When your to-do list is long and you’ve got a hungry family to feed, it’s tempting to order takeout but before you grab the phone, consider this Easy Skillet Lasagna instead. With jumbled up ‘layers’ of lean ground beef, curly lasagna noodles, vegetables, and cheese it’s a hearty and wholesome meal the entire family will love.

Prep: 15 minutesCook: 30 minutesTotal: 45 minutes
Servings: Serves 6


  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (we use 90-93%)
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced small (¼-inch)
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, diced small  (¼-inch)
  • 1 small onion, diced small  (¼-inch)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (24-ounce) jar marinara sauce of your choice
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 8 ounces uncooked lasagna noodles, broken into small pieces (gluten-free if needed)
  • 1 cup cottage cheese, lightly drained if there is a lot of liquid (may substitute part-skim ricotta cheese)
  • 6 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese (1 ½ cup)
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish


  1. Place a 12-inch skillet with a tight-fitting lid over medium-high heat. When the skillet is hot, add the oil, ground beef, zucchini, bell pepper, onions, and garlic. Use a spoon or spatula to break up the meat and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes or until onions and peppers start to soften and beef is almost cooked through. Drain excess fat if there is quite a bit in the pan. 
  2. Add marinara sauce, Italian seasoning, and water to the skillet with the meat and veggie mixture and bring to a boil. 
  3. Add the broken lasagna noodles and stir. Reduce heat to low and place the lid on the skillet. 
  4. Cook for 25-30 minutes, stirring every 5-7 minutes, or until the noodles are tender. 
  5. Remove the lid and stir in the cottage cheese and ¾ cup mozzarella cheese. Stir and cook for an additional 5 minutes uncovered.  
  6. Sprinkle with remaining ¾ cup mozzarella cheese. Remove the skillet from the heat and allow it to stand, covered, for 5 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken. Broil for 3-4 minutes, if desired, to crisp up the cheese then garnish with chopped fresh basil, if desired. 


Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1/6 recipe
  • Calories: 425
  • Fat: 16 g
  • (Sat Fat: 6 g)
  • Sodium: 750 mg
  • Carbohydrate: 43 g
  • (Fiber: 3 g
  • Sugar: 6 g)
  • Protein: 31 g


© The Real Food Dietitians
Recipe By: Jessica Beacom
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