One pot lasagna

45 min.
This one pot lasagna is incredibly delicious and easy to prepare. With its easy preparation, cheesy goodness, and hearty sauces, it is the perfect meal to bring the family together. A meaty sauce is mixed with tender pasta, topped with dollops of ricotta cheese, and sprinkled with shredded mozzarella, cheddar, and Parmesan cheese, making a perfect flavor combination for a classic, easy homemade one pot lasagna. No need to spend hours in the kitchen or wash a bunch of dishes. This one pot lasagna will be ready in no time and leave your family happy and full.


4 portions

Minced Beef:




  • Minced Beef:

  • Sauce:

  • Pasta:

  • Assemble the dish:


Stir the pasta regularly to prevent it from sticking together while cooking to avoid lumps when you add it to the meat and tomato sauce.

You can prepare one pot lasagna in advance. Simply do everything except add the cheese, and then cover and store it in the fridge. When you want to reheat it, take it out of the fridge, set it aside for about 20 minutes, and then reheat it gently on low heat, adding the cheese on top. You may need to add some water first as the pasta will soak it up in the fridge.

If you are reheating frozen leftovers, let the one pot lasagna leftovers thaw in the refrigerator first for 24 hours. This method allows it to thaw slowly and possibly prevents it from losing its texture and becoming mushy. Once it is defrosted, bake it in a preheated oven at 180°C for about 20-30 minutes or until it is heated through and the cheese has melted.

Questions about one pot lasagna

A one pot lasagna recipe makes cooking a delicious and cheesy lasagna easy and quick without any fuss. Below you will find a few frequently asked questions about one pot lasagna and how to go about it.
What is one pot lasagna?

One pot lasagna is a variation of traditional lasagna that is cooked in a single pot or pan, saving time and simplifying the cooking process. The ingredients, such as penne pasta, beef mince, ricotta cheese, tomato sauce, parmesan, mozzarella, and oregano, are all combined in a pot and cooked together, resulting in a dish that is similar in flavour to traditional lasagna but with less preparation and clean-up. The name defines it; only one single pan is required to get the dish done.

How to make one pot lasagna?

You make one pot lasagna with penne and ricotta by cooking the pasta, and, in an ovenproof dish, browning the beef mince over medium-high heat. Add the tomato sauce with cream, oregano, and beef stick, bring to a boil, and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Finally, add the cooked pasta to the meat sauce and stir well. Top the one pot lasagna with ricotta cheese, parmesan, and shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese mix. Place the lasagna in a preheated oven under the broiler and grill until the cheese has melted.

How to make lasagna with penne pasta?

Making lasagna with penne pasta is a variation of traditional lasagna that uses smaller pieces of pasta, like penne, instead of layering it with lasagna sheets. The process is much simpler and quicker than making traditional lasagna, as everything is mixed, making it a one pot meal. Prepare the pasta and meat sauce and simply mix it by stirring, then top the one pot lasagna with a selection of cheese before grilling it under the broiler.

Can you freeze a one pot lasagna?

It is possible to freeze one pot lasagna, but it can cause it to lose its texture and become mushy when thawed. Thus, it is important to prep the dish accordingly. First, make sure that it has cooled to room temperature. Then, transfer it to an airtight container or wrap it tightly in cling film and/or foil. Remove as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn before placing it in the freezer. It is generally safe to freeze it for 2-3 months.

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Easy one pot lasagna with traditional flavours

One pot meals are gaining popularity as they represent a seamless way of cooking that gathers all ingredients in a single pot with less fuss and cleaning. To cook lasagna in one pot is to have the same tasty flavours of the traditional lasagna with less effort and no layering. The blend of penne pasta, minced beef, and tomato sauce topped with mozzarella, ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, and oregano will be a true delight for your family and friends during iftar when you need something savoury, hearty, and irresistibly easy.

If you are looking for more savoury and delicious meals, check out our recipes for lamb moussaka pasta bake with eggplant, Margherita pizza with a cauliflower crust, and creamy mushroom soup.

Four kinds of cheese for extra gooeyness

Adding a combination of four different kinds of cheese – ricotta, parmesan, shredded mozzarella, and cheddar – takes the one pot lasagna to a whole other level with cheesy, gooey goodness. Ricotta cheese adds a mild, creamy, and slightly sweet flavour, which binds all the ingredients together and creates a smooth texture. Then, there is the nutty and salty taste of grated parmesan cheese, which gives the lasagna a nice sharpness. Finally, shredded mozzarella and cheddar melt beautifully atop the lasagna, creating a gooey layer that will have you reaching for seconds. Together, these cheeses provide a perfect balance of creaminess, sharpness and gooeyness that makes this dish so irresistible.

Take the simple one pot way with a penne lasagna bake

Italian cuisine offers several one pot meals for cosy comfort. It is the easiest way to make a delicious Italian dish that is seamless and quick with no mess, and if you are cooking for a big family and lots of guests, a penne lasagna bake is the perfect type of meal. To prepare a one pot penne lasagna with ricotta and other gooey, delicious cheeses, it takes only a single pot, whether it is a skillet, pan, or any other container. Just mix all the main ingredients in it during the cooking process and top it off with a quadruple threat of cheese. Let the dish bake until the cheese is golden and has melted beautifully on top.

Add your own touch

This is a basic recipe for one pot lasagna, and you can make a lot of variations according to your personal preferences and whatever you have in your fridge. This one pot lasagna recipe suggests using beef mince, but you can use Italian sausage or minced lamb instead, following the same cooking process. This will give you a different flavour profile but one that still works well with the other flavours in your one pot lasagna.

Additionally, you can add different vegetables to the one pot lasagna to make it even more scrumptious and filling. Some popular options include bell peppers, zucchini, spinach, and mushrooms. You can sauté the vegetables with the meat, giving the sauce a nice crunch and extra flavour. If you want to give the one pot lasagna a bit of a kick, add some red pepper flakes or a pinch of cayenne pepper.

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