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Easy Skillet Lasagna Recipe.  This family dinner dish only takes 30 MINUTES and ONE POT to make! This ultimate comforting and cheesy meal is so much easier than making a conventional lasagna.  

Wooden spoon serving up lasagna skillet pasta with strings of cheese coming down.


This Skillet Lasagna gives all the comforts of enjoying lasagna without all of the hard prep work! 

  • No precooking of noodles needed. 
  • No layering.
  • Everything comes together in ONE POT. 

How to make Skillet Lasagna:

  1. Cook Italian Sausage. Depending on your preference you can use a mild or hot sausage. Or switch the sausage out and use a ground beef. 
  2. Make the sauce. In the same skillet once the sausage is almost cooked all the way add in the onion to cook, the garlic. Then add the tomato sauce and seasonings. This is a similar sauce that I use for my Spaghetti & Meatballs recipe. It’s SO quick and easy, but tastes like you’ve been working all day on it! 
  3. Add the noodles. Break apart the lasagna noodles and add into the sauce. Press the noodles into the sauce as much as possible and cook with the lid on to help soften the noodles. 
  4. Stir in cheese. Let the cheese melt throughout the pasta before serving. 
  5. Add a scoop of ricotta when you serve it up.  A sprinkling of some fresh parsley.  And extra cheese.  Of course.
How to make Skillet lasagna shown step by step: browning sausage and cooking onion, adding tomato sauce and spices, adding the noodles and pressing into the sauce, cooked noodles with cheese being stirred in and finished lasagna pasta in the skillet.

Pro Tips:

  • Stir the noodles frequently to help keep them from sticking together while the pasta cooks.
  • Keep the heat medium low, the sauce at a low simmer, and the lid on. This helps the noodles to soften completely in the amount of sauce. There should be no additional liquid needed.
Up close look at lasagna noodles smothered in sauce and coated with melted cheese.

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Easy Skillet Lasagna Recipe (30 Minutes & One Pot!)

4.97 from 52 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Serene
Easy Skillet Lasagna Recipe. This family dinner dish only takes 30 MINUTES and ONE POT to make! This ultimate comforting and cheesy meal is so much easier than making a conventional lasagna. After you try this version you will never need another lasagna recipe!
Wooden spoon scooping up lasagna pasta with strings of cheese coming down.


  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage
  • 2 (14 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomato
  • ½ yellow onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¾ pound lasagna noodles broken
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded


  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Ricotta cheese
  • fresh parsley


  • Add the ground sausage to a large skillet and cook over medium heat while stirring. Once the sausage is mostly cooked add the diced onion to cook.
  • When the onion is translucent and soft and sausage is cooked through add the minced garlic. Cook for an additional 30 seconds.
  • Add the tomato sauce and diced tomato to the skillet. Stir to combine.
  • Add seasonings and stir. Break the lasagna noodles over the skillet and add to the sauce. Press the noodles down as much as possible into the sauce. Cover the pan and allow to simmer over medium heat for about 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Once the noodles are softened add in a cup of mozzarella cheese. Stir to combine.
  • Serve and top with additional mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, and fresh parsley.




Calories: 534kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 870mg | Potassium: 351mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 126IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Recipe first published October 11, 2016. Updated May 17, 2020 with new images and video.

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  1. I’ve read the comments about the noodles not cooking. Would it be OK to par cook the noodles before adding to skillet?

    1. Absolutely. Some people have cooked the noodles separately and just add them in. Or they add broth as it’s cooking if needed. I still am able to make this with just the sauce. But as long as the end result is a delicious meal do what you gotta do!! 🙂

  2. Loved this recipe. I read the reviews and partially boiled the noodles and then added them to the sauce and it was perfect. I used spicy sausage and fresh basil at the end. I can’t wait to make this again!

  3. Can’t wait to try this. Have some oven ready noodles to use up. And I’m thinking if I add some spinach it will help with adding liquid to cook the noodles.

  4. I am a single bachelor and was hankering for some lasagna and did not really have a good oven dish. I found this recipe and tried it and it is amazing!! All the goodies of a lasagna and so easy to make!! I did use the non-cook lasagna noodles and I think that was a good move and I also used ground turkey and some sausage, anyway bottom line, it is easy, quick and very tasty! . Thank you for the recipe.

  5. I made a couple of modifications. We don’t like sausage here so I used ground beef and seasoned with salt, pepper, and some Italian seasoning while I cooked. Added the onion and garlic as well while I cooked the ground beef. Used farfalle bow tie noodles instead of lasagna to help with the sticking issue and added water throughout as needed. I also used spaghetti sauce along with the tomato sauce and diced tomatoes for extra flavor. At the end I mixed in a combination of mozzarella , provolone, and parm cheese. Topped with fresh parsley and ricotta. Delicious!

  6. Thank you for the recipe! Much more easier and less ti,e consuming than the regular lasagna. I used OVEN READY LASAGNA NOODLES and I did not need to add more water.

  7. I boiled the lasagna noodles separately & then added them & simmered for about 12 minutes. I should have stirred some but forgot – it turned out nearly perfect. Next time I’ll be sure to stir it while it simmers. One of my sons hates cheese (I know!) but this recipe works great because I just remove a portion for him before I add the cheese. I also love the dollop of ricotta to mix in on the plate. It’s easy enough for a week night. thanks!

  8. This came out great and was delicious! However, I took your advice and used Barilla lasagna noodles and still had to add water and it took A lot longer to cook. I don’t want to use another noodle because I love the lasagna noodles! I think next time I will boil them separately till about half done before adding them. Great recipe!

    1. Hi Melissa! Thanks so much for your review. I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe. It can definitely be tricky, to get the temperature just right for cooking the noodles in just the sauce, I have made this recipe so many times to try and get better instructions. I love using the lasagna noodles in this dish too. It just adds the finishing touch. So glad you loved it though and are going to make it again!