This Skillet Lasagna recipe is an economical family dinner that is both cheaper and easier to make than the original! It serves 6 and costs $11.02 to make. That’s just $1.84 per serving!
Do you guys use Marco Polo? We love it! We use it to communicate all of our Easy Budget Recipe team needs. For those who do not know what it is, it is basically a video messaging app.
We send videos to each other at all times of the day. Sometimes kids come in and say a quick hello during the video or we send messages while cooking dinner or when we are about to go to bed.
The point is because we are sending messages to each other every day, it lends itself to talk about how busy we are with all the running around we do. Just last night, Beth sent a message at 8 PM while waiting in the school parking lot to pick up her daughter. She suggested we create a recipe that we can cook in the car because she had been in the car since 4 PM and dinner was not ready yet!
Man, if only we really could do that. We would solve a lot of problems for all you busy moms I am sure!
While we can’t give you a recipe that you can cook in the car we can give you a recipe that is quick and easy and only uses one pot. That helps just a little right? The Skillet Lasagna recipe will make those busy nights a little less hectic. The lasagna is made in one skillet so you are not left with a sink full of dishes after dinner.
We love the classic traditional lasagna just as much as the next person, but sometimes we just do not have the time it takes to make it; we need to make it in the skillet in a lot less time. With all the prep-work involved, who has time for that during the week? And the layering? Forget about it! Try out this Skillet Lasagna, it is so easy!
Skillet Lasagna Recipe Questions Answered:
What is the lasagna noodles called?
One noodle is called lasagna. But if you have more than one noodle it is actually called lasagne. So a dish using more than one lasagna noodle should actually be called lasagne. Do you ever call it this? I don’t that’s for sure. It’s always lasagna for me.
Is lasagna a pasta?
Yes, lasagna is a pasta. The lasagna noodle is a wide flat sheet of pasta. You typically cook a lot of lasagna noodles and layer them between meat, sauce, and cheeses to make a lasagna dish.
How to Make Skillet Lasagna Recipe:
- First, cook the ground sausage over medium heat adding the onion once it is mostly cooked.
- Add the garlic once the onion is clear and soft and the sausage is cooked through and cook for another 30 seconds.
- Next, add the tomato sauce and diced tomatoes and stir until combined.
- Then stir in the seasonings and stir. Next, add lasagna noodles to the sauce ensuring you press down the noodles as much as possible into the sauce. Cover the pan and stir occasionally as it simmers over medium heat for 15-20 minutes.
- Once the noodles are soft, stir in a cup of mozzarella cheese.
- Finally, top with dollops of ricotta cheese and serve with additional mozzarella cheese and basil if desired.
How to get the kids involved with this recipe:
- Ages 2-3: Let them help scoop the dollops of ricotta cheese on top of the skillet lasagna.
- Ages 4-5: Let them help measure out and stir in the seasonings. They can also sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top.
- Ages 6-8: Teach them how to cook the sausage and let them add in the additional ingredients.
- Ages 9-11: Supervise them while they prepare the entire recipe. Remember to have them read it twice before beginning the recipe.
- Ages 12+: Let them prepare the entire recipe, unsupervised, while you do the happy dance in the corner!
Discover why we love getting the kids involved in the kitchen and more tips in our How to Get Kids Involved In Cooking article.
The flavor and Recipe Variations:
- For a little healthier version uses ground turkey and whole wheat lasagna noodles.
- if you do not have ground sausage on hand you can also use ground beef.
What to Serve with Skillet Lasagna:
- Easy Orange Cranberry Sauce
- French-Bread Stuffing
- Fresh Green Beans Almondine
- Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
- Naughty Mashed Potatoes
How long is this good for:
- Serve: As with most recipes with dairy products in them, you shouldn’t leave this lasagna out for longer than 2 hours.
- Store: Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.
- Freeze: Place in individual freezer-safe containers and freeze for up to 3 months.
How much will this Skillet Lasagna cost:
RECIPE COST: $11.02
PRICE PER SERVING: $1.84
To find out more about how we price our recipes, check out Budget Recipes Explained.
- 1 pound ground Italian sausage – $3.48
- 1 medium yellow onion – $0.62
- 3 garlic cloves minced – $0.15
- 29-ounce can tomato sauce – $1.64
- 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes – $0.98
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil – $0.10
- 1/2 teaspoon salt – $0.01
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper – $0.01
- 3/4 pound lasagna noodles – $1.44
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese – $1.15
- 1 cup Ricotta cheese – $1.44
- Large covered skillet
- Wooden spoon
- 1 pound ground Italian sausage
- 1 medium yellow onion diced
- 3 large garlic cloves minced
- 29- ounce can tomato sauce
- 14.5- ounce can diced tomato
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¾ pound lasagna noodles broken into 2-inch pieces
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup Ricotta cheese at room temperature
- Shredded mozzarella cheese optional
- Chopped fresh basil optional
- Add the ground sausage to a large skillet and cook over medium heat while stirring. Once the sausage is mostly cooked add the diced onion to cook.
- When the onion is translucent and soft and sausage is cooked through add the minced garlic. Cook for an additional 30 seconds.
- Add the tomato sauce and diced tomato to the skillet. Stir to combine.
- Add seasonings and stir. Add lasagna noodles to the sauce. Press the noodles down as much as possible into the sauce. Cover the pan and allow it to simmer over medium heat for about 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally.
- Once the noodles are softened add in a cup of mozzarella cheese. Stir to combine.
- Top with dollops of ricotta cheese.
- Serve with additional mozzarella cheese and freshly chopped basil (both optional).