Skillet Lasagna

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by Beth - Budget Bytes
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I love ALL versions of lasagna, but some nights I don’t have the time or energy to make the fully layered real deal. On those nights, I make this super quick one-pot skillet lasagna that gives me all that cozy cheesy goodness in just about 30 minutes. Skillet lasagna has been a staple in my house for almost ten years, so I hope it becomes one of your regular go-to recipes, too!

Overhead view of skillet lasagna with a spoon digging into the skillet.

Lasagna for Lazy Nights

This super simple skillet lasagna follows the same formula as my other one pot pasta recipes. The pasta, in this case, lasagna noodles, are cooked right in the sauce so you only need to use one pan and every drop of flavor soaks right into the pasta. I made this recipe as simple as possible, using all the shortcuts, so it’s the easiest to make when you’re the shortest on time.

What You’ll need

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this easy skillet lasagna:

  • Italian sausage: sausage is packed with herbs and spices which give flavor to the entire skillet without you having to add ten different herbs and spices.
  • Fresh garlic: because every recipe needs to start with fresh garlic. ;)
  • Pasta sauce: I used a store-bought sauce here just to make the recipe super quick and easy, but you could always make your own from scratch using our weeknight pasta sauce recipe (sub Italian sausage for the beef).
  • Italian seasoning: an extra dose of herbs and spices just for good measure! Using a pre-made blend cuts down on the number of ingredients you have to measure.
  • Lasagna noodles: because this is “lasagna,” right?? We break the noodles into smaller pieces so they cook quickly and can be easily stirred into the sauce. You can use other pasta shapes if you prefer, but the cooking time may be slightly different.
  • Cheese: We used three cheeses in this recipe to make it extra cozy. A mixture of ricotta and Parmesan are added in dollops onto the pasta, then everything is covered in a blanket of melty mozzarella!

What Else Can I Add?

Another reason skillet lasagna is so great is that it’s actually quite versatile! You can add or substitute many of the ingredients to make it your own. Here are some ideas for add-ins or substitutions for the ingredients in skillet lasagna:

  • Sautéed vegetables: finely chop then sauté just about any vegetable in the skillet after the beef has been browned. Try zucchini, mushrooms, bell peppers, eggplant, or more. Make sure to cook out most of the water to avoid a soupy lasagna.
  • Meat: Add more meat or swap out the Italian sausage for ground beef, pork, or even diced chicken. Just make sure to add additional seasoning to the sauce to make up for what is lost in the Italian sausage.
  • Sauce: Experiment with different flavors of store-bought sauces. Make your sauce spicy by adding a pinch or two of crushed red pepper.
  • Cheese: try topping your lasagna with some crumbled feta for an extra kick!

What to Serve with Skillet Lasagna

I always love serving heavier dishes like lasagna with a light and simple side salad to brighten up the meal, but you also can’t forget the garlic bread for sopping up every last drop of that sauce!

Overhead view of freshly baked skillet lasagna.
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Skillet Lasagna

4.91 from 10 votes
Skillet Lasagna is a quick and easy weeknight dinner that will give you all the cozy vibes of a classic lasagna in half the time.
Close up of skillet lasagna being scooped out of the skillet.
Servings 4
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 30 minutes
Total 35 minutes



  • Add the Italian sausage and olive oil to a large deep skillet. Cook over medium heat until the sausage is cooked through.
  • Mince the garlic, add it to the skillet with the sausage, and continue to sauté over medium for one more minute.
  • Add the pasta sauce, Italian seasoning, and water to the skillet then stir to combine.
  • Break the lasagna noodles into one to two-inch pieces, then stir them into the sauce in the skillet.
  • Place a lid on the skillet, turn the heat up to medium-high, and allow the sauce to come up to a boil.
  • Once boiling, give the skillet a brief stir, replace the lid, then turn the heat down to medium-low. Let the noodles simmer in the sauce, stirring occasionally, until tender (about 15 minutes). If the sauce becomes too dry before the noodles are tender, add more water and continue to simmer.
  • While the noodles are simmering, stir together the ricotta, Parmesan, salt, and pepper in a separate bowl.
  • Once the noodles have cooked, add the ricotta mixture on top of the noodles in small dollops. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella over top.
  • Place the skillet under your oven's broiler for a few minutes or just until the cheese is melted and slightly browned (make sure to use an oven-safe skillet, no lid). Or, place the lid on the skillet and continue to cook over medium-low heat until the cheese is melted. Serve hot and enjoy!

