Creamy Skillet Lasagna

These cold winter days call for some “stick to your ribs” kinda food. Lasagna is one of our favorites, but it takes a some effort to prepare.  So, on a busy weeknight I make my Creamy Skillet Lasagna. It has all the flavors of a lasagna that took hours to make.

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I love this meat sauce, I also use it with spaghetti. It has great flavors that taste like it has been cooking all day. I sauté some onions and garlic, add the ground turkey and cook until it has browned. Drain off any liquid in the saucepan. I use campenelle pasta in this recipe. This pasta has a wavy shape to hold this delicious sauce.

A red sauce made with tomatoes and tomato sauce is loaded with lycopene. Lycopene is an antioxidant that protects our cells from free radicals, which cause cell and tissue damage. Cooked tomatoes have a higher concentration of lycopene than raw tomatoes, so this increases their nutritional benefit. :D

I also use ground turkey in my recipe. I almost always use ground turkey instead of beef. I prefer its lighter taste and texture. Turkey can be lower in fat than ground beef, but you have to be sure to choose lean. Some ground turkey can actually have just as much saturated fat as ground beef. So, read your labels :D

 

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I love Boursin garlic and herb cheese! It adds flavor and gives this dish a delicious creamy texture.

Creamy Skillet Lasagna
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Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup white onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 12 oz campenelle pasta
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 oz bousin garlic & herb cheese, crumbled
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil, sliced
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet sauté onions in olive oil until soft. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant.
  2. Add ground turkey and brown. Drain off any liquid.
  3. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and balsamic vinegar. Stir to combine with browned meat.
  4. Add seasonings and pasta. Cover with water and gently stir to submerge noodles.
  5. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to a medium low. Simmer for 20 minutes or until pasta is tender.
  6. Uncover and stir in boursin cheese. Top with mozzarella cheese. With burner off, let stand for a few minutes to melt cheese.
  7. Sprinkle with fresh basil and serve.

 

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This is one hearty comforting meal perfect for any day of the week. It has the classic flavors of baked lasagna and the creaminess of my Turkey and Spinach Lasagna.

 

 

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Comments

  1. This is such a great shortcut idea for a classic comfort food! Looks so delicious!

  2. Yum Cindy! I never, ever make lasagna because it takes so long to make! But, with this super fast version, I can definitely see making it! The Husband will be especially happy! Pinned!

    • You are so right, Kristi. Lasagna does take a long time. Thankfully, this Creamy Skillet Lasagna tastes just as delicious and is so much quicker to make. My guys were all happy. Thanks for pinning!

  3. We love lasagna but I don’t like making it too often since it does take some time to make and I always end up with so many dishes and mess on the counter hehe. This skillet version sounds wonderful and love that it’s so much quicker and easier to enjoy our favorite dish :) Thanks for sharing Cindy and have a great weekend!

    • Baked lasagna does take a long time. I always feel like I am in the kitchen forever, then it’s eaten in just a few minutes. Then the clean up…ugh. This Creamy Skillet Lasagna really makes life easy and tastes so delicious! Have a great weekend Kelly!

  4. Mmmmmm … Cindy! Yum yum yum!!!! I adore skillet pastas – so quick and easy yet just as satisfying as the labor-intensive ones. So, you had me right from the start with this recipe, no doubt! But then … I got to the part about Boursin cheese! Oh. My Gosh!!!! Looooooove Boursin cheese – Brilliant! We are staring down more sub-zero temps here in Ohio this weekend and into next week (more possible school closings – fun bonus days with the kiddos!) – so I neeeeeeed warm comfort food! Thank you, my friend – perfect timing! :D

    • Burr! You guys have had some crazy cold temps lately! This skillet lasagna would be perfect for warming up those tummies :) Stay warm my friend!

  5. Wow, this looks so yummy and luxurious! Loving the fact you’ve used a skillet:)

    • Thanks Jess! Using a skillet is so much easier than the time it takes to makes sauces, layer noodles, and cheese. Plus this tastes great :D

  6. This is such a great idea!

    • This was one of those days I had no idea what I was making for dinner and luckily pulled this Creamy Skillet Lasagna together. Family was happy!

  7. consuelohoneyandfigs says:

    Hooray for skillet lasagna! It’s the best dinner one can imagine, right?? ;–) I love how you used turkey and herbs cheese. Your lasagna looks and sounds amazing!

  8. I am a huge fan of skillet meals!! Especially ones that look this good :) easy cleanup is my friend :)

    • I love cooking Ashley, but I’m not a big fan of the clean up. This meal is the best of both worlds…delicious foods and easy cleanup :D

  9. Ooo I love the Boursin garlic and herb cheese too! YUM! This is such a great dish. Perfect for a busy gal like me. I love lasagna but don’t always have time to make it. Thanks for sharing!

    • You’re welcome Julie! Isn’t boursin cheese delicious?! I can eat it alone with crackers. :D It adds a delicious creaminess to this easy skillet lasagna. It’s perfect for busy weekdays!

  10. rsvp1056 says:

    In thew recipe, you say to drain off any liquid…and then you add the campenelle pasta and add “4 CUPS OF WATER”!!! What??? Are you supposed to add uncooked pasta and hope that it soaks up the enormous amount of water for that ½ lb of pasta? I can’r imagine it would absorb that much liquid. Please explain… Thx, Robert

    • Hi Robert, sorry that isn’t clear. By drain off liquid I mean any liquid fat that is rendered while browning the meat. Yes, you add uncooked pasta and cover it with water. It really does absorb it all :)

  11. hello! made this tonight for dinner, my partner & i loved it! we have made skillet lasagna before but this recipe by far is the simplest and tastiest. variations were: i used olive oil instead of EVOO; ground turkey breast instead of regular (it was drier so added a few extra here & there of the liquids); one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar; left the red pepper flakes out as had none and used 2 cups homemade chicken stock and two cups water.

    thank you so much for the recipe!

    • You just made my day Mel :D We love this dinner and you are right, it is so simple and delicious! I love your use of the homemade chicken stock. I need to try that too!

  12. I came over here to print this recipe (again) and realized that I’ve never commented on the post! For anyone reading this for the first time, trust me, this recipe is delicious! It’s easy and work every single time :)

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