Just hearing the word “lasagna” makes my mouth water. But it’s not a dish I tackle very often, since it takes a lot of time and makes a huge amount. So, when Mom mentioned an easy Weeknight Lasagna Toss from Kraft’s Food & Family magazine that she had made and enjoyed several times, I decided it was a recipe I wanted to try.
A quick and easy one-pot dish combining lasagna noodles, spaghetti sauce, ground beef, vegetables and a little cheese, this easy skillet lasagna is perfect for a busy weeknight supper.
I tweaked the recipe a bit to make it lighter and more Weight Watchers friendly – substituting low fat zesty Italian dressing, reduced fat mozzarella cheese and using fewer lasagna noodles than called for. I also added some dried Italian seasoning for a little more flavor. Next time I plan on bulking it up with more vegetables, such as chopped mushrooms, zucchini and a little spinach.
Rod and I both thought it was good and liked it even better left over for lunch the next day.
Easy Lightened Up Skillet Lasagna
A simple lasagna skillet dish perfect for busy weekend nights.
Author: Simple Nourished Living
Recipe type: Main, Entree
1 pound extra lean ground beef
2 green bell peppers, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
26 ounces jarred spaghetti sauce
1-2/3 cups water
¼ cup light zesty Italian dressing
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend, optional
8 lasagna noodles, broken into small pieces
1 cup shredded Reduced fat mozzarella cheese
In a large saucepan or deep skillet, cook the ground beef over medium heat, breaking it up into crumbles, until browned. Drain off any excess fat. (There may not be any if you are using extra lean ground beef.)
Stir in the green peppers, garlic, spaghetti sauce, water, dressing and Italian seasoning blend (if using). Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Add the noodle pieces and stir to combine. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the noodles are tender, about 30 minutes.
Remove from the heat and sprinkle with the cheese and cover again until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.
*Martha’s Kitchen Notes: Next time try adding more chopped vegetables to increase the volume for 0 PointsPlus. Chopped mushrooms and zucchini would be good. (Add the mushrooms when you cook the ground beef.)
*Suggestion: Add ½ cup reduced fat ricotta cheese into the noodle mixture before sprinkling with the mozzarella
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (1/6th, about 1-1/3 cups): 389 calories, 11.1 g fat, 40.6 g carbs, 4.9 g fiber, 32.2 g protein and 10 Weight Watchers PointsPlus