Easy Skillet Lasagna

One lasagna.

One skillet.

One serving.

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Just kidding. It’s more like two. Okay, fine… six. But it could be a single serving right-right? I mean, if you’re really hungry of course.

Did you know the hardest part about blogging is the cooking, photography and of course taste testing? No really, that’s the easiest part… it’s the having to stop after one {or six} bites, pack it all up and wait for dinner. Because you know I don’t make dinner at regular hours. My poor family. Not.

Oh and the dishes… how I hate all those dirty dishes.

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I’ve done my skillet lasagna research and didn’t really find one I liked. So I set out to truly create a one skillet meal. One that requires a skillet {duh} and as few dirty dishes as blog-ly {totally not a word} possible. Well folks, I found-err made it.

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Start by opening a 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes, an 8 ounce can of tomato sauce and a quarter cup of water. That should equal about 5 cups of tomato sauciness.

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Dice up one medium yellow onion…

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…and 4 large cloves of garlic.

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Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a 12 inch skillet that has been preheating over moderate heat. You want to go big here so everything fits and cooks evenly.

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Throw in the diced onions…

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…and cook for 5-8 minutes or until they are soft and translucent. Man, if I had a dollar for every time I typed that.

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Throw in the minced garlic and cook for a minute or two.

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Add in a half teaspoon of kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon of coarse ground black pepper and 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes.

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Stir and let that cook for 30 seconds or so.

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Add in 3/4 of a pound of ground chuck and 1/4 pound of ground Italian sausage. Side Note: I had a remaining 3/4 pound of Italian sausage so I wrapped it in foil so I could freeze it for later. Two days after I made this lasagna I went to my pantry, pulled out the drawer for my olive oil and there was my shiny foil-wrapped package of sausage. So not the freezer! Then today, I opened a different cupboard for some plastic storage containers and found my couscous. I truly think I’m losing it.

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Cook the ground beef, stirring occasionally and breaking up any larger clumps. If there is a ton of grease in the pan, use a spoon to remove it and discard. I left a couple tablespoons for moisture.

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Meanwhile, break about 8 lasagna noodles in to thirds. Never mind those shrapnel pieces that fly across the counter… you don’t need them.

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Scatter the noodles over top evenly.

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Pour the tomato sauce over top…

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And bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium low and let the sauce simmer the noodles into submission.

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As the noodles would soften, I’d poke around at them so the sauce would move its way down to through the skillet.

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After about 20 minutes the noodles should be al dente and go on and give it a good stir.

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Slice up 4 ounces of fresh mozzarella.

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And a half cup… okay, heaping half cup of ricotta cheese.

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Use a kitchen teaspoon and place dollops of ricotta over top.

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Give that a quick stir. I didn’t want the ricotta to disappear in the lasagna so I only did a couple stirs, nothing major.

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Top with torn pieces of the fresh mozzarella.

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Cover with a lid and let the steam melt that glorious cheese.

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Serve piping hot with torn fresh basil, shaved Parmesan and maybe with a crisp salad… crispy garlic bread and oh why not… a crisp glass of wine. Twist my arm.

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Easy Skillet Lasagna

One skillet, one lasagna, one delicious meal.

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

1 {28 ounce} can Crushed Tomatoes

1 {8 ounce} can Tomato Sauce

1/4 cup water

1 tablespoon Olive Oil

1 medium Yellow Onion, diced

4 large Garlic Cloves, minced

1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/4 teaspoon Coarse Black Pepper

1/4 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

3/4 pound Ground Chuck

1/4 pound Italian Sausage

8 whole Lasagna Noodles, broken into thirds

1/2 heaping cup of Ricotta

4 ounces Fresh Mozzarella, sliced thin and torn

Fresh Basil Leaves, torn

Shaved Parmesan, for sprinkling

Directions:

In a large bowl or liquid measuring cup add in the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce and water.

In a large 12 inch skillet, heat a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat.

Once hot, add in the diced onion and cook until soft and translucent. Add in the minced garlic and cook for one minute. Measure in the kosher salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes. Stir and cook for an additional 30 seconds.

Add in 3/4 pound of ground chuck, 1/4 pound of Italian sausage and cook, stirring occasionally until browned and fully cooked.

Evenly layer the broken lasagna noodles on top of the ground beef/sausage mixture and pour the tomato sauces over top. Bring to a simmer and then reduce to medium-low.

Let the sauce bubble to cook the noodles. I push the noodles into the sauce as they soften so the sauce can work its way down into the pan.

Once the noodles are al dente, give it a good stir and then drop spoonfuls of ricotta cheese onto the lasagna. Give it a stir to break up the ricotta but not lose it completely.

Scatter torn pieces of the fresh mozzarella over top, cover with a lid and let the steam melt the cheese. About 5 minutes.

Serve piping hot with freshly torn basil and shaved Parmesan.

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30 Responses to “Easy Skillet Lasagna”

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    Nicole @ Mediterranean Baby — February 13, 2014 at 5:59 am

    I love this recipe – – my whole family will enjoy this one. Perfect family meal for Valentine’s Day. Thanks!! (Lovely blog, by the way!!!)

