Easy Skillet Lasagna

6 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Easy Skillet Lasagna is a hearty, cheesy, ONE POT dinner made with ground beef, ricotta cheese, and farfalle pasta in a seasoned marinara sauce covered in melted mozzarella cheese, and ready in under 20 minutes!

We love easy ways to make our favorite Italian comfort foods, like this Ultimate Meat Lasagna, Chicken Parmesan, and Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese!


Easy Skillet Lasagna is one of my go-to weeknight recipes because it’s quick and easy, can be made in only ONE POT, and the entire family loves it! This recipe uses farfalle pasta instead of lasagna noodles, which makes it easier to do this in a skillet on the stovetop. The whole recipe will take you about 20 minutes or less, and requires very little prep time.

I like to use my Quick and Easy Marinara Sauce for this lasagna, but you can use the jarred version if you’re really short on time. Serve this with Garlic Bread, a Classic Wedge Salad, and extra grated parmesan. You can also top with some basil leaves for some extra fresh flavor!


Skillet lasagna is a quick and easy recipe that can be throw together in only 20 minutes, but if you’re really short on time you can prep it early so it’ll only take 5-10 minutes to get on the table.

I cook the pasta, and drizzle with a little bit of oil to keep it from sticking together. Then brown the beef, and add the other ingredients except for the cheese, and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

When you’re ready, mix in the pasta with the sauce and meat, and pour into the skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until warmed, then top with cheese and serve once it’s melted.


You can freeze skillet lasagna, but if you’re making this ahead of time for a freezer meal, then I would recommend using al dente pasta (slightly undercooked). When you reheat it, the pasta will cook all of the way. This prevents the noodles from becoming mushy.



  • Lighten this lasagna up by using lean ground turkey, low fat or part-skim ricotta or mozzarella, or spaghetti squash instead of noodles. Or use whole grain pasta.
  • You can make this lasagna with other meat, like chicken or leftover rotisserie chicken, or even Italian sausage.
  • If you don’t have farfalle pasta, you can break up regular lasagna noodles instead. They won’t completely fit in the round skillet, so you’ll have to crack a few on the ends. You can also use penne or other noodles if that’s what you have in your pantry.
  • I always use a cast iron skillet because it conducts heat better, resulting in a great flavor. But you can technically use any skillet you have on hand.
  • You can also take the skillet from the stovetop to the oven and broil for 1-2 minutes, or until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly.
  • Add some vegetables like zucchini, yellow squash, mushrooms, or eggplant.

Easy Skillet Beef Lasagna

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Easy Skillet Lasagna

Easy Skillet Lasagna is a hearty, cheesy, ONE POT dinner made with ground beef, ricotta cheese, and farfalle pasta in a seasoned marinara sauce covered in melted mozzarella cheese, and ready in under 20 minutes!
Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 8 ounces cooked farfalle pasta
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  • Cook beef in a large skillet with onion and bell pepper over medium-high heat about 4-5 minutes until cooked.
  • Add in the water, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper flakes and marinara sauce cooking for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add in the pasta and top with mozzarella and ricotta cheese before serving.


Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.


Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 827mg | Potassium: 674mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1310IU | Vitamin C: 32.4mg | Calcium: 203mg | Iron: 3.5mg

Cheesy Skillet Lasagna

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. Absolutely delicious! I hadn’t planned dinner on a busy Monday night…Skillet Lasagna to the rescue! Definitely a keeper!

  2. So easy and delicious. I had some leftover sauce and meatballs that I cut up and added in lieu of the hamburger. Other than that..I followed your recipe as directed. This will be in my “favorite recipe” rotation file. Thank you, Sabrina for all the great recipes!