Labneh, a spreadable cheese made from strained yogurt, stands in for ricotta in this skillet lasagna. If you can't find labneh at your grocery store, use whipped cream cheese.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Credit: Carson Downing

Recipe Summary

45 mins
1 hr 30 mins
8 cups


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • For vegetables: In an extra-large straight-sided skillet heat 1 Tbsp. oil over medium-high. Add squash in an even layer. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Cook 2 minutes or until browned, without stirring. Turn; cook 2 minutes more or until browned. Transfer to a bowl. In same pan, brown mushrooms. Transfer to bowl with squash.

  • Add remaining 1 Tbsp. olive oil to skillet. Add onion; cook and stir until softened. Add kale; season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir 3 minutes or until kale is wilted and tender. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute more. Transfer to bowl with squash and mushrooms.

  • Add tomatoes to skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Cook 5 to 10 minutes or until tomatoes are softened and juices have thickened slightly. Transfer to bowl with vegetables and stir to combine. (Vegetable mixture can be kept refrigerated up to 3 days.)

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Spoon about 1/3 cup vegetable mixture into the bottom of a large oven-safe skillet. Cover with three noodles. Top with one-third vegetable mixture. Repeat layers twice. Gently pour broth over noodles. Bring to boiling over medium-high; reduce to medium. Cook, uncovered, 20 minutes or until noodles are tender and broth is mostly absorbed, keeping noodles submerged.

  • Spread labneh and zhoug over top of lasagna, making sure to cover all the noodles. Arrange mozzarella evenly over the top. Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes or until juices are bubbling and top is golden. If desired, top with cherry tomatoes, parsley, and/or cilantro. Serves 6.


For a homemade zhoug: In a food processor combine 1/2 cup packed each fresh flat-leaf parsley and cilantro, 2 cloves garlic, and 1 seeded serrano pepper. Pulse until finely chopped. Add 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, 1/2 tsp. each ground coriander and ground cumin, and 1/4 tsp. ground cardamom. Pulse until just combined. Season to taste. (Store in refrigerator up to 1 week.)

Homemade Labneh

Look for labneh at Middle Eastern markets or make it from scratch: Spoon 2 cups plain whole milk Greek yogurt into a large piece of 100% cotton cheesecloth; tie into a bundle. Tie bundle to the handle of a wooden spoon; suspend over a deep bowl or pitcher. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until most of the liquid has drained and mixture is the consistency of softened cream cheese.

Nutrition Facts

494 calories; fat 29g; cholesterol 38mg; saturated fat 11g; carbohydrates 45g; mono fat 10g; poly fat 2g; insoluble fiber 7g; sugars 8g; protein 15g; vitamin a 4213.8IU; vitamin c 97.8mg; thiamin 0.5mg; riboflavin 0.6mg; niacin equivalents 5.7mg; vitamin b6 0.4mg; folate 170.9mcg; sodium 928mg; potassium 951mg; calcium 355mg; iron 3.6mg.