Vegan Stovetop Meat Lasagna (Skillet Lasagna)

Vegan Meat Lasagna made in one skillet – a vegan spin on classic Italian Lasagna cooked on the stove! No baking required! An easy One Skillet pasta dinner your family will love! Gluten-free option included.

Pasta lovers,  this easy Vegan One Skillet Meat Lasagna is going to be a new fave dinner for you. I’m obsessed with one skillet dinners like this Stovetop Lasagna! Easy preparation and quick clean up – check and check. This vegan spin on classic lasagna bolognese makes the perfect weeknight meal. It is family-friendly, uses just 1 skillet, and is ready to eat in about 45 minutes!

a plate of vegan lasagna sprinkled with chopped parsley

Preparing Lasagna on the stovetop is a lot quicker than making a regular lasagna in the oven and there will be way fewer dishes to clean than with a traditional lasagna as we skip the bechamel part. This also means that there is no layering needed which cuts down on prep time dramatically. Those lasagna sheets just go in with all the other ingredients. All the other ingredients being simple pantry staples like marinara sauce, Italian herbs, onions and garlic. After the popular French onion skillet lasagna  and the spinach Alfredo skillet lasagna, this is your classic red sauce and meat skillet version!

If vegan meat crumbles or veggie crumbles aren’t your thing, you can easily substitute with cooked lentils. I prefer the crumbles as they make the dish feel like totally authentic Italian comfort food, but both options work nicely.

a plate of one skillet vegan lasagna bolognese

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Easy Vegan Skillet Lasagna

Vegan Skillet Lasagna Bolognese – a vegan spin on classic Italian Meat Lasagna cooked on the stove! No baking required, no bechamel sauce either! An easy One Skillet pasta dinner your family will love! Gluten-free option included. 

Prep Time15 mins

Cook Time25 mins

Total Time40 mins

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Italian

Keyword: skillet lasagna recipe, vegan lasagna recipe

Servings: 4

Calories: 302kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

For the Meat Sauce

  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1/2 cup (80 g) chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teasoon dried basil
  • 1 cup (82.09 g) veggie crumbles or other veggie meats of choice, or use a mix of 3/4 cup of brown lentils and 1/4 cup of coarsely crushed walnuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper flakes
  • 1-2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 18 oz (510 g) marinara sauce or pasta sauce

For the rest of the lasagna

  • 5-7 Regular lasagna noodles 7 if you’re using no boil
  • 2 cups (500 ml) water or broth
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup or more of vegan cheese shreds or use a cup of my cashew mozzarella.
  • 1 cup chopped spinach optional

Instructions

  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add oil, then add in the onion, garlic, mix in, and cook until the onion is translucent, then add in the herbs, crumbles, fennel seeds, balsamic and salt, and mix in.

  • Cook until the crumbles are golden on the edges, 3-5 minutes.

  • Remove half of the crumbles from the skillet, to add later, then add in the pasta sauce, and mix in.

  • Cook for 2 minutes to heat through, then add in the water, salt, and mix in.

  • Break lasagna noodles and add them into the mixture, and press, so that all the lasagna noodles are covered in the water/sauce mixture. Cover and cook for 14-17 minutes, or until the lasagna noodles are cooked to preference. Stir once in between.

  • Open the lid, check the noodles and taste for salt and adjust, add in spinach if using.and fold in. Then sprinkle the rest of the veggie crumbles, and top it with the vegan cheese, cover, and cook for another 2-4 minutes, to melt the cheese

  • Open the skillet, switch off heat, garnish with pepper flakes and fresh basil, and serve

Notes

  • For a different veggie meat, use 3/4 cup of lentils, mixed with a 1/4 cup of coarsely crushed walnuts, and add a tsp more italian herbs to the mixture.
  • This can easily be made Gluten-Free with Gluten-Free lasagna noodles.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Easy Vegan Skillet Lasagna

Amount Per Serving

Calories 302
Calories from Fat 81

% Daily Value*

Fat 9g14%

Saturated Fat 2g13%

Sodium 784mg34%

Potassium 591mg17%

Carbohydrates 45g15%

Fiber 6g25%

Sugar 8g9%

Protein 11g22%

Vitamin A 601IU12%

Vitamin C 11mg13%

Calcium 69mg7%

Iron 4mg22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Ingredients:

  • lasagna noodles – boil or no-boil are both ok. If using no-boil, use 7
  • We start the meat sauce off with sauteed onions and garlic – add as much garlic as you want here
  • thyme, fennel seeds, red pepper, oregano and basil are my favorite herbs and spices to add to pasta sauce
  • veggie crumbles or vegan meat substitute. You can use other veggie meats of choice, or use a mix of 3/4 cup of brown lentils and 1/4 cup of coarsely crushed walnuts
  • balsamic vinegar adds both acidity and sweetness
  • I make my vegan ragu with a jar of marinara sauce
  • vegan cheese shreds are a must in this recipe. You can also use a cup of my cashew mozzarella

ingredients needed for making skillet lasagna

Tips & Variations:

  • For different veggie meat, use 3/4 cup of lentils, mixed with a 1/4 cup of coarsely crushed walnuts, and add a tsp more Italian herbs to the mixture.
  • This lasagna can easily be made gluten-free with gluten-free lasagna noodles.
  • This recipe is perfect for using up those broken lasagna sheets you always get at the bottom of the pack. You can also use other flat pasta of choice
  • While the lasagna is cooking,  you might want to dial down the temperature a bit. It’s best to reduce the heat to medium or medium low to allow for even cooking.

How to make Vegan Meat Lasagna on the Stovestop

onions and garlic sauteing in a black skillet

Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add oil, then add in the onion, garlic, mix in, and cook until the onion is translucent, then add in the herbs, crumbles, fennel seeds, balsamic and salt, and mix in.

veggie crumbles being added to sauteed garlic and onions

veggie crumbles, sauteed onions and garlic in a black skillet

Cook until the crumbles are golden on the edges, 3-5 minutes.

tomato sauce being added to a skillet with vegan meat crumbles

Remove half of the crumbles from the skillet, to add later, then add in the pasta sauce, and mix in. Cook for 2 minutes to heat through, then add in the water, salt, and mix in.

broked lasagna noodles being added to marinara sauce in a skillet

Break lasagna noodles and add them into the mixture, and press, so that all the lasagna noodles are covered in the water/sauce mixture. Cover and cook for 14-17 minutes, or until the lasagna noodles are cooked to preference. Stir once in between.

vegan skillet lasagna bolognese in a black skillet

fresh basil being sprinkled over vegan skillet lasagna

Open the lid, check the noodles and taste for salt and adjust, fold in the spinach if using,  then sprinkle the rest of the veggie crumbles, and top it with the vegan cheese, cover, and cook for another 2-4 minutes, to melt the cheese.
vegan cast iron skillet lasagna with vegan meat crumbles

Open the skillet, switch off heat, garnish with pepper flakes and fresh basil, and serve.

vegan skillet lasagna with vegan cheese shreds in a black iron skillet

How to store:

Store leftover lasagna in an airtight container in the fridge. Refrigerated it will stay good for to 3 days. It will thicken as the pasta soaks up more liquid so add jn some broth or wine while reheating.

a portion of vegan cast iron skillet lasagna sprinkled with fresh herbs

 



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