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Favorite Skillet Lasagna Recipe

Favorite Skillet Lasagna Recipe

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. YIELD:5 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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. Yield: 5 servings.

Recipe Note

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.
  • Nutritional 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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    embeach30 User ID: 7138533 248854
    Reviewed May. 31, 2016

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

    VSmiles User ID: 8012950 230661
    Reviewed 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 User ID: 8327261 229939
    Reviewed 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 User ID: 3711849 229127
    Reviewed Jul. 7, 2015

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

    angieact1 User ID: 1990802 224072
    Reviewed Apr. 3, 2015

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

    MoTPC User ID: 1195404 190435
    Reviewed 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 User ID: 1630276 191677
    Reviewed Oct. 11, 2014

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

    AZHobbyFarm User ID: 7249985 106377
    Reviewed Aug. 29, 2014

    "Was only ok."

    Joscy User ID: 2694585 122050
    Reviewed Jun. 20, 2014

    "Even with 24g carbs, I can, and will, enjoy this. Yum! What even makes it better ~ a person with diabetes can enjoy without guilt!!"

    r_wilkins User ID: 7823615 191676
    Reviewed May. 27, 2014

    "easy, quick, healthy, and delicious!!!"

    nesta85way User ID: 4237976 106366
    Reviewed Mar. 31, 2014

    "To my palate, this is every bit as good as lasagna, but half the work. I still make more traditional lasagna, because it goes further, but this satisfies that hankering when you just don't have time to satisfy it "properly.""

    TheTallEntree User ID: 7462142 190434
    Reviewed Mar. 14, 2014

    "Great 1 skillet recipe!"

    subiwan User ID: 6389027 106365
    Reviewed Aug. 19, 2012

    "My husband & my very picky nephew loved it! For an 8 year old to ask for the recipe, it must be good! ;-)"

    mac11civic User ID: 4260104 173991
    Reviewed May. 3, 2012

    "Awesome and super fast!!"

    danapeanut User ID: 5284899 109330
    Reviewed Nov. 2, 2011

    "We made this last night... it was great!! My husband and I really enjoyed it. We has spinach on hand so we added that in the meal. It was a hit... we look forward to making this again!"

    Bushlady2 User ID: 5109286 189396
    Reviewed Sep. 30, 2011

    "Sorry to have to disagree w/ everybody. This recipe was awful. I ended up throwing everything out. I think the problem was the "uncooked" noodles. If I were to make this ever again, I would cook my noodles. The noodles never cooked properly, tasting gummy. Maybe it was the brand of noodles. I don't know. Usually I have great success with the Taste of Home recipes. This one, not quite."

    agwife User ID: 5636564 188261
    Reviewed Sep. 22, 2011

    "This is a great recipe. My husband always gets nervous when he asks what's for supper and I say I'm trying something new. He really liked this one. Very easy and tasty. The BEST part is that with this "lasagna", I don't have to eat it all week. The leftovers (not many) were even better. Thanks for sharing."

    Jackie168 User ID: 1043286 109326
    Reviewed Sep. 15, 2011

    "This was VERY tasty! I added more of the turkey sausage as my package contained 1 lb and we like it heartier. Flavor was great ... Very quick and easy to prepare ... a great weekday dinner. Bonus is the low calorie count and healthy ingredients."

    cindyjax User ID: 5686585 147173
    Reviewed Sep. 14, 2011

    "I made this for dinner last night after receiving it from the "recipe of the day" email. I never make lasanga because it is so time consuming. This was fantastic! I will definitely be making this again and again!"

    TMRees User ID: 4528360 190432
    Reviewed Sep. 13, 2011

    "I used ground turkey instead of sausage and it was delicious. I also grated the zucchini to make it a little less noticable to my 7 year old.

    Definitely going to make this again!"

    mielsu User ID: 3702620 147172
    Reviewed May. 11, 2011

    "Used turkey pepperoni in place of the sausage. Was a hit with the fam."

    mehalv User ID: 4612167 190426
    Reviewed Apr. 5, 2011

    "My husband and I loved this dish! I loved the dollops of ricotta throughout the dish. I'll be making it again!"

    Susan's Kitchen User ID: 5575002 111606
    Reviewed Mar. 9, 2011

    "easy to make, and tasted great!"

    Mariebel User ID: 3872371 192112
    Reviewed Feb. 12, 2011

    "Great comfort food recipe! I love the little cheese dollups! This was very easy to make; it also reheats well the next day."

    mjlouk User ID: 1712085 173989
    Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

    "This was really good!"

    Pamm52 User ID: 2039807 106363
    Reviewed Aug. 4, 2010

    "I used spaghtetti squash with this one and johnsville mild italian sausage we loved it and will make again for sure."

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