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Easy Skillet Lasagna

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This hearty Easy Skillet Lasagna is one of the best recipes to come in to our life. It’s full of lasagna flavor without the hustle and bustle of a traditional recipe. You simply break the noodles over the skillet and let the marinara sauce do all the work. Same comforting taste yet a delicious one pan meal.

Recently a new “dinner thing” came to my attention.

How I’ve missed this is beyond me. And let’s be honest… I really enjoy eating gluten and dairy free lasagna. So much so that we’d have it more often on the menu, but I don’t have time.

That’s why this easy skillet lasagna is my new favorite thing! It’s delicious and quick. 

A skillet full of tender lasagna noodles broken up into smaller pieces with a hearty red meat sauce.

Reasons Why You’ll Love This Skillet

  • This easy skillet lasagna meal tastes amazing. It’s creamy, flavorful, and comforting…it tastes like something you’d get at an upscale restaurant
  • It’s made in one pan (yes, you read that right!!), so cleanup is so easy peasy
  • And it’s ready in 40 minutes
  • The leftovers taste like you just took it off the stove top

Why wasn’t this brilliant easy skillet lasagna dinner idea around 11 years ago when I started my gluten and dairy free journey? 

Thankfully it’s here now, and it’s become a regular meal around our house. #Imcelebrating.

A skillet filled with broken lasagna noodles in a meaty marinara sauce next to a bunch of fresh parsley.
A skillet filled with tender lasagna noodles broken into pieces in a meaty marinara sauce and pieces of fresh parsley over the top.

Further more my family couldn’t have been more excited for this new dinner recipe.  Which means lasagna way.more.often.

Honestly I’m not sure what I liked more about this recipe. 

Preparing this easy skillet recipe in one pan or the easy clean up.  Also just as shocking and fun is letting my kids break the lasagna noodles for this recipe. Wouldn’t you know they thought I’d lost my mind the first time I invited them to do it. ♥

Can I get a hallelujah for this easy lasagna skillet meal idea?

A skillet filled with tender lasagna noodles broken into pieces in a meaty marinara sauce and pieces of ricotta over the top.

Recipe Tips

First the gluten free lasagna noodles are easy to work with in the skillet.  I’ve used these Tinkyada gluten free noodles for years.  For this recipe there is no extra pot to boil them in. 

They do their magic noodle transformation in the pasta sauce.  And how crazy fun is it to purposely break the noodles!

As I mentioned earlier my kids enjoy breaking them for me. For years I’ve sweat bullets while boiling lasagna noodles in a large boiling pot. In reality sweating they wouldn’t break apart. 

And now we’re celebrating the break!

I tell you… it’s glorious!

Next dairy free ricotta is one of the best dairy free products to hit the market recently.

I used Kite Hill ricotta in this recipe. It’s a dairy free brand using non-GMO almonds. 

The dairy free ricotta made this easy skillet lasagna sauce creamy and dreamy! The first time my youngest ate it he said, “Mommy, dis soooooo umazing.” 

Yes, in the moment I decided not to be the grammar police but rather enjoy his compliment!

A homemade dairy free ricotta would also work.

Lastly, I like to use easy, store bought pasta sauces. So our family enjoys marinara sauce with most of our pasta dishes, including my homemade oven-baked lasagna recipe here.

Bonus weeknight recipes

Here’s what a reader had to say about this recipe on Instagram-

Hannah- “This skillet lasagna has become a staple in our house. It’s one of the few meals EVERY one of us likes.”

Lastly

I know y’all are sitting on the edge of your couches, reading this, and waiting to push print for this recipe. Wait no longer, here you go!

If… if you have leftovers, don’t sweat it.  Any leftovers are wonderful.  I would only say this if I truly meant it. Warmed up this easy dinner dish tastes just like it came off the burner. 

The noodles aren’t soggy or limp.  The sauce tastes even better the next day.

I know I say it every post…because it’s so true. 

Eating gluten and dairy free doesn’t have to be a curse.  A challenge, yes. But gluten and dairy free food can still be as amazing and delicious as anything else out there.

Let me know how you and your family liked this gluten and dairy free easy skillet lasagna. 

As always please take a pic and tag me on Instagram with #eatingglutenanddairyfree. I love, love, love seeing your food pics.

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So follow along on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram.

We don’t want you to miss the best of eating gluten and dairy free.

Eat well and feel well,

Jill

Easy Skillet Lasagna

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Dairy Free, Gluten Free
Servings: 6 people
Author: Eating Gluten and Dairy Free

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb Italian sausage
  • 2 16 oz jars marinara sauce plus more as needed, see note below
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 7 gluten free lasagna noodles, broken in 2 inch pieces suggestion in post
  • 1/2 c dairy free ricotta suggestion in post
  • garnish with a few sprigs of fresh parsley

Instructions

  • In medium skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook until they are translucent, stirring occasionally. Add green peppers to skillet for another 3-4 minutes.
  • Add in ground beef and Italian sausage. Break it apart into crumbles. After it’s heated through, drain fat off.
  • Stir in marinara sauce, garlic powder, brown sugar, oregano.
  • Stir in broken lasagna noodles. Add in a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Bring it to a boil then reduce heat to medium and cover the pan.
  • Cook until the noodles are soft 18-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in more marinara sauce as needed.
  • Remove the pan from heat. Scoop and serve. Top servings with dollops of dairy free ricotta cheese and fresh parsley.
  • The marinara meat mixture can be prepared a day or two ahead of time. Reheat in a skillet and add in broken lasagna noodles.
  • Cover and refrigerate any leftovers.
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2 Comments

  • Kimberly July 14, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    Can we use a non iron skillet? Because iron skillets are not supposed to ever have acidic things, specifically like tomatoes, in them because it causes pitting. Which ruins them.
    So I’d like to use something else.

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    • Jill July 14, 2020 at 11:13 pm

      Thanks for reaching out Kimberly. You bet– since this dish doesn’t go into the oven you can use any kind of kitchenware you’re comfortable with over the stove top. Again- thanks and enjoy this gluten and dairy free meal. Jill

      Reply

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