20 Spring Dinner Recipes for Busy Families

Collage of 6 dinners from the list of 20 Spring Dinner Recipes for Families

It’s SPRING!!  The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and we are spending more time outdoors. That means it’s time for easy, healthy, and tasty Spring Dinner recipes for families! So, I have compiled a list of 20 Spring Dinners that fall into one or more of these categories:  they are easy to make, use healthy ingredients, are great for eating outdoors or on-the-go, and use seasonal produce.

Easy to prep and cook

You are busy this Spring with work, home, activities, and school still going in some form – remote, in person, or both.  That means you will need easy to prep-ahead and easy to cook dinners. These dinners are all super easy to make with prep-ahead steps listed for every recipe along with quick and easy cooking steps.

Healthy Ingredients (but still delicious!)

Spring weather brings sunshine, birds chirping, flowers blooming.  It means shedding layers and being more active.  This naturally brings a desire for healthier foods and meals.  This can be tricky with kids!  Mention the word healthy in my house and my oldest runs out the door.  But healthy dinners CAN be delicious.  All of these recipes listed here have been tested and approved with busy families with kids of all ages. 

Good for On-the-go or Outdoors

With warmer weather, you are likely more on-the-go. That means more outdoor activities or just enjoying meals outside. Meals that are served cold or can be eaten with your hands are easier for these times. So, I have included some sandwiches, tacos, and salads that are easy to eat quickly or taken outside.

In-Season

These Spring Dinner Recipes take advantage of fruits and veggies that are in season. There are so many benefits to eating produce that’s in season. You get fresher products as they have to travel less distance and time when they are in season. They often cost less because they are in abundance. And you get a variety of different foods from what you may have been eating through the winter. In the Spring, you get asparagus, artichokes, peas, spinach, kale, limes, pineapple, apples, and so much more! You can get a complete list of fruits and veggies that are in season in Spring here

I hope you try and love these 20 favorite Talking Meals Easy Spring Dinner Recipes!

1.  One Pan Parmesan Crusted Chicken & Asparagus

This One-Pan Parmesan Crumb Chicken and Asparagus is crispy, healthy, filling, easy, and delicious. The chicken is simply breaded with a mixture of parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. The Asparagus is lightly seasoned with extra virgin olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle the entire pan with scallions for a mild onion flavor and this dish is loaded with amazing but simple delicious-ness!

This One-Pan Parmesan Crumb Chicken and Asparagus is crispy, healthy, filling, easy, and delicious. The chicken is simply breaded with a mixture of parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. The Asparagus is lightly seasoned with extra virgin olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle the entire pan with scallions for a mild onion flavor and this dish is loaded with amazing but simple delicious-ness! Asparagus is in season in the Spring, so you will start to see it more in the stores and at a lower cost. This is a great Spring dish also because it’s so easy! It all cooks on one pan in the oven.

2.  Mouthwatering Korean Beef Tacos

Korean Beef Tacos on a plate with flavorful Korean beef, crunchy Sesame Cabbage Slaw and a creamy, cool, Cilantro Lime Sriracha sauce!

When it comes to fun Spring Dinner Recipes, I always think of tacos! These Korean Beef Tacos are mouth-wateringly delicious and so easy to make you will be blown away! The marinade comes together in minutes for a salty, nutty, slightly acidic, sweet, and savory flavor. Each amazing taco also has crunchy Sesame Cabbage Slaw and a creamy, cool, Cilantro Lime Sriracha sauce! Limes are in season in the Spring, so take advantage and buy a ton! Use them for this recipe and then juice some for a refreshing Lime-ade. This is also a fun outdoor eat-with-your-hands dinner as you can get as messy as you want!

