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Skillet Lasagna

With curly lasagna noodles, browned ground beef, savory tomato sauce, and gooey cheese, this Skillet Lasagna Recipe is super easy to make and tastes amazing.

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Looking for delicious comfort food that you can make the next time you don’t have a ton of time on those busy weeknights?

Skillet Lasagna is a take on a classic homemade lasagna with 5 minutes of prep and minimal effort.

Skillet Lasagna Recipe 

This easy skillet lasagna recipe is a family favorite in my house and is perfect for any night of the week.

The complete meal only takes 30 minutes to prepare, which can be really hard to find when it comes to classic Italian recipes like a traditional lasagna.

With soft al dente noodles, salty ground beef, and loads of cheese, this delicious skillet lasagna is one that the entire family is going to be over the moon about.

The easiest part? This is a one pan meal, making clean up a breeze.

Check out this spicy lasagna soup recipe if you are craving the flavors but want soup instead! Or this Lasagna Casserole if you want a great make ahead meal or a casserole to take to a friend.

Throwing a party? Make this Slow Cooker Lasagna Dip!

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Ingredients Needed

Lean ground beef – I personally like extra lean ground beef, but you can use ground sausage (I like Italian sausage), ground pork, ground turkey, or ground chicken as well.

Sweet onion – No sweet onions? You can use yellow onion as well, or switch out for an onion powder.

Garlic cloves – Use garlic powder or pre-minced garlic if you don’t have garlic cloves.

Italian seasoning – Forgot to add Italian seasoning to your grocery list? You can make your own with a few common spices.

Tomato sauce – Switch with pasta sauce or spaghetti sauce as needed.

Tomatoes – If you don’t have fresh tomatoes, try tomato paste.

Broth – I recommend beef broth or chicken broth for this recipe, but you can also use a cup of water instead.

Lasagna noodles – Pick regular lasagna noodles, as opposed to no-boil or oven ready. If you can’t find any lasagna noodles, bowtie pasta will work as well.

Whole milk ricotta cheese – For a healthier option, choose 2% ricotta or cottage cheese.

Shredded mozzarella cheese – Choose a full fat option for this if possible.

Pantry staples – Olive oil, salt, black pepper, fresh parsley or fresh basil for garnish.

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How To Make Skillet Lasagna 

First: In a large skillet over medium heat to medium-high heat, warm olive oil. Add ground beef and onions. Cook until onion softens and ground beef is no longer pink. Drain if desired.

Second: Add garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to meat mixture. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine. Add undrained diced tomatoes, sauce, and water or broth. Bring to a boil. 

Third: Stir in and begin to boil noodles, which should be broken into small pieces. Make sure you have as much liquid as needed to keep them submerged while you boil lasagna noodles.

Fourth: Reduce to a simmer on low heat and cover skillet with a tight-fitting lid. Simmer for 20 – 25 minutes as pasta cooks, stirring occasionally until noodles are tender.

Fifth: Uncover, adding in ricotta around skillet without stirring. Add the mozzarella a little at a time, topping your skillet evenly.

Sixth: Remove from heat and cover for 2 minutes or until cheese melts. Garnish with parsley and serve!

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

finished skillet lasagna with parsley on top

What Should I Serve This Skillet Lasagna With?

I love this skillet lasagna because it’s a new take on a classic Italian dish, which means there are a ton of potential sides that you can pair it with.

I like to make homemade garlic knots and green beans because these are family favorites.

For a low calorie diet, skip the bread and pair with an Italian salad and a balsamic vinaigrette instead.

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How long does it last?

This skillet lasagna recipe will stay good in the fridge for up to 3 days.

The best way to store skillet lasagna in an airtight container. You can also use a small bowl or medium bowl covered tightly with plastic wrap as well.

Once you’re ready to eat it again, you can reheat your leftovers in a few different ways.

Either place it back in the skillet or use a casserole dish and pop it in the oven at 350F until it’s heated thoroughly.

Or microwave, heating your casserole in 1 minute intervals until it’s warm. This usually takes between 3 – 5 minutes. Stir between sessions.

side view of casserole on a plate

Can I Freeze This Casserole

Yes, this fantastic recipe can definitely be frozen after you make it! Place it in a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 2 months.

To reheat, thaw overnight in the fridge. Reheat as above.

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Tips for No Leftovers

  • For an extra cheesy and browned topping, add in some parmesan cheese to the mozzarella when sprinkling your cooked noodles. You can also top with some red pepper flakes for a little spice.
  • Want to get in more of your daily values of vegetables? Try incorporating bell peppers into the recipe before adding in your layers of noodles.
  • To get the more flavorful cheese, shred your own fresh mozzarella rather than buying it pre-shredded. It also melts better.
  • I personally recommend making your own sauce for this recipe, because nothing you buy at the store can quite compare to homemade marinara sauce.
  • Try using a cast iron skillet for this recipe, so that cleaning up can be simple. Once you’re ready, you can swipe down the bottom of the skillet with a soft sponge and water before drying with a clean kitchen towel.

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When it comes to great recipes, it’s going to be hard to beat this 30-minute skillet lasagna. Not only does this recipe taste amazing, but the easiest part is that it’s a one-pot pasta recipe.

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Skillet Lasagna

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

With tender lasagna noodles, hearty ground beef, savory tomato sauce, and melty cheese, this Skillet Lasagna Recipe is super easy to make and tastes amazing.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 ½ pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced (roughly 1 cup)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 24 ounces tomato sauce
  • 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes, not drained
  • 1 cup water or broth
  • 8 ounces lasagna noodles, broken into pieces (regular, not no-boil or oven ready)
  • 8 ounces whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh parsley for garnish (or fresh basil)

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  2. To the skillet add ground beef and onion. Cook until onion starts to soften and ground beef is no longer pink. Drain fat if desired.
  3. Add in the minced garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
  4. Pour in the undrained diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and water. Bring to a boil.
  5. Stir in broken lasagna noodles. Be sure to submerge them in the liquid.
  6. Reduce to a simmer and cover.
  7. Cook for 20 - 25 minutes or until the noodles are tender, stirring occasionally.
  8. Uncover, add spoonfuls of the ricotta cheese around the skillet, do not stir.
  9. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  10. Remove from heat and cover for 2 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  11. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve warm.

Notes

  • For an extra cheesy and browned topping, add in some parmesan cheese to the mozzarella when sprinkling your cooked noodles. You can also top with some red pepper flakes for a little spice.
  • Want to get in more of your daily values of vegetables? Try incorporating bell peppers into the recipe before adding in your layers of noodles.
  • To get the more flavorful cheese, shred your own fresh mozzarella rather than buying it pre-shredded. It also melts better.
  • I personally recommend making your own sauce for this recipe, because nothing you buy at the store can quite compare to homemade marinara sauce.
  • Try using a cast iron skillet for this recipe, so that cleaning up can be simple. Once you’re ready, you can swipe down the bottom of the skillet with a soft sponge and water before drying with a clean kitchen towel.

Recipe adapted from Savory Experiments.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 607Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 149mgSodium: 1500mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 5gSugar: 11gProtein: 53g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and we can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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