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Skinny Skillet Lasagna in About 30 Minutes
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 and 5 grams of fat. Comfort food with ease…You gotta love it!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 236kcal


  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef, I used Trader Joe’s 96% fat-free ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced
  • 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 dry 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 or fat-free ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup light mozzarella cheese, shredded


  • 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.
  • Stir in garlic, mushrooms, onions, zucchini, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat until vegetables are soft. Stir often.
  • Sprinkle broken lasagna noodles into the skillet, then pour in pasta sauce and water over top.
  • Cover and cook. Adjust heat as necessary to maintain a vigorous simmer, until noodles are tender (about 20 minutes).
  • 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).
  • 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 Tips

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 TipsSkillet Lasagna
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.

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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

Skinny Facts

Serving: 1cupCalories: 236kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 21gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 512mgFiber: 5gSugar: 9gBlue Smart Points: 6Green Smart Points: 6Plus Points: 6