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Skillet Lasagna with Spinach

You want the luscious lasagna, but your family is getting hangry. Skillet lasagna with spinach saves the day: one pan + 30 minutes = your new go-to!

Sometimes we have a little extra time to make that cool recipe we found on Pinterest. Sometimes we have hangry kids, the cat threw up and our brain is on empty. (🙋🏼‍♀️)

NOW is the time, people! Pour pasta sauce in a pan and cook the pasta in the sauce (hello, less dishes). Then add some cheese… and maybe a veg or two. And get on with dinner, Vegetarian skillet lasagna with spinach has always got your back.

Mixed-Diet Tip: Is your family a mix of veg eaters & meat eaters? Reheat leftover meat. The carnivores in your crew can add it to their bowl, while the herbivores can enjoy the lasagna as-is.

Let’s Make Skillet Lasagna with Spinach!

This couldn’t be easier. If you’ve made pasta before, you can make this.

Ingredients for vegetarian skillet lasagna: a pile of spinach, cheese and basil. Bowls with pasta sauce, noodles, ricotta and seasoning.

Cook some onion and herbs. Add pasta sauce and pasta. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

Stir in ricotta cheese and a bag of baby spinach. Yeah, it’ll look enormous and your kids will freak out. It’s ok! It cooks down in mere minutes. Just give it a few good (careful) stirs.

This gorgeous, cheesy skillet of pasta is vegetarian – perfect for Meatless Monday. Spinach gives a significant boost of nutrition. Because – c’mon – most of us aren’t getting enough greens. Me included!

Add mozzarella at the end. As soon as the spoon pulls lovely, cheesy strings from the pan, call the kids to the table!

Vegan Substitutions: For a vegan version of skillet lasagna, look for 1) a dairy-free ricotta-style cheeses, and 2) Miyokos “Mozz” in a health food store or natural grocer.

Cheesy vegetarian skillet lasagna in a pan with a spoon pulling a bite out

Whether you regularly make homemade dinners, or it’s a special treat in your busy life, you are doing a GREAT job!

Hungry for more kid-friendly, weeknight meals?

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Skillet Lasagna with Spinach

  • Author: Katie Allen
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Pasta
  • Cuisine: Italian American

Description

You want the cheesy comfort of lasagna, but your family is getting hangry. Vegetarian skillet lasagna with spinach saves the day: one pan + 30 minutes = your new go-to!


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 40 oz pasta sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 3 c. campanelle pasta
  • 1 c. lowfat ricotta
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 6 oz baby spinach
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add diced onions and saute until transparent.
  3. Add tomato sauce, water, garlic and Italian seasonings. Stir to combine.
  4. Add pasta to the tomato sauce mixture. 
  5. Cover. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occassionally.
  6. Add ricotta to the skillet. Top with spinach. (It will look like a huge pile, but quickly reduces in size). 
  7. Stir the mixture gently, folding the raw spinach leaves into the hot pasta. 
  8. Once well combined, add mozzarella and stir.


Notes

Vegetarian: This recipe is vegetarian.

Vegan: For vegan skillet lasagna, substitute vegan “cheeze” for ricotta and mozzarella. I recommend Miyokos Mozz.

Gluten-Free: I have not tested this recipe by substituting gluten-free pasta. However, it may work similarly. I would stir and check the pasta more frequently for doneness. 

Keywords: skillet lasagna, vegetarian skillet lasagna

I'm a tacotarian, a mom and pun-maker. Feeding people is my love language, and I'm passionate about helping people feel confident in being their own kind of vegan/vegetarian. I'm commonly found in the school pick-up lane, bulk buying tortilla chips and in front of the fireplace.

14 Responses

  1. The pictures are making me so hungry! I love a cheesy lasagna. It’s so awesome that this skillet version takes only 30 minutes to make.

  2. This was such a family favorite for us! I was hoping for leftovers the next day but they ate it all up, lol!

  3. Thanks so much for the link Katie! 😊 Your skillet lasagna looks amazing and so comforting! I would love a big warm bowl of this right now. Also I’ve never heard of campanelle pasta before but now I know I have to get it to make this dish!

    1. You’re welcome, I love your recipes! I get in a rut sometimes, using the same pasta shapes over and over. It’s funny how just changing a pasta shape seems to change a whole dish! Campanelle are cute little curly shapes that make me happy. 🙂

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