30-Minute Stovetop Lasagna

I think the Tall Boy fell in love with me all over again when I made this 30-Minute Stovetop Lasagna.

You don't have to spend hours making lasagna anymore with this 30-Minute Stovetop version!  Get the recipe at www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com #recipes #lasagna

Aside from chicken pie, the Tall Boy’s very favorite meal is lasagna. But preparing a traditional version just doesn’t work in our typical work-night timetable.  We have approximately 30 minutes between work and the beginning of karate class, and about 45 minutes between the end of karate class and bedtime.  I need quick and easy dinners, folks.

Needless to say, the Tall Boy has been denied lasagna for dinner for quite some time…until now.

You don't have to spend hours making lasagna anymore with this 30-Minute Stovetop version!  Get the recipe at www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com #recipes #lasagna

No.  It’s not a traditional version.

But all of the flavors are here – without all of the fuss, work and time.

Believe me, the Tall Boy didn’t mind one bit that I made this on the stovetop rather than in the oven, or that it wasn’t a “pretty” square served up on his plate {I’ll admit, this didn’t hold up well scooping out of the pan – but it was a sacrifice we were willing to make. :-) ).

In fact, his exact words were, “This is awesome.  Now I can have lasagna more often.”

30-Minute Stovetop Lasagna
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ pound ground beef
  • ¾ teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 12 ounce package lasagna noodles, broken in pieces
  • 28 ounce can tomatoes, undrained and chopped
  • 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 15 ounce container ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend
  1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add garlic, beef, and spices. Cook, stirring occasionally, until beef is no longer pink - about 8 to 10 minutes.; top with Italian cheese.
  2. Place lasagna noodles over meat mixture; top with tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil and ½ cup water. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes or until noodles are tender.
  3. Dollop ricotta cheese evenly over mixture, stirring slightly. Cover and let stand 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.

This recipe is from eMeals Clean Eating Meal Plans – one that my family loves using!  Aside from eMeals awesome meal planning services, I love that they are strong supporters of National Family Day.  No matter how busy we are at my house, we always sit down together at the table – as a family – to eat and talk about our day.


Make sure you check out this fabulous PDF from eMeals (it’s FREE!), complete with recipes, a shopping list, and family activites for every night this week.

eMeals Meal Plans

XO, Ashley

*I was not compensated for this post. I am an eMeals affiliate and this post does contain my affiliate link. However, all opinions are straight-up my own, and I used eMeals even prior to my affiliate relationship. I really do love it! You can read my disclosure policy here.


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  1. Love this! Easy, quick and delicious lasagna can’t be beat.

  2. Ooooo look at that amazing cheese! Love that it’s simpler than a regular lasagna too!
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  3. This looks SO fantastic – I’ll definitely be giving this a try!
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  4. What a timesaver! Can’t wait to try this.

  5. Quick and easy is the name of the game during the weekdays and this lasagna fits the bill perfectly.
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  6. Would like to ask if the lasagna noodles is pre-cooked or is it really raw when you put it in? Please answer back cause I would really really love to do this… (Sons favorite) :)
    Thanks so much… :)

  7. Lasagna is one of my family favorites too but we suffer from not having it often as well, can’t wait to give this a try :) Pinned!

  8. this is the best 30 minute meal ever! my fussy oneloves lasagna
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  9. This. Is. BRILLIANT! Lasagna is so time consuming so you had me at thirty minutes :) Looks great!

  10. Oh my goodness Ashley! This lasagna looks amazing!! I love how quick and easy it is too :) Pinned!
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  11. This looks great! Quick meals are a must for my house! One question though…the cheese is added after you brown the meat in the above steps but the picture looks like it was added last. which do you do?

    • Thanks for catching that, Lisa. I did actually add my cheese last, but it would work totally fine either way. I just liked the look of the melted cheese on top. :-)

  12. I am definitely going to make this. I can’t wait!!

  13. Maryam Imran Khan says:

    Hiiii. This looks very easy. But I like white sauce lasagna. Can you give a quick recipe for that?

  14. I made this last night. It was so good!! Thanks for the recipe this one will become a staple at our house.

  15. You could also try this with Malfalda noodles instead of broken lasagna. They aren’t as thick so it may not take as long to cook.

  16. How does not burn for you? Me and my S.O. tried making this tonight, and while the cheesy noodle goop was delicious, the bottom meat layer turned into one black angry crust :(

  17. Can’t wait to try this 😀

  18. Tried this tonight, tasted good and was easy, but the meat burned. Didanyone else have this problem?

  19. Tanaya Sharma-Hegde says:

    Love thie recipe although I’m vegetarian! Any suggestions for substitutes for the beef? Can’t wait to try this out!

  20. Quick question. No mention of mozzarella in instructions. Do you cook the Ricotta, with the filling, or put Ricotta and Mozzarella on top after it has cooked? My inclination would be to cook Ricotta with filling, but not sure about this recipe.

  21. Sounds delicious but my wife is not a fan of Ricotta cheese. Any suggestions on a substitute?

  22. I made this tonight… Didn’t come out good. The meat burnt on the bottom before the noodles cooked all the way. I suggest it be stirred while cooking

  23. Does it have to be made in a dutch over?

  24. I made this tonight and my husband (who is CRAZY picky and only likes lasagna if it has TONS of meat) LOVED it…as did my parents! I just used a pound more of beef, and as long as I continued stirring and watching it, it was fine! I was wondering how yours turned out so beautiful. After I mixed it all together it looked kinda…wierd. Like when you mix salsa and sour cream…but a good cover with the cheeses on top would be perfect!! Anyways….the family LOVED it!! 😀 Thanks so much!

  25. So, you don’t drain the meat?


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