Easy family dinner ideas just got a little more delicious with this Skillet Lasagna. It’s an all in one skillet dinner that takes just 30 minutes to make.
Have you made one pan dinner recipes before? We sort of jumped into it with this Skillet Lasagna when the hubs was home with me more back before the summer. It was great because he would work for a while & then make dinner around lunch time. I could stay up here working in the studio while he cooked & I could break for a few minutes to enjoy a DELICIOUS meal. (Not before photographing it of course.)
Sometimes the smell would be too much & I would wander down to the kitchen & find myself helping with chopping & other prep. I love cooking with the hubs, it’s sort of our thing we do together. So especially now that he’s away for work so often, it’s good when we can find time to cook & make AMAZING dishes like this one. It doesn’t have to be complicated to be insanely good!
I love those simple recipes like one skillet dinners that are great year round. They make for some hearty comfort food in the cold winter months & easy no-oven-needed dishes in the summer when it’s just too hot to cook anything big.
They really are so versatile & EASY, did I mention easy? We’re talking 30 minutes for most recipes. Really – 30-minute meals are where it’s at.
One Pan Lasagna
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If you love lasagna – this definitely simplifies it for a quick dinner option. We like to pair this with my easy garlic toast – perfection!
Honestly, with as busy as life has become, I can’t justify spending more than 30 minutes on a dinner recipe these days. I try to save the longer recipes to the weekends & that’s if we have time.
Between the kids going back & forth between work & college, or dance classes, or us bouncing between the two businesses & all the other things happening, making dinner happen around here is already hard enough. So why make it take forever too?
Here are some commonly asked questions
Can I change the type of noodle used in this recipe?
Yes, this recipe can be made with elbow macaroni, spirals or penne. I don’t recommend using some of the larger noodle varieties though as it will change the cooking time & the amount of liquid you need to add for those noodles too.
Can I use another meat in this recipe?
Yes, this recipe is also quite delicious when ground sausage is used in place of ground beef. It really adds a fabulous pop of flavor.
What is the best way to store skillet lasagna?
We almost never have leftovers of this particular one pan lasagna. But when we do, I find that the easiest way is to place in a shallow airtight container, label with the date & refrigerate. Make sure to get the leftovers refrigerated within an hour of cooking to prevent bacteria growth.
Why use a shallow container to store the leftovers?
Well, when the container is shallow, the contents chill faster than if you were to use a large, deep container. Ideally, you don’t want it to take too long for the leftovers to get to their chilled/stored temperature. As I mentioned, if the food remains above about 35 degrees for more than 1 hour after cooking, the bacteria starts to grow.
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So, if the deep container of food takes several hours to finally get to that 35 degrees, the bacteria has been growing in your leftovers for those several hours. Not exactly what you want to happen.
How many people will this serve?
Honestly, this really depends on how large or small your portions are & how large the appetites are. I’m feeding 5 adult appetites, so this recipe feeds us 5 with a second helping. But if you are feeding 2 adults & 2 smaller kids, then you will probably get 2 nights out of this meal. So nice to not have to cook dinner the next night.
How to make vegan skillet lasagna?
This is actually pretty easy. If you want to make this recipe vegetarian or vegan, just replace the beef with diced sweet potatoes & the ricotta with a vegan variety. You’ll have to omit the egg as well. You can also keep an eye out for a non-dairy vegan Parmesan cheese substitute called Parma to replace the parmesan cheese for this recipe.
Can this recipe be doubled?
I usually like to double this recipe but using 2 skillets. It really works out great & I can get the kids in the kitchen to help me out when it comes to preparing the meal. We eat one of them & then portion out & save the other for the next night or for the kids to grab & go. It is great for those long shifts at the hospital when they need to grab a quick dinner.
HOW DO YOU MAKE Skillet Lasagna?
- Combine ground beef, 1 tsp of the garlic powder & onion powder in a large skillet & brown over medium heat.
- Once fully cooked – drain excess fat.
- Return to the stove & add in the pasta sauce, uncooked pasta & water.
- Stir & bring to a boil, reduce heat to low & cover.
- Simmer over low for about 17-20 or until pasta is fully cooked.
- In the meantime, in a medium bowl combine ricotta, egg, spinach, basil, Parmesan cheese, flour, remaining garlic powder, salt & pepper & mix to combine.
- Scoop large dollops of the cheese mixture on top of the cooked pasta while still in the skillet.
- Cover & cook an additional 5 minutes to set the cheese.
Easy Skillet Lasagna
What pan do you recommend?
I really love this jumbo pan because not only is it the perfect size, but it is also easy to clean & a workhorse too.
Can this be made with chicken?
I have never actually tried it. But if you would like to do so, just cut boneless, skinless chicken breasts into bite sized pieces & saute in the skillet until cooked through. Finish the rest of the recipe as called for.
To make this recipe you will need…
- ground beef
- garlic powder – divided
- onion powder
- pasta sauce
- bow-tie pasta- uncooked
- ricotta cheese
- fresh chopped spinach
- fresh chopped basil
- Parmesan cheese
- all-purpose flour
- table salt
- black pepper
Products I love when making Skillet Lasagna…
This one pan lasagna is so simple and delicious – and you probably already have many of these items on hand like I do! OR If you’ve never made a one pot pasta recipe before, you might be a bit nervous – but you’re going to love the how easy this makes dinner time. I have made a list below of the things I absolutely can’t live without when it comes to making this delicious stove top lasagna recipe.
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- pasta sauce
- bow-tie pasta
- Parmesan cheese
- olive oil
- all-purpose flour
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- this jumbo pan
If you love simple & OH SO GOOD, this will be your new favorite dinner!
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- 2 lbs ground beef
- 2 tsp garlic powder - divided
- 3 tsp onion powder
- 24 oz pasta sauce
- 12 oz bow-tie pasta- uncooked
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 cup fresh chopped spinach
- 1/2 cup fresh chopped basil
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
Combine ground beef, 1 tsp of the garlic powder & onion powder in a large skillet & brown over medium heat.
Once fully cooked - drain excess fat.
Return to the stove & add in the pasta sauce, uncooked pasta & water.
Stir & bring to a boil, reduce heat to low & cover.
Simmer over low for about 17-20 or until pasta is fully cooked.
In the meantime, in a medium bowl combine ricotta, egg, spinach, basil, Parmesan cheese, flour, remaining garlic powder, salt & pepper & mix to combine.
Scoop large dollops of the cheese mixture on top of the cooked pasta while still in the skillet.
Cover & cook an additional 5 minutes to set the cheese.