I love lasagna but there is definitely a lot of work that goes into it. Making the filling, making the sauce, mixing the cheese, boiling the noodles, putting it all together and then waiting at least an hour to eat it. If you have a lot of time it's definitely worth it to make lasagna because there's nothing as comforting as baked, cheesy pasta, right? And there are some days when I crave being in the kitchen - it's therapeutic - so lasagna is a great meal to make on days like that. But really, unless you can prep everything early, who has the time for that on a weeknight?
That's why this skillet lasagna is THE ANSWER.
Between getting all the ingredients out, chopping the onion and garlic, making the sauce, layering the lasagna and baking it in the oven, I had this on the table in just under 45 minutes. And of that time only about 18 minutes are spent actively doing something. Even better, my husband who isn't a big lasagna fan really liked this, and said he liked it even better than traditional lasagna! My 4 year old took the leftovers to school for lunch the next day and asked if we can have it for dinner every night. I'd say that's a success.
- 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 lb ground beef
- 8 oz canned diced tomatoes
- 14 oz tomato sauce (I used Trader Joe's Tomato Basil Marinara; if you use a sauce without herbs in it, add some dried oregano and basil to your meat mixture)'
- 1 c ricotta cheese
- 1 c grated mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 c grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 Tbsp dried parsley
- Salt and pepper
- 5 no boil lasagna noodles broken into 4-5 pieces each
- Heat the oven to 400 degrees
- Heat the olive oil in an oven safe sauté pan or cast iron pan
- Add the onions and garlic; sauté 2 minutes
- Add the ground beef and cook until no longer pink, about 7-8 minutes
- Add the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
- In the meantime, mix the ricotta, most of the mozzarella, half of the Parmesan, the dried parsley, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
- Remove 2/3 of the meat sauce from your pan. Top the remaining sauce with half of the noodles, followed by a layer of the mixed cheese and then half of the reserved meat sauce. Repeat with a layer of noodles, cheese, and then the rest of the sauce. Top with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. (You want to make sure all of the noodles have sauce or cheese on them so they don't dry out)
- Cover with foil and bake 22-25 minutes until the noodles are soft and the entire thing is hot and bubbly.
- Let it sit for just a few minutes before serving.