Spicy Skillet Lasagna

Spicy skillet lasagna

Spicy Skillet Lasagna is made entirely in one pan and is ready in 30 minutes! It tastes just like lasagna without the hassle and mess!

One skillet lasagna. Is there anything else I need to add to that? 

I’ve gotten countless emails from some of you, thanking me for the one-skillet recipes I have shared with you already like the Cheddar, Broccoli and Chicken Pasta Skillet and this Spicy Sausage Skillet. As a result of the demand, I decided I’d try to share more of my one-skillet go-to recipes with you!

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One-pot meals and I, we’re pretty much best friends. Those of you that follow me on Facebook probably saw my little rant yesterday about how I DESPISE doing dishes. I like to come up with solutions to my problems. Problem: I hate dishes. Solution: Make recipes that really truly only require one pan, one pot, whatever you want to call it. No separate pot to cook the noodles in, they just cook right in with the sauce. That’s my kind of meal! 

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Now, don’t get me wrong. I adore lasagna and sometimes I don’t mind the effort that goes into making  Four Cheese Classic Lasagna or Cheesy Vegetable Lasagna because they are down-right delightful (delightful? Is that fitting? Maybe I should’ve said delicious). But other times, it is nice to be able to have dinner on the table in under 30 minutes with only one pot to clean at the end. That’s where this Spicy Skillet Lasagna comes in. As long as you follow the directions, you’ll end up with a cheesy Spicy Lasagna Skillet that tastes very similar to a pan of layered lasagna. It is gratifying, mouthwatering, and simply divine.

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Because we like things spicy around here, I spiced it up with some red pepper flake. You can very easily tone this down by reducing the amount of red pepper flake that you add. If you don’t want it spicy at all, just don’t’ even add any of the red pepper flake.

Some of you are probably used to using ground beef in your lasagna, but I’m a huge fan of Italian Sausage. I just love the flavor that it adds so I always use it in place of ground beef for most Italian recipes that I’m making.

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A little note about the cottage cheese. I use cottage cheese in most of my recipes in place of ricotta chesse. It’s just a preference. If you don’t like cottage cheese, feel free to sub ricotta cheese. The purpose of the cheese is to add a layer of creaminess. You don’t necessarily taste the flavor of it.

You’ll be able to serve 4-6 people with this Spicy Skillet Lasagna! I like to serve a salad and garlic bread alongside it for a simple, satisfying supper.


Spicy Skillet Lasagna

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Prep Time: 5mn
Cook Time: 10mn
Total Time: 15mn


  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flake
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 10 lasagna noodles, broken into thirds
  • 1- 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1- 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, finely shredded
  • 1 cup cottage cheese or ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil for garnish


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat in a large 12 inch skillet. When the oil is hot, add in the red pepper flake and cook for a minute.
  2. Add in the chopped yellow onion and cook until the onion starts to turn translucent.
  3. Stir in the garlic and cook for a minute, until fragrant.
  4. Add in the Italian Sausage. Use a large wooden spoon to break the meat into bite sized pieces. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 tsp. black pepper, and 1 teaspoon oregano. When the meat is cooked through, drain any excess fat.
  5. Sprinkle the lasagna noodle pieces over the meat evenly.
  6. Pour 28 onces of diced tomatoes, 8 ounces tomato sauce, and 1 cup of water over the noodles. Do not stir. Bring to a simmer.
  7. When the mixture starts to simmer, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 20-25 minutes. About halfway through, stir the mixture.
  8. When the noodles are tender after 20-25 minutes, reduce the heat to low. Stir in 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese.
  9. Place spoonfuls of cottage cheese or ricotta cheese evenly over the pasta mixture. 
  10. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese over the top. 
  11. Make sure the stove is on low, cover the skillet, and allow it to sit on the stove for 5-10 minutes, or until the cottage cheese is heated through and the cheese has melted.
  12. Sprinkle with fresh basil and serve.

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  1. HUGE fan of these one skillet dinners. Can’t wait to try!

  2. Elaine Jaworowicz

    Going to try this on Sunday! LOVE your one skillet meals!!!

  3. This skillet lasagna looks great and my husband would scarf it up. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. Love the recipe. Can’t wait to try.

  5. Hi
    Thank you for your site and your delicious food.

  6. This looks so delicious, and I absolutely love how easy it looks!

  7. This looks wonderful. Thank you for so many terrific recipes. I enjoy your site.

  8. Wow! This sounds amazing. I usually sub cottage cheese in place of ricotta too, not a fun of ricotta’s taste. I love that you made this a little spicy and that you made it on the stove. Definitely gonna try! Pinning and sharing on facebook. :)

  9. it dose look great will try thank you

  10. Looks delicious. sometimes when making my lasagna, I like to use 1/2 lean ground beef and 1/2 Italian Sausage.

  11. This was really good lots of flavour I’ll check out other receipes thanks.

  12. Elaine Jaworowicz

    I just made this for dinner. I added fresh mushrooms and fresh organic baby spinach. It was delicious! I enjoyed it very much. Thank you! I will be making this again!

  13. one of these days i will cook some of this delicious food i have been posting

  14. Tanika BitOhoney Wilson we made this last week. Better than any lasagna I ever had.

  15. Tanika BitOhoney Wilson

    Are you serious? I can make some lasagna! That’s my specialty!

  16. Trust me sis. I thought it would not good because of the vee don’t like spicy food and it tells you too put in hard uncooked shells. But it was Fantastic

  17. Tanika BitOhoney Wilson

    Tony Elly I trust that I’d you say it’s good it’s delicious! You haven’t steered me wrong yet! I may try it tonight! Although that chicken one is calling me. Lol. In my pookie voice from new jack city

  18. Bryan Brooke Tipton

    Minus the Mozzarella this is basically the same recipe I saw on Americas Test Kitchen a couple of years ago and have been making regularly ever since! Its very yummy! I use ricotta instead of cottage and skimp on the red pepper flakes so the kiddos can eat it.

  19. Thanks for the recipe. Lasagna is one of my hubby’s favorite meals. This was very good and really liked the one skillet clean up. However, it takes lots more than 15 minutes to do!

  20. Melinda Rowan Ljubec

    Loved it! Made it tonight but I used hot sausage instead of Italian. Yum!

  21. Do you use regular lasagna noodles or can you use the no boil kind?

  22. Do you drain the diced tomatoes?

  23. I made this for dinner tonight and all I can say is….Wow. It was amazing. This recipe is a keeper for sure.

  24. Made this a couple of weeks ago and fixed a plate for my Italian neighbor. She said it was delicious, couldn’t believe it was cooked in the skillet and asked me for the recipe! It’s yummy!

  25. Made this last week and was very pleased with the results!

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