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Stove Top Skillet Lasagna!

Loaded with ground beef and pork, this hearty lasagna requires no oven nor extra pans; the noodles and sauce both simmer together in one skillet on the stove. Then all you have to do is add cheese, cover with a lid and allow to "bake" on the cooktop. Full bellies, easy clean up, and everyone is happy!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword kid-friendly recipes, weeknight dinner
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Sun Basket Meal Delivery


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 5 ounces ground beef
  • 5 ounces ground pork
  • 6 ounces lasagna noodles (your favorite, if using gluten free you may need to adjust cooking time)
  • ½ teaspoon red chili flakes optional
  • 2 cups pasta sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • Zest of 1/2 a lemon
  • ¼ pound fresh mozzarella
  • ½ cup fresh ricotta
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan
  • 8 leaves Fresh basil


Prep the onion, ground meat, and lasagna noodles:

  1. Peel and finely chop the yellow onion.
  2. Cut off a small corner of the ground beef packaging and drain off any excess liquid. Transfer to a plate and pat dry with a paper towel. Repeat with the ground pork.
  3. Break the lasagna noodles in half or into thirds.

Cook the sauce and noodles:

  1. In a large frying pan over medium heat, warm 1 tablespoon oil until hot but not smoking. Add the onion, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in as many chile flakes as you like and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the beef and pork, season generously with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring to break up the meat, until browned but not yet cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the lasagna noodles, marinara sauce, and 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, gently pressing the noodles into the sauce as they start to soften. Cover and cook, gently tossing the noodles with the sauce occasionally, until the noodles are tender, 18 to 20 minutes. While the sauce and noodles cook, prepare the remaining ingredients.

Prep the mozzarella-ricotta mixture:

  1.  Zest half of the lemon and place into a small bowl. 
  2. Tear the mozzarella into small pieces.
  3. To the small bowl with the lemon zest, add the mozzarella and ricotta and stir until well combined.

Finish the lasagna:

  1. Layer the mozzarella-ricotta mixture on top of the lasagna. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Drizzle with a little olive oil. Reduce to a low simmer, cover, and cook until the cheeses melt, 6 to 8 minutes. Season with pepper. Remove from the heat and let rest, covered, for about 5 minutes before serving.

While the lasagna rests, prepare the garnish:

  1. Strip the basil leaves from the stems; tear the leaves. After lasagna has rested, garnish and serve 

Kids Can:

  1. Break the lasagna noodles
  2. Juice the lemon half
  3. Tear the mozzarella
  4. Stir the mozzarella-ricotta blend
  5. Prep the basil