3.  Chicken Chimichurri Rojo

Chicken Chimichurri Rojo on a plate with cup of chimichurri. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner

Most people have had Chimichurri, but how about Chicken Chimichurri Rojo? It’s a perfect Spring or Summer dish because you can simply grill or broil the chicken then top with this make-ahead cool, fresh, oh-so-delicious Chimichurri Rojo. The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper and combined with the other ingredients, this sauce is cool, tangy, sweet, savory and incredibly full-flavored!  All of the ingredients get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier! With garlic, parsley, cilantro, lime, vinegar, and red pepper, this is one easy sauce that delivers BIG flavor!

 4.  Garlic & Lime Shrimp Recipe with Tzatziki Sauce

Garlic and Lime Shrimp with Tzatziki Sauce over Quinoa on plate. The Shrimp is simply sauteed with minced garlic, olive oil, and lime for big bold flavors. The Tzatziki Sauce is bright and cool with creamy yogurt with fresh cucumber, lime, garlic, and scallion. #shrimp #easydinner #dinner #seafoodrecipes #shrimprecipes

This Garlic and Lime Shrimp with Tzatziki Sauce combines big bold flavors with cool, refreshing flavors. The Shrimp is simply sauteed with minced garlic, olive oil, and lemon for big bold flavors. You can also marinade the shrimp in the garlic and olive oil and then grill, squeezing the lemon over after grilled.  The Tzatziki Sauce is bright and cool with creamy yogurt with fresh cucumber, lime, garlic, and scallion. A perfect combination and so easy to pull together for a bright and light Spring dinner!

 5.  Zesty Pea Soup

Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick...this Zesty Pea Soup with Spring Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on Pea Soup recipes! You get the sweet spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from jalapeño that leaves a wonderful warmth (not spicy-hot) feel in your mouth.

Peas are in so many Spring recipes, but in my family, they unfortunately will only eat them blended. So, bring on the Pea Soup! Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick…this Zesty Pea Soup with Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on the traditional Pea Soup recipe! You get the sweet Spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from the jalapeño that gives you a wonderful warmth (not spicy hot) feel in your mouth and keeps you coming back for more. They blend together for the perfect Zesty Pea Soup and one of the most quintessential Spring dinner recipes.

6.  Lemon Dill Chicken & Asparagus

Cooked Lemon Dill Sauce Chicken and Asparagus in pan on stove. It has chicken in a light and creamy sauce flavored with garlic, lemon and fresh dill. It's loaded with fresh asparagus. #springrecipes #dinner #easydinner #healthydinner #lemon #asparagus #chicken #glutenfree #easyrecipes

Creamy, bright, herby, and lemony, this recipe screams Spring dinner recipes! Lemon Dill Sauce Chicken and Asparagus is Dill-licious! (yep, I just did that!) This is such an easy one-pan skillet recipe. It has seared chicken in a light and creamy sauce delicately flavored with garlic, lemon and fresh dill. Then it’s loaded with fresh and bright Spring asparagus. Yum! You could serve this over rice or pasta, but honestly, it’s perfect just on it’s own!

 7.  Green Veggie Cauli-Cream Fettuccine

Pasta with spinach, asparagus, cauliflower sauce in bowl on blue towel

Spring Green Cauliflower Cream Fettuccine is bright and creamy and perfect for this list of Spring dinner recipes. With Spinach blended into the sauce and bites of Asparagus, you get the creaminess and the texture all in one fabulous dish. Cauliflower Cream Sauce is truly a chameleon. It can take on any flavor that you add to it. With the green veggies, this Green Cauliflower Cream Fettuccine recipe takes a comforting cream sauce to the next level.

 8.  Quinoa and Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

Close up of bowl of Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

This Quinoa and Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Creamy Lemon Dressing has everything you could ever want in a Spring dish. It’s fresh, light, and bright from the lemon dressing, kale, scallion, and red pepper. Then it’s hearty, nutty, and salty from the quinoa, roasted chickpeas and Feta Cheese. And then you get a burst of fresh sweetness from the pomegranate seeds. All of the different textures will make your mouth so happy!

