Easy Skinny Skillet Lasagna

Easy Skinny Skillet Lasagna is healthy and takes just 30 minutes in only one pot or one pan – no boiling and even the pasta gets cooked together.  Lightened up and healthier – easily customizable with gluten free pasta and protein of your choice.

30 Minutes for this Easy Skinny Skillet Lasagna made entirely in just one pan
It’s that time of again!  The start of a busy school season and for many of us that’s also when quick and easy dishes are totally needed for those hectic weeknights.

I am always on the lookout for new dinner ideas and am guessing we could all use a little bit of help in that area too.

So I’ve teamed up with some of my blogging friends to bring you a collection of our favorite 30 minute meals on the first Thursday of every month to give you plenty of inspiration when you’re stuck in a rut!

You’re going to love all the options since there’s something for everyone.  Be sure to check out all of their recipe links at the bottom!

30 Minutes for this Easy Skinny Skillet Lasagna made entirely in entirely one pan
I’ve got a good collection of one pan meals on my site already and with my oldest starting school for the first time next week, you can be sure there’s going to be lots more coming.

With this Skinny Skillet Lasagna you get all the flavors of lasagna without the mess of a bazillion dishes and it’s lighter than a typical lasagna.

30 Minutes for this Easy Skinny Skillet Lasagna made entirely in entirely one pan
We just throw everything in and it cooks right up in the SAME pot – yes, yes even the pasta!

No more layering and you can’t beat the convenience of cooking, serving and only having to wash just ONE PAN.

You can also easily customize this dish with your favorite pasta, veggies and protein.

Because we all like having options, I’m showing you a combo of gluten-free brown rice bow-tie pasta and white pasta – they both worked really well in this dish but you may need to adjust the liquid ratio depending on the brand you choose.

Not only is this skillet dish comforting and delicious, we also lightened it up using part-skim mozzarella and fat-free cottage cheese (which I’ve used HERE and HERE) and it still keeps this creamy and delicious without the added guilt!

For the protein, I used extra-lean ground turkey to keep things on the skinny side but you can totally use what you have on hand or keep it a meatless dish with some sliced mushrooms instead.

You guys know I am always trying to sneak in more greens whenever I can so I tossed in some chopped zucchini and spinach.


30 Minutes for this Easy Skinny Skillet Lasagna made entirely in just one pan
And in case you’re looking for an even skinnier and healthier lowcarb option, we made this same skillet pasta using zucchini ribbon noodles which you can find HERE and my husband couldn’t even tell by looking at this dish that those noodles are actually ribbon-ed zucchini noodles. It’s seriously the best!!


Zucchini Noodles Skillet Lasagna
So if it’s 5 pm and you’re in a pinch to make dinner next time, this 30-minute one pot meal is sure to save the night!

30 Minutes for this Easy Skinny Skillet Lasagna made entirely in entirely one pan

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Easy Skinny Skillet Lasagna

Easy Skinny Skillet Lasagna is healthy and takes just 30 minutes in only one pot or one pan – no boiling and even the pasta gets cooked together. Lightened up and healthier – easily customizable with gluten free pasta and protein of your choice.

7 minPrep Time

23 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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1/2 - 1 lb extra-lean ground turkey (or protein of your choice)

2-3 cloves of garlic, minced

1/2 tablespoon olive oil

2 scant cups (8 ounces) dried farfalle (bow-tie) pasta (white, gluten-free or whole wheat)

1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes (I recommend San Marzano or fire-roasted tomatoes)

