Skillet Lasagna

Yesterday I decided to make a big ol’ skillet of lasagna as part of The Year of the Skillet. I’ve baked a lot of sweet skillet dishes, so it was time for something savory.

Skillet Lasagna | Inspired by Charm

I spent the afternoon cooking, taking pictures, taste testing, and cleaning up. When I sat down to edit the photos, my phone beeped with a notification from Twitter telling me a few of the people I follow were tweeting about #nationallasagnaday. Seriously? How weird is that?

Skillet Lasagna | Inspired by Charm

Skillet Lasagna | Inspired by Charm

Skillet Lasagna | Inspired by Charm

Maybe it’s because I’m so deep in the blogging world, but lately everyone seems to be celebrating “National ‘Something’ Day.” It’s a lot of pressure to keep up. Can’t Thursday just be Thursday and not National Donut Day? (Although National Donut Day is an important holiday and should be taken very seriously. I kid.)

Anyway, I just thought it was a humorous coincidence. Had I been one day earlier I would have hit the nail on the head in sharing this recipe with you. Oh well, lasagna is great any day, not just on National Lasagna Day.

Skillet Lasagna | Inspired by Charm

So where did this idea come from? Well, this past Monday, I had lasagna with my mom. It was amazing, and since I couldn’t get it out of my head, I had to make some for myself. I purchased a large 12-inch skillet a few months ago, and it was time to put it to use.

Skillet Lasagna | Inspired by Charm

I’ve always thought that it’s a bit of fuss to make lasagna. However, using oven-ready noodles and puting it together in one pan (in this case, a skillet) is super easy. Plus, you only have to clean up one pan and one bowl (and maybe a measuring cup or two).

one pan lasagna

Skillet Lasagna | Inspired by Charm

I know you might not want to turn on your oven in the middle of summer, but this recipe is totally worth it. So simple and delicious. Or just save it for fall; I’m cool with that, too.

Skillet Lasagna | Inspired by Charm

Skillet Lasagna

Here's what you will need:

1 pound ground beef
1/2 large yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, diced
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 pound oven-ready lasagna noodles
6 cups pasta sauce
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese ball, sliced
1 cup ricotta cheese
Fresh parsley and basil for garnish

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

In a 12-inch skillet, add the extra virgin olive oil and sauté your onions over medium-high heat until translucent. This will take about five minutes. Then, add the garlic and sauté it for a minute. Finally, add the ground beef, breaking it into small chunks. Season with red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.

After cooking the beef for 8 - 10 minutes or until all the pink has disappeared, remove it from the skillet, place it in a bowl, and set it aside.

Take the skillet off the burner so that it can cool slightly. Then, add 1 1/2 cups of pasta sauce to the bottom, spreading it into a thin later.

Lay the noodle strips across the sauce, overlapping them slightly to create one layer. Spoon half of the beef on top of the noodle layer. Sprinkle evenly with 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese and half of the mozzarella cheese. Top this with 1 1/2 cups of sauce.

Next, add another layer of noodles. Spread the remaining beef across this layer. Top with 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese and the remaining mozzarella cheese. Again, top with 1 1/2 cups of sauce.

Add a final layer of noodles. Top with 1 1/2 cups of sauce.

Then, using a tablespoon, spread dollops of ricotta cheese evenly across the top of the lasagna. Garnish with the remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 50 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Carefully remove the skillet from the oven. Allow the pan to cool slightly and garnish with the fresh herbs.


Dinner is served.

Skillet Lasagna | Inspired by Charm

Now, I know it seems like a lot of steps, but it’s really not. It’s just layering.

Also, if your favorite lasagna recipe is a bit different, just make it your way. Add mushrooms or leave out the ricotta. Do whatever works for you.

Skillet Lasagna | Inspired by Charm

What I love about this skillet lasagna is that it’s super casual. I don’t even like to cut it like traditional lasagna. Just serve it with a big spoon and you’re good to go. Whip up a garden salad, get a loaf of crusty bread, and set dinner on the table.

Happy Belated National Lasagna Day!

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  • April at

    This looks yummy! It’s unfortunate the print option isn’t working 😔 I’m still a hard copy kind of girl, I like to print off my favourite recipes for my binder 😉

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hey there! So sorry you’re having troubles. Can you tell me what internet browser you’re using? I’m on Safari and it works for me. It could be a browser issue. Can you let me know and I’ll try to get it fixed?


  • Jamie at

    Hi Michael, I was gifted a lodge cast iron skillet for Christmas, so far using it for the usual fare… bacon, fried potatoes , etc…..but this is a game changer! Making this tomorrow 😊 ! Do you make your own sauce?(I always do). Or do you have a go-to jar sauce you can recommend? Either way , it looks DEEEE!

  • Angie at

    I made this last night and my boyfriend said it was the best lasagna he’s ever had. We will definitely be making this again!

  • Jen at

    Hey Michael, love your blog! Made this for my parents and bf last night…everyone LOVED it. I subbed ground hot Giannelli sausage for the ground beef. It’s going into the regular rotation. Thanks!

  • Julia @ Hooked on Houses at

    This looks SO good. What a great idea! Always looking for new things to try with my skillet — thanks! 🙂

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks Julia!!

      xo Michael

  • Peggy at

    Oh my goodness! This looks so delicious! And just in time for football! I will definitely be making this on a Saturday at the end of this month with crusty garlic bread. My family will be so happy!

  • Patricia at

    I’m married to Mr Lactose intolerant. He hasn’t had lasagne for at least fifteen years. I think I can sub soy mozzarella for the fresh. At this point, no substitute available for ricotta but I could try soy cream cheese.
    All I’m saying, you could make my husband very happy …

  • Kaitlin-SheSpeaksBark at

    As a fellow blogger I hear you on the pressure to keep up- who invents these crazy/tasty holidays anyways?!

    Your skillet lasagna looks amazing- my husband & I do a lot of camping with our dogs- and cooking with a cast iron skillet- will give this a go next tie we’re out- what an amazing camp meal we’ll have 🙂

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Haha! I hear ya!

      If you try it camping, please let me know how it turns out. Enjoy!

      xo Michael

  • Richella Parham at

    Oh, my word. I know your photography skills are impressive, but no skill with a camera could make a dish look this good–it must really BE good! Thank so much for sharing the idea for skillet lasagna and the recipe. I’ve pinned this for future reference and will definitely be trying this one!

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