March 18, 2015
Easy weeknight meals that can be cooked effortlessly are my kind of meals. This Stovetop Lasagna recipe takes the all the classic lasagna flavours that you love and pulls them together in just a fraction of the time – in just one skillet!
Quick & Easy Stovetop Lasagna
As a mom with three active kids, I rely on quick meals to get us through the week. When they were younger, it was because of the dreaded “witching hour” when the kids were tiny and cranky and in need of attention. Now that I have teenagers, it’s all homework help and hungry bellies from after school activities.
This stovetop lasagna has been a staple in our house because it’s something that comes together easily in one pan, and it fills everyone up.
Stovetop Lasagna Ingredients
If you want to try this quick dinner idea tonight you’ll just need a few basic ingredients to get started.
- Coconut oil
- Minced garlic
- Tomato sauce
- Red pepper flakes
- Bowtie pasta
- Mozzarella cheese
- Parmesan cheese
- Ricotta cheese
Simple right? Now wait until you see how easy this recipe is to make
How to Make Lasagna on the Stove
I’m going to tell you how to make this recipe step-by-step but first, check out this quick video to see how the recipe is made in just three minutes.
- Brown the meat
In a large skillet cook the sausage in coconut oil until browned. Add the minced garlic until cooked through.
- Stir in the sauce
Add the tomato sauce and seasonings and mix to combine.
- Cook the pasta
In the same pan, add 2 cups of water and pasta to the skillet, bringing the wanter to a boil. When the liquid is boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cooking the pasta until tender
- Remove from heat
When the pasta is tender, removed from heat, stirring in the Mozzarella until combined. Top with small mounds of ricotta and Parmesan, cover and wait until cheese has melted
By this time, you kitchen will smell amazing – and your family will be begging you to hand them a heaping bowl of stovetop lasagna!
Gluten-Free Stovetop Lasagna
This quick weeknight meal can easily be made gluten-free. Simply swap the traditional bowtie noodles for your favorite gluten-free pasta and follow the same cooking instructions.
Cook time for the pasta may vary slightly if you are using gluten-free pasta so be sure to check the box and adjust the time as needed.
Easy Weeknight Meals
30 minute meals like this stovetop lasagna or my Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe make weeknights easier and I usually save these recipes for our busiest days.
Being able to cook homemade meals every day while working full time can be tough to do. I know many of you struggle with that as well. The ability to pull it off really depends on our commitment to plan ahead. I’ve been creating weekly meal plans on MOMables.com for over a decade now and many busy families use the plans as a way to get healthy meals on the table every night.
The meal prep sheet included each week helps save you (and me!) hours in the kitchen. Each week also comes with it’s own pre-made shopping list, so all you have to do is walk into the kitchen and follow the recipes. Try a sample week of the plan below.
Classic Weekly Meal Plan
Eat delicious real food family meals with a simple plan. Recipes, meal prep, and done-for-you shopping list inside.
Where do you find your inspiration for your weeknight meals? Do you have any favorite family meals you can whip up in a hurry?
Stovetop Lasagna – Quick Weeknight Meal
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil*
- 1 pound Italian sausage, removed from casings
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 24 ounces tomato sauce, omit seasonings below if sauce is seasoned
- 1 ½ teaspoons oregano
- 1 ½ teaspoons basil
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 8 ounces farfalle pasta, bowties*
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, more for serving
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add coconut oil and Italian sausage. Cook until sausage is nearly browned and cooked through, then add minced garlic. Finish cooking the sausage with the garlic.
- Stir in tomato sauce and seasonings (if sauce isn’t seasoned) to the cooked sausage. Add in 2 cups of water and pasta to the skillet and bring to a boil. Once it’s boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook until pasta is tender, about 12 additional minutes (this will vary depending on the pasta you use).
- When pasta is cooked, remove from heat. Stir in mozzarella and combine. Top with small mounds of ricotta cheese and Parmesan, cover and wait a couple of minutes for ricotta to heat and melt in.
- Serve immediately with additional Parmesan cheese if desired.
- I personally use coconut oil but you can use your favorite cooking oil.
- This recipe doesn’t work well with spaghetti or angel hair pasta.