Sep 17, 2013

On The Table: Skillet Lasagna

We don't eat pasta often, but when we do....there is cheese involved! 

Queso is a Texas food group!

Not only for carb moderation, but moreso due to the cheese and acids for LittleOne. Her reflux and lactose issues don't handle it well, so I tend to scoop out the meat sauce before adding in the cheese for her.

I started making this as a quick weeknight dinner earlier this year and it immediately became a family favorite.  Honestly I don't remember the last time I made basic spaghetti! 

I've learn to add in a shredded zucchini into many dishes, it adds moisture and a veggie to thicken things up.  My trick is to peel it first so the 'green' veggie isn't 'seen' by kidlet eyes.  Ah, the things we sacrifice for the kids to eat?

Again, inspired by many...with a few April tweaks.

Skillet Lasagna

1 lb ground beef
1 medium onion diced small
14oz diced tomatoes (or use premade spaghetti sauce)
8oz tomato sauce
1 shredded peeled zucchini
1 shredded carrot
1/2 cup water
italian spices: oregano, basil, garlic to taste
5 sheets of lasagna noodles broken into 2in pieces (I had the no-boil kind)
1 cup of cottage cheese or ricotta
1/2 cup shredded or flaked parmesan cheese
1/2 cup mozzerella cheese shreds
2tbsp of dried parsley (optional)

  • Brown meat and onions together until done
  • drain excess grease
  • lay the broken lasagna noodles on top DO NOT STIR IN, just lay ontop of meat.
  • pour tomatoes or spaghetti sauce on top of noodles
  • pour 1/2 cup water around edge of skillet
  • cover and cook on medium for about 15minutes. Check noodle softness and stir mixture. Cover and continue cooking until noodles are al-dente.
  • (I cooked mine a total of 20 minutes using the no-boil noodles which are thinner than standard.)
  • While waiting the 20minutes, combine the cottage/ricotta cheese, parmesan and mozzerella along with some parsley.
  • When noodles are al-dente, drop scoops of the cheese mixture ontop of the meat and tomato mixture. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Stir the entire skillet together to incorporate the cheese into the meat and tomato mixture.


Served with a green salad and enjoyed a simple lasagna dish in a bowl!

I honestly didn't expect Hubs to enjoy this because he's not a fan of pasta, but he really love this.  Since it is pasta, we don't eat it that often, but if I let Kiddo plan the month's menu, he'd have this every week!

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