Say hello to lasagna pasta—a one-pot wonder that’s as comforting as your grandma’s hugs but way quicker to whip up. Forget the layering, the endless pots, and the oven wait time. This dish is all about maximum flavor with minimum fuss.
Why You’ll Love This Pasta Recipe
- Quick and Easy Dinner: Lasagna ready in 30 minutes? Yes, please!
- Customizable: Add bonus vegetables, like cooked carrots, zucchini, or spinach, for a healthy kick.
- Freezer Friendly: This makes an amazing freezer meal. Add slightly more sauce and keep in an oven safe freezer container for a quick meal prep recipe.
It is comfort food season and I am ready for all of the pasta dishes. We typically lean toward my Lasagna Stuffed Shells when looking for a good belly warming dinner. It is tasty, loved, and a fan favorite. However, I don’t always have jumbo shells on hand. Enter this delicious pasta dish.
It is a one-pot version of lasagna that is oh-so easy and just as delicious. Make it with traditional lasagna noodles, or really any noodle you love.
Quick And Easy Lasagna Pasta Ingredients
In ten quick minutes you have a simmering pot of goodness cooking to perfection. Here is what you will need to get started:
- Beef: I like to use a mixture of ground beef and Italian sausage. However, you can really use any protein in this dish! Photo’d below you can see the ground beef and chopped Italian sausage we had leftover from a few nights before.
- Garlic: I absolutely love garlic and always opt for more than called for. I always suggest you measure with your heart.
- Tomatoes: Here’s the deal, I like to use diced tomatoes as well as tomato sauce. That being said, you can swap this with your favorite marinara sauce. It’s equally delicious.
- Seasonings: I use Italian seasoning, onion powder, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. You can really play around with any of your favorites.
- Pasta: Pick a short pasta, as they cook the best. I like rotini macaroni, or penne. You can even break up lasagna noodles and use those!
- Cheese: A sprinkle of mozzarella and a small scoop of ricotta.
One Pot Lasagna Pasta Recipe
- PREP: Heat a large skillet over medium heat and prepare the remaining ingredients.
- COOK: Once the pan has heated, add the ground beef, or sausage, and brown until cooked through, about five minutes. Stir in the garlic and allow it to cook for one additional minute.
- SIMMER: Stir the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, seasonings, pasta and water in the skillet with the cooked beef. Bring the mixture to a simmer, cover and allow to cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the pasta is tender.
- ENJOY: Serve with a dollop of ricotta cheese, sprinkle of Parmesan, or handful of mozzarella.
- Large Skillet or Sauté Pan: Imagine a stage where all your ingredients come to life, mingling and soaking up flavors like they’re at the best party ever. A high-quality skillet (affiliate) is your culinary canvas, offering even heat distribution and enough room for pasta to swim freely. Trust me, invest in a good one, and you’ll be one step closer to becoming the one-pan maestro you were born to be.
- Wooden Spoon: This isn’t just a spoon; it’s your magic wand in the kitchen. Crafted from natural wood, it won’t scratch your precious pans and provides the perfect heft for stirring, mixing, and sautéing. Plus, it’s like a fine wine—it only gets better with age. A wooden spoon is the unsung hero that makes sure every ingredient plays nice.
- Garlic Press (affiliate): Forget mincing; this tool is the shortcut to garlic heaven. With one simple squeeze, you release all the aromatic oils and flavors that make your dish sing. It’s like having a backstage crew doing the hard work, so you can take the culinary spotlight. If you’re a garlic lover, this tool is a game-changer.
- Cheese Grater: Oh, the humble cheese grater (affiliate)—where have you been all our lives? This multi-faceted tool doesn’t just grate cheese; it showers your pasta with fluffy clouds of Parmesan, Pecorino, or whatever your cheesy heart desires. And let’s not forget its other talents: zesting lemons, grating nutmeg, and even shredding veggies. It’s the Swiss Army knife of the kitchen.
Nope! The beauty of a one-skillet dish is that the pasta cooks right in the sauce, absorbing all those delicious flavors.
We use any short pasta, like bowtie and macaroni. However, you can really make any pasta work in this dish!
You bet! If you’re short on time, a jar of quality marinara can be a lifesaver. Just maybe don’t tell Nonna. We really like Rao’s. Try mixing half marinara half alfredo for a delicious variation!
Keep this in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat on the stove or microwave.
Sure thing! Just prepare the skillet lasagna, let it cool, and store it in the fridge. Reheat when you’re ready to feast. My favorite way to reheat is stovetop. I add a splash of water and heat in a pot or skillet until warmed through, about 2 to 5 minutes. Just make sure you keep stirring to avoid the pasta burning to the bottom of the pan.
- 1 lb ground beef or sausage
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes
- 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
- 1/2 cup water
- 6 oz pasta
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1/2 cup ricotta cheese optional
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat and prepare the remaining ingredients.
- Once the pan has heated, add the ground beef, or sausage, and brown until cooked through, about five minutes. Stir in the garlic and allow it to cook for one additional minute.
- Stir the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, seasonings, pasta and water in the skillet with the cooked beef. Bring the mixture to a simmer, cover and allow to cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the pasta is tender.
- Serve with a dollop of ricotta cheese, sprinkle of Parmesan, or handful of mozzarella.
More Lasagna Recipes To Try
- Ravioli Bake Recipe
- Easy Lasagna Soup
- Spaghetti and Meatballs
- Classic Lasagna Recipe
- Cheese Filled Meatball Recipe