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Some nights, I don’t have time to prepare the full-layered lasagne. This super-quick one-pot skillet lasagne gives me that cozy, cheesy goodness within 30 minutes. For almost ten years, I have made this skillet lasagna every week. I hope you will make it too!


The same recipe as my other pasta in a pan is used to make this super easy skillet lasagna. This lasagna noodle recipe cooks the pasta in the sauce, so you can use only one pan. The pasta absorbs every drop of flavor. With all the shortcuts, this recipe is as easy as I could make it. It’s perfect for when you are short on time.

What you’ll need

This easy skillet lasagna is made with the following ingredients:

Italian sausage contains herbs and spices that give the skillet a flavorful taste without adding ten different herbs and spices.

Fresh Garlic: Because every recipe must start with fresh gar.

Pasta Sauce: I used a pre-made sauce to make this recipe quick and simple. However, you can make it yourself using our Weeknight Pasta Sauce Recipe (substitute Italian Sausage for beef).

Italian seasoning: extra herbs and spices for good measure. Using a pre-made mix, you can reduce the amount of ingredients needed to be measured.

Lasagna noodle: Because this is “lasagna,” yes? The noodles are broken into smaller pieces to cook faster and quickly mix into the sauce. If you like, you can use different pasta shapes. However, the cooking time will be extra.

Cheese: In this recipe, we used three kinds of cheese to make it extra cozy. The pasta is covered with ricotta, Parmesan, and mozzarella.

What else can I add?

It’s also very versatile, another reason skillet lasagna is excellent! Many ingredients can be changed or added to create your version. Here are some suggestions for adding or substituting ingredients to skillet lasagna.

Sauteed Vegetables: Chop finely and sauté any vegetable after the beef is browned. Try zucchini, mushrooms, bell peppers, eggplant, or more. To avoid a soggy lasagna, make sure you cook out the majority of the water.

Add meat or substitute the Italian Sausage with ground beef, chicken dice, or pork. Add more seasonings to the sauce to compensate for the Italian Sausage.

Sauces: Try different spices from the store. Add a pinch of red pepper to your sauce for a spicy kick.

Cheese – Top your lasagna with crumbled Feta for an extra kick.


You must include Garlic Bread, perfect for soaking up all the sauce from heavier dishes such as lasagna.


1 Tbsp Olive Oil ($0.16)

1/2 lb. Italian Sausage ($2.25)

Buy two cloves of garlic for $0.16

24 oz. pasta sauce ($1.89)

One cup of water

Half a teaspoon of Italian seasoning ($0.05).

Nine lasagna noodles ($0.90)

1 cup ricotta cheese ($1.99)

Parmesan, 1/4 cup (0.4oz)

1/4 tsp salt ($0.02)

1/8 tsp freshly crushed black pepper ($0.02)

1 cup shredded mozzarella ($1.17)


Add the Italian Sausage to a deep, large skillet. Over medium heat, cook the Sausage until it is fully cooked.

Add the minced garlic to the skillet along with the Sausage and continue to sauté over medium heat for another minute.

Stir the pasta sauce, Italian Seasoning, and water in the skillet.

The lasagna noodles should be cut into pieces of one to two inches and then mixed into the sauce.

Put a lid over the skillet and turn the heat to medium-high. Allow the sauce to boil.

After boiling the sauce, stir the pan briefly, replace the lid, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Allow the noodles to simmer in the sauce while stirring them occasionally until tender (about 15 min). Add more water if the sauce is too dry and the noodles have yet to reach their tenderness. Continue to simmer.

While the noodles simmer, combine the ricotta with the Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper in a separate dish.

Add the ricotta mixture to the noodles once they are cooked. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top.

Use a non-lid oven-safe pan to broil the skillet briefly or until the cheese has melted. Place the lid over the skillet, and cook on medium heat until the cheese melts. Enjoy!

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Joseph M. Kay

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