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — February 13, 2014 at 7:26 am

    This is not only beautiful but brilliant! Love it so much.

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    Steph (Poupetteinthekitchen) — February 13, 2014 at 8:03 am

    oooh! this is such an interesting twist on lasagne! I would have never thought of preparing them directly in a skillet. I’m going to have to try that! :)
    Thanks for the recipe Laurie!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — February 13, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Haha I would take the whole serving of this and not share.

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    Kathy — February 13, 2014 at 9:13 am

    This looks beautiful! I love skillet lasagna!

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — February 13, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Reason number 525,600 I love you: your ability to make everything in a cast iron skillet. I can’t tell you how much I love the one-skillet idea! When I make lasagna, it’s always a pot of this here, a skillet of that there and it’s such a hassle when it’s time to clean. Lasagna will forever and always be my favorite comfort food and I tell ya, seeing it all cozy in a skillet makes me swoooooon! ;)

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    Liz@Virtually Homemade — February 13, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Such a great idea to make a lasagna in a skillet! Who needs layers anyway! As always beautiful picks – pinned.

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — February 13, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I actually got really excited thinking this was a single or two serving recipe haha! My dad frequently made skillet lasagna growing up, but he always used elbow noodles so that’s what I’m used to. I like the idea of using actual lasagna noodles too. And heck I probably could scale it down if I wanted to and make a single serving version. I have a little bitty cast iron that would be perfect ;-)

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    cassie — February 13, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I don’t think I would have a problem eating this whole thing. Great idea!

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    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — February 13, 2014 at 11:18 am

    This is genius, Laurie….love it! I haven’t made lasagna in ages, this makes me so excited to bring it back!

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    Dana — February 13, 2014 at 11:24 am

    I am right there with you on the losing the mind thing. I put things in weird places at least once a week and then spend an hour searching for it. My husband usually finds it a week later.
    He is also the dishwasher and anytime I can create a meal with as few dishes as possible makes him a happy camper.

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    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — February 13, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    I’ll always been partial to my grandmas lasagna, but this looks pretty damn close to the best I’ve had!

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — February 13, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Girlfriend, you are a genius! I love how easy this recipe is! And anything that is made in a skillet just looks more fantastic for some reason. Pinning!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — February 13, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    I very much believed you when you said this lasagna was just one serving, Laurie! This preggo ain’t messin’ around (or sharing, evidently)! This is mouthwateringgggg.

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    Angela — February 13, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    This looks amazing! thanks for sharing :) http://www.handmadeintheheartland.com/

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    katie — February 14, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Oh my… this looks great. I actually have half a box of lasagna noodles that were broken so I saved them in hopes to make a one-pot lasagna!

    • simplyscratch replied: — February 14th, 2014 @ 8:53 pm

      Yes you do girl! :)

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen.com — February 17, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    This looks amazing and you are making me feel much better about finding the can biscuits in the pantry instead of the refrigerator the day after I bought them. I can’t believe they didn’t pop and scare me to death!

    • simplyscratch replied: — February 17th, 2014 @ 10:43 pm

      Haaa! No kidding! I’m so glad I’m not alone!

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    David @ From Ballparks to BBQ — February 18, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    The torn basil on top looks like the perfect finishing touch!

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    Priya — March 10, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    This is genius!! I love one-pot anything. Any ideas on how to do this for spinach/ricotta lasagna (no meat)?

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — March 11th, 2014 @ 1:25 am

      Hmmm I’ll have to think on that. I keep you posted :)

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    Katie — March 10, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    I just made this for dinner tonight–it was delicious and so easy to make! Can’t wait to make it again.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — March 11th, 2014 @ 1:22 am

      Thanks Katie! I’m so happy to hear it :)

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    Leanne — May 25, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Made this for dinner last night and it was a home-run with my husband. The recipe is durable enough to handle swapping ground turkey for the beef without a problem. Also, for those of us who have to watch sodium… I used no-salt-added tomato sauce and cut the Kosher salt by half. Add in some Italian seasoning and a little more garlic, and you won’t miss it.

    Oh, don’t worry about cutting the recipe down if you’re only feeding one or two–the leftovers were awesome for lunch today, and I’m sure they’d freeze well. :-)

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    Leesa — July 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    This looks delicious and very simple to follow. Will try this version with my next lasagna dish

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    Karen — September 13, 2014 at 11:44 am

    This looks delicious! Did you use regular or oven ready lasagna noodles?

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 13th, 2014 @ 11:53 am

      Hi Karen! Thanks! They are regular lasagna noodles :)

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    Jen P. — September 25, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    this was really yummy, SO easy, and a huge hit with my kids! i had some ground turkey i needed to use, so it didn’t have the kick that the italian sausage would have given it, so i will use that next time for sure. and thanks for such a great website, i just happened upon it looking for recipes…so happy i found you! i’ve made the switch to eating clean and cooking from scratch so i’m thrilled i have such an awesome resource — thank you!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 25th, 2014 @ 1:34 pm

      I’m so glad Jen! Thank you for your kind comment and happy cooking!

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