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Serving: 1servingCalories: 722kcalCarbohydrates: 60gProtein: 33gFat: 39gSodium: 1710mgFiber: 5g
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How to Make Skillet Lasagna – Step by Step Photos

Browned Italian sausage in the skillet with minced garlic.

Brown ½ lb. Italian sausage in a deep skillet with 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Once browned, add two cloves of minced garlic and continue to sauté for one minute more.

Sauce, herbs, and water added to the skillet.

Add one 24oz. jar of your favorite pasta sauce, ½ tsp Italian seasoning blend, and 1 cup water to the skillet. Stir to combine.

Broken lasagna noodles in a bowl.

Break nine lasagna noodles (½ lb.) into one to two-inch pieces.

Noodles added to the sauce in the skillet.

Stir the broken lasagna noodles into the sauce in the skillet. Place a lid on top, turn the heat up to medium-high, and bring the sauce up to a boil. Once boiling, give the skillet a good stir, replace the lid, then turn the heat down to medium-low.

Cooked lasagna noodles in the sauce.

Allow the noodles to simmer in the sauce, stirring occasionally, until they are tender (about 15 minutes). If the sauce gets too thick before the noodles are tender, simply add a little more water and allow them to continue to simmer.

Ricotta, Parmesan, salt, and pepper in a bowl.

In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup ricotta cheese, ¼ cup grated Parmesan, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper. Stir until evenly combined.

Cheese being added to the skillet lasagna.

Add the ricotta mixture to the skillet in dollops across the top, then sprinkle 1 cup shredded mozzarella over top.

Melted cheese on top of the skillet lasagna.

To get the cheese nice and melty and browned, place the skillet lasagna under your oven’s broiler for a few minutes (no lid and make sure you’re using an oven safe skillet and watch it closely!). Alternatively, you can place a lid on the skillet and let it cook over medium-low for a few minutes more until the cheese has melted.

Overhead view of skillet lasagna garnished with parsley.

Serve hot with some crusty garlic bread for dipping! 🤤 (garnished with parsley, not needed for flavor)

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  1. This is a great base, you can always saute or add veggies (I added onion, bell pepper and garlic). It was lasagna without all the work and since lasagna is my favorite food – this is perfection!

  2. Way easier than traditional lasagna I thought pretty good, husband liked it so much he went for 3rds. the only sub I had to make was 180 Grams dry egg noodles (Aldi didn’t have any lasagna noodles!) otherwise followed the recipe as is, would love to try adding some veggies next time to bump the flavors and nutrition.

  3. I made this last night (with a few minor tweaks) and my boyfriend said he liked it better than when I make “regular” lasagna! Soooo good, adding this one to the recipe stack. Yum.

  4. This was amazing! Lasagna is my favorite food, but it can be quite the hassle to make. This was quick, easy, and delicious! To boost the nutritional value, I added 1 cup of frozen spinach (thawed and chopped), one 13 oz can of mushrooms, two bell peppers (orange and red), and half an onion. Will definitely be putting this recipe into the family rotation!

  5. This was good and easy to make. Easy to sub with what I had in the house instead of running out to buy ingredients.

    – 225g (dry measured) of whole wheat rotini noodles
    – added some fresh basil pesto after the meat sauté step
    – used crumbled feta instead or ricotta
    – added about 2 lbs chopped mushrooms and a handful of spinach

    Nice recipe and my toddlers ate it. Thanks for the great framework, fully acknowledging that I did change it a bit!