1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce

2 cups water or low sodium chicken broth

1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional

Salt and ground black pepper, to taste

2 1/2 tablespoons of fresh chopped basil, divided

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

1 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded

2/3 cup fat-free cottage cheese

1/3 cup low-fat ricotta cheese for garnish, optional

sprinkle of parmesan cheese for garnish, optional

Optional add-ins

1 1/2 - 2 cups spinach, chopped

2 medium zucchini, peeled and chopped


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds to a minute or until fragrant.
  2. Add in the ground meat and cook until browned, about 3-4 minutes, making sure to crumble and break down into small pieces as it cooks; drain excess fat.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add zucchini if using. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, oregano, red pepper flakes and 1 tablespoon of basil.
  4. Stir in pasta and water or chicken broth. Bring to a boil and cover pan with lid and reduce heat.
  5. Remove cover and stir pasta every 3-4 minutes so pasta does not stick to the pan. Add more water or broth as needed if liquid is evaporating too much.
  6. Cook until pasta is tender (around 14-15 minutes). If adding spinach, stir in after 10 minutes and cover.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in mozzarella and cottage cheese. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  8. Top with dollops of ricotta cheese and cover pan for an additional 2 minutes until cheese is melted.
  9. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, basil and parmesan cheese if desired.


If using gluten free or whole wheat pasta, the cooking times may vary depending on the brand you use. br]
You may need to add more water as needed each time you stir the pasta.

Adapted from:[Food Network


30 Minute Thursday Meals

Check out the other 30 minute meals being shared today!

One Pot Chicken Chow Mein  – The Recipe Rebel

Honey Garlic Shrimp and Cilantro Lime Rice Bowl – Pumpkin ‘N Spice

Kale Caesar Salad with Lemon Parmesan Chicken Strips – Sweet Peas and Saffron

30-Minute Summer Vegetable Tostadas  – She Likes Food

Stovetop Broccoli Chicken Mac ‘n’ Cheese – Whole and Heavenly Oven

Spicy Chili Garlic Grilled Trout – Bake.Eat.Repeat

30-Minute Creamy Pesto Tortellini Skillet – Flavor the Moments

Crunchy Couscous Sweet Potato Salad –  Sweet and Delish

30-Minute Chicken Cacciatore – A Latte Food

Pumpkin Penne with Sausage and Sage – Flying on Jess Fuel

30 Minute Smoked Turkey Sausage Tortellini – Mariah’s Pleasing Plates

Baked Corn, Mushroom and Sausage Risotto – Floating Kitchen

BBQ Chicken Sliders with Cheddar and Spinach – Kristine’s Kitchen

Roasted Cauliflower and Hazelnut Spaghetti  –  Savory Nothings

Italian Sausage Quesadillas – My Sequined Life


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35 Healthy & Delicious One Pan Skillet Meals Ready in 30 Minutes or Less
35 Sensational Skillet / One-Pan Meals

30-Minutes for this Easy Skinny Skillet Lasagna made entirely in one pot makes it perfect for busy weeknights!


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Lovely comments

  1. This lasagna looks just perfect, Kelly! I love that you made it in a skillet and that it’s skinnier, too. I think my husband would devour this entire pan because lasagna is one of his favorites. Looks delicious!
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  2. Kelly, I love all of your one pan meals and this 30 minute Thursday thing is brilliant!!! love love love and will be trying this skillet lasagna soon!
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  3. This looks awesome! Love the drop cheese on top 🙂

  4. This looks so hearty and satisfying but the fact that it’s easy, one-pan, and lightened really makes it something I’d want to make and eat! Lasagna takes so much work and clean-up – this is a wonderful way to go instead! I need to get these one-pan dinners into my routine with school starting. When the temps fall, everyone wants a hot, hearty dinner like this!

  5. You had my undivided attention at Skinny! Anything skinny is always a winner in book, especially come fall because I KNOW the months to come will be filled with heavy holiday food. And I like to actually fit into my jeans. 😉 This skillet lasagna looks sensational, Kelly! LOVE that it is a 30 minute AND one pan meal! Plus loads of flavor? Done and done! Pinned! Cheers girlfriend!