 9.  Craveable Curry Chicken Salad

Curry Chicken Salad on spinach with tomato slices. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes

Craveable Curry Chicken Salad has so many fantastic flavors and textures! Use leftover chicken breast, buy a rotisserie chicken, or get cooked chicken from the Deli!   The chicken is mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing. Then you get a burst of freshness from the red pepper, a salty bite from the scallion, and sweetness from the raisins. Make this once and you will crave it again and again! It’s a perfect Spring lunch or dinner for eating while you sit outside enjoying the sun and breeze.

10.  Moroccan Turkey Meatball Stuffed Pitas

Moroccan Meatball Stuffed Pitas are filled with homemade hummus, moist turkey meatballs made with warm Moroccan spices like ginger, turmeric, and coriander, and then topped with creamy, fresh and bright lemon yogurt sauce.

Moroccan Meatballs Stuffed Pitas are filled with homemade hummus, moist turkey meatballs made with warm Moroccan spices like ginger, turmeric, and coriander, and then topped with creamy, fresh and bright lemon yogurt sauce. These Stuffed Pitas are incredibly easy to make, fun to stuff, and so delicious to eat. It’s another eat-with-your-hands dinner that fun to take outside and enjoy in the Spring.

 11.  Greek Chicken Meatballs with Greek Orzo Salad

Ground Chicken Greek Meatballs on a plate with Tzatziki sauce over rice. Baked meatballs in back. These meatballs have garlic, feta, parsley, and oregano. 
Greek Orzo Salad with Kalamata Olives, Cucumbers, and Feta Cheese in a bowl with spoon on side. It's mixed with a creamy lemon dressing that's bright and light!

Ground Chicken Greek Meatballs are so moist and bursting with big flavors from garlic, feta, parsley, and oregano. You can make them ahead and freeze for months. Then simply bake for 25-30 minutes and enjoy! Paired with a tangy and bright Tzatziki sauce! Served with this amazing Greek Orzo Salad with Kalamata Olives, Cucumbers, and Feta Cheese that will make you go weak in the knees! It’s creamy, tangy, crunchy, salty, fresh, bright, and delicious. It starts with Orzo pasta. Cucumber brings a cool refreshing crunch. The kalamata olives and feta bring the saltiness and tang. All of this goodness is combined with a creamy lemon dressing that’s bright and light!

12.  Veggie Frittata with Lemon Crema

Vegetable Frittata with Lemon Crema is an easy weeknight dinner, quick breakfast, or weekend brunch recipe! This Vegetable Frittata is thick and hearty with lots of flavors and textures from the veggies, but is also light and creamy from the eggs and cheese. It's loaded with healthy veggies, is gluten free, and super EASY to make and to clean up after.

Vegetable Frittata with Lemon Crema is an easy weeknight dinner, quick breakfast, or weekend brunch recipe! This Vegetable Frittata is thick and hearty with lots of flavors and textures from the veggies, but is also light and creamy from the eggs and cheese. It’s loaded with healthy veggies, is gluten free, and super EASY to make and to clean up after. This recipe is great to use any Spring veggies that you can find in the store or have leftover in your fridge!

13.  Shell Pasta with Chicken Italian Sausage & Kale

Shell Pasta with Italian Sausage and Kale on a plate. It's loaded with a salty homemade Chicken Italian Sausage flavored with garlic and fennel in a parmesan, garlic and kale sauce. 

Healthy, comforting, utterly delicious – that’s today’s Shell Pasta with Italian Sausage and Kale. The sauce is loaded with a salty homemade Chicken Italian Sausage flavored with garlic and fennel. Kale is in abundance in the Spring and here it’s cooked in the flavorful sauce so it wilts down and melds into the backdrop so perfectly. Hearty shell pasta perfectly holds the creamy parmesan cheesy sauce in each shell cup. Parmesan on top is the salty and nutty finish!

