Savory Oatmeal

It’s funny how oats have been pigeonholed for use in mostly sweet dishes in the U.S. We tend to eat oats sweetened at breakfast, or as part of delicious crumbly desserts, but oats do just as well with savory flavors as do any other grain. This savory oatmeal is a delicious and hearty meal any […] The post Savory Oatmeal appeared first on Budget Bytes.

Savory Oatmeal

It’s funny how oats have been pigeonholed for use in mostly sweet dishes in the U.S. We tend to eat oats sweetened at breakfast, or as part of delicious crumbly desserts, but oats do just as well with savory flavors as do any other grain. This savory oatmeal is a delicious and hearty meal any time of day, and there are so many options for toppings and add-ins, so you can make it work with whatever ingredients you have on hand. This might just end up being your new favorite easy budget meal!

What Kind of Oats are Best for This Recipe?

You can technically make savory oats with any kind of oats, but the recipe below is written for old-fashioned rolled oats, which cook fairly quickly (about 5 minutes). I find that old-fashioned rolled oats are a nice balance between texture and convenience. Steel-cut oats take much longer to cook and you’ll need more liquid. Quick oats cook faster but don’t provide very much texture.

How to Flavor Savory Oatmeal

Oats on their own have a very bland flavor, and I think that’s why they often get a bad rap. Here are some tips for making sure your savory oatmeal is full of flavor:

  • Cook them in a really flavorful broth. I like to use Better Than Bouillon because it tends to have a nice vibrant flavor. Plus it comes in several flavors and options.
  • Use aromatics. A little bit of fresh garlic or ginger goes a long way! Green onion or shallots are also great.
  • Add your favorite seasoning blend. You could experiment with your favorite bottled seasonings like Everything Bagel Seasoning, jerk seasoning, steak seasoning, furikake, onion salt.
  • Top with your favorite sauce. Try adding a little chili garlic paste, sriracha, or gochujang!

Savory Oatmeal Topping Ideas

In addition to ingredients that can be added into your oatmeal, you can add all sorts of delicious toppings, too! Here are some oatmeal topping ideas:

  • Grape tomatoes
  • Sliced avocado
  • Bacon bits
  • Jalapeños
  • Cilantro
  • Green onion
  • Parmesan
  • French fried onions
  • Sprouts
  • Edamame
  • Soft boiled egg
  • Breakfast sausage

Can I Make it Ahead?

Yes, savory oatmeal is great for making ahead! You can change the number of servings in the recipe card below and the ingredients will auto adjust for you. After cooking, divide your savory oatmeal into single-serving portions and refrigerate. To reheat, simply microwave on high for about 2 minutes, stirring half-way through. If the oatmeal is too thick, just add a splash of water.

Make it Vegan

You can make the savory oatmeal recipe below vegan by swapping out the butter for your favorite cooking oil. Coconut oil would be very nice here because it has a rich mouthfeel, similar to butter.

overhead view of a bowl full of savory oatmeal with ingredients on the sides

Savory Oatmeal

Savory oatmeal is a delicious, hearty, and inexpensive meal that can be customized to use ingredients you have on hand.
Total Cost $1.25 recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 245kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1 clove garlic, minced $0.08
  • 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger $0.05
  • 4 mushrooms $0.62
  • 1 tsp butter $0.04
  • 1 cup vegetable broth $0.13
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats $0.09
  • 1/2 cup spinach $0.19
  • 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil $0.05

Instructions

  • Mince the garlic, grate the ginger, and slice the mushrooms.
  • Add the butter, garlic, and ginger to a small saucepot. Sauté over medium heat for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the mushrooms and continue to sauté for a few minutes more, or until the mushrooms have wilted a bit.
  • Add the vegetable broth to the saucepot, turn the heat up to medium-high, and bring the broth up to a boil.
  • When the broth reaches a boil, add the rolled oats and stir to combine. Allow it to return to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium low. Let the oats simmer for about 5 minutes, or until thickened.
  • While the oats are simmering, roughly chop the spinach. Stir the spinach into the thickened oats, along with the toasted sesame oil.
  • Taste and add salt to your liking, if needed, then top it off with your favorite toppings. Serve hot!

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Sodium: 995mg | Fiber: 5g
Close up of a spoonful of savory oats, the bowl in the background

How to Make Savory Oatmeal – Step by Step Photos

Butter, garlic, and ginger in a pot

Mince one clove of garlic, grate about ½ tsp of fresh ginger, and slice 3-4 mushrooms. Add the garlic, ginger, and 1 teaspoon butter to a small saucepot. Sauté the garlic and ginger in the butter over medium heat for about one minute.

sautéed mushrooms in the pot

Add the sliced mushrooms and sauté for a few minutes more, or just until the mushrooms have softened.

Vegetable broth being poured into the pot

Add one cup vegetable broth to the pot. Turn the heat up to medium-high and bring the broth up to a boil.

Oats being poured into the saucepot

When the broth reaches a boil, add ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats.

Cooked savory oatmeal in the saucepot

Allow the broth to come back up to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and let the oats simmer for about 5 minutes, or until thickened.

Chopped spinach stirred into the oats

While the oats are simmering, roughly chop a handful of spinach. Stir the chopped spinach and ½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil into the oats.

Overhead view of a bowl full of savory oatmeal with ingredients on the sides

Give it a taste and add salt, if needed. Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

A bowl of Savory Oatmeal with an egg on top

It’s also really good with an egg on top!

