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One Pot Lasagna

One Pot Lasagna

Traditional lasagna is one of my most loved foods and as much as I love dedicating time to cooking amazing classics like this one, life can be busy and most weeknights, I aim for simple and quick meals with minimal fuss and clean-up. This One Pot Lasagna recipe is the perfect solution for when you feel like a comforting, delicious dinner without having to spend hours in the kitchen! This family-friendly recipe went viral soon after I shared it, and it is still one of my most visited and most frequently made recipes. Perfectly cooked layers of pasta are tucked between rich layers of tomato sauce, which is topped with stretchy, melty mozzarella. It’s easy to customise to your liking; you can add grated veggies or your favourite herbs to give it a personal touch. It’s simple, freezer-friendly, made in one pan, and enough to serve between 6-8 adults, making it the perfect family weeknight dinner that you will want to make again and again! 

Can you make One Pot Lasagna ahead of time?

One Pot Lasagna can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. and frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge to reheat (freezing in individual portions helps with this). Reheat in the microwave or oven.

Is One Pot Lasagna suitable for leftovers?

Yes, refrigerate for up to 3 days. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge to reheat (freezing in individual portions helps with this). Reheat in the microwave or oven.

How do you include bechamel sauce in One Pot Lasagna?

Follow the lasagna recipe until step 7 but hold off on the mozzarella. Simply drizzle with 2 cups of bechamel sauce and then top with 1 cup of freshly grated mozzarella cheese. Proceed to grill for 5 minutes until golden and bubbly. Leave the lasagna to sit for at least 15 minutes once it’s out of the oven to allow the sauces to firm up before serving. You’ll find my bechamel sauce recipe here.

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One Pot Lasagna

One Pot Lasagna

  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 6-8 1x

Ingredients

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  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 2 large carrots, grated
  • 1 kg beef mince/ground beef
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 700 g passata
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 1 tsp black cracked pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 250 g ready-made lasagna sheets
  • 300 g mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 1/2 cup basil, leaves picked

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large, deep, oven-proof skillet on medium heat.
  2. Add the onions, garlic and carrot, and cook for 5 minutes until softened.
  3. Increase the heat to high. Add the beef mince and cook for 5 minutes until browned.
  4. Add the tomato paste, bay leaves, passata, beef stock, pepper and salt. Cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Tear or snap the lasagna sheets in half. Using tongs, submerge the lasagna sheets into the sauce, changing directions and distributing the sheets as evenly as you can (although it doesn’t need to be perfect!)
  6. Place the lid on and cook on the lowest heat setting according to the lasagna sheet packet instructions (mine took 20 minutes).
  7. Preheat the oven grill/broiler.
  8. Use a fork to check the pasta is cooked (the fork should pierce the pasta easily). Top the lasagna with slices of mozzarella and grill/broil for 5 minutes until golden and bubbling. Sprinkle with basil leaves and serve.

Notes

How to include bechamel sauce – Follow the lasagna recipe until step 7 but hold off on the mozzarella. Simply drizzle with 2 cups of bechamel sauce and then top with 1 cup of freshly grated mozzarella cheese. Proceed to grill/broil for 5 minutes until golden and bubbly. Leave the lasagna to sit for at least 15 minutes once it’s out of the oven to allow the sauces to firm up before serving. You’ll find my bechamel sauce recipe here.

MAKE AHEAD

Refrigerate for up to 3 days. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge to reheat (freezing in individual portions helps with this). Reheat in the microwave or oven.

LEFTOVERS

Refrigerate for up to 3 days. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge to reheat (freezing in individual portions helps with this). Reheat in the microwave or oven.

  • Author: Nicole
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Category: Pasta, lasagna, one pot meals, one pot lasagna
  • Method: pan, bake
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: One Pot Lasagna, One Pot Lasagna recipe

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  1. The whole family loved this dish. My husband has asked me to save it to my favorite and asked if we are having it again. The best part is it was so easy to make. Huge Hit! Can’t wait for the recipe book to arrive.

  2. Absolutely LOVE this recipe! It’s become a staple in our house and my kids demolish it every time 🙂 I just wondered if anyone has tried, or would it would be possible to make it with a different pasta, i.e fusilli?