14.  Sweet & Sour Chicken Kabobs, Pineapple

Spoon drizzling Sweet and Sour sauce over Chicken Kabobs with pineapple, onion, and red pepper over Green Rice with basil, chives, and spinach.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Kabobs have pineapple, onion, and red pepper for sweet, savory, tangy, and salty flavors. Chicken is marinated in a Sweet and Sour marinade so that when it’s grilled, it gets the most amazing sweet and savory grill flavor. The grilled pineapple intensifies into this deep flavor, that is still sweet, but somehow also savory from the grill and the caramelization of the natural sugars. The onion and red pepper round out the flavors and textures with a bit of fresh crunch. Look for whole pineapples in the Spring on sale at your store and enjoy them in this recipe, as a snack, for breakfast, or for dessert!

15.  Slow Cooker Pork Tacos

Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

These Slow Cooker Pork Tacos are mouthwateringly fantastic! Top them with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled all over! You get the salty and smoky flavor from the perfectly seasoned and slow cooked pork, a sweet and tart bite from the pickled onions, with creaminess from the cheese, and tang from the cilantro lime crema. I love these tacos in the Spring because once again, they are fun and great for enjoying outside.

16.  Family Chickpea Coconut Curry

Family Chickpea Coconut Curry over rice in a bowl with red bell pepper, zucchini, onion, coconut milk, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Family Chickpea Coconut Curry with Vegetables is a creamy, crunchy, and filled with warm, soothing, yummy flavors. You get nutty roasted chickpeas, with sweet and creamy coconut milk. Then lots of crunch and texture from the sweet red bell pepper, zucchini, and onion. Finally, I took a little inspiration from Thai Curry and added in aeromatic fresh basil, which brings a wonderful fresh finish. It’s all served on top of fluffy rice that soaks up the delicious sauce.

17.  Quinoa & Black Bean Burritos

Quinoa Black Bean Burritos cut in half and stacked on plate. Packed with protein and fiber, but also cheese, tomato, cilantro, and sour cream!  The vegetarian 'meat' is taco-seasoned quinoa, black beans, and cauliflower.

Quinoa and Black Bean Burritos are a scrumptious eat-with-your-hands family dinner! They are packed with protein and fiber, but also ooey-gooey cheese, tomato, cilantro, and sour cream! The ‘meat’ in this recipe is a flavorful taco-seasoned quinoa, black bean, and cauliflower filling. Easy to prep in advance and wrap individually! Eat on the go, outside for lunch, or in the backyard for dinner.

18.  Spinach & Artichoke Stuffed Zucchini

Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Zucchini on a pan. Each fantastic bite gives you creamy artichoke, nutty cheesy Parmesan, spinach, and zucchini. Prepare entirely ahead, then bake 20 minutes and enjoy! #vegetarian #zucchini #stuffedzucchini #spinach #artichoke #springrecipes #healthyfood #healthydinner #healthyrecipes #glutenfree

This Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Zucchini has all the goods! It tastes delicious and indulgent, but it’s healthy too with so many nutrient-dense veggies! Each fantastic bite gives you creamy and earthy artichoke, nutty and cheesy Parmesan, fresh spinach, and meaty zucchini. Prepare entirely ahead and then bake 20 minutes and enjoy! While zucchini comes into season more in the Summertime, spinach is in season in the Spring. Frankly, this is just such a Springtime looking meal that I just love!

19.  Crispy Baked Fish & Chips

This Fish and Chips recipe is baked, not fried, so it is light and crispy, but has all of the amazing flavor you want. The Mind Blowing Remoulade sauce is sweet, salty, tandy, and a little bit spicy – you will be scraping the bowl with your fries and fish to get every drop! I added this one to the list for Spring dinners because fish is a great light protein option for Springtime. It’s a great option for getting picky kiddos to eat more fish!

