One pan Skillet Lasagna made with bite sized pasta, parmesan, ricotta, and mozzarella cheese.  All of the flavors you love from Lasagna, made quick and convenient! 

A large pan of cooked Skillet Lasagna, topped with spoonfuls of ricotta and fresh basil.

I’m obsessed with one pan meals like this Skillet Lasagna for their easy preparation and clean up. They make the perfect weeknight meal as this recipe is  family friendly and ready to eat in about 30 minutes!

How to Make Skillet Lasagna:

1. Brown beef: Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add ground beef and season with salt and pepper. Brown meat and remove some of the grease.

2. Make sauce: Stir in garlic, minced onion, pasta sauce, oregano, basil, garlic powder and red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring sauce to a simmer.

3. Add pasta: stir in pasta and water, bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 13-15 minutes. Remove from heat.

4. Add cheese: Stir in parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Spoon a few scoops of ricotta on the top, and cover for a few minutes to allow the cheese to warm.

Four process photos for making skillet lasagna including browning the meat, adding sauce and spices, water and pasta, then cheese.

5. Serve immediately topped with fresh basil.

A spoon holding up a serving of skillet lasagna from the pan.

Recipes Variations:

The meat: substitute ground turkey or use half ground Italian sausage for added flavor.

The cheese: substitute cottage cheese for ricotta if necessary and substitute shredded cheddar or provolone for mozzarella, if needed.

Add veggies: add chopped bell peppers, mushrooms, spinach or other chopped veggies in step 2, and sauté.

Make ahead instructions: To prep ahead of time, make the recipe through step 2, before adding the pasta.  Store it in the refrigerator and add pasta and water (step 3) when ready to cook.

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Recipe

A large pan of cooked Skillet Lasagna, topped with spoonfuls of ricotta and fresh basil.
Prep 5 mins
Cook 30 mins
Total 35 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1 Tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 24 ounces pasta sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 8 ounces bite-size pasta ,penne, rigatoni or farfalle
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2-3 Tablespoons fresh basil leaves , for topping

Instructions
 

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add ground beef and season with salt and pepper. Brown meat and remove some of the grease.
  • Stir in garlic, minced onion, pasta sauce, oregano, basil, garlic powder and red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Bring sauce to a simmer and stir in pasta and water. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 13-15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat. Stir in parmesan and mozzarella cheese. 
  • Spoon a few scoops of ricotta on the top, and cover for a few minutes to allow the cheese to warm. 
  • Top with fresh basil. Serve immediately.

Notes

Make ahead instructions: To prep ahead of time, make the recipe through step 2, before adding the pasta.  Store it in the refrigerator and add pasta and water (step 3) when ready to cook. 

Nutrition

Calories: 533kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 26gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 652mgPotassium: 697mgFiber: 4gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1175IUVitamin C: 6.5mgCalcium: 228mgIron: 3mg

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I originally shared this recipe October 2015. Updated September 2020.

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  1. 5 stars
    We add Italian sausage for an extra kick. It’s so good. It’s the only meal I make that BOTH kids agree on and cheer when I make it.

  2. 5 stars
    It was a big hit with my picky family. I doubled the pasta and added more cheese because we love cheese here. I will share this one.

  3. 5 stars
    Thanks for this recipe! Our family loves it. We leave out the ricotta(we aren’t big fans of ricotta) and add extra parm. So yummy!