One-Pot Lasagna

Do you want to know something I love? Easy meals with very little clean-up. Lasagna, unfortunately, is not one of those meals. With regular lasagna you have to prepare the meat sauce, get the cheese ready, prepare the noodles, layer everything, and bake it for an hour before you can enjoy it. After doing a little research, I put together a one-pot lasagna that is delicious, easy, and doesn’t leave a mess. This meal has all of the loveliness a regular lasagna has to offer without all the effort.


One-Pot Lasagna

One-Pot Lasagna
One-Pot Lasagna
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 jar pasta sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 (12 oz) package bow tie pasta
  • 1 cup Ricotta Cheese

Add your garlic, onion, and ground beef into the pot (you can also use a deep skillet to prepare this) and cook over medium heat until the beef is browned (drain the excess fat, gross). Stir in your seasonings and then pour in the pasta sauce. Fill your jar of pasta sauce with water, put the lid back on, and shake it up. Pour the jarful of water into the pot and add your pasta. You can add more water later if your pasta is too dry (I ended up with a jar and a half of water to get my pasta to the tenderness I wanted). Let your happy pot simmer until the pasta is tender, adding more water if necessary. Stir in the mozzarella and let it all blend together. Lastly, dollop the ricotta in six spoonfuls over the pasta. If you are serving this at the table (and your pot is presentation worthy) leave the ricotta in dollops on top, cover with a lid, and let it warm through before serving. Otherwise, stir in the ricotta to incorporate and warm through. Serve topped with Parmesan cheese with a colorful side salad. Heavenly!


Step-by-Step Photos

Our cast of characters! Can you guess where I do most of my shopping?
Our cast of characters! Can you guess where I do most of my shopping?
Add the garlic, onion, and beef to the pot. Cook through and drain the fat, trust me, get rid of it.
Add the garlic, onion, and beef to the pot. Cook through and drain the fat. Trust me, get rid of it.
Add your seasonings, sauce, water and pasta. Let this simmer until pasta is tender. Do not cook on high temp, it will stick to the bottom. My favorite part about cooking is testing the pasta to see if it is ready. I have to do this several times before I am satisfied ;)
Add your seasonings, sauce, water, and pasta. Let this simmer until the pasta is tender. Do not cook on high temp, as your pasta will stick to the bottom. My favorite part about cooking this dish is testing the pasta to see if it is ready. I have to do this several times before I am satisfied πŸ˜‰
Add the mozzarella and stir together. Almost done...
Add the mozzarella and stir together. Almost done…
Here we have the pasta all cooked through. Honestly, you could serve your dish like this... but why stop there? It wouldn't be lasagna without the rest of the ingredients.
Here we have the pasta all cooked through. Honestly, you could serve your dish like this… But why stop there? It wouldn’t be lasagna without the rest of the ingredients!
Once the mozzarella is incorporated, dollop the ricotta on top. If you have a pretty pot, let this get all warmed through and let your family see this deliciousness!
Once the mozzarella is incorporated, dollop the ricotta on top. If you have a pretty pot, let this get all warmed through and let everyone see this deliciousness!
If you're not serving this dish in the pot, stir in the ricotta. You end up with a creamy tomato sauce that tastes lovely!
If you’re not serving this dish in the pot, stir in the ricotta. You end up with a creamy tomato sauce that tastes lovely!
Verdict: This dish was a hit! Mr. C is not a fan of Hamburger Helper, but he will happily chow down on this dish. I hope Baby C appreciates this dish when he gets a few teeth! My mother would have called this
Verdict: This dish was a hit! Mr. C is not a fan of Hamburger Helper, but he will happily chow down on this meal. When Baby C gets a few teeth I am sure he will enjoy it as well! My mother would have called this “Goop-in-a-pot” and I am sure she would have approved.Β  I have a happy family andΒ  fewer dishes to clean up afterwards. I’d say this is a winner!
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