20.  Broccoli Pesto Pasta

Broccoli Pesto Pasta on a plate with fork in pasta. It's delicious AND good for you!  It has all of the classic pesto flavors from garlic, basil, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts.  But the flavor is a bit more mellow by adding broccoli! #broccolirecipes #pesto #pasta #easydinner #dinnerideas #familydinner

Broccoli Pesto Pasta is delicious AND good for you! It has all of the classic pesto flavors from garlic, basil, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts. But rather than a huge punch in the face of flavor, it’s a bit more mellow – and healthier – for you with the addition of broccoli! This last dinner made the list because it’s light and bright and a super fast make-ahead dinner for Spring!

Bonus 21.  Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips

No Bake Energy Bites cut into squares and stacked. These Easy Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips are magnificent!  They are sweet, chewy, crunchy, & healthy.  Only minutes to make & no Baking! Breakfast, snack, or dessert. #energybars #granolabars #snackrecipes #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #healthysnacks #healthybreakfast #healthydessert

Super Easy Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips are magnificent! They are sweet, nutty (but no nuts!), chocolaty, chewy, crunchy, and filling. Eat them for breakfast, a snack, or even dessert! Kids love them because they taste great. Adults love them because they are good for you. Schools love them because they are nut-free. YOU will love them because they are scrumptious! The best part?? NO BAKING! And you can store them in the freezer! The ingredients in these Energy Bites are loaded with health benefits and lots of fiber and protein, which help to give you energy. Protein is a macronutrient that is metabolised into energy for the body and helps to repair and build tissue. Soluble Fiber thickens when digested to slow gastric dumping and help to maintain energy.

What are YOUR favorite Spring recipes?  Please share in the comments!

😍 Carrie

White Lasagna Recipe with Zucchini and Ground Beef

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Oh my goodness, this is one knock-your-socks-off dinner!  It’s my White Lasagna Recipe with Zucchini and Ground Beef and it’s creamy, rich, hearty, and mouthwatering delicious.  You get layers of noodles, zucchini, ground beef mixed with herbs, seasonings, and creamy cheese, plus a silky white sauce in every layer.  This is one of my absolute favorite new dinners!  

It’s not only a favorite because it’s yummy, but also because it’s easy!  You can make this entire lasagna ahead and reheat it or even freeze it.  If you like dinners that you can freeze, you will love these Five 5-Ingredient Freezable Dinners – with Grocery List!

Piece of White Lasagna Recipe with Zucchini and Ground Beef with browned melted cheese on top on a plate with parsley.  It's a make-ahead family dinner!  It's creamy, hearty, and delicious with layers of noodles, zucchini, ground beef, creamy cheese, and a silky white sauce. 

The Amazing Zucchini! 

Zucchini is one of my all time favorite veggies!  First, zucchini has great health benefits!  It’s low in calories and packed with vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin A.  Zucchini is also rich in antioxidants that are linked to benefits for your eyes, skin, and heart.

Second, zucchini is so versatile with a mild fresh flavor that goes with just about anything.  The texture mimics noodles, so you can spiralize it into zoodles or slice it long and wide like in this recipe for lasagna!  You can hollow it out for stuffed Zucchini Boats, add it to Stir Fries, or add it as filler to meatballs.  So many options!  Here are my favorites…

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For the beef filling you need either a large frying pan/skillet or a wide-bottom pot, such as dutch oven.

You also need a casserole dish that’s approximately 10×10 or similar.

PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR YOUR WHITE LASAGNA RECIPE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are steps you can prepare ahead to save time on busy nights! (See the full recipe below)

You can prepare the zucchini, beef filling, and white sauce ahead and store in the fridge.

Prepare the zucchini by cutting it into long strips from stem to stem that are about 1/4 inch thick. They will resemble the size of lasagna noodles. You should get 4 long strips per zucchini.

Hand holding slice of zucchini on a cutting board for White Lasagna Recipe with Zucchini and Ground Beef

Mince the garlic, chop the parsley, and measure out the fennel seed, oregano, salt, and pepper. Then add all to the ground beef in a large mixing bowl. Mix to combine.

