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Weeknight Skillet Lasagna with Kale and Artichoke


I pride myself on having a few different love languages. Of course they all revolve around me feeding the people I love and while that may be downright annoying for someone say, sick with the flu, I’m ok with it –  everyone is hungry eventually. 

One of my love languages is pie, usually chicken pot

Cookies are a love language language among us Wilson’s, specifically Dad’s perfect chocolate chip.  

A few quality recipes in the ol’ back pocket are a cheap, but very loving party trick. 

Pasta is the love language I employ to show love to myveryself. A big batch of fresh pasta for me, and me alone, on a Friday night? That’s absolutely my style and I’m so glad social media is catching up. Just the other day I saw a dating challenge (? I dunno, we’re all post panini just trying to figure this out) that detailed the following:  we’re all putting away our dating apps (I mean, yes), we’re meeting people in real life by just having the guts to initiate a conversation, AND we’re dating ourselves once a week. YES FRIENDS, I’ve been on this tip forever ever. Can we date ourselves with pasta?  Yes, it’s great.

Here’s the weeknight / great leftovers pasta love I show myself: a one-skillet lasagna noodle bake that is filled every bite with sausage, kale, cheese and artichoke hearts. It’s an easy weeknight meal that can go on the stove while I’m cleaning dishes for the day’s bake or answering the last few emails.  It’s a lot of love in a little pot.  Here’s how! 

Here’s what you’ll need to make this One-Skillet Lasagna Bake: 

•  Spicy Italian sausage though if you’re vegetarian you can substitute or omit as necessary. 

•  Onions and garlic, Italian basics. 

•  Kale – stemmed, washed and coarsely chopped. 

•  Artichoke hearts, the canned variety, drained and coarsely chopped. 

•  Tomato paste, dried herbs, crushed red pepper flakes, and salt. 

•  Canned crushed tomatoes. 

•  Lasagna noodles broken into big bitesized pieces.  You can absolutely use a GF noodle as you’d like.  

•  Water and wine to deglaze the pan and thin and cook the lasagna bake. 

•  Shredded mozzarella cheese and a spiced ricotta cheese to top. 

Start by browning sausage in a splash of olive oil until crisp around the edges.

Those browned bits on the bottom of the pan are all flavor – embrace that!  Add onion and saute until they’re translucent and fragrant.  

Add coarsely chopped kale (I like lacitano) and coarsely chopped artichoke hearts.  The pan will feel full but everything will cook down nicely. 

At this point in my weeknight dinner prep, I’m definitely still multi-tasking by drinking a glass of wine and answering the last few emails of the day. 

When all of the sausage and veggies have cooked down, add spices and tomato paste. 

Stir around the pan until everything is deliciously fragrant, releasing the flavor of the dried herbs. 

Stir in a can of crushed tomatoes and imperfectly broken raw lasagna noodles.

Of course you can use gluten-free noodles as you’d like, or any shape noodle you prefer. I love how the big flat sheets of pasta absorb all of the flavor and I love scooping it into my mouth rather messily while eating dinner on the couch. That’s my life, it’s chill. 

Add water, cover, and allow the noodles to cook and soften.  

Once the noodles are cooked through, stir in a few handfuls of shredded mozzarella cheese.  

If you want a less cheesy dinner situation, you can absolutely skip this step. 

My favorite part of this lasagna is the seasoned ricotta topping. 

Dollop ricotta generously across the skillet and return to the oven for a little heat blitz. 

Sprinkle with fresh herbs – parsley, oregano, chives or whatever you have on hand. 

Enjoy with a light, lemony green salad and a sprinkle of parmesan and red pepper flakes.  Enjoy dinner in the most comfortable seat in your couch.  


Kale and Artichoke Skillet Lasagna

An easy one-skillet weeknight meal. The easiest way to lasagna with sausage, kale and artichoke hearts. 

  • Author: Joy the Baker
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18-20 minuttes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound spicy pork sausage
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 packed cups fresh kale leaves (I like lacitano kale)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can artichoke hearts, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 cup red wine, (optional – chicken stock or water is also great)
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 10 uncooked (a 9-ounce box) lasagna noodles
  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese seasoned with 1/2 teaspoon salt and crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese


  1. Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Heat an ovenproof 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil and sausage. Break up the sausage as it browns. Brown until deeply golden and crispy. Add onions and cook until onions are translucent, about 6 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute more.
  3. Add the kale leaves and artichoke hearts and stir around the pan until the spinach wilts.
  4. Add tomato paste, dried herbs, salt, and red pepper flakes and stir for 3 minutes. Deglaze the pan with red wine (or stock or water).
  5. Add canned tomatoes and all of their juices. Stir in sugar. Add water. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Break up lasagna noodles into the mixture, stirring to coat. Cover and bring to a simmer. Simmer until noodles are al dente, about 12 minutes. Remove lid and stir occasionally to ensure noodles don’t stick together. Add a few tablespoons of water if the mixture seems too dry.
  7. Once the noodles are al dente, remove the lid and stir in the mozzarella cheese. Dollop seasoned ricotta over the top of the lasagna. Place in the oven and bake until the cheese has melted, about 6 minute. Remove from the oven and enjoy warm. Store leftover in the refrigerator for up tot 4 days. 

Keywords: lasagna, skillet lasagna, kale, artichoke hearts, sausage, one-skillet, one-pan, weeknight dinner,

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