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The Best 30-Minute Skillet Lasagna

5 from 1 vote
Nicole Modic
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Say hello to the easiest and most delicious 30-minute lasagna you will ever make - in one skillet. There's no boiling the lasagna noodles beforehand and no layering project involved. To make this 30-Minute Skillet Lasagna, all you have to do is brown the onions and garlic, add the seasonings, broken up lasagna noodles, and liquid, and the entire meal gets cooked right in the pan. How easy is that! And trust me, you'll never go back to making lasagna the traditional way ever again. This meal is delicious!


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef I used 95/5
  • 3 cloves garlic mashed
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 22-24 ounce jar marinara or bolognese sauce of choice
  • 1 cup water
  • 7 regular lasagna noodles broken into pieces
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese grated


  • Heat a 10 or 12-inch cast iron skillet on medium heat. If you don't have a cast-iron skillet, that's ok! Use ANY skillet, as long as it is large enough.
  • Once the skillet is hot, add the olive oil followed by the ground beef, mashed garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Begin sauteing the meat and breaking it up with your cooking utensil for 5 minutes, it should just be beginning to brown.
  • Add the Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper flakes, cook for about 2 minutes longer, until fragrant.
  • Pour the jar of marinara sauce on top, along with the water.
  • Break up the lasagna noodles into pieces and lay them on top of the beef mixture and stir, ensuring each noodle is covered.
  • Cover the pan and reduce heat to low-medium.
  • Cook on low-medium heat, stirring intermittently to avoid sticking. The dish is done when the noodles are al dente - which is usually about 23-25 minutes, depending on which lasagna noodles you are using.
  • Next, turn your oven broiler on.
  • Once the noodles are cooked, remove the pan from the heat and incorporate half of the ricotta and parmesan cheese by stirring in completely. Lastly, add the remaining cheese to the top of the skillet and broil for about 2 minutes until the cheese mets and turns a nice golden brown.
  • Finish the fish with a sprinkling of chopped basil, if desired, and enjoy!

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