15 Minute Lasagna

Easiest Ever 15-Minute Lasagna. This is the best lasagna ever because you cook everything in just ONE skillet on the stovetop in 15 minutes! Perfect for a hearty, home-cooked meal on busy weeknights! You don't even have to pre-boil the noodles. I'll never make lasagna the old fashioned way again!

Yes, you can really have cheesy, dreamy, homemade lasagna in just 15 minutes! Everything cooks in just one skillet so you only have one dish to wash. You don’t even have to pre-boil the noodles first! This is really the easiest lasagna ever. Perfect for busy weeknights!

Easiest Ever 15-Minute Lasagna. This is the best lasagna ever because you cook everything in just ONE skillet on the stovetop in 15 minutes! Perfect for a hearty, home-cooked meal on busy weeknights! You don't even have to pre-boil the noodles. I'll never make lasagna the old fashioned way again!

Ohhhhhh baby. You guys. This lasagna. Y’all know how I love quick, easy weeknight dinners. Even better when they’re all cooked in one pan, so you only have one dish to wash. They’re my favorite. But I also love delicious, decadent, home-cooked meals. Like cheesy, gooey lasagna.

Unfortunately for me, lasagna isn’t usually quick and easy. Pre-boiling noodles is not my favorite. Plus lasagna usually takes at least 30 minutes to prepare, and another 45 minutes to cook. Even frozen lasagna can take over an hour to bake! By the time I get it together enough to get in the kitchen and figure out dinner, I’m starving and I want to eat now! Not 90 minutes from now, lol!

Enter this easiest ever 15-minute lasagna. It all cooks in one skillet on the stovetop in just 15 minutes. It’s layers of noodles, seasoned sausage and beef, and gooey, melty cheese, just like lasagna’s supposed to be. But in a fraction of the time. And since there’s only one skillet, you only have one dish to wash after dinner! Hallelujah for easy clean-up!

Easiest Ever 15-Minute Lasagna. This is the best lasagna ever because you cook everything in just ONE skillet on the stovetop in 15 minutes! Perfect for a hearty, home-cooked meal on busy weeknights! You don't even have to pre-boil the noodles. I'll never make lasagna the old fashioned way again!

Let’s make this, shall we?! :)

Easiest Ever 15-Minute Lasagna. This is the best lasagna ever because you cook everything in just ONE skillet on the stovetop in 15 minutes! Perfect for a hearty, home-cooked meal on busy weeknights! You don't even have to pre-boil the noodles. I'll never make lasagna the old fashioned way again!

Here’s all you need. Just a few simple ingredients!

  • I buy frozen, diced onions as a time saver so I don’t have to chop onions every night. You can just add these frozen, straight from the bag.
  • Also, lately I am in love with these Jimmy Dean pre-cooked turkey sausage crumbles. I use it in place of pork breakfast sausage (like Jimmy Dean or Tennessee Pride) because it tastes just like it and has 60% less fat. And it’s pre-cooked so I don’t have to do anything.
  • I used regular lasagna, not the oven-ready variety.
  • Tomato sauce. One 8-oz can.
  • One can diced tomatoes. I love Ro-tel because of the extra spice it adds, but feel free to use regular diced tomatoes if you don’t like spicy.
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese. 2% because it’s bathing suit season. Goodbye forever.
  • Garlic.
  • Ground beef. Lean. Again. Bathing suits.
  • And finally, I LOVE to use fresh mozzarella pearls to top this dish for an extra, gooey, cheesy layer. I find them in the cheese case in the deli section of my grocery store, but if you can’t find the pearls, you can buy a ball and slice it, or just use regular shredded mozzarella. I’ve done it both ways and either way is delish!

Easiest Ever 15-Minute Lasagna. This is the best lasagna ever because you cook everything in just ONE skillet on the stovetop in 15 minutes! Perfect for a hearty, home-cooked meal on busy weeknights! You don't even have to pre-boil the noodles. I'll never make lasagna the old fashioned way again!

First, brown the ground beef and diced onion in a large skillet over medium-high heat. If you can’t find the pre-cooked turkey sausage crumbles, go ahead and brown 1/2 lb breakfast sausage here with the beef and onions.

Easiest Ever 15-Minute Lasagna. This is the best lasagna ever because you cook everything in just ONE skillet on the stovetop in 15 minutes! Perfect for a hearty, home-cooked meal on busy weeknights! You don't even have to pre-boil the noodles. I'll never make lasagna the old fashioned way again!

