Three-Cheese Skillet Lasagna (30 Minute Meal)


Three-Cheese Skillet Lasagna has all the flavor of classic lasagna, but is made in just one skillet. Easily made gluten-free, too!

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Hallelujah – the heat wave has finally broken!

After too many days of 90+ degree weather in a row, it was finally cool enough earlier this week to open some windows and let the cool breeze sweep through. Even slept with the bedroom windows open.


The whole day kind of felt like fall, which I’m kind of ashamed to admit I got a teensy bit excited for. Last winter was so dang long that it feels blasphemous to say that, but the truth is I was happy as a lark sitting outside on a work break wrapped in a fleece, waiting for one of the ever-elusive koi fish in our backyard pond to make an appearance. We haven’t seen one since the day we moved in, thus Ben thinks they’ve all be eaten by blue herons. I don’t think Iowa has blue herons. Well, maybe we do, but in our backyard? I’m not convinced.

Anyway, the cooler weather was also a perfect excuse to try out a recipe I’ve had in the back of my mind for awhile – Three-Cheese Skillet Lasagna! 

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30 minutes, 3 cheeses, 1 skillet = bliss. Honestly, cool weather, hot weather, this recipe is awesome for enjoying the flavor of lasagna on the fly. It’s super quick and easy.

Lasagna is one of my favorite comfort food meals but, let’s be honest, it’s kind of a pan in the butt to make. Cook this layer, mix that layer, layer all the layers, then bake forever. The final product’s worth it, for sure, but there’s an easier way to get the flavor, without all the fuss. Throw all the ingredients together into one skillet, simmer, then presto – lasagna!

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My favorite is the dollops of  hot and melty ricotta cheese on top, which get swooped up into every single bite. SO YUM!!

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Start by browning 1lb lean ground beef with 1 large chopped shallot (or 1 small onion) 3 garlic cloves, salt and pepper in a very, very large, oven-proof skillet – I used a 12″ skillet. Drain if necessary, then return to the skillet.

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Next add 24oz of your favorite marinara sauce (team Ginos!) 2 cups water, and 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning then bring to a boil. FYI – marinara sauces come in a few different jar sizes ranging from 24-26oz, but whatever you have on hand. The extra 2oz is just fine.

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Next stir in 8oz gluten-free or regular rotini, or other short cut pasta. I used rotini because it felt old school. Mafalda, baby lasagna noodles, would be fun too!

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Place a lid on top then simmer the pasta for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until it’s just under al dente. You still want the pasta to have a bite in the center as the heat from the skillet will continue cooking it. Remove the skillet from the heat then stir in 1/4 cup each ricotta and shredded mozarella cheese, aka cheese one and two of three!

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By the way, you could use low-fat ricotta and mozzarella cheeses, but the full-fat versions are just so dang delicious in here. Like, ridiculously delish. Smooth, creamy, decadent.

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Anywho! Dollop 3/4 cup ricotta cheese on top of the skillet followed by 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (the third cheese!)

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Pop the skillet under the broiler for 3-4 minutes, or until the mozarella and parmesan are golden brown, and the ricotta cheese is hot and creamy.

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Scoop onto plates then enjoy!

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Three-Cheese Skillet Lasagna

serves 6


Three-Cheese Skillet Lasagna has all the flavor of classic lasagna, but is made in just one skillet. Easily made gluten-free, too!


  • 1lb lean ground beef
  • 1 large shallot or 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • salt & pepper
  • 24-26oz marinara sauce (some jars have more than others)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2lb gluten-free or regular rotini (or other short cut pasta)
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese, divided
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat broiler. Add ground beef, shallots, and garlic to a very large, oven-proof skillet (I used a 12" skillet) over medium-high heat. Season with salt and pepper then cook until beef is no longer pink. Drain if necessary then return to skillet. Add marinara sauce, water, and Italian seasoning then turn heat up to high and bring mixture to a boil.
  2. Add dry pasta then stir to combine. Turn heat down to medium-high then cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until noodles are just barely al dente - it should still have a little bite in the center (do not overcook.)
  3. Remove skillet from heat then stir in 1/4 cup each ricotta and mozzarella cheese. Dollop remaining ricotta cheese on top then sprinkle remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese on top and broil until golden brown.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,