  6. Dear Kelly, I’m drooling over this one pan wonder. And the thirty minute time table. Looks absolutely delicious and a meal my family would eat in a “SKINNY” minute. 🙂 Have an awesome weekend with your family.
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  7. Love this twist to traditional lasagna! You come up with the best skillet meals!
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  8. Lasagna in 30 minutes, plus lightened up?! I’m impressed. And I want to make it soon! This looks fantastic! Pinned!
    Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. recently posted…Spicy Chili Garlic Grilled Trout

  9. I love that it is skinny and easy. Perfect for any day. Looks delicious!
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  10. Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates says:

    This lasagna looks amazinggggg! I love that it is all made in one pan! Pinning for later! 😉

  11. You know I love a one-pot meal, especially if it has pasta or cheese in it, so I’m all over this! It looks absolutely wonderful, as your dishes always do. =) Off to peruse the other links/recipes, too!

  12. WOW!! I just love this! I really adore hearty, filling dishes that are still healthy and skinny! It’s the perfect balance!! Looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂
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  13. OMG Kelly! Now this is my kind of meal! Everything about this sounds amazing and looks delicious! I am making this for sure this week! Pinned!

  14. Kelly, this is gorgeous AND fantastic! I seriously have no patience for oven-baked lasagna–especially when I’m tired and come home from work/school. Thanks a bundle for sharing this, I’m definitely saving it! 🙂
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  15. This lasagna looks so cheesy and comforting! Love that you added in zucchini too! I’m always looking for quick meal ideas … especially now that it’s moving into the craziness of fall!
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  16. Wow! What a great idea, Kelly! 🙂
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  17. I cannot get enough of your one-pot meals! This skillet lasagna is no exception – when can I come over for dinner? I’ll bring dessert (or muffins for the morning). 🙂

  18. You did an awesome job with this one pot meal, Kelly, and it’s nice that it’s lightened up! I love fresh mozzarella, and the zucchini makes this even more hearty and nutritious! Pinned. 🙂
    marcie recently posted…30-Minute Creamy Pesto Tortellini Skillet

  19. Your pictures look stunning and WOW, I can’t believe you can cook a perfect lasagna in 30 minutes (I can’t never finish cooking the sauce in 30 minutes)! How easy! I need to try it out, today 🙂
    Sharing and pinning of course.
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  20. What a delicious looking lasagna skillet! Love that it is one pot AND 30 minutes! Also love that you used cottage cheese to make it creamy but keep it light…I might have to borrow that technique sometime 😉
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  21. This is such a great series! I’ve never been a huge fan of lasagna but I love all the ingredients that go into it, and I’m always saying I’d prefer it in pasta form. This recipe is for me, for sure! Also, my picky eater-ness is probably obvious here…;)
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  22. I’m just now discovering how great one pot meals are and I’ve been wanting to do a lasagna one! This looks awesome and I love how you can switch it up and add your favorite lasagna ingredients 🙂
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  23. I love lasagna, but it can be so loaded down with calories. This dish solves that problem and I love that it’s a one pot dish too. Definitely on my list for dinner next week. Love this, Kelly!
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  24. I can’t believe you made lasagna in 30 minutes and in one pot! I love this 30 minute meal collaboration too! I look forward to seeing what everyone else contributed and seeing what y’all come up with next month!
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  25. I am absolutely IN LOVE with this idea!! I am so 100% making this soon! Pinned :).
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  26. This is an all around perfect meal: quick, easy, light, nutritious, picky-eater proof, and easy cleanup. Great dish, Kelly!

  27. Yum yum yum! I’m ready to dive right into that skillet. Admittedly, I’m kind of bad at making dinners. So I’m so excited we can all do this 30 Minute Thursday series!
    Liz @ Floating Kitchen recently posted…Baked Corn, Mushroom and Sausage Risotto

  28. Eeeeee love this Kelly! I just love pasta, and especially so with cheese and these great flavors! I like the combo of pastas, too!

  29. Wow, this looks amazing, Kelly! I love that this is a one pan meal and it’s made healthier. It looks so flavorful and simple to make. Pinned!! <3

  30. misses 7 and 9 would LOVE this! what a great family dinner idea.

