Lamb lasagna in under an hour! This deliciously addictive pasta lamb skillet recipe is simple enough for a weeknight & impressive enough for dinner guests.
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One of my family’s favorite, most repeated meals is Skillet Lasagna. It’s such perfect comfort food, and it’s always a hit. It’s great for when it’s just the three of us, and it makes a great stress-free meal for when we have dinner guests as well.
I love how easily this recipe comes together, and that I don’t have to worry about pre-boiling noodles or layering them neatly in a baking dish.
You literally break up the noodles and pile ’em right on top of the ground meat mixture. A can of diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and a little wine are all the liquid you need to get the noodles nice and al dente right in one pan.
I’ve made this skillet lasagna recipe for countless dinner parties and it never disappoints. Though I not-so-secretly prefer to make it when it’s just us because I looooove having it for leftovers throughout the week.
The original incarnation of this recipe involved ground beef, but one day I had picked up some ground lamb from my local farmers market. It inspired me to change things up a bit and put a new spin on this classic pasta recipe. And thus, lamb lasagna was born!
Lamb isn’t typically in lasagna meat mixes (they’re often beef/pork/veal), and the use of it along with the fresh mint and rosemary gives it a bit of a Greek-meets-Italian vibe. And I am oh.so.into.it.
A pasta lamb skillet recipe is exactly what you need to get out of any cooking rut you may find yourself in. Of course, if you aren’t a fan of ground lamb or you can’t find it in your area, you can totally change this lamb pasta skillet into a beef or turkey pasta skillet recipe. No matter how you switch things up, it’s guaranteed to be delicious!
And again, it’s so much less labor-intensive than a standard lasagna recipe. One-pot meals like this are so wonderful, especially for busy weeknights! The leftovers hold up great in the fridge, too.
Lamb isn’t something I grew up eating, but it has become a family favorite over the past few years. It’s really versatile – I’ve used it in recipes like my Pan-Seared Lamb Chops Over Roasted Spaghetti Squash w Pomegranate + Aged Balsamic, Instant Pot Braised Lamb Shanks with Tomato, Lamb Fajitas, and Grazin’ TriBeCa’s Lamb Burger.
I even used lamb when I made my Persian Malbec Lamb Burgers with Mast-o-Khiar and Pomegranate Tomato Jam (which, by the way, got the Adam Richman seal of approval!).
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In addition to swapping in lamb for the ground beef or meatloaf mix (which is a blend of equal parts beef, pork, and veal), I added some fresh rosemary and carrots in with the aromatics. I also used white wine instead of water.
The dollops of ricotta and sprinkling of fresh mint at the end really brought it all together.
It turned out so beautifully! And it was a big hit with the friends that we had over for dinner that night.
One of my favorite tools for breaking up the meat for recipes like this or tacos, chili, etc., is this meat chopper. It’s very affordable and a really simple tool that makes the sometimes tedious job of breaking up ground meat very easy.
I saw it in use on an episode of the Great British Baking Show, and my mom got it for me as a stocking stuffer that Christmas. I honestly didn’t think I’d like it as much as I do, but it’s been a total game-changer for me and I highly recommend getting one!
You can see it in action in the Facebook LIVE video I did that’s embedded in this post (skip to 14:15 to see the meat chopper part, or click here to start from exactly that part over on YouTube).
We wrapped up the meal with my favorite Tiramisu for dessert. It was a crazy delicious meal – one that we’ll be having again and again (and again!).
Looking for more one pan recipes? Check out some of our favorites:
- Broiler Kebab Sheet Pan Meal
- Spanish Chicken + Sausage Skillet
- Pan-Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Tomatoes
- Iron Skillet Chicken + Carrots with Toasted Lager Mustard Sauce
- Sausage and Peppers
- Our Favorite Steak Fajitas
- Single-Skillet Bacon-Rosemary Chicken Thighs with Roasted Tomatoes
- One Pan Seared Salmon and Spinach with Remoulade
- Pan Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Fairy Tale Eggplant & Tomatoes
- Latin-Spiced Pork + Squash Skillet with Chili Lime Cherries
- Baked Chicken Thighs with Potatoes and Peas
- Latin Chicken Skillet with Black Beans + Tomatoes
Recipe for Skillet Lasagna with Lamb, Ricotta + Mint
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Fragrant rosemary enhances the flavor of this deliciously addictive one-skillet meal. Simple enough for a weeknight & impressive enough for dinner guests!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
- 1 carrot, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced
- One pinch red pepper flakes
- 1 pound ground lamb
- 10 curly-edged lasagna noodles, broken into 2 inch lengths
- 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup white wine (or water)
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
- 8 ounces ricotta cheese
- 1/4 cup fresh mint, torn or roughly chopped right before using
- Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet with tight fitting lid over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, garlic and salt and cook till soft, about five minutes. Add rosemary and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. And lamb and cook until browned throughout, breaking the meat up with a wooden spoon or spatula as you go, about 5 minutes. Drain any excess fat from pan.
- Sprinkle noodle pieces evenly over meat. Pour diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and wine (or water) on top. Without stirring, cover the skillet with the lid and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is tender, about 20 minutes.
- Turn off the heat. Stir in Parmesan and season to taste with salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Dot heaping tablespoons of ricotta over the pasta and place the lid back on the skillet. Let stand for 5 minutes.
- Sprinkle with freshly torn mint leaves and serve with extra grated Parmesan on the side. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Cooks Illustrated
Keywords: skillet meal, one pan, lamb lasagna
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