  3. Hi Nicole, I would like to make this for vegetarian family. Would this be possible? I love this recipe, it’s the best thing ever but need to take meat out of it for family next time Xx

  4. For some reason, I was really hesitant to try this recipe, but I finally did it. It was such a hit. My 2 year old has been avoiding meat for such a long time, but had two serves of this. My 4 year old loved it too (also had seconds). Much easier than the standard lasagne. I omitted the three cups of beef stock, after reading the reviews and it came out perfect. Definitely make the béchamel sauce. Very little effort and it’s worth it. Definitely will have leftovers, too.

  5. What a fantastic meal. Winner winner for us
    Super easy and OMG delicious.

  6. This is my new go to lasagne recipe, love that it uses one pot and makes a large amount -enough for two meals feeding a family of 5. I found it a bit wet so just use less stock

  7. I LOOOOOVE this recipe! I feel like I’ve wasted so many hours of my life on the traditional lasagna when my family loves this just as much. I make double the meat base, eat half then and freeze half for another day – defrost, reheat. chuck the lasagna sheets and cheese on. So so easy and SO tasty. Like all of your recipes. Love ’em.

  8. This was absolutely delicious! So easy to make with full taste. I am adding it to my rotation meals this winter! X

  9. Sooo delicious and sooo easy!! Great to have a midweek meal option that satisfies so much for so little effort. We got two nights out of it, winning!

  10. Another fave! We add the bechamel!!!
    Thank you!!

  11. Another fabulous receipe. Loved by the whole family. Thank you ❤

  12. Always a winner! Never miss topping with the bechamel as well. So good! Love that there isn’t so much washing up after making lasagne anymore!

  13. This is out of this world good! Whole family loved it, I was skeptical because I love lasagne but this was so good and easy

  14. I’ve made this twice now. It’ll continue to stay in our rotation of weekly meals. So easy to make and super tasty. I made it for my sister and then she made it at home after seeing how easy it was to do.

    • Love this so much, thank you so much for sharing, it’s the only way we make lasagna now! 😍 x

  15. Best way to make lasagna! We’ve made this so many times, firm family favourite

    • Yay! Love this so much, so glad this is a favourite at your place. Thank you SO much for taking the time to comment on and rate the recipe 🥰 x

  16. My hubby is a weirdo and doesn’t like conventional lasagne (he’s not a fan of béchamel) so this recipe is a way for me to get my fix! He loves it and so does Mr 4, it’s a winner all round!

    • Haha how good is that? My hubs isn’t that keen either so a traditional lasagna is WAY too much effort for me knowing it’s not going to be appreciated. 😂 This one gives me my fix too without the effort! Love that you love it as much as we do! Thank you SO much for taking the time to write, means so much to me! x

  17. Gone are the days I spend hours making a lasagna! For the ease and taste, this one is a keeper of a recipe 🤤🤤

    • Love this so much! Agree! I will not be a slave to a lasagna ever again! 😂

  18. Loved this and so easy to make! So much easier than in the oven. Thankyou 💕

    • So fantastic to hear! Thank you so much! x

  19. This was a hit at our table, kids loved it and thought I was a pro! Only change I did was add ricotta and panko crumb on top as I had them in stock. Love your work!

    • Ahhh this is so fantastic to hear! LOVE the addition of the ricotta and panko… The added crunch from the panko – absolutely genius! Thank you so, so much for trying the recipe and taking the time to leave a comment. Means more to me than I can tell you! x

  20. This is the best one pot meal! So easy and delicious, have made it 4 or 5 times now and it is still a winner with my fam bam! Thanks Nic for a great recipe x

    • That is the best! I am so glad your family love it – Isn’t it so great when they all love something that is easy for us to make? 😂❤️ Thank you sooo much for taking the time to write x

  21. Our fave!! Honestly, my 4yr old LOVES this lasagne SO much. Last time I made it, she ate 3 bowls! I don’t add the beef stock because when I put a cheese sauce on top, it’s too runny. Less liquid makes it firmer but otherwise, this is a cracking dish and one we have often. YUM!

    • Ahhhh this is so fantastic to read! I am so glad you love it as much as we do! Especially your little one! 😂😍 Completely makes sense about the beef stock and cheese sauce. Thank you SO much for trying the recipe and taking the time to write! x

  22. Only way we cook lasagne now!!

    • Haha! YES! Same! 😍 Thank you so much! Nic x

  23. Our family can’t get enough of this one pot lasagne!

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