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One Pot Skillet Lasagna

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All of the flavors of lasagna cooked in one skillet on the stove.  One pot skillet lasagna makes it possible to get it done on a weeknight and without a ton of dishes!

serving of skillet lasagna with shredded parmesan and salad on a plate

     Get the flavor of lasagna in a fraction of the time! This easy one pot meal gives you big taste with a lot less effort. Now you can have lasagna on a weeknight, or a busy night or just because.  Make sure you always have these ingredients on hand so dinner is always less than an hour away.

      If there’s one thing I can almost guarantee is going to be a hit at our house, it’s anything lasagna inspired. Or tacos. But mostly the lasagna thing!

      There is just something about the flavors and textures of lasagna that make us so happy. Then there’s the melty cheese. We are all suckers for cheese around here!

      The only problem is lasagna takes so long to make. Even if you don’t boil the noodles, there’s still a fair number of steps to make it happen.

skillet with tomato sauce on stove with raw pasta just added.

      By the time you get the meat browned and the layers made the effort has you hungry to dig in, but you still have to throw it in the oven and let it bake to perfection. It’s totally worth the effort, but not exactly an easy weeknight meal.

     So what do you do when you come home from work on a Wednesday night craving lasagna? You improvise, of course!

      We have been loving experimenting with one pot meals.  The one pot taco pasta was a hit and so is the bbq pulled pork and rice skillet.  So I just knew I could get our favorite flavors put together in a quick and easy one pot dinner.

close up of mafalada pasta in hand, looks like mini lasagna noodles.

     I made our yummy dinner in my favorite 3 quart braiser and it almost didn’t hold all of the goodness. I’d definitely grab a dutch oven next time that way there’s plenty of room in case anything else decided to leap into the pot.

     Hey, you never know what might happen in my kitchen. I’m sort of known for throwing in a little of this and that or adding whatever bits and pieces I have laying around.

finished one pot skillet lasagna in cast iron pan, ready to serve.

    But really, this doesn’t need anything else. With all of the sausage, sauce, cheese and pasta it is a lasagna lover’s dream come true.

     If you are in the mood for layers of lasagna goodness, but want a fun change in pace, you should try our creamy buffalo chicken lasagna too! Or try my Maw-Maw’s American cheese lasagna.

Or for another fun one pot pasta recipe, try Italian sausage and broccoli one pot pasta. What are your favorite lasagna inspired recipes?

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Yield: 8 Servings

One Pot Skillet Lasagna

finished one pot skillet lasagna in cast iron pan, ready to serve.

All of the flavors of lasagna cooked in one skillet on the stove.  One pot skillet lasagna makes it possible to get it done on a weeknight and without a ton of dishes!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 16 ounces Italian Sausage
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 36 ounces marinara sauce (or similar)
  • 16 ounces pasta (I used mafalada)
  • 1 1/2 cups water or chicken stock
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella


  1. In a large skillet or dutch oven, brown the Italian sausage.
  2. Drain off most of the grease and then add the onion and cook until translucent and softened.
  3. Stir in the garlic and oregano. Then add the pasta sauce, water or stock and pasta. Stir to combine.
  4. Bring to a boil and then drop to a simmer and cook covered for about 20 minutes. Be sure to stir the mixture occasionally to help the pasta cook evenly. Add a little more liquid if needed and cook until the pasta is done to your liking.
  5. Stir in the cottage cheese and top with mozzarella. Cover and cook until cheese is melted, then serve.

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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 445Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 1303mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 4gSugar: 11gProtein: 23g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Saturday 2nd of June 2018

I've got this printed out and ready to try next week. Can't wait!


Tuesday 5th of June 2018

Thank you and I hope you enjoy it!


Sunday 22nd of April 2018

Sounds scrumptious with the Italian sausage! I used sweet Italian sausage in spaghetti recently and my fellas are still talking about it. Pinning this. So glad you share with us at Merry Monday. We love your creativity.


Thursday 26th of April 2018

Thank you so much, Shirley!

Miz Helen

Sunday 15th of April 2018

Your Skillet Lasagna looks fantastic! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing your with us at Full Plate Thursday! Miz Helen


Friday 20th of April 2018

Thank you!


Tuesday 10th of April 2018

I agree, lasagna is one of our favorite dishes too. I love that this recipe is in one pot, that makes it really easy and I love the clean up, as well.


Friday 20th of April 2018

It does make the assembly and cleanup so much easier!


Tuesday 10th of April 2018

Hi Carlee, I do like the tastes and texture of a nice cheesy lasagna, but like you said it does take a lot of faffing and isn't the quickest of meals to knock up. Your recipe sounds like a good quick fix.



Tuesday 10th of April 2018

Thank you, Deb! xoxo

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