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This lasagna makes a TON, but at the same time it’s a two-plate recipe. As in, you’ll be back for seconds. The hot ricotta, cozy noodles and sauce, and gooey mozzarella are irresistible. Enjoy, guys! #commanecessary

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  1. Wow this look amazing!! I love lasagna but haven’t had it in forever mostly because it tends to be pretty time-consuming to make. Definitely liking how simple this recipe is! And just a side note that your pictures are incredible… sharp colors, perfect lighting, great staging… definitely a skill there. :)

  2. Becki C 07.25.2013

    Yummy! I make a version of this using cheese mini ravioli. That makes it FOUR cheese!

  3. I am loving the cooler weather. Turning off the A/C for a bit and baking in the oven!

  4. brittany 07.25.2013

    Ok, I wont lie…I was completely excited yesterday thinking, no post= surprise baby IGE. Ohhh well, soon, I know it!
    This looks delish and THANK YOU because I have friends coming into town tonight and totally have all these ingredients at the house! WIN.

    • Brenda 07.25.2013

      So, I wasnt the only one thinking it was BABY time!

    • Crystal 07.25.2013

      ME TOO!! :)

    • Amy O 07.25.2013

      I totally thought the same thing!

      • debtgirl 07.25.2013

        Meeee Toooo!

        Today’s post looks too good for words. But I am still addicted to the linguini and clams you shared.

        I shouldn’t eat carbs, cause they don’t like my tummy, but I sure like them!

        ;-) You sure fooled us yesterday!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 07.25.2013

      I wish! He’s hangin’ in there – I don’t think he’ll be going anywhere anytime soon!

  5. I am so not looking forward to Fall, I adore the hot weather and summer time, I think I need to move further south or something! ;) This lasagna sounds easy and delicious, yum!

  6. Ohhh YUM! This looks so delicious and easy!

  7. lisa 07.25.2013

    Excellent looking recipe, just may try it tonight!

    Yes, Iowa has herons, but your poor fishies are probably the victims of raccoons. I’ve heard of people with fish ponds having lots of trouble with raccoons.

  8. sally 07.25.2013

    This looks delicious and I love that you can just throw it into a skillet! I’m going to make a add burrata to be really indulgent :)

  9. Tieghan 07.25.2013

    This looks so good! I love that big dollop of cheese right on top of that big old pile of noodles. YUM!

  10. JJ 07.25.2013

    Yummm! I can’t wait to try this one. Actually have some ground turkey in the freezer that I think I’ll use.

  11. I just woke up and now I’m craving lasagna. This looks incredible, pure comfort food.
    I’m about ready for the cool Fall weather to be here too!

  12. Trisha 07.25.2013

    So. Good. You’re right. Totally felt like fall here in Wisco too. I got a little depressed about it. Until I thought about buying myself a new pair of fall boots.

  13. Melissa 07.25.2013

    Looks like a beautiful dish and anything with three different cheeses is definitely okay in my book!

  14. Boni 07.25.2013

    Yum! This sounds so yummy. I cannot wait to try it. I think I pin all of your recipes, I wonder if there is a way I can set it up to automatically pin! hehe. Thanks for sharing.

  15. katie 07.25.2013

    fish pond? must see pictures!! :)

  16. Dena 07.25.2013

    #commanecessary made me laugh out loud. :)

  17. Terri 07.25.2013

    Skillet lasagna looks yummy.

    A critter of some kind probably got your fish. Koi aren’t that hard to spot.

  18. Tessa 07.25.2013

    my husband’s cousin has koi at their farm in Muscatine. It’s in town and they actually saw a heron come and eat their fish!

  19. After this heat, I’ll admit that I am SO ready for fall too. I just love the crisp cool mornings and the excuse to wear sweatpants ;) This recipe would be perfect for a fall evening and super easy too!

