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Skillet Lasagna Recipe

This easy skillet lasagna is a meal that the entire family will enjoy and the best part is it takes minimal effort.

With saucy and cheesy flavors, this delicious skillet lasagna is ready to eat in less than 30 minutes and is a simple recipe for busy weeknights.

Cast iron skillet with cheesy skillet lasagna with a side of breadsticks.
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Another cast-iron skillet recipe great for busy weeknights is this Skillet Cheesy Beef Tacos recipe.

Why You'll Love This Recipe

This skillet lasagna recipe has many reasons why it's a fast version of conventional lasagna.

  • One Pan Convenience: Skillet lasagna is an easy clean-up meal.
  • Time-Saving: Traditional lasagna takes a lot of time but this skillet version is quick and ready in less than 30 minutes. 
  • Great for busy weeknights: With the ease of making this meal, it's a great menu option for busy families. 
  • Comfort food: Lasagna is a family favorite meal and this version is a great alternative to traditional lasagna. 
A cheesy slice of skillet lasagna.

Ingredients in Skillet Lasagna

  • olive oil
  • regular lasagna noodles
  • lean ground beef
  • pasta sauce of personal preference
  • garlic cloves, minced
  • Italian seasoning
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • fresh parsley

How to Make Skillet Lasagna

  1. Break the lasagna noodles into small pieces and boil lasagna noodles according to directions.
  2. Meanwhile, add olive oil, minced garlic, and Italian seasoning to the skillet and cook and drain the beef over medium-high heat in an oven-safe skillet.
  3. Combine the sauce with the cooked beef, remove half of the meat mixture and set aside.
  4. Lay the broken lasagna noodles on top of the cooked beef.
  5. Sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella cheese and half of the Parmesan cheese.
  6. Repeat the steps, starting with the remaining meat sauce.
  7. Sprinkle any additional cheese on top of the lasagna (optional)
  8. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  9. Set the oven to broil and remove the cover from the skillet.
  10. Broil in the oven for about 3-4 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly.
  11. Remove from the oven and enjoy!

Serve with garlic bread and salad. 

Side view of a cast iron skillet filled with cheesy lasagna.

Substitutions and Variations

Lasagna is easy to customize based on taste preferences and ingredients on hand. 

Meat Options:

  • Substitute lean ground beef for ground chicken, ground turkey, Italian sausage, or other ground sausage. 
  • Go meat-free and substitute the meat for hearty vegetables.

Cheese Alternatives:

  • Add ricotta cheese or cottage cheese as a layer for a more creamier lasagna.
  • Go vegan by swapping out the meat for veggies and using a vegan-friendly mozzarella and parmesan. 

Sauce Options:

  • Either use your favorite pasta sauce or opt for marinara sauce or tomato sauce. 

Storage Tips

Allow the lasagna to cool completely before storing it in the refrigerator. Transfer the lasagna to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days when stored properly. 

To reheat, place the lasagna on a microwave safe plate and cover it with a paper towel to keep the moisture in the slice of lasagna. Reheat on short intervals until the lasagna is heated through. 

​To reheat in the oven, preheat the oven to 350ºF, place the lasagna in an oven safe dish and cover it it foil, and heat for 25 to 30 minutes, or until heated thoroughly. The time will differ depending on the serving size being reheated. 

Tips

  • Choose a skillet that is oven safe so it can be safely broiled after being cooked on the stovetop. A cast iron skillet is a great choice as is a deep skillet.
  • If you don't have lasagna noodles on hand, you can substitute them for mini lasagna noodles or bowtie pasta.
  • For a true one-pot pasta recipe, use no-boil lasagna noodles. 
Skillet lasagna baked in a cast iron skillet.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I add ricotta to skillet lasagna, and if so, how?

It's simple to add ricotta cheese as a layer for skillet lasagna by measuring out 1 cup of ricotta cheese and dropping dollops of the ricotta cheese on top of the layer of sauce. Gently spread it with the back of a spoon and spread it in an even layer. 

How do you make vegetarian skillet lasagna?

​Opt for sauteed mushrooms, spinach, and other veggies in place of the meat and use vegetarian-friendly cheese instead of mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese. 

​Other One-Pot Meals

📖 Recipe

Yield: 6 servings

Skillet Lasagna

A cheesy slice of skillet lasagna.

Enjoy a family-friendly meal with this easy skillet lasagna, which combines saucy, cheesy goodness and is ready in under 30 minutes, perfect for hectic weeknights.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Broil Time 4 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 broken lasagna noodles, cooked
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 26 ounces pasta sauce, your choice*
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup Parmsean cheese, grated
  • parsley, for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Break the lasagna noodles into small pieces and boil lasagna noodles according to directions.
  2. Meanwhile, add olive oil, minced garlic, and Italian seasoning to the skillet and cook and drain the beef over medium-high heat in an oven-safe skillet.
  3. Combine the sauce with the cooked beef, remove half of the meat mixture and set aside.
  4. Lay the broken lasagna noodles on top of the cooked beef.
  5. Sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella cheese and half of the Parmesan cheese.
  6. Repeat the steps, starting with the remaining meat sauce.
  7. Sprinkle any additional cheese on top of the lasagna (optional)
  8. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  9. Set the oven to broil and remove the cover from the skillet.
  10. Broil in the oven for about 3-4 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly.
  11. Remove from the oven, allow to cool for 5 minutes, serve, and enjoy!

Notes

*Use your favorite pasta sauce or marinara sauce.

You can substitute lasagna noodles for mini lasagna noodles or bowtie pasta.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 491Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 993mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 4gSugar: 8gProtein: 38g

Nutrition calculation is a rough estimate and can vary depending on the cooking technique and the exact ingredients used. For informational purposes only.

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