  31. I love all your one pot meals. This one is no exception. It looks droolworthy and moreish.

  32. Kelly, your one pot meals are incredible. I just love them. And this lasagna looks amazing, Kelly! Love how healthy and delicious this is. Looks so flavorful and easy to cook. I am absolutely LOVING this idea!! Happy Weekend! 🙂

  33. What a great healthy recipe – love the idea of one pot meals – less mess to clean up – this sounds really good – I know my son would enjoy it.

  34. Girl, I cannot even STAND how amazing this lasagna looks! And one-pot PLUS healthy?? I must be dreaming and I don’t think I ever want to wake up. 😉 Your photos are seriously SO stunning, Kelly! Needless to say, this one is goin’ on the menu!
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  35. Love your one pot meals Kelly! This lasagna looks perfect! And the idea of 30 minute Thursday is great!
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  36. This skillet lasagna looks so good Kelly! Love that you used cottage cheese. It’s so creamy in lasagna!

  37. This looks so delicious, Kelly! I’m so excited about this series you and your blogger buddies are doing. So many great ideas 🙂
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  38. Looks great! I love the addition of some healthy elements! So quick too! Thanks for sharing.

  39. I love this idea! Lasagna is one of my favorite meals, but I rarely make it because of all of the work involved, so this recipe is perfect!
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  40. Oh yum! I’m adding this dish to the menu next week!

  41. LOVE this skillet dish with all the fabulous flavors of lasagna without all the work! My family would love this!!! Thanks, Kelly, and have a terrific holiday weekend.
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  42. Aw this looks so yummy!! And those zucchini ribbon noodles? My stomach is growling NOW! Pinning this so that I can make it sooon!! 🙂

  43. Yay for 30-minute meal idea! That’s an awesome idea! I can’t wait for your zucchini ribbon noodles recipe next week. I hope you have a wonderful weekend! xoxo
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  44. Your recipes always blow me away Kelly! Ive never thought about making lasagne with ribbon pasta AND in a skillet – what a wonderful twist on this dish!
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  45. I love quick and easy dinners this time of year. Especially when they are made a bit healthier like this lasagna!

  46. I can’t wait to try this!
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  47. Easy skillet meals are my fave! I love the veggies that you added and the fact that you used cottage cheese to add creaminess without the guilt! I am definitely trying this one soon!

  48. I love the idea of a ‘one pot lasagne’ looks so easy and just as delicious as a typical lasagna but lighter! Ticks all the right boxes for me 🙂
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  49. I love one pot meals especially when they are this quick! And I love that you just add the pasta right in there and cook it with everything else. Great dish Kelly 😀

  50. I have seen skillet lasagna on Pinterest a few times and I keep meaning to make it, as it looks so easy and delicious. I think my husband and I would finish the whole pan between us though 🙂
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  51. You had me at skinny, girl! Seriously though, this lasagna looks amazing!

  52. This looks amazing, it will come in handy in the winter time. The one pot just makes everything so simple fast even will clean up. Great post will defiantly will be trying this out !!

  53. Yum!! Love how easy this is! You really can’t go wrong with one-pan meals. And the ricotta dolloped on top definitely makes the dish!! 😀
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  54. Kelly this looks AMAZING!! I love skillet lasagna and love that you’ve made it skinnier with ground turkey, veggies, etc. It looks absolutely scrumptious. I just know my family would love it!
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  55. Thank you so much for this delicious recipe, Kelly!

    I made it tonight in a big batch that will be my dinner/lunch for the next few days. I didn’t realise I needed a can of red sauce so I just added another can of chopped tomatoes. I also used a wok, so it took a bit longer to cook the pasta; but it turned out deliciously and I was so shocked when I tasted it and it was exactly like a creamy lasagne – I think I’d forgotten what I was making!

    Look forward to trying more of your recipes in the near future!

    Bethan xxxx

    • Hi Bethan, I am so happy to hear that! Making it in a wok and adding another can of chopped tomatoes sounds perfect and I’m so happy it worked out well for you:) This is one of my family’s favorite. Thank you so much for coming back to let me know! Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!:)


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