As you know, being an Italian household, I cook a lot of pasta and tomato-based sauces using fresh or canned tomatoes every single week.

The only problem is, at this time of year it can be a little tough finding good quality fresh tomatoes so I tend to stock up on the canned variety. This way I don’t have to stop cooking my family’s favorite meals.

Del Monte, is one of my go-to brands because their fruits and veggies are grown in the best regions in the United States, and are picked at the peak of ripeness, plus canned on the same day so I’m guaranteed a consistent quality (the same essential nutrients as fresh) with each can.

One dish in particular that’s a regular favorite is my Italian Skillet Lasagna. It’s super easy to make, tastes great, and it’s a hearty meal. The recipe is below if you’d like to try it!

Italian Skillet Lasagna


  • 1 (28 ounce) can petite diced Tomatoes (or two 15 ounce cans)
  • Water
  • 2 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 2 tsp. Oregano (fresh or dried)
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 medium Onion, minced
  • Table salt
  • 3 medium cloves Garlic, minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 1 Tbsp.)
  • 1/8 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 pound Ground Chuck
  • 1/2 pound Sweet Italian Sausage (bulk or links with casings removed)
  • 10 curly edged Lasagna noodles, broken into 2-inch sections
  • 1 (15 ounce) can Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese, + 2 Tbsp.
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh Basil (you can use a few sprinkles of dried)
  • 1/4 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese


Pour tomatoes (undrained) into a 1-quart liquid measuring cup. Add enough water to fill the cup to measure 1 quart (4 cups). Stir in 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 tsp. Oregano. Set aside.

In a 12-inch nonstick (oven safe) skillet, heat oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cook until onions begin to brown, about 5 minutes.

Stir in garlic and pepper flakes. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. This smells amazing!

 Add in ground chuck and sweet Italian sausage. Break meat apart with cooking utensil and cook until no longer pink, about 4 minutes or longer. Do NOT drain!

Scatter pasta over meat. Do not stir! Pour tomatoes with juices, along with the tomato sauce over pasta. Cover skillet with lid and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally. Once the sauce starts to thicken, stir in another 1 cup of water and cook until the pasta is al dente, or your desired consistency.

Remove skillet from heat and stir in 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste. Set oven to ‘broil’ heat.

In a small bowl, combine Ricotta Cheese and 1/2 tsp. Oregano. Dot tablespoonfuls of this cheese mixture over lasagna in skillet. Sprinkle with mozzarella, remaining 2 tablespoons of parmesan (you can also sprinkle on a parmiggiano-reggiano mix in lieu of the Parmesan), and add the basil.

Place skillet in oven under broiler and heat for a few minutes, just until cheeses start to melt. Remove from oven and serve. If your skillet can not withstand the high heat, cover your skillet with a lid and allow the cheeses to melt with the heat/steam built up inside the pan.


I truly prefer homemade dishes like this over boxed mixes. They taste much better and I know exactly what my family is eating. Plus, they’re just as easy to make!

If you want a super easy, yet tasty dessert, try the Peach Crunch Cake recipe I shared recently. It’s as easy as layering 5 basic ingredients, including canned peaches (without stirring), and bake for 40 minutes. Top it with vanilla ice cream, and oh my is it ever good!

Cooking and baking is SO much fun, and when using Del Monte canned fruits and vegetables, meals are just as nutritious and delicious as those made with fresh ingredients.

~ All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by the company.  Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclaimer for more information. I did not receive financial compensation for my post but did receive the product(s) mentioned in this post free of charge from Del Monte and was under no obligation to write a positive review.  ~

Enter the Del Monte “Add some Garden” Facebook Contest

From now until February 4th, enter the “Add Some Garden” contest being hosted by Del Monte over on Facebook for your chance to win one of many prizes including kitchen appliances, and $25 and $500 gift cards to Williams Sonoma.

Share your best cooking tips and be entered to win!

Visit the Del Monte Facebook page for more info.

Also, before you leave, one lucky reader will win a Del Monte prize pack which includes some canned fruits and vegetables plus a prepaid Visa gift card.


1 Winner will be chosen at random at the end of the entry period 01/12/13. Prize is a gift pack which includes each of the following:

  • Five (5) Del Monte canned varieties; green beans (1), corn (1), diced tomatoes (1), peaches (1) and pears (1).
  • $25 prepaid Visa gift card

Prize is being provided and shipped by Del Monte.
To enter, follow the necessary steps within the rafflecopter form below.

~~ REMINDER:  all tweets and Facebook posts must be spread out at least ONE HOUR (60 minutes) apart or they will not count as valid entries. See our blog Giveaway Rules for more info! ~~


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