Lasagna is one of my favorite comfort meals but sometimes the prep and long baking time prevents me from making it! Let me introduce to you the Lazy Lasagna Skillet! This recipe has all of those same great flavors that we all love about Lasagna but it is made in one pan and takes less than 30 minutes to make.
My favorite part is that the cheese comes out all gooey and melted…who doesn’t love cheese?! Pair this lazy lasagna with a yummy salad and garlic bread and you have a meal the whole family will absolutely love!
1 lb ground beef
1 chopped onion
1/2 tsp of salt and pepper
1 tsp of paprika and Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes
1 TBSP minced garlic
1 jar marinara/pasta sauce
8 oz Rigatoni pasta
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup ricotta
Shredded Parmesan cheese
Dried Parsley Flakes
How To Make
To make this easy Lasagna skillet, start by boiling 8 ounces of Rigatoni pasta according to the directions on the box. While the pasta is cooking, brown 1 pound of ground beef in an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat with a little bit of olive oil.
Add in one chopped onion and ½ teaspoon each of salt and pepper, 1 teaspoon each of paprika and Italian seasoning and ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes to the skillet and cook until the onions become translucent.
Once the meat is nice and browned, drain any excess grease from the skillet and add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic in and stir. Next, add 1 jar of marinara sauce or pasta sauce in. Once the pasta is finished cooking, drain the water and add it to your skillet and mix well. Add 1 cup of ricotta cheese a spoonful at a time, making sure to spread it out evenly.
Top the entire skillet with 1 cup of freshly shredded mozzarella cheese and place into the oven until the cheese is nice and melted. Once you pull it out of the oven, top with shredded Parmesan cheese and dried parsley flakes.
This lazy lasagna skillet is perfect for a busy weeknight meal. It comes together quickly but the flavor is definitely not lacking at all! If there are any leftovers, just pop them into an airtight container and you have lunch the next day! Try this recipe out, I hope you enjoy it!
Helpful Tips and Frequently Asked Questions
Use an oven-safe skillet so you are able to put it in the oven to melt the cheese.
Chopped spinach would be a great addition to add into this meal to add some extra veggies. If adding the spinach, add it in after the jar of marinara sauce.
I used freshly shredded mozzarella cheese for this recipe, but store bought shredded cheese would work too!
Shredding your own blocks of cheese creates a creamier consistency and the cheese melts easier.
Feel free to omit the red pepper flakes if you don’t want any spice in the meal.
Cottage cheese can be substituted for the ricotta if you don’t have any.
I like using Rigatoni pasta for this recipe, but really any pasta would work.
If you like this lazy lasagna recipe, check out some of my other similar recipes!
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- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 chopped onion
- 1/2 tsp of salt and pepper
- 1 tsp of paprika and Italian seasoning
- 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes
- 1 TBSP minced garlic
- 1 jar marinara/pasta sauce
- 8 oz Rigstoni pasta
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup ricotta
- Shredded Parmesan cheese
- Dried Parsley Flakes
- Boil 8 oz Rigatoni according to the directions on the box.
- Brown ground beef in a skillet over medium high heat. Add onions and salt, pepper, paprika, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes.
- Drain grease from meat, add minced garlic, and add 1 jar of marinara or pasta sauce.
- Add cooked pasta and stir well.
- Add spoonfuls of ricotta cheese to the skillet being sure to spread them out.
- Top with mozzarella cheese and put in the oven until the cheese is nice and melted.
- Top with shredded Parmesan cheese and dried parsley flakes.