Are you looking for an easier, quicker, and healthier recipe for lasagna? Are you trying to find a lower calorie version of everyone’s favorite dish and put a delicious meal on the table without spending hours and having a colossal mess in your kitchen? If so, check out this recipe for Easy Healthy Skillet Lasagna.
This Easy Healthy Skillet Lasagna comes in at just 393 calories instead of 519 calories for regular lasagna. That’s a savings of 126 calories. Did you know you would have to walk a mile just to burn off those 126 calories? Regular lasagna takes 2 hours and 30 minutes to make instead of just 50 minutes for this Easy Healthy Skillet Lasagna. And the best part, this Easy Healthy Skillet Lasagna only uses one pan to cook and serve, instead of one skillet to brown the meat, one large pot to boil the noodles, one bowl to mix the eggs and ricotta cheese and one baking dish in which to cook the lasagna. Wow! It makes me tired just thinking about washing all of those dishes. Who has time for that on a busy weeknight?
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love regular lasagna as much as the next person, and I almost always order it when we go to an Italian restaurant for dinner. To be honest, although this Easy Skillet Lasagna is delicious in its own right, if there were a side-by-side taste test, the regular old-fashioned lasagna with all of its rich cheesy deliciousness would win hands down. But, if you are like me, you are trying to watch your calories, don’t always have two plus hours to make dinner, and you just need to get a healthy, satisfying meal on the table. Easy Healthy Skillet Lasagna is the perfect choice for that meal; it’s kid-friendly and it is the very definition of comfort food! Pair it with a simple salad and it’s a great answer to the “what’s for dinner tonight” question!
Have I convinced you that this is something you need to make tonight? If so, gather your ingredients which are: diced tomatoes, olive oil, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, ground chuck and Italian sausage or ground pork, lasagna noodles, tomato sauce, parmesan cheese, whole milk ricotta cheese, fresh basil, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
After you have gathered all of your ingredients, heat the olive oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and 1/2 tsp of salt and cook until the onion has softened about 5 minutes.
While the onions are cooking, pour the tomatoes with their juice into a quart measuring cup. Add enough water to measure 4 cups.
Add the garlic and red pepper flakes to the onions and cook for another 30 seconds. Add the ground meat and pork and break up the meat into small pieces with a wooden spoon. Cook until the meat is no longer pink, which should take about 5 minutes. Drain any accumulated fat or grease.
Break up the lasagna noodles and place over the meat mixture.
Pour the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce over the pasta. Sprinkle the Italian seasoning over the top and mix well. Cover and bring to a simmer.
Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally. Check after 15 minutes and add additional water if the sauce is starting to dry out. Cook for a total of 20-30 minutes, until the lasagna noodles are tender.
Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Dot the top of the mixture with the ricotta cheese. Cover the skillet, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Before serving sprinkle basil over the top of the lasagna. Enjoy!
PS: Just like regular old-fashioned lasagna, Easy Healthy Skillet Lasagna leftovers are even better the next day.