  20. Yum! I made the pioneer woman’s lasagna yesterday with a few modifications and can’t wait for the leftovers tonight. Definitely will save this for a quicky this fall when I am back to work. We’ve loved your other one skillet meals!

  21. Samantha M. 07.25.2013

    YUM, and perfect because I have every ingredient (except the ricotta) already in the house! Guess what we’re having for dinner tonight!

  22. Corinne 07.25.2013

    I heard a funny story recently about an eggplant parm dish at a restaurant that women eat and then go into labor. I looked into it and its true! They have a whole website devoted to the babies born after this eggplant parm and the recipe is on their website. Might want to check it out soon :)

    • Iowa Girl Eats 07.25.2013

      Oh my gosh that is too funny – a friend who’s a labor and delivery nurse just emailed me today saying several of her patients have sworn eggplant got their delivery going! Totally picking some up tonight!

  23. Morgan 07.25.2013

    You know that July is National Lasagna Awareness Month, right? This recipe is perfect for the occasion. Sadly, last Saturday I made Lidia Bastianich’s Italian-American lasagna or I’d totally do this…I might still!

  24. This looks like the perfect lasagna! So yummy!

  25. OH MY GOD. This looks so good! I may have to indulge and cook this up with ground turkey!

  26. Now this is serious comfort food! Love it!

  27. Kaelin 07.25.2013

    Kristin, this looks so yummy!! I made your farmer’s market lasagna earlier this month, and it was a huge success. A lot of work and a sprinkle of patience, but worth it! Anyways, could you swap in veggies for the meat in this recipe too? Would they need to be sauteed first or would that over cook them? Thank you!

  28. carrie lasich 07.25.2013

    Iowa does have Blue Heron’s. I used to live there and would take photos of them down at Raccoon River. That said, this looks delish but it was over 100 in Scottsdale today so I will have to wait until AZ winter to try.

  29. Emily 07.25.2013

    Do you think this ricotta could be swapped out for cottage cheese? Not a big ricotta fan! But can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 07.28.2013

      I think it could – just make sure to drain it really well, and maybe give it a whip in the food processor!

  30. Ellen 07.25.2013

    I thought for sure there was a baby boy yesterday when there was’t a post!!!

  31. Lora 07.26.2013

    My kinda food, to bad am on a paleo diet :\

  32. Emily T 07.26.2013

    LOVE Gino’s! Thanks for another recipe to use this in.

  33. Analecia 07.26.2013

    Yummm! This looks like it could be one of my fav recipes of yours so far! But really…I can’t pick just one!

  34. melissa gray 07.26.2013

    This looks delish and so easy! Especially good for a summer dinner here in Charleston, SC as I try not to use the oven – even with the ac going full blast – it’s still heats up the house! Thinking this would be good as a veggie dish with spinach and mushrooms replacing the ground meat, too! Thanks for sharing another awesome meal – will be making this for sure! Blessings from Charleston :)

  35. So cold in Boston right now that this sounds perfect for a July night!

  36. Monique Bartley 07.27.2013

    So what time should I be over for dinner?

  37. Gretchen 07.27.2013

    So good and quick! My family loved it and my hubby said he’s taking it for lunch on Monday. Made a huge amount so wonderful leftovers this week.

  38. Raven 07.28.2013

    I just made this… YUM!!! So, easy. It’s the perfect comfort meal.

  39. Joanne 07.28.2013

    Wow, I love lasagna but yes very time consuming to make. Am definitely going to try this one very soon Looks delicious

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  43. Kim Rickard 08.17.2013

    This looks so delicious and I can’t wait to try it. Do you think it would package up well to take to a friend after surgery?

  44. Kristin 08.18.2013

    I feel the same way about these cooler days — Fall is secretly my favorite season, but I hate winter and being cold in general. I don’t want summer to leave, but I can’t help dreaming about cuddling up with a pumpkin spice latter next to a pumpkin candle ;)

  45. Claire 08.24.2013

    This looks great! Do you think ground turkey could be substituted for the beef?

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