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The BEST Skillet Lasagna

Skillet lasagna is the absolute best comfort food! It is so full of flavor that creates that authentic Italian taste. It is quick and easy and a family favorite that you MUST try! This recipe is good for a meal any night of the week! Cook this up and add in an amazing salad, some…

The BEST Skillet Lasagna

Skillet lasagna is the absolute best comfort food! It is so full of flavor that creates that authentic Italian taste. It is quick and easy and a family favorite that you MUST try!

This recipe is good for a meal any night of the week! Cook this up and add in an amazing salad, some rolls, and top it off with this cake for dessert and you will have yourself a meal your family will go crazy over!

Skillet lasagna in a pan, ready to eat.

What Makes Skillet Lasagna the BEST?

There are MANY reasons that I think this skillet lasagna is the best but my favorite one is… You cook it all in one pan! This not only makes the cooking part easy but cleanup is a breeze! Using just a skillet, you combine all of the ingredients together and cook them up! The flavor is soaked up and you get to taste just how delicious this combination of spices and ingredients is! I love it so much and want you to try it out too!

This recipe is simple and quick. It only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish! This means that this is a meal that you can whip up after a long day and not spend the whole evening cooking! In fact, try making this homemade marinara sauce ahead of time. That will make this recipe even easier…if that’s possible! You can toss this salad while your skillet lasagna is cooking and your meal will be ready in no time. I know that you will love this recipe!

Ingredients in Skillet Lasagna

If you have ever cooked a lasagna before, then it’s very likely that you already have all of these ingredients in your kitchen! They are simple yet they pack a punch of flavor! See the recipe card below for exact measurements!

  • Ground beef: Lean ground beef is waht I usually try to get for this recipe. You can use ground turkey if you prefer that instead!
  • Ground sausage: The sausage adds a distinct italian flavoring to the recipe!
  • Onion: Chop up your onion into pieces that are similar in size so that they can cook evenly.
  • Garlic: I used fresh garlic cloves but if you on’y have minced garlic on hand in your fridge, thats ok! ½ tsp equals about 1 clove of garlic.
  • Italian seasoning: This homemade italian seasoning is AMAZING. It’s great to make ahead and store with your spices!
  • Salt and pepper: Use this to season the dish.
  • Lasagna noodles: Break the noodles up when you get them out of the box!
  • Homemade marinara sauce: I love using any homemade sauces whenever I can!
  • Ricotta, parmesan and mozerella cheese: The 3 cheeses used are delicious and classic to this Italian dish!
  • Basil: Chop this up and garnish your skillet lasagna with it!

How to Make Skillet Lasagna

This is the easiest part! You have all of your ingredients, now it’s time to mix them all up to make this delicious skillet lasagna! The process is so simple that you may want to double the recipe to make sure that you have some to eat later!

  1. Cook the meat: In a large skillet add the ground beef and sausage over medium high heat. Cook and crumble until almost cooked. Add in the diced onion, garlic, Italian seasoning salt and pepper and continue to cook until the meat is no longer pink and the onion starts to soften.
  2. Add in noodles and cheese: Add in the broken lasagna noodles with the marinara sauce. Bring to a boil and then cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the noodles are tender. Drop the ricotta cheese on top and top with parmesan cheese and mozerella cheese.
  3. Garnish and serve: Once the cheese has melted top with fresh chopped basil and serve.
4 pictures showing how to cook meat, onions, pasta and sauce in a skillet.

Variations to Try!

There are a few things that you can do to this skillet lasagna recipe to change it up! Then, you can make it work just for you! Here are a couple of ideas for you.

  • Meat: If you would rather, you can substitute the ground beef for ground turkey. This won’t change the taste and it will make it a bit healthier!
  • Noodles: If you don’t have any lasagna noodles on hand, use some bowtie pasta or another pasta of your choice! It will make it more like a skillet casserole and taste just as delicious!
  • Add veggies: You can add in carrots, spinach, zucchini or corn into the recipe! Chop them up and add them in when you are cooking up the meat and the onions so that they all cook evenly!
Skillet lasagna being served up with a large spoon.

Can I Make This Ahead of Time or Store Leftovers?

Yes! This skillet lasagna is a fantastic recipe to make ahead of time! Here is how you can cook it and store it for later!

  • Refrigerate: Once the skillet lasagna has cooled, put it in an airtight container. It can last in your fridge for 3-4 days
  • Freeze: If you want to freeze the entire meal for later, you can! let the lasagna cool and put it in a sealed, airtight container that you can write the date on. It can stay frozen for up to 2 months.
  • Reheat: If frozen, thaw overnight in the fridge. When you are ready to eat, place it in a skillet and bring it to a boil. Cover and let it simmer for 10 minutes or until heated through!

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The BEST Skillet Lasagna

Skillet lasagna is the absolute best comfort food! It is so full of flavor that creates that authentic Italian taste. It is quick and easy and a family favorite that you MUST try!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian American
Keyword skillet lasagna
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 720kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground sausage
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounce lasagna noodles* broken
  • 24 ounce homemade marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
  • fresh chopped basil for garnish

Instructions

  • In a large skillet add the ground beef and sausage over medium-high heat. Cook and crumble until almost cooked. Add in the diced onion, garlic, Italian seasoning salt, and pepper, and continue to cook until the meat is no longer pink and the onion starts to soften.
  • Add in the broken lasagna noodles with the marinara sauce. Bring to a boil and then cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the noodles are tender. Drop the ricotta cheese on top and top with parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese.
  • Once the cheese has melted top with fresh chopped basil and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 720kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 1171mg | Potassium: 596mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 629IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 471mg | Iron: 4mg

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