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20 Minute Skillet Lasagna Recipe

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I remember that this time of year was always crazy-busy for my mom . . . at one point, she had 5 of us 6 girls all involved in a city soccer league and it seemed like her evenings consisted of driving us around to our different games and practices. Then there were piano lessons, end-of-year school programs, tumbling . . . the list goes on and on! Now that my kids are getting a little older, our schedules are filling up and dinner quickly becomes a low priority. Sometimes you just need something that you can throw together in a matter of minutes! And when the weather is this beautiful, who wants to spend time slaving over a hot oven?
This Skillet Lasagna recipe is so fast and easy! I whipped up dinner in less than one episode of Dora the Explorer and my kids (and husband!) loved it. This will be a new staple around our house!

20 Minute Skillet Lasagna Recipe


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 (12 oz) package bow tie noodles (or any other kind of noodle), uncooked
  • 1 (26 oz) jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce (or pizza sauce)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning (or more, make it to your taste)
  • ½ cups Mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cups sour cream (I used light)

Brown ground beef in small pan. Meanwhile, cook noodles according to package directions.
After noodles are cooked, drain and drizzle with olive oil. Mix in your spaghetti sauce.
Add your browned beef, seasonings, cheese, and sour cream. Fold together and allow it all to combine and melt together, over low heat, for about 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Serve with a simple green salad and loaf of French bread and you have a quick and delicious meal!

Recipe adapted from Tasty Kitchen 

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  1. says

    You’re so right, sometimes you just need something quick to throw together. This looks good, though – much better than resorting to fast food to get through those busy evenings!

  2. says

    Wow. I can’t wait to try this and see if it’s really under 20 minutes! ;) Looks delicious and really perfect for those days you’ve been running around like crazy right until dinner time.

  3. says

    Havent made this in a long time and I love the idea of bowtie noodles. much heartier noodle like a lasangne noodle and I have 2 bags waiting in the wings. I dont use the sour cream but I do add in some ricotta/cottage cheese mix really makes it taste like a ziti/lasagne.

  4. says

    This was really good! I added about 1/2 cup of ricotta because of the above comment, and it really tastes just like lasagna, with 1/2 the work! I would make it again.

  5. says

    I made this tonight and it was fabulous. The only thing that I changed was substituting 4 oz of cream cheese for the sour cream (I didn’t have any in the fridge! Weird!). It was fabulous and decadent. Thank you!

  6. says

    I’m trying this tonight! I cook for my dad and my brother all week long (49 and 15, although you would think theyre both 15) so hopefully this one they love and we can add it to the rotation! I think i’m going to use ground turkey instead

  7. says

    I made this last week to switch it up from our regular spaghetti and it was a huge hit with my husband!! This will be a new staple around our house. So quick and easy and kid-friendly!! Thanks for such a great recipe. I just found your blog last week and I really love it!! You guys have some great recipes and I love how easy it is to navigate around. :)

  8. says

    This was delicious!! We used whole wheat pasta, ground turkey and substituted sour cream with greek yogurt and it was fabulous! Thanks for the recipe!!

  9. Michelle says

    This is delicious! I’m usually not a fan of pasta and pasta sauce, but I made this because my boyfriend thought it sounded good, and I’m glad I did! Thanks for the recipe. This is the best pasta dish I’ve had and only minimal cost. Perfect!

  10. Carissa says

    Just came across y’all this evening and made this for dinner! It was excellent! I served it with a side of steamed broccoli. It fed my family of five, plus my husband and I will have more than plenty for lunch tomorrow! Thank you!

  11. BP says

    This has been my go-to recipe for throw together dinners as well as when delivering a meal to a friend. I used lean ground turkey meat, whole wheat pasta and swap out the soup cream with greek yogurt… SOOOO good!!!

  12. Nora N says

    This is my go to lazy meal..except I usually just use penne pasta and leave out the cheese. Takes more than 20 tho so oh well

  13. Lindsay says

    Wanting to make this tonight for dinner but noticed that I am out of sour cream. Need to go grocery shopping!! Can I leave this out or is there a substitute?? Thanks in advance!!

    • Cyd says

      We have never left it out. We have only made this recipe as directed. The sour cream adds creaminess and flavor.

    • Cyd says

      Hi Meredith, We have never made this as a freezer meal, but looking over the ingredients it should freeze fine in an airtight freezer container.

  14. says

    I love your blog, and I’ve prepared several of your dishes (w/some minor adjustments) in order to suit my family’s palate.
    I love ‘short-cut’ meals, and this dish sounds pretty quick & easy to prepare on a busy evening. I do however, have a slight issue with using Sour Cream for ‘creaminess’ in this dish! Sour Cream will ‘throw-off’ the entire flavor of this Lasagna dish! If you ever made a REAL Italian Lasagna, you’d know that there is NO Sour Cream in it! Try using (Low-Fat) Ricotta Cheese’, ( or) ‘2% Cottage Cheese’, (or) “Neufrachel Cheese” in place of the ‘Sour Cream’…. in order to obtain the ‘creaminess’. I don’t feel that the ‘Sour Cream ‘ would EVER work in this dish, but this is (only) my personal opinion.

  15. Nikki says

    I made this tonight. My only substitution was GF Noodles since I’m allergic to wheat. I thought It was delicious and the sour cream tasted great!

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