  6. Hi Beth! Would you be willing to send me a copy of the old recipe of the skillet lasagna with the wine in it! That was my favorite and I was heart broken I didn’t print a copy before it was taken down. I’m sure this one is fantastic too!

  7. I made this tonight and it got pretty good reviews. The one thing that would have been helpful is if the lasagna noodle quantity was also given in grams since lasagna noodles, especially abroad, come in various sizes. (Ovens are smaller in Europe, so the noodles are shorter to accommodate smaller baking dishes.) My best guess is that 9 lasagna noodles/sheets in the US is equivalent to 230-250g. (But if you could weigh them and add that information to the recipe, that would be super helpful.) Also, be aware that if you use a chunkier sauce you may need to add more water. I added closer to 2 cups because one wasn’t enough to cover most of the pasta. I would consider making this again for a quick weekday dinner for four, but would make a more traditional lasagna if guests were joining us.

    1. I struggled a bit too because they also vary some in the US. But in the step by step photos section it does clarify 1/2 pound (226g) of noodles, so your estimate is pretty close.

  8. A favorite, although I can’t say I followed the recipe exactly. Substitutions were cottage cheese for ricotta (less expensive), the addition of 8 oz or so of frozen spinach (to improve nutrition), whole wheat noodles (because I had that but did not have lasagna), and homemade marinara sauce (because I got several cans of 28 oz tomatoes on sale for $.50k). Adjusted seasonings. Easy to make, filling, frugal, delicious. What more could you want?

  9. I’m excited to try this, but I have a question: if I were to substitute ground beef for the Italian sausage, how much additional Italian seasoning should I put in to make up for it? I’m terrible at judging this sort of thing and don’t want to over (or under)-do it.

    1. Hi ML- we haven’t done this so we can’t give you an exact answer. The best I can say is that the general rule is 1 teaspoon of salt/seasoning per pound of meat. If I were you I’d add a 1/2 teaspoon more of Italian seasoning and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and go from there. Again- untested. xoxo -Monti

      1. Finally tried it tonight with ground beef and added Italian seasoning and salt per the above. Absolutely delicious! We’re adding this to our weeknight repertoire. Thank you so much!

  10. I used what I had on hand, and put together a quick and delicious dinner. Ground beef instead of sausage, cottage cheese instead of ricotta, and added some mushrooms and sautéed chard for veggies. I did have to add water twice to keep the pasta from drying out. Great skillet meal!

    1. I don’t have an exact volume for the serving size, but it’s ¼ of the total skillet.

  11. Love this dish! Came together super easy and was so good! Thank you for this easy version of lasagna!!

    1. Hi Patricia! Oven-ready noodles are $0.40 more expensive at our local grocery store. If it’s in your budget, go for it! The cooking time will change, of course. Though I am unsure of how much as we haven’t tested it. XOXO -Monti

  12. I’ve loved this recipe for years. I loved the previous version you had here, and I’ll probably stick with that, as it was always spectacular. Always a favorite.

    1. This was delicious and so easy! I couldn’t believe how fast it came together – all the flavors of lasagna without so much fuss! I will definitely put this into regular rotation.

      I only used half a container of ricotta so I froze the rest. I’m hoping it’ll still be good for another batch. I hate to waste it. Any luck freezing ricotta and then using in a recipe like this?

      1. Ricotta is one cheese that I haven’t tried freezing, so I’m not sure how it would hold up. If you’d like to be safe, here are our Ricotta recipe archives that you can browse for ways to use up your leftovers. :)

  13. It seems to me that you’ve posted this recipe before, because it’s one of my favorite things–and pretty much just as written. I know I didn’t think it up myself! It’s perfect for a small family–2 servings now, 2 for later. It’s also easy to double and use a 12″ skillet. I usually add diced onion and sliced mushrooms, and if I have some fresh spinach to use up, that goes in it, too. I make it in a straight sided 10″ stainless steel skillet, and would use a slightly smaller one to get thicker slices if I had one of the right shape. This economical recipe proves that lasagna need not be an hours long chore!

    1. Yes, this is a tweaked, simplified, version of the recipe she’s had for years.