It’s true, this easy skillet lasagna you make the entire lasagna dish in one skillet. Even cook the noodles! This simple one pan dish is perfect for any day of the week!
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 bite, pack it all up and wait for dinner. Because you know I don’t make dinner at regular hours. My poor family.
Oh and the dishes. How I hate all those dirty dishes.
I’ve done my skillet lasagna research and didn’t really find one I liked. So I set out to truly create a easy skillet lasagna recipe that worked for me. One that requires a skillet (obviously) and as few dirty dishes as blog-ly (totally not a word) possible. Well folks, I found-err made it.
Here’s what you will need; olive oil, 1 medium yellow onion, 4 cloves garlic, 3/4 pound extra lean ground beef, 1/4 pound bulk Italian sausage, 8 to 10 uncooked lasagna noodles, 1 (28 ounce) can crushed san Marzano tomatoes, 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce, 1/2 cup water, kosher salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, 1/2 cup (I eyeball it) ricotta cheese (whole milk or low-fat), 4 ounces fresh mozzarella.
Then add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a 12-inch skillet that has been preheating over moderate heat. You want to go big with the pan here so everything fits and cooks evenly.
Throw in the diced onions 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.
Next, throw in the minced garlic and cook for a minute or two.
Then 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 exact 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 in the freezer! Then today, I opened a different cupboard for some plastic storage containers and found a box of couscous. I truly think I’m losing it.
Next, using a wooden spoon, break up the meat. Cook the ground beef and sausage, stirring occasionally until fully cooked. If there is a ton of grease in the pan, use a spoon to remove it and discard. If using extra lean ground beef, there may not be any grease to drain off.
Then season the meat mixture with kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper and a few pinches of red pepper flakes, stir to combine.
Meanwhile, break about 8 lasagna noodles in to thirds. Never mind those shrapnel pieces that fly across the counter, you won’t need them.
Then scatter the noodles over top evenly.
Next pour the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce and 1/2 cup of water over top.
Then carefully toss to combine. Next increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, reduce the heat to medium-low and let the sauce simmer the noodles into submission, stirring every so often so the noodles won’t stick to the bottom of the skillet.
Then, after about 20 to 25 minutes the noodles should be al dente.
Next using a spoon, place dollops of ricotta over top of the skillet lasagna and gently stir it in a smidge. Don’t stir it in too much, you want the ricotta to still be visible and not disappear in the lasagna.
Lastly, top with torn pieces of thinly sliced fresh mozzarella.
Lastly, cover with a lid and let the steam melt that glorious cheese.
Serve this easy skillet lasagna piping hot with fresh basil, shaved Parmesan and maybe with a fresh green salad, crispy garlic bread and a glass of wine.
Side note: try this lasagna with a spoonful of basil pesto! DELISH!
A simple, easy dinner everyone will love!
Enjoy! And if you give this Easy Skillet Lasagna recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!
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