Preheat a large pot or dutch oven on medium-high heat and add in a teaspoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Add the ground beef mixture and break it up. Let it cook for 5 minutes, stirring halfway through until it gets browned.

Ground beef and herbs cooking in a pot for White Lasagna Recipe with Zucchini and Ground Beef

Stir in the cream cheese until melted and combined. Turn off the heat and stir in half (4oz) of the mozzarella. Set aside off the heat until ready to the assemble.

Cheese added to ground beef and herbs cooking in a pot for White Lasagna Recipe with Zucchini and Ground Beef

Make the White Sauce. First, warm the milk slightly in the microwave or in a pot. Preheat a separate medium sauce pot on medium-low heat and add the butter. Once the butter is melted, whisk in the flour and let it cook for 1-2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the milk until fully combined into a smooth thick mixture. Slowly whisk in the broth. Stir in the salt and remove from the heat.

Whisk mixing white sauce roux in a pot for White Lasagna Recipe with Zucchini and Ground Beef

Whisk mixing white sauce in a pot for White Lasagna Recipe with Zucchini and Ground Beef

Can I use Ground Chicken instead?

Yes!  Absolutely, ground chicken or ground turkey will both work great in this recipe.  The beef will render more fat and therefore, more moisture.  So you may need to add a splash of milk to the ground chicken when you mix in the cheese to help it mix in.

ASSEMBLE & COOK YOUR WHITE LASAGNA RECIPE

Before you start to assemble, make sure that your lasagna noodles are ready. If they are no-boil noodles, you are set. Otherwise, you need to par-cook them in boiling water for just a few minutes so they are pliable.

Layer 1 – Start by spooning a thin layer of the white sauce onto the bottom, just so the pasta sheets don’t stick to the bottom. Then add the first layer of lasagna noodles. Layer white sauce over the noodles and then top with HALF of the beef mixture. Next, top with a layer of HALF of the Zucchini strips (usually 4 strips), and then more white sauce.

Ladle pouring white sauce over lasagna noodles in dish for White Lasagna Recipe with Zucchini and Ground Beef

Ladle pouring white sauce over zucchini slices on top of beef and lasagna noodles in dish for White Lasagna Recipe with Zucchini and Ground Beef

Layers 2 – Repeat – Add a layer of noodles, white sauce, the remaining half of the beef mixture, and the final layer of zucchini strips and more white sauce. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese and parsley on top.

Ladle pouring white sauce over lasagna noodles in dish for White Lasagna Recipe with Zucchini and Ground Beef

Ladle pouring white sauce over zucchini slices on top of beef and lasagna noodles in dish for White Lasagna Recipe with Zucchini and Ground Beef

Shredded cheese and parsley on top of assembled White Lasagna Recipe with Zucchini and Ground Beef

Cover your lasagna with aluminum foil and then bake on the center rack for 30 minutes. Remove the cover and bake for another 15 minutes. For the last 5 minutes, I turn the broiler on to get a nice browned top. Let rest for 15-20 minutes before cutting and serving.

White Lasagna Recipe with Zucchini and Ground Beef with browned melted cheese on top in casserole dish! It's a make-ahead family dinner! It's creamy, hearty, and delicious with layers of noodles, zucchini, ground beef, creamy cheese, and a silky white sauce. 

How do I freeze this and reheat it?

You can freeze your fully assembled lasagna either cooked or uncooked.  If you freeze it uncooked, you will want to thaw it in the fridge for 24 hours before baking it.  If it is fully thawed through to the center, simply bake according to the instructions.  If you freeze it fully cooked, you should still thaw it in the fridge 24 hours ahead, but you could bake it in the oven at 350 F degrees for an hour from frozen state.  Just test the center to see if it is warmed through in the center.  If not, bake for another 10-15 and check again.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Piece of White Lasagna Recipe with Zucchini and Ground Beef with browned melted cheese on top on a plate with parsley. It's a make-ahead family dinner! It's creamy, hearty, and delicious with layers of noodles, zucchini, ground beef, creamy cheese, and a silky white sauce. 

