Skinny Skillet Lasagna in About 30 Minutes


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You’ll love this fantastic lasagna, made in about 30 minutes and only 1 skillet to wash!  It sure makes for an easy weeknight or Sunday night dinner. It’s loaded with veggies and whole grain lasagna noodles. The skinny for 1 serving, 236 calories, 5 grams of fat and 6 Weight Watchers SmartPoints. Comfort food with ease…You gotta love it!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes


1 pound extra lean ground beef, I used Trader Joe’s 96% fat-free ground beef

1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced

1½ cups mushrooms, sliced

1 cup onions, chopped

1 cup zucchini, chopped

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

¼ teaspoon salt & fresh ground pepper, to taste

6 dried whole wheat or whole grain lasagna noodles, broken into 2-inch pieces, see shopping tip

23-26 ounces jarred pasta or marinara sauce, I used Prego’s Heart Smart Traditional pasta sauce (23.5 oz jar)

2 cups water

¾ cup fat-free cottage cheese

½ cup light mozzarella cheese, shredded


1. Cook ground beef in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat, breaking into pieces, until almost cooked through, about 4 minutes. No need to drain meat if using extra lean beef. If not, drain meat and return to skillet.

2. Stir in garlic, mushrooms, onions, zucchini, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat until vegetables are soft. Stir often.

3. Sprinkle broken lasagna noodles into the skillet, then pour in pasta sauce and water over top.

4. Cover and cook. Adjust heat as necessary to maintain a vigorous simmer, until noodles are tender (about 20 minutes).

5. Remove skillet from heat. Dot tablespoons of cottage cheese over noodles then sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.  Cover and let skillet stand off heat until the cheeses melt (about 5 minutes).

6. Cut into 8 slices and serve. It does get a bit messy on the plate but is so, so good!

Serves 8 (each serving 1 slice, about 1 cup)

Shopping Tip

There are several brands of whole wheat or whole grain lasagna noodles that will work great for this recipe. I used a brand called Eating Right and bought it at Vons/Safeway. Barilla is another brand to look for.


Prep Tip
Here’s a photo that might help. It’s the lasagna in the skillet with cottage cheese dolloped on top and sprinkled with a little mozzarella cheese.





Weight Watchers SmartPoints
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
Weight Watchers (old points)

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (about 1 cup)
236 calories, 5g fat, 2g sat. fat, 31mg chol, 21g protein, 26g carbs, 5g fiber, 512mg sodium, 9g sugar
FACTS: for SmartPoints
220 calories, 2g sat. fat, 9g sugar, 19g protein

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32 Responses to “Skinny Skillet Lasagna in About 30 Minutes


  1. Debbie Says:

    I made this and loved it. My family doesn’t like mushrooms, so I cubed some peeled eggplant instead and it worked great. I will definitely make this again!

  2. Charlene@APinchofJoy Says:

    Sounds wonderful! I love quick, easy and healthy! Thanks for linking on Busy Monday!

  3. admin Says:

    Thanks Charlene and thanks so much for another great party on a pinch of joy!

  4. AM Says:

    I just made this tonight and it was so delicious! I admit I was skeptical because it seemed so “easy”…but boy was I wrong! Thanks so much for making such an awesome recipe! 🙂

  5. admin Says:

    I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe. Thanks so much for your great feedback!

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  7. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for sharing my recipe on your site Shay. I hope everyone enjoys it!

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  9. Rose Says:

    I just made this tonight and I can’t believe how delicious it was even my insanely picky husband ate his whole plate veggies and all!! Thank you for this!!

  10. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for the wonderful feedback Rose. I love hearing when it passed the hubby test!

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  12. admin Says:

    Heather, thanks so much for including my Skinny Skillet Lasagna! Your meal plan looks delish this week. Have a wonderful weekend!

    With best wishes,

  13. Sharon Myers Says:

    Made this tonight for dinner – only change was adding one more broken up noodle to make it thicker and I had to make it in a soup pot because I don’t have a skillet big enough so I dumped the whole thing in a casserole dish, stirred in the cottage cheese and put the moz. on top. 2 adults and 3 teens ate the whole thing! A keeper for sure.

  14. admin Says:

    Fantastic Sharon…Thanks so much for your feedback!
    My best wishes,

  15. Miz Helen Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  16. Denise Says:

    Made this today all I can say is its great !!! Thanks for the recipes !!

  17. admin Says:

    I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe Denise!I love your photo that you shared on Skinny Kitchen Facebook page.
    All the best,

  18. Alisha Says:

    Just made this.. SO YUMMY. I’m not a fan of onion or mushroom (i’m a texture kind of person) so I just threw them in the food processor so I wouldnt get any chunks of them but could still get the flavor. 🙂 I also accidently ended up with a 5lb bag of baby carrots yesterday.. So I chopped up some of those and threw them in there. I am also not a fan of whole wheat noodles (I’m picky I know.. Makes it hard to eat healthy sometimes.) BUT Barilla now has “White Fiber” pasta, so I threw in some mini rotini. This was a great way to healthy up a pasta dish, and so simple that you can’t make excuses to not do it like this all the time! Any way to get extra veggies and I’m in. Especially if its kid friendly!

  19. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for taking the time to share all your tips Alisha. Great ideas if you’re trying to sneak extra veggies into a recipe!
    All the best to you,

  20. Barbara Says:

    I have made this several times and I love it. It also makes great leftovers! Instead of the lasagna noodles I just throw in a couple handfuls (about a cup) of whatever pasta I have on hand. After cooking in all of the other goodness you wouldn’t even know it’s whole wheat.

  21. admin Says:

    I love to hear it Barbara! Thanks for sharing your tip.
    With my best wishes,

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  23. Carol Cassara Says:

    My Sicilian nonna is rolling in her grave at this recipe…but I am intigued!

  24. admin Says:

    Sorry Carol. Hey mine is the modern day version for busy people with no time to cook!

  25. Linda Tabbitas Says:

    I am old school Italian, but love recipes like this. Can I substitute low fat ricotta for the cottage cheese in ths recipie?

  26. admin Says:

    You sure could use ricotta instead of cottage cheese, Linda. Enjoy!

  27. Carolyn Says:

    Can this be frozen. I made it tonight, but it is just me here.. Your thought’s…?

  28. dc Says:

    This was awesome! My family loved it! Only changes quadrupled the crushed red pepper (we like stuff hot) and added some fresh basil at the end (only because I had it on hand for something else). Thanks for sharing!

  29. Debra M Says:

    I made this recipe for the first time 3 weeks ago. Since then I have made it two more times. We all love it, even our kids. It’s even delicious as a leftover! I also passed the recipe on to my mom, it was a hit in her house as well.

  30. admin Says:

    A big thank you Debra! I’m thrilled to hear it. It’s so nice to make something the whole family enjoys!
    My best,

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  32. admin Says:

    Thanks so much Erin for including my skillet recipe with your yummy collection of healthy recipes!
    All the best,

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