Lazy Lasagna Skillet with Ground Beef (No Raviolis)

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This Lazy Lasagna is a dream come true on a busy night. An easy, high-protein recipe that tastes like a classic lasagna but requires no layering or baking. Loaded with protein, Italian flavors and simple ingredients, this delicious deconstructed lasagna is a weeknight favorite. 
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Tomato pasta with rigatoni noodles in a pan with a dollop of ricotta cheese with fresh basil and parmesan cheese on top.

What is Lazy Lasagna

Lazy Lasagna is a deconstructed version of the classic. It’s made with ground beef, store-bought sauce, mozzarella, ricotta cheese, and whatever pasta you have on hand. It’s a comforting, quick, and easy recipe that is high in protein pantry staple ingredients and no need for the oven.

Lasagna is a family favorite but the tedious layering that goes into it gets old, fast. This deconstructed version is a new way to enjoy this classic dish in a fraction of the time or try the soup version which is ahh-mazing.

Single serving of the deconstructed lasagna in a bowl for serving with basil and parmesan cheese on top.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • The whole family approves!
  • Great recipe for busy weeknights.
  • Even better the next day and 32 grams of protein per serving.

Ingredients and substitutes:

These are the ingredients for the lazy lasagna recipe. See the recipe card below for the full ingredients list and instructions.

Ground beef, tomato sauce, seasonings, uncooked rigatoni noodles and cheeses.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Substitute with ground chicken, ground turkey, or ground Italian sausage.
  • Use your favorite spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce or homemade sauce.
  • Use traditional lasagna noodles or any different pasta variety. I prefer thicker noodles.
  • Cottage cheese is a great substitute for ricotta cheese.
  • Add veggies like spinach, kale, shredded carrots and zucchini or riced cauliflower.
  • To make this dairy-free, swap out the cheese with your favorite dairy-free cheese.
  • To make this gluten-free use your favorite gluten-free pasta noodles like Banza or brown rice noodles like Jovial Penne.

How to make this easy lasagna recipe:

Step 1: cook pasta and brown meat

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Measure out pasta raw and uncooked. While waiting on the water, brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat (image 1).

Ground beef cooked in a pan.

Step 2: season the beef

Onions, garlic and spices added to the beef.

When the meat is almost completely browned, stir in chopped onion, garlic, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and dried basil (image 2).

Cooked down onions stirred into the beef.

Cook until fragrant, 1-2 minutes (image 3).

Step 3: add broth and marinara

Beef broth being poured into the beef mixture.

Add the beef broth to the meat mixture (image 4).

Tomato sauce being poured into the beef mixture.

Add the pasta sauce to the mixture and stir to combine (image 5).

Sauces combined with the meat and stirred to simmer.

Allow this to simmer while you boil the noodles according to the package instructions, approx. 13 minutes (image 6).

Step 4: add noodles to the pan

Cooked and drained noodles added to the pan with the meat mixture.

Once the pasta is cooked, drain and add to the pan with the meat sauce (image 7).

Fully combined beef mixture and noodles in a pan.

Let simmer for 2-3 minutes while mixing the noodles in well (image 8).

Step 5: add cheese and combine

Mozzarella cheese added to the mixture.

Add the mozzarella to the noodles and sauce mixture (image 9).

Cheese fully mixed in and melted into the mixture.

Stir to combine and fully melt (image 10).

Ricotta cheese added to the mixture.

While the lasagna is still hot, add the ricotta to the mixture (image 11).

Ricotta cheese fully mixed in and melted into the mixture.

Slightly mix to spread the ricotta throughout the dish (image 12). Top with fresh basil and additional ricotta and enjoy.

Lasagna pasta dish in a skillet with a spoon topped with fresh basil and parmesan cheese.

Serving and storing info

  • Serve your lasagna with a side of garlic bread and a green salad. Sprinkle parmesan cheese and fresh basil on top for extra flavor.
  • Microwave is my preferred method and doesn’t result in overcooked noodles. You can also add to a pot on the stove and reheat over medium heat stirring often until fully heated through.
  • REFRIDGERATOR: Store leftover lasagna in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.
  • FREEZER: This recipe is perfect for batch freezing to pull out whenever you need it.
    • Cook your noodles al dente. Divide into individual serving containers and top with ricotta. Freeze and enjoy within 3 months.
    • When you’re ready to enjoy straight from the freezer just microwave for 3-4 minutes and enjoy!

If you like this recipe be sure to check out some of these other easy dinner recipes:

If you make this recipe, please leave a rating and/or comment! Tag me on Instagram @ohsnapmacros, I love hearing from you!

Tomato pasta with rigatoni noodles in a pan with a dollop of ricotta cheese with fresh basil and parmesan cheese on top.

