Sunday, March 14, 2021

Cheesy Skillet Lasagna + Video

Skillet lasagna is loaded with flavor and so much cheese, you’ll be making it again and again. Try this easy one pan meal for dinner tonight!

This one pan lasagna recipe goes from prep to plate in just 30 minutes! Now you can enjoy all those classic Italian flavors without spending hours in the kitchen.

If you prefer to go the more traditional route, you can still have dinner on the table in under an hour using this recipe with no-boil noodles.

Otherwise, take a look at some of my other one pan meals like this Easy Chicken Pot Pie or Cheesy Chicken Enchilada.

Want more pasta? Combine ravioli and sausage with a delicious tomato sauce or try this skillet recipe that tastes just like your favorite pizza!

Skillet lasagna with basil on top
Skillet Lasagna ingredients

How To Make Skillet Lasagna

  • Brown the beef with garlic and seasonings.
  • Go ahead and break up the meat at the beginning if needed, then give it a stir only once or twice so it cooks evenly. 
  • Stir in the pasta, tomatoes, and water.
  • Press down on the noodles gently so they are submerged under the liquid. Cover and simmer until the pasta is al dente, meaning it still has some bite to it. 
  • Add the cheese and broil.
  • Mix in the Parmesan until melted, then evenly distribute the mozzarella and ricotta across the top. Place in the oven uncovered and remove once the cheese is browned and bubbly.
ground beef and seasoning in a skillet

Helpful Tips and Tricks
  • Stir the pasta occasionally. This prevents anything from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • Keep it covered. Since there is a limited amount of liquid, adding a lid to the skillet lasagna creates steam inside the pan which helps the noodles soften.
  • Want more flavor? Replace the water with vegetable or beef broth instead! You could also use a combination of water and broth if you would like.
  • Add veggies. You can easily toss in some mushrooms, zucchini, or bell pepper strips with the meat. If you want to include spinach in this one pan lasagna recipe, I recommend adding it with the Parmesan so it doesn’t become too wilted.
pasta and tomatoes added to beef

What You Will Need For This Dish
  • Large Oven-Safe Skillet - To ensure that everything cooks evenly, one that is at least 12 inches in diameter works best.
  • Microplane/Zester - Use this to grate the Parmesan. It’s a little more work, but the smaller shreds melt down faster and easier.
  • Potato masher - Thanks to watching the Rachael Ray show, my new favorite way to break up ground meat is a potato masher. It’s so much easier than using a wooden spoon.
lasagna skillet

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

Can I use a different type of pasta?

Sure! The fluttery edges of campanelle are pretty to look at, but they also help catch and contain that delicious cheese sauce.

Choose any short pasta with plenty of nooks and crannies, like fusilli, penne, rigatoni, or even medium shells. Just make note of any differences in cooking time listed on the box.

bowl of Cheesy Skillet Lasagna

How long does skillet lasagna last in the refrigerator?

Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container for up to 5 days. Reheat individual portions in the microwave or on the stove until warmed through.


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Lasagna in a stainless skillet

Video: One Pan Lasagna Recipe

To see us make this from start to finish, watch the video at the top of this page.

Yield: 8
Author: Donna Elick
Cheesy Skillet Lasagna

Cheesy Skillet Lasagna

Skillet lasagna is loaded with flavor and so much cheese, you’ll be making it again and again. Try this easy one pan meal for dinner tonight!
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 30 Min


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound 93% lean ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 16 ounce box Campanelle pasta
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, no salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 ounces shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced into 5 pieces
  • 4 ounces whole ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped


  1. In a large oven safe skillet over medium-high heat, warm oil. Add beef, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, basil, and rosemary. Stir to combine. Allow meat to brown, stirring occasionally. About 7 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to broil.
  3. Add pasta, tomatoes and water to skillet. Stir until well combined and pasta is submerged. Cover and cook until pasta is al dente, stirring occasionally. About 7-8 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese. Place a mozzarella slice in the center of the skillet and the 4 remaining evenly around the skillet. Dollop the ricotta in the spaces between the mozzarella. Place skillet in oven until mozzarella cheese is golden brown and bubbly. About 3-5 minutes. CAUTION SKILLET IS HOT!!! Use a pot holder to remove from oven. Sprinkle with fresh basil and serve.

Cheesy Skillet Lasagna in a stainless pan

Originally published September 2012, updated and republished March 2021

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  1. That looks great - I am going to pin this!

  2. Love an easy and beautiful recipe! Very nice again Donna.

  3. I am seeing more and more "skillet" meals out there, need to try this one indeed!

  4. Original, easy, beautiful and delicious,
    Thank you :)

  5. Does not say how many oz of pasta

    1. Thank you for catching that Candymittens! It is a 16 ounce box. I have updated the recipe.
      Happy cooking!


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