White Lasagna Recipe with Zucchini and Ground Beef

This White Lasagna Recipe with Zucchini and Ground Beef is a delicious make-ahead family dinner! It's creamy, rich, hearty, and mouthwatering delicious.  You get layers of noodles, zucchini, ground beef mixed with herbs, seasonings, and creamy cheese, plus a silky white sauce in every layer. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword family dinner, lasagna, pasta, zucchini
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Ground Beef Mixture

  • 1 lb 90% Lean Ground Beef no antibiotics
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Fennel Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 3 teaspoons Parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 6 ounces Cream cheese
  • 8 ounces Shredded Mozzarella (divided for beef and topping)

White Sauce

  • 2 cups 1% milk skim, 2% or whole will work
  • 1 1/2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Other Lasagna

  • 8-10 Lasagna Noodles
  • 2 Large Zucchini

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Steps

  1. Prepare the zucchini by cutting it into long strips from stem to stem that are about 1/4 inch thick. They will resemble the size of lasagna noodles. You should get 4 long strips per zucchini.

    Hand holding slice of zucchini on a cutting board for White Lasagna Recipe with Zucchini and Ground Beef
  2. Mince the garlic, chop the parsley, and measure out the fennel seed, oregano, salt, and pepper. Then add all to the ground beef in a large mixing bowl. Mix to combine.

  3. Preheat a large pot or dutch oven on medium-high heat and add in a teaspoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Add the ground beef mixture and break it up. Let it cook for 5 minutes, stirring halfway through until it gets browned.

    Ground beef and herbs cooking in a pot for White Lasagna Recipe with Zucchini and Ground Beef
  4. Stir in the cream cheese until melted and combined. Turn off the heat and stir in half (4oz) of the mozzarella. Set aside off the heat until ready to the assemble.

    Cheese added to ground beef and herbs cooking in a pot for White Lasagna Recipe with Zucchini and Ground Beef
  5. Make the White Sauce. First, warm the milk slightly in the microwave or in a pot. Preheat a separate medium sauce pot on medium-low heat and add the butter. Once the butter is melted, whisk in the flour and let it cook for 1-2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the milk until fully combined into a smooth thick mixture. Slowly whisk in the broth. Stir in the salt and remove from the heat.

    Whisk mixing white sauce in a pot for White Lasagna Recipe with Zucchini and Ground Beef

Assemble the Lasagna

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees.

  2. Before you start to assemble, make sure that your lasagna noodles are ready. If they are no-boil noodles, you are set. Otherwise, you need to par-cook them in boiling water for just a few minutes so they are pliable.

  3. Layer 1 – Start by spooning a thin layer of the white sauce onto the bottom, just so the pasta sheets don’t stick to the bottom.  Then add the first layer of lasagna noodles. Layer white sauce over the noodles and then top with HALF of the beef mixture. Next, top with a layer of HALF of the Zucchini strips (usually 4 strips), and then more white sauce.

    Ladle pouring white sauce over zucchini slices on top of beef and lasagna noodles in dish for White Lasagna Recipe with Zucchini and Ground Beef
  4. Layers 2 – Repeat – Add a layer of noodles, white sauce, the remaining half of the beef mixture, and the final layer of zucchini strips and more white sauce. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese and parsley on top.

    Shredded cheese and parsley on top of assembled White Lasagna Recipe with Zucchini and Ground Beef
  5. Cover your lasagna with aluminum foil and then bake on the center rack for 30 minutes. Remove the cover and bake for another 15 minutes. For the last 5 minutes, I turn the broiler on to get a nice browned top. Let rest for 15-20 minutes before cutting and serving.

    White Lasagna Recipe with Zucchini and Ground Beef with browned melted cheese on top in casserole dish! It's a make-ahead family dinner! It's creamy, hearty, and delicious with layers of noodles, zucchini, ground beef, creamy cheese, and a silky white sauce.