This Easy Skillet Lasagna is perfect any night of the week because you make the entire dish in one skillet. Even the noodles! Broken lasagna noodles simmer in a simple tomato sauce with ground beef and sausage before being swirled with ricotta, topped with mozzarella. Serves 6.
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.
To Make This Easy Skillet Lasagna You Will Need:
- olive oil
- yellow onion
- fresh garlic
- extra lean ground beef
- bulk Italian sausage
- uncooked lasagna noodles
- crushed san Marzano tomatoes
- tomato sauce
- kosher salt
- black pepper
- red pepper flakes
- ricotta cheese (whole milk or low-fat)
- fresh mozzarella
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 1 medium diced yellow onion 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 4 cloves of minced garlic and cook for a minute or two.
The smell of onions and garlic is one of my favorites.
Then add in 3/4 of a pound of lean ground beef 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 a whole lot 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 to 10 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 1 (28 ounce) can crushed San Marzano tomatoes, 1 (8 ounce) can 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 4 ounces (more or less to your preference) 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, it’s incredible!
A simple, easy dinner everyone will love!
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