Drain any excess grease if necessary, then turn heat to medium. Add 2-3 cloves minced garlic and stir for one minute until fragrant.

Easiest Ever 15-Minute Lasagna. This is the best lasagna ever because you cook everything in just ONE skillet on the stovetop in 15 minutes! Perfect for a hearty, home-cooked meal on busy weeknights! You don't even have to pre-boil the noodles. I'll never make lasagna the old fashioned way again!

Next add the pre-cooked sausage and broken lasagna pieces.

Easiest Ever 15-Minute Lasagna. This is the best lasagna ever because you cook everything in just ONE skillet on the stovetop in 15 minutes! Perfect for a hearty, home-cooked meal on busy weeknights! You don't even have to pre-boil the noodles. I'll never make lasagna the old fashioned way again!

And top with diced tomatoes…

Easiest Ever 15-Minute Lasagna. This is the best lasagna ever because you cook everything in just ONE skillet on the stovetop in 15 minutes! Perfect for a hearty, home-cooked meal on busy weeknights! You don't even have to pre-boil the noodles. I'll never make lasagna the old fashioned way again!

And tomato sauce. You may want to try and spread these out a little better than I did, lol!

Easiest Ever 15-Minute Lasagna. This is the best lasagna ever because you cook everything in just ONE skillet on the stovetop in 15 minutes! Perfect for a hearty, home-cooked meal on busy weeknights! You don't even have to pre-boil the noodles. I'll never make lasagna the old fashioned way again!

Then pour over 2 cups of water and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Easiest Ever 15-Minute Lasagna. This is the best lasagna ever because you cook everything in just ONE skillet on the stovetop in 15 minutes! Perfect for a hearty, home-cooked meal on busy weeknights! You don't even have to pre-boil the noodles. I'll never make lasagna the old fashioned way again!

Give it a quick stir as best you can to combine, then cover and simmer over medium to medium-low heat. While cooking, give it a shake occasionally to evenly distribute the noodles as they soften.

Easiest Ever 15-Minute Lasagna. This is the best lasagna ever because you cook everything in just ONE skillet on the stovetop in 15 minutes! Perfect for a hearty, home-cooked meal on busy weeknights! You don't even have to pre-boil the noodles. I'll never make lasagna the old fashioned way again!

In 15-minutes you’ll have delicious, saucy noodles.

Easiest Ever 15-Minute Lasagna. This is the best lasagna ever because you cook everything in just ONE skillet on the stovetop in 15 minutes! Perfect for a hearty, home-cooked meal on busy weeknights! You don't even have to pre-boil the noodles. I'll never make lasagna the old fashioned way again!

Turn off the heat, top with cheese, and stir to combine.

Easiest Ever 15-Minute Lasagna. This is the best lasagna ever because you cook everything in just ONE skillet on the stovetop in 15 minutes! Perfect for a hearty, home-cooked meal on busy weeknights! You don't even have to pre-boil the noodles. I'll never make lasagna the old fashioned way again!

Like so.

Easiest Ever 15-Minute Lasagna. This is the best lasagna ever because you cook everything in just ONE skillet on the stovetop in 15 minutes! Perfect for a hearty, home-cooked meal on busy weeknights! You don't even have to pre-boil the noodles. I'll never make lasagna the old fashioned way again!

Generously top with mozzarella pearls.

Easiest Ever 15-Minute Lasagna. This is the best lasagna ever because you cook everything in just ONE skillet on the stovetop in 15 minutes! Perfect for a hearty, home-cooked meal on busy weeknights! You don't even have to pre-boil the noodles. I'll never make lasagna the old fashioned way again!

And broil in the oven for 3-4 minutes until golden and bubbly.

Easiest Ever 15-Minute Lasagna. This is the best lasagna ever because you cook everything in just ONE skillet on the stovetop in 15 minutes! Perfect for a hearty, home-cooked meal on busy weeknights! You don't even have to pre-boil the noodles. I'll never make lasagna the old fashioned way again!

Top with fresh basil and grated parmesan cheese if desired.

Easiest Ever 15-Minute Lasagna. This is the best lasagna ever because you cook everything in just ONE skillet on the stovetop in 15 minutes! Perfect for a hearty, home-cooked meal on busy weeknights! You don't even have to pre-boil the noodles. I'll never make lasagna the old fashioned way again!

