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Skillet Lasagna Recipe: Quick and Easy Comfort Food

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Skillet Lasagna

If you’re looking for a quick and delicious dinner, skillet lasagna is the way to go. This one-pan meal combines all the classic flavors of traditional lasagna but is ready in just 30 minutes.

You’ll use ground beef, sausage, or a mix of both, paired with lasagna noodles, cheese, and marinara sauce. With just a few simple steps, you can have a hearty meal that’s sure to be a family favorite. Plus, cleanup is a breeze since it’s all made in one pan. Give it a try and enjoy a satisfying dinner without the fuss.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

To make a delicious skillet lasagna, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Main Ingredients

  • Ground Beef: About 1 pound. You can substitute with ground turkey or chicken.
  • Lasagna Noodles: Regular or whole wheat. Break them into pieces to fit the skillet.
  • Marinara Sauce: One jar (about 24 ounces). Homemade sauce works too.
  • Onion: 1 medium yellow or white, diced.
  • Garlic: 2-3 cloves, minced.

Herbs and Spices

  • Italian Seasoning: 1-2 teaspoons. You can make your own blend with dried basil, oregano, and thyme.
  • Salt and Pepper: To taste.

Liquids

  • Broth: 2 cups (chicken, beef, or vegetable broth will work).

Cheese

  • Mozzarella: 2 cups shredded. Substitute with provolone or a mix of Italian cheeses.
  • Ricotta Cheese: 1 cup. Cottage cheese can be used if you prefer.

Optional Add-ins

  • Spinach: Fresh or frozen, for additional nutrients.
  • Bell Peppers: Diced, for extra flavor.

Oil

  • Olive Oil: 1-2 tablespoons, for sautéing.

Remember, these are the basic ingredients. Feel free to adjust based on what you have or prefer!

Instructions


  1. Prepare the Skillet:
    Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add a little olive oil.



  2. Cook the Meat:
    Add ground beef and sausage to the skillet. Break up the meat with a spatula. Cook until the meat is no longer pink.



  3. Add Vegetables and Seasonings:
    Toss in diced onions and minced garlic. Season with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Cook until onions are soft.



  4. Mix in Sauces:
    Pour in marinara sauce and stir well. If using diced tomatoes, add them now.



  5. Add Noodles:
    Break lasagna noodles into smaller pieces. Add them to the skillet, making sure they’re covered with the sauce.



  6. Simmer:
    Cover the skillet with a lid. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Let it simmer for about 20 minutes, until noodles are tender.



  7. Add Cheese:
    Sprinkle mozzarella and parmesan over the top. Cover the skillet again and let it cook for another 5 minutes, until the cheese is melted.



  8. Serve:
    Spoon the lasagna into bowls. Garnish with fresh basil or parsley if you like. Enjoy!


Tips, Tricks & Storing

Use Fresh Ingredients
Fresh vegetables and herbs can make a big difference in the taste. Try fresh garlic, basil, or even spinach for an added kick.

Pre-Cook the Meat
Make sure to brown the ground beef or sausage before adding other ingredients. This helps to enhance flavor and ensures the meat is fully cooked.

Simmer for Perfect Noodles
Let the noodles cook until they’re al dente. This usually takes about 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

Add Cheese at the End
Stir in ricotta or mozzarella cheese just before serving. This keeps the cheese from becoming too watery or losing its texture.

Season Well
Don’t be shy with the salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. These spices bring out the best in your dish.

Storing

Refrigerate Leftovers
Place leftover skillet lasagna in an airtight container. It should be good for up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

Freezing for Later
You can freeze portions in freezer-safe containers. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave when ready to eat.

Reheating Tips
Reheat gently on medium heat to avoid drying out the pasta. Add a splash of water or marinara sauce to keep it moist.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Vegetarian Skillet Lasagna: Instead of meat, you can use a mix of your favorite vegetables. Try zucchini, mushrooms, bell peppers, and spinach. Sauté the vegetables until tender before adding the marinara sauce and noodles.

Cheesy Delight: Add different types of cheese for a richer flavor. Besides mozzarella, consider adding ricotta, Parmesan, or provolone.

Spicy Twist: If you love a kick, add red pepper flakes, diced jalapeños, or hot Italian sausage to the skillet.

Gluten-Free: Use gluten-free lasagna noodles. Ensure the marinara sauce is also gluten-free.

Serving Suggestions

Garlic Bread: Serve your lasagna with warm, buttery garlic bread. Toasted bread with garlic butter goes perfectly with the cheesy goodness.

Salad: A fresh green salad with a light vinaigrette can balance the richness of the lasagna. Try mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, and cucumber slices.

Wine Pairing: A glass of red wine, like Merlot or Chianti, can enhance the flavors in your lasagna.

Dessert Idea: Finish the meal with a light dessert like lemon sorbet or fruit salad to cleanse your palate.

Leftovers: Skillet lasagna tastes even better the next day. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheat in the skillet for best results.

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