipe

Skillet Lasagna (Lightened Up)

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Skillet Lasagna

Skillet Lasagna {Lightened Up}

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  • 3/4 lb of lean ground beef turkey
  • 3/4 medium onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 jar of your favorite lower-calorie spaghetti sauce
  • small jar of mushrooms
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 12 oz of your favorite shaped pasta
  • 3/4 cup low fat ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup lowfat mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper



  1. Cook pasta according to directions.
  2. While pasta is cooking, cook the ground meat, onion and garlic together in a large skillet until the meat is no longer pink. Drain off any excess fat.
  3. Stir in pasta sauce, mushrooms, basil, and oregano.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  5. Add pasta to skillet and combine well. Add small spoonfuls of ricotta cheese over the pasta mixture.
    If you have picky eaters like I do, use the edge of your spatula to gently mix some of the ricotta into the lasagna mixture. (Otherwise, you can leave it in spoonfuls over the top of the lasagna.)
  6. Cover and simmer for another 5 minutes or so.  Top with grated mozzarella, parmesan, and pepper.

Serve and Enjoy!

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  1. This is sure to be a family favourite. We all love lasagna and this looks delicious. Can't wait to give it a try. Thanks so much. Pinning it now so I don't forget 🙂

  2. Looks really good! How big of a jar of spaghetti sauce? I buy all different sizes and just want to make sure I use the right amount. : )

  3. Julie redheadcandecorate.com says:

    Yum yum…I'm starving, this looks great. Going to share on FB & pin!

  4. Heidi @ Moms Crafty Space says:

    Yum! This looks great! My hubby loves lasagna, but it always takes forever to put it all together…this looks like a fantastic alternative!

  5. Chelsea @ Making Home Base says:

    Yum! I've never made skillet lasagna before – sounds so delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Desiree @ The 36th AVENUE says:

    Looks fantastic! I am featuring it tomorrow… High five!

  7. Mary Beth says:

    This looks delicious! Pinning 🙂

  8. Emily Glover says:

    Yum! This looks delicious. I love that it is a different spin on lasagna. I will be pinning this! Hope you will check out my blog! lovepastatoolbelt.com
    Pinning this! I came over from the Monday Funday Link Party.


  9. Andrea Archambault says:

    Perfect! My husband loves lasagna but I hate how time consuming and messy it is making it from scratch. Pinned! Thanks a bunch!
    Saw this over at Craft-O-Maniac.

  10. Katie @ Creatively Living says:

    Looks DELICIOUS! Thanks for sharing it at Monday Funday!

  11. Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA says:

    This is making me hungry. Blessings!

  12. Abby Lawson says:

    This looks delicious! Pinning! My boys LOVE lasagna, so if I can sneak them a lighter version, I'm all for it! I popped over from It's Overflowing–thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)