Oven-baked lasagna is an American favorite that’s sure to keep tummies full and satisfy even the pickiest of crowds. Still, making traditional lasagna can be a labor of love and a load of calories, too.
The silver lining: There’s a slew of ways to enjoy the flavors of traditional lasagna in a more lightened-up variation that will still spark joy.
We rounded up one-pot lasagna recipes to add to your weeknight meal plan. From white chicken lasagna and veggie lasagna to vegan lasagna soup and skillet lasagna with pesto, keep scrolling for cheesy, delicious dinners.
1. White Chicken Skillet Lasagna
- 535 calories
- 21 grams of protein
“To help decrease the amount of saturated fat (which can be common when eating hearty dishes like lasagna), try replacing the heavy cream with low-fat Greek yogurt and skim milk.”
2. Rotisserie Chicken Lasagna
- 328 calories
- 30 grams of protein
Whole-grain noodles, shredded rotisserie chicken and blend of cheesy ricotta and mozzarella make this shortcut lasagna irresistible. To make this a well-rounded meal, enjoy one serving of this lasagna with a side salad or a cup of cruciferous veggies like steamed broccoli.
3. Healthy One-Pot Skillet Lasagna
- 258 calories
- 28.4 grams of protein
This skillet recipe has all the flavors of a traditional lasagna minus all the mess and hours of labor. Including fat-free cottage cheese adds calcium, a mineral that contributes to bone health, Mathis says. If you want to boost the fiber content and make this dish more satiating, use whole-wheat or chickpea pasta.
4. One-Pot Hamburger Helper Lasagna
- 377 calories
- 27 grams of protein
A fusion of the boxed childhood favorite and creamy lasagna, this recipe is perfect for feeding a family on a busy weeknight. “This recipe uses a hefty serving of garlic, which has been shown to protect the body against oxidative damage,” Mathis says. If you’re concerned about the sodium content, consider using a low-sodium marinara or using fresh tomatoes instead.
5. Crock-Pot Vegetable Lasagna
- 690 calories
- 42 grams of protein
Chock-full of vegetables, this slow cooker lasagna is a complete meal by itself. Both zucchini and yellow squash are featured in this recipe, and both are a great source of vitamins A and C and potassium, Mathis says. Because this is a vegetable-based dish, feel free to add even more veggies you have sitting in the fridge.
- 406 calories
- 19 grams of protein
Red lentils and cashew butter are the stars of this creamy vegan soup. Red lentils are high in dietary fiber, which is linked to a lower risk of heart disease. To make this a well-rounded meal, serve it alongside a side salad or a cup of your favorite non-starchy vegetable.
7. Instant Pot Lazy Lasagna
- 463 calories
- 35 grams of protein
Think layers of pillowy soft noodles, rich tomato sauce and gooey cheese — that’s what you’ll get in this Instant Pot recipe.
“It contains a combination of herbs, including basil, parsley and oregano, which adds so much flavor,” Mathis says. But consider swapping the dried versions for fresh to increase nutritional value. “Just like green leafy vegetables, most fresh herbs contain vitamins A, C and K and polyphenols, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory capabilities.”
8. One-Pan Skillet Lasagna
- 533 calories
- 26 grams of protein
Perfect for a weeknight meal, a blend of ground beef, penne, tomato sauce and cheese is easy to feed a crowd on limited time. Choosing ricotta cheese is a great addition to this recipe because it contains calcium and selenium, Mathis notes. “It also contains vitamins A, E, D and B2.”
9. One-Pot Vegetarian Lasagna Soup
- 375 calories
- 18 grams of protein
A plant-based twist on the traditional recipe, like this vegetarian soup won’t disappoint because it’s packed with flavor. A mix of mushrooms, ricotta and navy beans are the stars of this meal.
“Navy beans are loaded with dietary fiber and they’re a good source of folate and manganese,” Mathis says. If you’re not vegetarian and want to boost the protein content, consider making it with bone broth.
10. Easy Vegetarian Skillet Lasagna With Kale Olive Pesto
- 585 calories
- 20 grams of protein
Instead of the traditional tomato sauce, enjoy this lasagna skillet made with pesto. Kale is a cruciferous green that can be challenging to eat on its own, but even picky eaters won’t mind the kale in this dish. It’s loaded with antioxidants and fiber that can help fight off free radical damage and oxidative stress.
11. Baked Ravioli Lasagna
- 844 calories
- 37 grams of protein
Swap the noodles for ravioli in this lasagna dish. “I love the addition of fresh parsley,” Mathis says. “Parsley is loaded with vitamin K, which helps to support bone health.” If you want to reduce fat and calories, consider swapping the Italian sausage for ground chicken or turkey.
12. Healthier One-Pot Skillet Lasagna
- 429 calories
- 38 grams of protein
This healthier lasagna rendition is full of veggies including zucchini and carrots. “Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A and beta-carotene, which can contribute to eye health,” Mathis says. And if you want to bulk up on vitamins and minerals, add even more veggies.
13. Skillet Zucchini Lasagna
- 288 calories
- 26.4 grams of protein
Spiraled zucchini (aka zoodles) are a great way to enjoy the flavor of pasta dishes without all the calories and carbs. This recipe is great for those looking to reduce their carb intake. Another bonus with this recipe is it includes, fats, protein and vegetables, so you have a complete meal in just one pot.