Lazy Lasagna

Danielle Lima
This Lazy Lasagna is a dream come true on a busy night. An easy, high-protein recipe that tastes like a classic lasagna but requires no layering or baking. Loaded with protein, Italian flavors and simple ingredients, this delicious deconstructed lasagna is a weeknight favorite. 
5 from 86 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 422 kcal

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Ingredients
  

  • 1 lbs. lean ground beef 96/4
  • 1 small white onion, chopped 100g
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 4 cups tomato basil pasta sauce 32oz. (I like Rao's)
  • 1/2 cup beef broth low sodium
  • 8 oz. rigatoni noodles measured uncooked
  • 4 oz. low moisture part skim mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 4 oz. part skim ricotta cheese

Toppings

  • fresh chopped basil
  • parmesan cheese
  • additional ricotta cheese

Instructions
 

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil for cooking the pasta according to the directions on the box.
  • While waiting on the water to boil, heat a large pan over medium heat and brown the ground beef while breaking into bite size pieces.
  • When the meat is almost completely cooked through, stir in the chopped onion, garlic, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and dried basil. Cook until fragrant and the onions are beginning to soften, approximately 3-5 minutes.
  • Stir in the marinara sauce and beef broth and set to simmer while you cook the pasta noodles. Add the uncooked pasta to boiling water and boil according to the box instructions (about 13 minutes).
  • Once pasta is cooked, drain and add to the pan with the meat sauce. Let simmer for 2-3 minutes while mixing the noodles in well to fully combine.
  • Add the mozzarella and stir together until fully melted. While the lasagna is still hot add the ricotta cheese on top and slightly mix throughout the dish.
  • Top with freshly chopped basil, parmesan cheese and enjoy.

Notes

  • All nutrition facts are an estimate. Weigh your total and divide by the number of servings for the most accurate grams per serving size. 
  • To make this gluten-free use your favorite gluten-free pasta noodles.
  • Add veggies like chopped spinach, kale, shredded carrots, zucchini or riced cauliflower to beef up the volume.
  • To make this dairy-free, swap out the cheese with your favorite dairy-free cheese or omit it completely. 
  • Cottage cheese is a great substitute for ricotta cheese.

Nutrition

Serving: 320gCalories: 422kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 31gFat: 15gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 244mgPotassium: 389mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1g
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105 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Our new favorite lasagna recipe. Who has time to layer a lasagna these days? Who even needs to? Not me! This was a whole family hit! I sent this recipe link on to my whole family. It was a winner.

  2. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe!!!! Made it for breakfast and kept me on track when I was struggling to find a traditional breakfast I liked.

    1. Is this 80z pasta cooked or uncooked? I just weighed out 8oz uncooked and I would be shocked if it could be 6 servings?!

  3. 5 stars
    Danielle’s recipes are all delicious, easy to follow, and macro friendly. This one is one of her best. Whole family loved it. The only bad part is when there are no leftovers because the family ate it all. Double the recipe to make sure you have enough for everyone!

  4. 5 stars
    I love this recipe! Full of flavor and super filling! And it was very easy to make. I used it for a meal and then froze the rest into meals for later use. Yummy!

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe was a 5+++ review from the farm boy crew at our house today! Thank you for making my health goals so easy by making family friendly meals. You have taken the guesswork out of meal prep and I am thankful our lives have crossed. Blessings from the Kansas Farmgirl ♥️

  6. 5 stars
    If I could give this one more than 5 stars, I would. 19 year old boy approved. AaaaaamAAAAAzing and very easy to make.

  7. 5 stars
    So simple and delicious! Lasagna is one of my husband’s favorite dinners but hard to make after a busy workday because it’s time-consuming and takes forever to bake so we were excited to find this recipe! Will definitely be making it again. Also makes fantastic leftovers!

  8. 5 stars
    By far one of my favorite recipes. Easy to make and family-approved! We keep this dish on regular rotation in our house! Easy to swap with different types of noodles and substitute ingredients when needed as well. 10/10 recommend!

  9. 5 stars
    This recipe is SO good. I’ve made it twice now. I love that you give us the macro breakouts. Makes tracking so much easier.

  10. 5 stars
    Run! Don’t walk to make this meal! It’s always a hit. Beef it up by adding more noodles if that works for you. 10/10!

  11. 5 stars
    Such an easy recipe and tastes amazing!! My girls love this meal and ask for it at least once a week taking the leftovers for lunch!

  12. 5 stars
    I have always been intimidated by making lasagna but this recipe has been a game changer. It’s so quick and easy! Someone recommended doubling the recipe, I agree! There’s not much leftovers over at my house. We all love it!!

  13. 5 stars
    Such a great recipe that’s easy and family friendly. I have very picky kids and they love when I cook this. Wonderful addition to our meal rotation.

  14. 5 stars
    I was shocked at how much my family enjoyed this. Even my picky father went back for a second and a THIRD plate! I doubles it and froze it portioned out. It has been great for my shred with ‘Em. Definitely will make this a regular on our dinner rotation.