We love, love, love this one guys. Hope you enjoy!

15 Minute Lasagna
 
Ingredients
  • ½ lb lean ground beef
  • 2 cups diced onion
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (9.6 oz) bag Jimmy Dean pre-cooked turkey sausage crumbles OR ½ lb cooked pork breakfast sausage
  • 8 oz (about 10) lasagna noodles, broken into ¼ths
  • 1 (10 oz) can Ro-tel diced tomatoes (or regular diced tomatoes)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • salt and pepper to taste, about ½ teaspoon each
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella pearls
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef and onion over medium-high heat stirring occasionally until browned. Drain excess grease if necessary. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for one minute until fragrant.
  2. Evenly add the pre-cooked sausage, lasagna pieces, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and water over the skillet. Sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper. Stir gently to combine.
  3. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes over medium to medium-low heat. Shake the skillet occasionally to evenly distribute the noodles as they soften. Remove from heat and stir in cheese. Top with mozzarella pearls and broil for 3-4 minutes until golden and bubbly.
Makes: 4 servings.
Notes
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I love this receipe! I am definitely going to try this this week! I enjoy receipes like this which are so simple and easy to make! I have a question: what size skillet do you use? I have a small one but I don’t think all those ingredients will fit into it and will be going out to purchase one. Thanks!

Hi Kizzie! I use a 12-inch skillet. You’ll want to use the largest skillet you can find, maybe even a dutch oven with high sides! :) Hope this helps! :)

I made a few alterations, most because I was distracted by my kids and didn’t realize there were measurements in the box below the step by step which I attempted to follow! I added a defrosted and drained box of chopped spinach, substituted a bag of soy crumbles (we are veggie) for the meat and subbed the remainder of a container of ricotta cheese for some of what I thought was supposed to be 2 cups of shredded mozzarella. I went by the picture and used a full pound of noodles, so I had to add some extra water and simmer a bit longer, and it worked out that I basically doubled the grated cheese! I’ll let you know how it came out. :)

It was a hit despite my crazy not following directions and my subs/adds. Took about 30 min. Yum!

I am making this right now. To be fair–this really isn’t 15 minute lasagna. More like 30 MINUTE lasagna. It’s just not possible to prep/gather ingredients, brown beef and onions, add tomatoes, sauce and water to get the noodles going, simmer for 15 minutes AND also broil for a few minutes. Yes, it’s 15 minutes to soften the noodles……But not complete the whole dish. It still will be a great dinner but not a 15 minute dinner. You would have had as much traffic and interest if you had just called it what it is—25 or 30 minute skillet lasagna. Just pointing out the obvious……delicious….but not 15.

I just made this, OH it is so yummy!
It took me longer than 15 min, but I don’t care since the result is sooooo goooood. My son loves it,too and I have to get a bigger skillet for sure. Thank you for this fabulous recipe and these mouthwatering photos. I just love you.

I am giggling because in the first picture of the mozzarella pearls (before they melted), they look like mini marshmallows.
This looks YUMMY

You saved the day for me!! I made this for supper last night and my family loved it! I couldn’t find the Jimmy Dean precooked crumbles, so had to brown some ground pork, but otherwise, I followed your recipe. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks so much! I love 15 minute recipes that taste great!

Yum! Made this tonight. Some of my lasagna noodles stuck together…guess I should have stirred more. I stirred a few heaping tablespoons of pesto in with the sauce. Delicious and oh-so- easy! Thanks for sharing this.

Hi Amanda,

The recipe looks delicious, but I am a vegetarian so if you could suggest some alternate for the meat.

Thanks
Abhi

Oh wow..saw that you posted this a couple of weeks ago, and have been waiting for the right time to try it. Tonight was the night, and it was FABULOUS!!! Thanks sooo much for sharing…will be making this often!

xo~
Maria

As usual your recipe and directions worked perfectly! It came out awesome! This will be a weeknight dinner go to for sure!

wow!!! this is just super awesome, i had tried various lasagna recipes even the difficult ones but so far this was the best and easiest lasagna, thank you very much for sharing this recipe…:D

Yes! Yum! The whole process took about 30 minutes. I used no-boil lasagna because that’s what I had. I think next time I’ll simmer it about 5 minutes longer – some people in my family prefer soft cooked pasta and this was al dente.

