Skillet Lasagna Recipe with Rotini

Main Dishes  |  Published Jan 22, 2021  |  Updated Jan 21, 2021  |  By Tawnie

rotini pasta in a white bowl

This Skillet Lasagna Recipe is a fast and convenient weeknight pasta recipe that takes minimal effort but is big on flavor too!

This pasta recipe has easily become our go to weeknight comfort food meals! Everything cooks in the same skillet or pot so clean up is easy and it’s all made in 30 minutes or less.

a skillet filled with rotini pasta and ground turkey

My favorite part is there is no need to cook the rotini noodles ahead of time. You just add them right into the skillet and they cook in the sauce! The noodles absorb all the flavor and get perfectly cooked.

Ingredient details

ingredients to make skillet lasagna pasta recipe in small glass bowls
  • Mushrooms: I like use white button mushrooms or baby bella
  • Bell Pepper: red preferred
  • Ground Turkey (or ground Italian sausage or ground beef)
  • Your favorite jarred red pasta sauce/tomato sauce
  • Chicken broth (or water can be used)
  • Rotini pasta, dry (no need to boil it before you add it in, yay!)
  • Freshly shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

How to make it

(For the full recipe, scroll down to the recipe card below)

photos showing steps making rotini skillet lasagna
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add in diced onion, mushrooms, bell pepper, ground turkey, garlic and seasonings. Cook until ground turkey is no longer pink. Drain any excess liquid/grease from pan and return to heat.
  3. Stir in pasta sauce, chicken broth and pasta. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes or until noodles are tender/pasta is cooked.
  4. Stir in mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Taste and season with salt and pepper to taste, if needed.
  5. In a small bowl, stir chopped parsley and basil into ricotta.
  6. Serve pasta with a dollop of ricotta mixture on top and enjoy immediately.

Tips and FAQ:

  • Pasta: Feel free to use another pasta shape you have on hand such as bow-tie pasta (farfalle), penne, ziti, or rigatoni.
  • Veggies: This recipe has mushrooms and bell peppers, you can easily leave out if you prefer. Or even add in additional veggies like spinach or zucchini.
  • Meat: Ground turkey, ground pork, ground chicken, ground Italian sausage or ground beef are all great options in this recipe.
  • I like to cook this pasta in a large skillet. You can use a cast iron skillet or a large pot too!
rotini pasta made with ground turkey in a white bowl

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Skillet Lasagna Recipe with Rotini

This skillet lasagna recipe with rotini is an easy family dinner that only takes 30-ish minutes and ONE POT to make! It's comforting and much easier than making a traditional lasagna!
5 from 8 reviews
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1 cup white mushrooms, chopped (about 5-6 mushrooms)
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 24 oz. red pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth (or water)
  • 2 cups rotini, dry
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, freshly shredded
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly basil, minced

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add in diced onion, mushrooms, bell pepper, ground turkey, garlic and seasonings.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until ground turkey is no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes. Drain any excess liquid/grease from pan and return to heat.
  • Add in pasta sauce, chicken broth and rotini pasta. Stir. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes or until pasta is cooked.
  • Stir in mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Taste and season with more salt and pepper, if needed. Turn off heat.
  • In a small bowl, stir chopped parsley and basil into ricotta.
  • Serve pasta with a dollop of ricotta mixture on top and enjoy immediately.

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Notes

Can use ground beef or Italian sausage instead of ground turkey too! 
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  1. New favorite meal prep! Made this 3 times so far. I use protein rotini pasta. Also, at the end, I substitute the ricotta cheese in exchange for 0% fat Greek yogurt. This one pot recipe gives the ability to substitute that last ingredient making this so handy for serving to eaters with different dietary goals in mind! Keep both ricotta & Greek yogurt on hand so you have the options! I can eat this for lunches/dinners all week long.

    1. Thank you so much Janine! I love those swaps you made!! mmm now I want to make it again too! Thanks again, Tawnie

  2. My new favorite weeknight dinner! Love that you can make this in one skillet and it has all of the lasagna flavors we love! YUM!

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