  15. 5 stars
    This is sooooo good. And easy! Husband and son devoured, huge hit and better than traditional lasagna in my opinion! 10+++

  16. 5 stars
    Made it tonight and everyone absolutely loved it! So simple, so delicious, and such a great portion. Will definitely be making this one a lot!

  17. 5 stars
    My family loved this recipe. I love that it’s so easy but really does have the flavor or lasagna! I’ve already made it twice so far!

  18. 5 stars
    Amazing! So much easier to make than regular lasagna and just as yummy. It’s in our bi-weekly rotation of dinners.

  19. 5 stars
    This recipe is so easy and delicious! I only cook for 2 so there’s usually plenty of leftovers too which is awesome!

  20. 5 stars
    I make this one-pot wonder almost every week! My whole family loves it and it makes tracking my macros so easy. I triple the recipe and freeze a bunch to eat on hectic nights I don’t have time to cook, or easy lunches. So so yummy!!

  21. 5 stars
    One of the easiest go to recipes! I LOVE lasagna and this is an easy, healthy yet hearty version to meal prep for the week.

  22. 5 stars
    Great dinner that the whole family loves. So much flavor for such an easy one skillet meal!

  23. 5 stars
    This is a go to meal in our house. It’s quick, easy and everyone eats it every time. I just shared with my MIL because she was raving…. about the LEFTOVERS. Do yourself a favor and make this tonight.

  24. 5 stars
    I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve made this but it gets better each time! As is the same with all of Danielle’s recipes! We love them!

  25. 5 stars
    Excellent to make ahead! This is one of those dishes that is better leftover after everything gets to mingle in the fridge. It was good with fresh basil and parm on top, and a great balanced meal

  26. 5 stars
    Delish! My 3 year old and 5 year old gobbled it up too! I did sub cottage cheese for ricotta since that how my family likes it. The portion of pasta looked sad when I measured it out, but I can’t say I missed it. I’m the only one counting macros so I skipped on some garlic bread I made for everyone else but might try to fit in a small piece next time. Definitely adding this to the rotation.

  27. 5 stars
    This meal is on my weekly family rotation. Yummy home cooked meal in less than 30 minutes! All 3 of my kids love it along with the hubby. My kids are 3,7, and 9 and they eat every last bite! I’ve made several of her recipes and they never disappoint, especially when you have picky eaters!

  28. 5 stars
    Another winning recipe from Danielle! Easy and so flavorful. I used ground Turkey because that was what I had and added some spinach and grated zucchini to the sauce (because I’m always looking for ways to add veggies to meal 😂) family inhaled it and happily took the leftovers for lunch.

  29. 5 stars
    So quick and easy but you’d never know it by all the flavor! So good! A regular in the meal prep rotation in our house!

  30. 5 stars
    I’ve made many of your recipes (truly love them all), but tonight was the first time I have made this. My husband and I loved it and even my son, who is quite picky, enjoyed it. Absolutely delicious and easy for a weeknight meal.

  31. 5 stars
    Not only is this recipe easy, it is so delicious!! My whole family devoured it and my kids can be picky! Definitely will be part of our rotation! Thank you, Danielle!

  32. 5 stars
    Delicious and perfect for my macro goals! I used lean ground turkey and chicken broth instead of beef and beef brother (my husband doesn’t eat beef), and subbed blended 2% fat cottage cheese for the ricotta. I didn’t have dried basil, but the flavor was still delicious. My recommendation if using ground turkey is to use the 93/7 turkey rather than 99% lean; I used the 99% lean because it’s what I had on hand, but I think the 93/7 would be a bit of a better flavor and texture.

  33. 5 stars
    Every time one of my friends has a baby, I make this recipe and deliver it to their home with a fresh loaf of sourdough! Every single time, they praise it and want the recipe. We also made this in bulk for a family vacation of 40+ people ages 3-70 years old and it is still talked about to this day! I love substituting cottage cheese for a bit more protein! It’s the best!

    1. This is amazing!!!! Thank you so much, I am so happy to hear this has been such a wonderful recipe for you and so many others! <3

  34. 5 stars
    This was delicious and easy and everyone in my family loved it. My teenagers actually fought over the leftovers the next day.

  35. 5 stars
    We loved this recipe, especially if you don’t want to make a full lasagna. The flavor and ease of this recipe is worth it. One of our new favorites!

  36. 5 stars
    I made this last night and not only was it so good, it was SO EASY and quick to make!! I sent the recipe to friends afterwards!

  37. 5 stars
    Cooking supper doesn’t get much easier than this! It was AMAZING. My husband absolutely loved this and he isn’t a big fan of lasagna. 💯💯

  38. 5 stars
    So easy! So yummy! Cooked for my husband and I last night for valentines! Served with some broccoli! Big portions and filling! Loved it! Can’t wait for the leftovers! Will for sure make again!

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