Quick and Easy Skillet Lasagna – Make lasagna perfect for a weeknight meal. Ravioli makes this ready in less than 30 minutes, and pure comfort food everyone will love.
Did you watch the Super Bowl last night? We watched it, had some snacks, and relaxed for the night. My guys are obsessed with football, so pretty much no matter what they will watch the last game of the season. As a house, I “think” we were cheering for Seattle. My husband was still mad the Packers lost, so I think in his ideal world, both teams would have lost. But he does like Russell Wilson (because he played at Wisconsin), so I think he was secretly pulling for them to win.
Now that the hype is over, we can get back to normal. And normal means busy. So I have another quick, 1 skillet meal for you. Lasagna is classic comfort food, but it takes forever to make. It is definitely not a quick and easy weeknight meal.
Today we are changing all of that and making an easy lasagna skillet. In place of the layered casserole, we are using ravioli to accomplish most of the same flavors. It comes together in about 20-25 minutes, so it is perfect for any night of the week.
This easy skillet lasagna makes great comfort food for a cold weeknight meal with minimal ingredients. Using just a few kitchen staples, you can have dinner on the table in a flash without an extra trip to the grocery store. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Italian sausage– I prefer the additional flavors of fennel and garlic that the ground Italian sausage offers, but feel free to use ground beef as a substitute. For a delicious meat-free dish, omit it completely.
- Onion– Adds a small amount of texture and sweetness to compliment the flavors of the Italian sausage.
- Cheese ravioli– Use refrigerated, dried, or frozen for this recipe.
- Garlic– Fresh garlic gives the most vibrant flavors, so use it in this recipe if possible. If you’re using minced garlic, strain away the excess oil before adding it to the skillet. In a pinch, garlic powder will also work.
- Pasta sauce– Use your favorite homemade pasta sauce or a jar of store-bought sauce for an even easier dinner.
- Chicken stock– Cooks the cheese ravioli with more flavor than water without sclading the pasta sauce in the skillet.
- Mozzarella cheese– Makes for an incredibly stringy and cheesy dish that is pairs well with the ravioli’s melty cheesey flavors.
What Is The Best Order To Layer Lasagna?
Layering can be one of the most time-consuming and frustrating parts of making a traditional lasagna recipe. You have to precook the noodles, precook the meat, mix up the cheese filling, and cross your fingers (and toes) that you don’t tear the noodles into a thousand pieces trying to place them into the pan just right.
Don’t even get me started on making sure you use the perfect amount of each ingredient per layer so you don’t run out of anything before you’re finished layering.
So, for this Skillet Lasagna recipe, I chose to skip the layering completely! Using premade cheese ravioli saves you the headache of layering the delicate pasta and creating the perfect cheese layer. Mixing in the Italian Sausage and the pasta sauce while the ravioli cook ensures you get a bite of everything all in one bite.
How To Make Skillet Lasagna
Can you believe you can have a hearty, well-rounded meal on the table in just three simple steps? Follow the simple steps below for a main course that will turn out perfectly every time.
- In a large skillet (make sure it is large enough to add in your pasta sauce, chicken stock, and ravioli as well) brown the Italian sausage over medium high heat. Then add in the onion and garlic. Saute this until the onion is soft and begins to become translucent.
- Next, stir the pasta sauce, ravioli, and chicken stock into the skillet with the browned Italian sausage. Then cover the skillet with a lid and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the pasta is cooked.
- Finally, top the skillet lasagna with Mozzarella cheese and continue to cook on low heat until the cheese on top is melted.
- Serve immediately for the best melty and cheesy pasta.
Tips And Tricks
- Use premade ravioli. As delicious as homemade ravioli are, the point of this recipe is to save yourself a little time and tedious work in the kitchen. Grab a bag of your favorite premade ravioli for this recipe.
- Grab a jar of premade sauce. I know there’s nothing that can compare to the rich flavors of a homemade marinara sauce. Especially if it is one that has been handed down from someone’s great aunt or grandmother. Sometimes that just isn’t an option. So, keep it simple with a quality jar of premade pasta sauce.
- Skip the meat. Whether you’re on a budget, are short on time, or have someone in your family that lives a Vegetarian lifestyle, you may choose to make this skillet lasagna meat-free. As long as you use a flavorful pasta sauce this recipe will be just as flavorsome as the version with Italian sausage.
- Swap out the pasta. Out of premade cheese ravioli but have a bag of cheese tortellini in the kitchen? Simply swap out the ravioli for tortellini and no one will never know the difference.
- Double it up. If you’re cooking for a large family or want to use this recipe for your weekly mealprep, it can easily be doubled. The only tricky part is finding a pan large enough to accomidate doubled ingredients. As pretty as this dish is served in a skillet, you can also prepare it in a large Dutch oven or stock pot and move it over to a skillet before serving for a more eye appealing presentaion.
What To Serve With It
As with most traditional Italian meals, a nice crusty bread or side salad always pairs nicely with this easy lasagna recipe. Luckily, both of those things can be easily prepared and served in the same amount of time as it takes to cook your main course. If you’re looking for some more ideas to serve alongside this dish, here are a few more options:
Make Ahead And Storage
This Skillet Lasagna is one of those meals that is even more delicious the day after you make it. The rich and savory flavors from the Italian sausage and pasta sauce absorb into the pasta noodles overnight and make for an indulgent bite. This recipe will stay just as heavenly as the day you made it for 3-5 days in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.
If you want to freeze this recipe, wait for it to cool and add to a freezer-safe container. Remember that freezing in a thin layer helps any freezer meal to defrost more quickly. If you’re preparing this dish for meal prep only, I would suggest slightly undercooking the pasta so that it doesn’t overcook in the reheating process.
Check Out More One Pan Dinner Recipes
- Spicy Sausage Spanish Rice Skillet
- Mexican Rice Skillet
- Meat Lover’s Pizza Skillet Ravioli by Inside BruCrew Life
- Roasted Poblano Chicken Enchiladas Skillet by The Noshery
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- 1 pound Italian sausage
- 1 cup onion, finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 28 oz pasta sauce
- 1 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 1 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 2 (9 oz) packages cheese ravioli
- In a large skillet brown Italian sausage over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic, cook until onion is soft.
- Stir in pasta sauce, ravioli, and chicken stock. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes, until the pasta is cooked.
- Top with Mozzarella cheese. Heat until melted.
- Serve immediately
Amount Per Serving Calories 528Total Fat 34gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 23gCholesterol 76mgSodium 1739mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 4gSugar 14gProtein 28g
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