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Favorite Skillet Lasagna

Whole wheat noodles and zucchini pump up nutrition in this delicious, family-friendly dinner. Topped with dollops of ricotta cheese, it has an extra touch of decadence. No one will believe this one’s lighter. —Lorie Miner, Kamas, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    5 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 jar (14 ounces) spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cups uncooked whole wheat egg noodles
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped zucchini
  • 1/2 cup fat-free ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • In a large nonstick skillet, cook sausage and onion over medium heat until no longer pink, breaking up sausage into crumbles; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce, noodles, water and zucchini. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 8-10 minutes or until noodles are tender, stirring occasionally.
  • In a small bowl, combine ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese and parsley. Drop by tablespoonfuls over pasta mixture. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese; cook, covered, 3-5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Herbs and spices are a great way to customize and add calorie-free flavor. Try adding 1 tablespoon of fresh basil (or 1 teaspoon dried) to the cheese mixture and 1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes to the sausage for additional flavor and a spicy kick.
  • Picky eaters on your hands? Grate any offending party. (Hello, onion and zucchini: Sorry to single you out!) Even your toughest critics will clean their plates.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cup: 250 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 783mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 17g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.
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    • PatsCookin
      May 12, 2020

      This is a super easy and delicious meal! For those who said it was bland, it might be the spaghetti sauce they used. I used a pint of my homemade spaghetti sauce with ground beef and Italian sausage which is well seasoned before I freeze it. I also used Mafalda noodles. I tested a noodle after 10 minutes and realized I needed to give the noodles another couple of minutes cooking time. A dash of Italian seasoning in the cheese mixture gave it a little extra flavor. My husband said he could easily eat more, but we are watching our portions so he resisted. He said it is a keeper and I agree!

    • demandy
      Sep 27, 2018

      Loved this! We ended up using all the sausage and extra zucchini diced really small. I also used fresh basil and parsley. I will add this to our regular rotation.

    • embeach30
      May 31, 2016

      This was delicious. My 17 month old loved it so much, she covered herself in it!

    • VSmiles
      Aug 3, 2015

      Lite, flavorful, and filling. Made it to recipe except the zucchini went bad so I had to use a red bell pepper. Husband, 2yr old and 18 yr kiddos loved it. Added a side of Normandy veggies and tasted awesome. Saving this in the "go to" pile of recipes.

    • Dougie55
      Jul 21, 2015

      I hate giving bad reviews, but I made this last week exactly as the recipe suggests, as I always try to do on the first crack, and found it terribly boring. The cheese was the only thing that made it somewhat flavorful. I will try it again,but will add a lot of different things to make it have some zip.

    • erinpatty
      Jul 7, 2015

      Easy to make and it taste like a classic lasagna but takes less time to make!

    • angieact1
      Apr 3, 2015

      My kids enjoyed this and I like the added nutrition! Added fresh garlic and spices!

    • MoTPC
      Nov 24, 2014

      Very yummy! I added extra spices - garlic powder, dried basil, oregano, salt & pepper but it depends on the spaghetti sauce you use. I also added some chopped mushrooms that I needed to use up. I might add more noodles next time, but will definitely make again!!

    • Bonito
      Oct 11, 2014

      This was so easy to prepare,and my family loves lasagna, this is quick - easy and delicious

    • AZHobbyFarm
      Aug 29, 2014

      Was only ok.