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Healthier One Pot Skillet Lasagna

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 5 servings

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This Healthier One Pot Skillet Lasagna is loaded with veggies, ground chicken or turkey, and a homemade tomato sauce making it an easy, healthy dinner that’s ready in 30 minutes!

See the step by step recipe video down in the recipe card.

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This healthier Skillet Lasagna has been a long time favorite on The Recipe Rebel, and it is finally getting an update!

As much as we love this Easy Lasagna Recipe (with oven ready noodles that save us a step!) and this Crockpot Lasagna (made with 6 ingredients!), this skillet lasagna still has a place in our hearts because of how much good stuff is in it!

It is a family and reader favorite around here for so many reasons!

  • It’s made in one pot, which means easy clean up!
  • It’s made healthier, with lots of veggies, ground turkey, and a homemade tomato sauce
  • It is cozy and comforting — I love getting my carbs, my cheese and my veggies all in one dish!
  • It’s made in 30 minutes, so it is totally doable any night of the week!
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Ingredients and Substitutions for this recipe:

  • Ground turkey: you can substitute ground chicken, ground pork, or lean ground beef. You can even leave it out entirely, and just add in extra veggies!
  • Vegetables: I’ve used vegetables we enjoy and ones that pair well with these Italian flavors. You can add more, leave them out, or substitute for others your family enjoys! Mushrooms and spinach would be more great additions!
  • Tomato sauce: I use plain tomato sauce (no salt, no sugar, no seasonings) or crushed tomatoes, but you can always use a jar of tomato pasta sauce (with salt and seasonings) if that’s all you have! Keep in mind you may want to reduce the salt and seasonings if you do.
  • Lasagna noodles: you can substitute for oven-ready lasagna noodles, just keep in mind that your lasagna may be a touch saucier, as they are not supposed to absorb as much liquid. It will still be totally delicious and definitely not soup, I promise 🙂
  • Cheese: you can use any cheese you want! You can swap it for a low fat variety, or add in some Parmesan for that sharp and tangy flavor we all love.
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More one pot pastas you’ll love!

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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 beef up that nutritional value!

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Healthier One Pot Skillet Lasagna: a 30 Minute Meal!

5 from 6 votes
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 429cal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey (or chicken or lean ground beef)
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • ½ onion finely diced
  • 1 large carrot shredded
  • 1 small zucchini shredded
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 14 oz can crushed tomatoes (or plain tomato sauce – 398ml)
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 250 grams dry lasagna noodles (uncooked) about 8.75oz (9 regular noodles)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, cook ground turkey over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until starting to brown.
  • Add pepper and onion and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until turkey is browned and veggies are almost tender. Add carrot, zucchini, 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

*One serving is ⅕ of the total recipe, or approximately 388 grams.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 388grams | Calories: 429cal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 1048mg | Potassium: 958mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 3206IU | Vitamin C: 47mg | Calcium: 181mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. Katherine says

    Easy and delicious! A lifesaver as were in the middle of moving and had everything on hand! I did add some dark brown sugar (around 1/2-1 Tbsp) so the sauce would be be so acidic, but that’s just personal preference. Thank you so much! Everyone loved it and I loved only having one pit to clean!!

  2. Marleen Sustronck says

    Thank you Ashley for this very easy delicious recipe.
    I love to cook, but I hate cleaning up pans and pots afterward, this was easy.
    And also, many thanks for adding the measurements in the Metric system (I can manage with ponds and quarts and cans, lived for 15 years in MN) makes it so much easier for me.
    Marleen

  3. Jess says

    I Was afraid it was going to turn out too watery but it was perfect by the end. Absolutely delicious! so glad I made this recipe! Thank you

  4. Jamie says

    YUM!!! This was incredibly easy and full of veggies. It was just as good left over! I’ll be adding this to my most favorite meals list.

  5. 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 ?

  6. 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!

  7. 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?

  8. 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!!

  9. 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. 🙂

  10. 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 🙂

  11. Kelly says

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

  12. 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!

  13. 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? 😉

  14. 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!

  15. 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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