I had no ground beef but I used about a half pound of pork sausage, added green bell pepper with the sausage and onions, and before broiling, I sprinkled mini pepperonis on top. This is my version of “pizza lasagna,” since I cannot eat yeast bread, but I can eat pasta.

I would also like to try it with cottage or ricotta cheese mixed in. I could not find fresh mozzarella pearls today so I just sprinkled regular shredded mozz on top. Husband loved it too. Will make again. And again, and again.

Thank you for this recipe!

I have to agree with an earlier reviewer that it was more like 30 minutes but still super quick and easy. It has the ease of “Hamburger Helper” but like an earlier reviewer you can use fresh ingredients.

The only modifications I would suggest (depending on your individual taste and if on hand) are adding a few more spices. I added a blend of Italian seasoning, fennel, oregano, and crushed red pepper as I had that on hand and those seasonings are pretty popular in Italian recipes.

Another caveat is that rotel has lots of flavor so you may not need the additional spice, I just had crushed tomatoes and fresh tomatoes on hand so felt it needed a little more kick. But very good recipe, thanks for sharing!

I made this last night. I followed the recipe pretty much exactly and it was super simple and yummy. I will never buy Hamburger Helper again!

Tried this yummy recipe tonight! Delicious!! Will definitely go on the regular rotation menu list. I could not find the precooked sausage crumbles or mozzarella pearls, so I used your alternatives and it worked just fine! Put the other 1/2 pound beef and sausage in the freezer…..ready for another lasagna dinner soon!!

This looks so good! I have somehow accumulated 5+ boxes of lasagna and don’t want to turn my oven on with no A/C during this 100°+ weather.

This sounds awesome, but I have a question. Do you know how much jarred spaghetti sauce I could sub for the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce? I think the jarred sauce would give it a more Italian flavor. Thanks for the recipe!

I like this dish but having a problem with the lasagna noodles still not being cooked after 30 minutes. Tried boiling the noodles before hand and adding them to the dish and then there was no flavor. Help!

I just made this -thank you so much for this great recipe. My mistake was that I was trying to make this from reading my iPhone and kept getting frustrated that the amounts weren’t listed (say for the onions and noodles) and it was not as good as it should have been had I seen the recipe up top. Any way to flip in the future to have the ingredients and quantity up top before the step by step?

I’m planning on making this but halving the ingredients (I only cook for myself!!). Do you think the cooking times will be the same?

We love this recipe! We used ground sweet Italian sausage instead of the precooked sausage, just because we love Italian sausage. This is definitely a new favorite for my family, thanks so much for sharing. Our other favorite recipe of yours is the baked bean recipe.

I’m a long time visitor of your blog but I have never commented before. This lasagna is AMAZING. I can’t say enough good things! I was very hesitant to try this, but my boyfriend hates ricotta, and it’s a one-dish meal so I figured ‘why not?’. My lasagnas have always turned out terrible but this was soooooooo perfect. Easy, flavorful, and quick! Shredding the cheese took the longest out of everything! I hate onions so I left those out. I forgot tomato sauce so I used some pasta sauce and pizza sauce I had in the fridge and it was still amazing. I can’t wait to try it again with the actual ingredients :)

I plan on making this at least once a week!

This was excellent! I didn’t have the mozzarella pearls, so I just put dollops of ricotta on top and shredded mozzarella. Also, I don’t eat meat, so I used the ground beef substitution “crumbles”. This was so easy and I can definitely see myself making this regularly and maybe changing the cheese I use and/or the fillings. Thanks for this awesome idea!

Hi! Must say: this lasagna is excellent!! I made this and it was a complete success. All the people at home praised it. Thanks for this awesome recipe.

Thank you very much for this excellent idea! I made it last week and my family really enjoyed it. And I also made very happy my foodblog followers by posting this recipe on my site :)

Just made this tonight. Flavor was very good, but after the 15 minutes of cooking, mine was still very soupy. Maybe I should have drained the tomatoes?

For some reason all sorts of pictures are showing on this recipe as of rice crispier, ice cream, etc… Doesn’t look like the original recipe

My hubby and I made this for dinner tonight and loved it! My skillet is not oven-proof, so I transferred everything to a 9×13 pan for the broiling step. Maybe you could edit the recipe to indicate that an oven-proof skillet is needed, or they’ll have to add the step of transferring to another pan. Will definitely be shopping for an oven-proof skillet for next time. :) Thanks for sharing!