One Skillet Sweet Potato Lasagna

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As a girl with a little bit of curve, finding jeans isn’t easy. Actually, it sucks. I’m stuck between two sizes right now (and one size is teetering on one I’d rather NEVER be), so different brands fit drastically different. So when I find a pair that fits me like a glove, I don’t just buy that pair in that color. I buy every single color I can possibly find in that exact fit and walk out. That might sound foolish, but when you find something that fits you so perfectly, you buy it in every color.

sweet potato lasagna


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Well, that’s exactly what this lasagna is to me, too. This skillet lasagna recipe is like those perfect jeans. Instead of trying 15 different recipes for other types of lasagna, I’m going to make this kind every way I can before it just stops working. Like those jeans. I’ll buy them in every color until they start coming in colors like periwinkle or neon pink. Then it’ll be time to move on to a new fit and a new brand.

the best skillet lasagna

For now, this lasagna still fits like a glove and I already have three different ways to make this before I think it’s time to retire it. For now, let’s revel in these “perfect fitting jeans” for a second.

one skillet lasagna

Sweet potato pasta is probably one of my all time favorite indulgences. I first saw the idea on my friend Julie’s blog and made it that night. Since that night, I’ve been making it monthly, with additions and changes of my own. Now, instead of regular pasta, I thought I’d add this luscious cream sauce to my favorite skillet lasagna recipe, with a few other meaty additions as well, like chorizo and tons of sage.

one skillet sweet potato lasagna

This may be my favorite version yet. The addition of the spice and chorizo balances the sweet, creamy earthiness of the sweet potato cream perfectly. But that’s not the best part of this recipe. You can make it for less than $20 and it’s all in one simple skillet. Which means less dish duty and more wine drinking. The low calories and fat doesn’t hurt either.

Hey, I gotta make sure those perfect jeans fit, right?

One Skillet Sweet Potato Lasagna

sweet potato pasta with walnuts


Serves about 4 – 6. Sauce adapted from Table for Two.
Prep time: 10 – 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 – 20 minutes


For the lasagna: 

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup shiitake mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 links of chorizo sausage, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 6 sheets of cooked lasagna noodles, cut in half
  • 3/4 cup skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup parmesan cheese

For the pasta sauce: 

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large sweet potato, cooked
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup light cream
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • 2/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • Fresh herbs for garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. To make the cream sauce, mash the sweet potatoes to remove all lumps. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Once melted, whisk in the flour to make a paste. Gradually add the milk and cream, whisking well to incorporate. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Stir in the sage, salt and pepper.
  2. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the mashed sweet potato and parmesan cheese.
  3. To make the skillet, heat the olive oil in another large skillet over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Add in the garlic and mushrooms, cooking until softened, about 4 more minutes. Mix in the chorizo and cook until browned, about 4 – 5 more minutes. Remove from heat and mix with the cream sauce. Save half of the sauce for later.
  4. Mix the ricotta, egg and parmesan cheese together.
  5. To make the lasagna, layer 3 – 4 lasagna noodles over the cream sauce/chorizo mixture in the pan. Top with half of the ricotta and parmesan mixture. Add remaining sweet potato sauce, remaining lasagna noodles and ricotta cheese. Top with remaining parmesan cheese, pepper, walnuts and fresh herbs.

Nutritional information per serving:

Calories: 500
Fat: 31.5 grams
Carbohydrates: 39 grams
Fiber: 4.5 grams
Protein: 22.5 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 14

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  1. Posted by cookeez on
    Monday, October 20th, 2014
    This looks yummy but I think I'm going to put the last step in my crockpot. Thanks!
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Monday, October 20th, 2014
      Oh yum!! Let me know how it turns out!
  2. Posted by christne on
    Monday, October 20th, 2014
    This sounds great! I love the sweet potato! Jeans are the worst! Especially for a gal like me who comes from a long line of short Italian women who carry their weight in their lower half!
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Monday, October 20th, 2014
      Haha! I hate jeans.
  3. Posted by Cookin Canuck on
    Monday, October 20th, 2014
    Shopping for jeans is like torture to me, but I agree that you have to buy out the store when you find that perfect pair. This lasagna skillet is such a fun idea! So much easier than regular lasagna, but with all of the flavor.
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Monday, October 20th, 2014
      RIGHT? I'd rather never do it again.
  4. Monday, October 20th, 2014
    Mmmmmmm perfect jeans lasagna! I could eat this every week and be very happy!
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Monday, October 20th, 2014
      I'm changing the name to perfect jeans lasagna. Awesome :)
  5. Monday, October 20th, 2014
    Oh my goodness. Is this for real?!
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Monday, October 20th, 2014
      IT IS IT IS!!
  6. Posted by Sam @ PancakeWarriors on
    Monday, October 20th, 2014
    I was laughing reading the intro to this post, I'm in the same boat on the jeans. Ugh I wish I could just find that one size. I still haven't :( But this pasta looks amazing! Love that you don't have to bake this for an hour before enjoying! Thanks for sharing this beauty!
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Monday, October 20th, 2014
      Right? SO freaking easy!
  7. Monday, October 20th, 2014
    I know what you mean with the jeans. :( I can't buy jeans in Europe. At not least not in Sweden or Germany. Booo!

    And this looks fun! I've never eaten sweet potatoes in anything like this (I know I'm behind with the times!)
  8. Monday, October 20th, 2014
    That perfect pair of jeans is hard to come by so I get it! As is the perfect dinner - this looks wonderful!
  9. Posted by Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom on
    Monday, October 20th, 2014
    I know the jean predicament so I totally get it. Loving this one pot wonder!
  10. Posted by Ginny McMeans on
    Monday, October 20th, 2014
    I am like you and buy multiples when I find something that fits perfect. This lasagna also looks like a go-to over and over.
  11. Posted by Bea on
    Monday, October 20th, 2014
    Yes, if the jeans fit its a buy and I agree with the recipe as well. Love this recipe it sounds absolutely perfect.
  12. Posted by Medeja on
    Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
    Cheesy..creamy.. this lasagna looks super delicious!
  13. Posted by Paula - bell'alimento on
    Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
    You had me at skillet. And then sweet potato. Yum!
  14. Posted by Meseidy on
    Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
    Love the one pot and love the butternut! Pinning this!
  15. Posted by Nutmeg Nanny on
    Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
    Hello easy! I want this. For breakfast.
  16. Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
    This looks like pure comfort.
  17. Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
    Why is finding the perfect fitting pair of jeans always such a chore? At least recipes like this one make it easy to keep those treasured jeans from getting too snug.
  18. Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
    OMG, this looks scrumptious! You had me at 1 skillet. :-)
  19. Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
    I am the EXACT same way about jeans! YUCK! But, this lasagna look absolutely fab!
  20. Friday, October 24th, 2014
    I am SO with you on buying more that one of something that fits well! SO many time a shirt (especially) that I fall in love with gets ruined somehow and I WISHED I'd had a back up, lol! This dish looks amazeballs, so it - I need an invite over next time you make it!!
  21. Posted by Etin on
    Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
    this looks great! Two things though, you left out when to add the sweet potato to the sauce, and mozzarella is not in the ingredient list....
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
      I just updated it!!