An easy take on classic homemade lasagna recipes, this One Pot Lasagna comes together with 10 simple ingredients in minutes for a family favorite meal that’s ready in minutes. Tender noodles combine with rich marinara sauce and lots of cheese for a classic comfort food that’s great for family gatherings or weeknight meals. Serve it on its own for a satisfying main dish or with your favorite sides!
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Who doesn’t love oven-baked lasagna? The ultimate comfort food, it’s always a great recipe to satisfy a crowd! However, traditional oven-baked versions can be a bit time-consuming. As a result, our personal preference is to make quick alternatives like our Baked Lasagna Rolls and Pressure Cooker Lazy Lasagna. So, of course, we had to test it out with our favorite way to prepare dinner and turned it into an easy one pot meal!
Why You’ll Love This One Pot Lasagna Pasta
There are endless reasons to love this easy lasagna recipe! For example, it’s:
- Ready in less than 20 minutes
- Made with minimal ingredients
- Cooks in a single pot meaning less prep and fewer dishes
- Creamy, comforting, and indulgent
- Just as tasty as classic lasagna with half the work
Ingredients You’ll Need
Unlike traditional lasagna recipes which often seem to require a million ingredients, we reduced this recipe down to just the basics using simple ingredients you can easily find at your local grocery store. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Lasagnette Rice Pasta – If you’ve never seen lasagnette pasta, it consists of individual pasta noodles that resemble long sheets of lasagna. However, any similarly shaped pasta noodle like Campanelle will work.
- Marinara Sauce – To save time, we use jarred marinara sauce from the store. However, if you have the time, you can easily make your own homemade marinara sauce, too!
- Ground Beef – This adds bulk to the dish, making it extra filling.
- Aromatics – Garlic and onion combine to add a sweet, savory, pungent flavor to the recipe.
- Water or Broth – Used to cook the noodles. We love to use low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth to add extra depth to the flavor.
- Ricotta – You can’t have a lasagna recipe without ricotta. It’s the best part! For the best flavor, use full-fat, whole-milk ricotta cheese.
- Mozzarella – Opt for low-moisture shredded Mozzarella cheese as it has a slightly saltier taste and browns more easily. In addition, the reduced moisture prevents the dish from becoming too watery.
Variations and Add-Ins
We kept this simple skillet lasagna as easy as possible using just a handful of items, but that doesn’t mean you can’t spruce it up!
- Use Different Noodles. Swap out the lasagnette noodles with any other kind of pasta you like best. For instance, broken lasagna noodles are a great alternative! Or, stir in ready noodles instead of boiling the pasta to make this dish super fast.
- Include Different Meat. Replace the ground beef with any other protein such as ground chicken, ground turkey, or Italian sausage instead.
- Add Fresh Veggies. Bulk up your one pot lasagna, adding extra vitamins, nutrients, and fiber with veggies like mushrooms, crushed tomatoes, and bell peppers.
- Adjust the Seasonings. Depending on the type of marinara sauce you use, you may need to add more flavor to the dish. Feel free to get creative with various herbs and spices you have on hand. For instance, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and fresh basil all make great additions to the meal.
How to Make One Pot Lasagna
Once you make this simple recipe, you’ll never go back to the complicated oven-baked version again! Just follow the steps below, and don’t forget to scroll to the recipe card below for complete details. Dinner will be on the table in no time!
- Brown Beef. In a large pot over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef with ½ the chopped onion, breaking it up until it has browned. Drain the excess fat.
- Combine the Ingredients. Add the pasta, marinara sauce, garlic, salt, pepper, and water or broth to the pot. Stir to combine.
- Boil. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Simmer. Cover the pot with a lid, and let it simmer until the pasta is cooked to al dente.
- Add the Cheese. Gently, stir in the Ricotta and Mozzarella. Enjoy warm, and don’t forget to add an extra sprinkle of Parmesan cheese!
For a family-friendly dinner, we love to pair this lasagna pasta with sides and appetizers like:
Common Questiosn About One Pot Lasagna
Yes! In fact, we highly recommend making a double batch for easy meals to enjoy throughout the week. Leftovers store well in the fridges and make for a great freezer meal. Stored in an airtight container, they’ll keep in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
To reheat, just pop your thawed lasagna pasta in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. Or, warm it in the oven at 375° Fahrenheit until heated through.
Sure! Your lasagna dish will have a slightly different taste and texture, but it will still be delicious.
More One Pot Pasta Recipes
If you’re obsessed with one pot pasta dishes like us, you won’t want to miss out on these!
- Our One Pot Chicken Tetrazzini is so decadent and rich you’ll find yourself transported back to early 20th century San Francisco!
- Made with minimal ingredients, One Pot Tomato Spinach Pasta is a family-friendly recipe ready in minutes.
- This saucy One Pot Pasta Puttanesca is packed with flavors for a crowd-pleasing meal.
- If you love a warm spinach and artichoke dip, this easy One Pot Spinach and Artichoke Pasta is just the recipe for you!
One Pot Lasagna Pasta Recipe
- 16 ounces lasagnette rice pasta or similar shape uncooked
- 16 ounces marinara sauce
- 1 pound ground beef
- ½ small onion chopped
- 4 Tablespoons garlic minced
- 2 teaspoons salt + more or less to taste
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 4 cups water or broth
- 8 ounces whole milk ricotta
- 1 cup low-moisture mozzarella cheese
- Optional: Parmesan cheese for serving
- In a large pot over medium heat, add the ground beef and onion. Cook 1-2 minutes or until browned, breaking into pieces. Drain the excess liquid.
- Add the pasta, marinara sauce, garlic, salt, pepper, and water (or broth) to the pot. Stir to combine.
- Increase the heat to medium-high, bringing the mixture to a boil. Cover, and simmer 11-13 minutes or until the pasta is al dente.
- Add the ricotta and Mozzarella. Stir to combine.
- Serve warm topped with Parmesan cheese, if desired!
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.