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Healthier One Pot Skillet Lasagna: a 30 Minute Meal!

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 5 servings

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This Healthier One Pot Skillet Lasagna is loaded with sneaky veggies, ground chicken or turkey, and a homemade tomato sauce making it an easy, healthy dinner that’s ready in 30 minutes! The family will never know πŸ˜‰

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So it’s officially August, and here I am on my quest to bring you easy, practical, healthy meals that are family-friendly and toddler/preschooler approved.

Okay, so the only one who is actually picky in the house is me, but I’m happy to say that this is Ashley approved as well.

close up of skillet lasagna in white pan with metal spoon scooping some pasta

For me to eat a good dose of veggies, they have to be pretty well hidden. I know you probably think that sounds ridiculous — a grown woman who doesn’t know enough to just eat her vegetables! It’s true though.

What I do know is that I need to eat my veggies, and the only way that is going to happen is if they’re cooked together with a bunch of other delicious things that I love, and this Skillet Lasagna is right up there.

Along with this Homemade Hamburger Helper, Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes, One Pan Teriyaki Chicken and Noodles.

plate of skillet lasagna topped with fresh basil on a grey background

Because by now I’m pretty sure you’re aware how much I love my carbs.

Me and pasta and cheese? I’m not sure when the love affair began but it’s not likely to end anytime soon. So I sneak in all the veggies I can to make this a more reasonable meal on its own (because you know I’m not serving it alongside a leafy green salad!).

As you can see in the video, I made this in my 12″ Ceramic Pan which I love (maybe you’ve seen my profess my love on Snapchat….?) — it is totally non stick and is big enough for a full one pot meal! I also love using these silicone spatulas — they don’t scratch anything and they’re easy to clean!

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Healthier One Pot Skillet Lasagna: a 30 Minute Meal!

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This Healthier Skillet Lasagna is loaded with sneaky veggies, ground chicken or turkey, and a homemade tomato sauce making it an easy, healthy dinner that’s ready in 30 minutes!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 5 servings
Calories 460kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey (chicken or lean ground beef)
  • 1/2 red onion finely diced
  • 1 large carrot shredded
  • 1 small zucchini shredded
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 14 oz can crushed tomatoes or plain tomato sauce
  • 3 cups chicken broth or water
  • 250 g dried lasagna, broken about 8.75oz (9 regular noodles — not oven ready)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, cook ground turkey over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until starting to brown.
  • Add onion, carrot, zucchini and pepper and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until turkey is browned and veggies are crisp-tender. Add salt, pepper, garlic, Italian seasoning, oregano and pepper flakes, stir and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add tomatoes, broth and broken lasagna noodles and stir well. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce heat to medium and cook, covered, stirring often, until lasagna noodles are just tender (or to desired tenderness) — about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese, cover and let sit for 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

Notes

*I don’t like to weigh ingredients unless I think it’s necessary. I weighed the lasagna because it’s difficult to measure in cups and for a one pot pasta you’ll need an accurate amount. My full box was 500g, so I used half a box.
**Nutrition information is estimated and will depend on exact serving size, brands and products used.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 460kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 16g
Keywords one pot lasagna

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  1. Laura says

    We don’t like zucchini here, but I’m thinking broccoli cut up in really small pieces might be a nice substitute. I might also try it with a different pasta as well, like someone above answered ?

  2. Michelle says

    I made this for a friend and my two kids (5 and 2 years old). Everyone loved it. My toddler asked for seconds and thirds and my picky 5 year old ate it without complaint. I actually forgot until I was halfway through that I put the veggies in. When I mentioned it to my friend she paused with her form midair and said she had totally forgotten! I can’t cant wait to try it on my super picky husband. I used the fine grated to shred the carrots and zucchini (they were pretty much baby food after that). I had sharp cheddar on hand for the cheese and my friend and I sprinkled a bit of cayenne on ours to counter the sweetness a bit. Thanks for a keeper!

  3. Kara says

    I love this recipe so much! It’s already a repeat recipe in our house.

    I do have one question though, do you think I could substitute the lasagna noodles for anything I have on hand? We almost always have penne/rotini noodles but not always lasagna noodles. Do you think these would work just as well?

  4. Nicole says

    This was delicious and so easy and quick. I don’t usually use turkey (I’m an Aussie [now living in Canada] and turkey isn’t really a thing we eat) but this was so good! The flavours are delicious. Will be eating the rest tonight!!

  5. Elizabeth Matthiesen says

    I’ve never had lasagna with anything but ground beef, this has made me curious though and since I love both turkey and chicken I’ll try using one or the other next time I make lasagna. πŸ™‚

  6. Jayme says

    Hey, Ashley! I love the looks of this recipe! I am definitely going to try it out this week. Quick question: did you drain the zucchini at all? May seem silly to ask, but it’s such a watery vegetable! Thanks for your help and delish recipes as always πŸ™‚

  7. Kelly says

    Haha too cute, I love that you are sneaking in extra veggies for yourself and your kiddos πŸ™‚ This looks so cheesy and delicious and would be a hit at our house! And yay for one pot and 30 minutes!

  8. Marcie Bidou says

    I don’t know why I’ve never thought to make a skillet lasagna — this is so much easier (and faster!) than then the baked version! I think my family would really love this and I can’t wait to try it!

  9. Kristine | Kristine's Kitchen says

    I’m adding this one to my back to school menu plan, Ashely! I’ll be needing quick, easy and delicious meals just like this one in the coming weeks! I love that you snuck in some extra veggies… I wonder if my kids will notice? πŸ˜‰

  10. Liz @ Floating Kitchen says

    I didn’t know you weren’t a veggie lover! Oh my gosh! But good that you have the sense to sneak them into things. I love that. And I’m always down for hidden veggies (and visible veggies, too – lol). This lasagna looks so cheesy and good. I’m swooning over it!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Haha! I guess I hide it well! I WISH I was but raw veggies I just can’t do much of. I do try to be a sensible adult though and eat them anyways, wherever I can get them in!

  11. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says

    Mmm you just can’t beat a healthier skillet meal, and those are hard to find! I definitely have to give this one a try since my husband and I adore anything with lasagna. I’ve never tried ground turkey before, but this looks like the perfect dish to use it in!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Thanks Gayle! I think this was actually the first time I’ve made a skillet lasagna, and I don’t know if I could go back to all the cooking and simmering and layering and baking! LOl

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