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Quick and Skinny Skillet Lasagna

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 POINTS PLUS. Comfort food with ease…You gotta love it!

Quick and Skinny Skillet Lasagna

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 (old points)

Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 6

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (about 1 cup)
236 calories, 5g fat, 21g protein, 26g carbs, 5g fiber, 512mg sodium, 9g sugar

>Find more delicious and skinny recipes on Nancy Fox’s website, Skinny Kitchen

Nancy Fox

Nancy Fox is no stranger to the food industry. She founded Mrs. Beasley's, a gift-basket company featuring baskets full of decadent baked goods. It became the "hot" gift to give among the Hollywood community. 
Nancy later opened 2 low fat restaurants called Nancy’s Healthy Kitchen. Her line of reduced-fat cookies were featured on "Oprah's Favorites" gift show. Continuing her passion for cooking and baking Nancy created a recipe website called Skinny Kitchen. Each week she shares skinny recipes, cooking and kitchen tips, food finds and the healthy benefits of many recipes. There’s also nutritional facts and Weight Watchers POINTS on each recipe.

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Thursday 10th of September 2015

Quick and Skinny Skillet Lasagna? Now I HAD to click on this. I was a little on the fence because I’ve always assumed that for lasagna to be good it had to be very fattening lol. But based on what’s included in this recipe, I might be wrong! I might need to give this a try… #GFEpart2

Deborah Pucci

Tuesday 8th of September 2015

This sounds like a recipe I would like to try. Thank you.

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