So I’m a tad bit late to the party, but I attended the very first Fiesta Friday, so that excuses my tardiness, right? 😉
Two years ago, Angie (The Novice Gardender) started Fiesta Friday, and the partying hasn’t stopped since! I haven’t posted a recipe in quite some time, but I decided I couldn’t show up to the 100th anniversary party empty handed.
Thanks for bringing so many wonderful bloggers together, Angie. You’re the hostess with the mostest. Also, a big thank you to this week’s co-hosts: Judi, Mollie, Steffi, and Suzanne!
Here is my recipe for an easy one skillet lasagna. To make this a vegetarian dish, simply omit the sausage and replace with veggies of your choice (mushrooms and spinach are my favorite swap; if using spinach, add it to the skillet at the very end to prevent overcooking).
One Skillet Lasagna
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 lb. fresh Italian sausage
- 4 cups marinara sauce (homemade or your favorite brand)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
- 3 cups gemelli pasta, uncooked
- marinated fresh mozzarella balls, halved
- salt and pepper, to taste
- torn basil leaves, for garnish
Heat olive oil in a large casserole pan. Saute the onion until lightly browned. Add the Italian sausage and cook until well browned. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes. Saute for another 30 seconds to one minute, being careful not to let the garlic and spice burn.
Stir in the marinara sauce and water and bring to a simmer. Add the ricotta, parmesan, and pasta and stir to combine. Cover and simmer on med-low heat until pasta is al dente, 15-20 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper.
Scatter halved mozzarella balls over skillet and broil on high heat for 3-4 minutes, or until cheese has melted. Garnish with torn basil leaves and serve with warm, crusty bread. Enjoy!
It’s wonderful Patty and delicious and I so envy your skills with the camera those photos are amazing. Thank you for bringing to the party and you are not late!! Happy New Year.
Happy New Year, Suzanne! I miss doing food photography!
Well your food jumps out of the screen it looks fantastic
I was with you on Fiesta Friday #1. So glad you stopped by Patty and brought a yummy pasta dish to the big party. I miss your food posts and you but continue to enjoy your amazing photography. Are you still teaching? Happy New Year and only the best in 2016 🙂
Oh yes, I’m still teaching, Judi. School resumes on Monday and I’ll probably go kicking and screaming. Two weeks left of this semester, then we start brand new classes the third week of January. It’ll be crazy busy!
And that is one delicious and comforting recipe Patty! Mushrooms and Apincah are my fav bet too to make pasta vegetarian!! ❤️
I was thinking of you when I added the vegetarian option! 😀
Ooh this looks so yummy and loved that you used gemelli — much prettier than penne ;). One-pan dishes are the best! Happy New Year!
Thanks, Neely! Happy 2016 to you and yours!
With three differing types of cheese this has to be delicious. And I like the vegetarian sub.
Missing your food posts. Even though I do love your photography posts.
Have a great time at the party. Grief, I haven’t been back since one of my outfits malfunctioned!
Hi Johnny! Hahah, you know, I was reminded of the early FF days and your outfits when typing up this post. Can you believe that was two years ago?!?
Yum to any pasta!!!!
What a great recipe, Patty! I am such a big fan of pasta and lasagna, so this is perfect for me! 🙂
Pasta is my bff. 😜
Hey, it’s Patty and Pasta! Always a great combo! GREAT to see you at the fiesta, Patty. Lord knows we’ve missed you. And how nice of you to bring such a yummy dish. We love pasta, and any one-skillet meal in my house! Happy New Year, my friend! XOXO
Happy New Year, Angie!! 😀
Looks good Patty! Fab photos as always 😉 xxx
Cheese, sausage, tomato and pasta. What’s not to love!!!! Looks and sounds great. Have you ever thought of specializing in food styling and photography?
Oh, I’m not so great at the food styling part. That’s hard! I have always wanted to take a workshop on food styling. I think it’d be so fun.
I think you did a great job here. Workshops can be great fun. Just be careful about props. I have noticed that quite a few food stylists are all using the same props. Like they all did similar courses. But then everyone’s images look the same. More important to develop your own style after tuition. I really like your spoon shot. You see the food. It tells the story of the dishing up, but you have included the skillet handle in the background to show the pan, draw the eye around the image but is out of focus enough to not be a distraction from the main focus.
I agree with the props! I think I’m more simple with my style overall, and it affects my food photography as well. I prefer simple, clean shots of food. Thanks for the positive feedback. What a nice comment to start my day!
Beautiful photography Patty, and a wonderful dish for the Fiesta. Perhaps you can write a post to give us some tips on food photography 🙂
That’d be fun, Loretta! Do you have any questions in particular?
Is there an email where I can contact you to ask you a couple of questions Patty? Many thanks!
Of course! firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh gosh I haven’t attended fiesta Friday since somewhere at the very beginnings. So rude of me, I really should go again, they are so much fun. Patty, is that where we met? Lovely recipe you have here! I should be trying it soon xx
I think so? I can’t remember!! It must be, I believe. 😀
Well, I am glad you decided to come, and what a great recipe! I know my folks will love it – and all the flavor without all the fussiness!
Thanks for bringing this to Fiesta Friday and have a very happy New Year! I’ll be pinning to our FF board just in case no one else has yet! 🙂
Thanks so much! I hope 2016 is treating you well so far!
This looks delicious! So glad you stopped by, Patty, as otherwise I would not have seen your beautiful blog! I hope 2016 brings you happiness and success, and many more Fiesta Friday posts for us 😉
Thanks, Ginger! It’s great to meet you! 😀
Great recipe Patty. This is comfort food to me. Pinned for later!
Looks delicious and sounds simpler than the regular one 🙂
It was tons easier, which made it even better! 😀
Yay for lasagna! This looks so gratifying ♥
Yes, yay for lasagna! Thanks for stopping by, Summer! 🙂
So yummy, Patty! Your photos are gorgeous! You have made me very hungry! 😀
Happy New Year to you!
Happy 2016, Julianna! ❤
I reckon I will get Miss 10 to make this for tea – looks like a real winner. And yay for one pan recipes!
Yes, one pan recipes make me happy! 😀
Looks mouthwatering. Thank you for sharing. Emma xx
Thanks for stopping by, Emma! 🙂
Looks absolutely delicious Patty and your pictures are always stunning. Happy New Year! 🙂
Thanks, Linda! Happy New Year!
I love one skillet cooking.and your lasagna sounds great! Happy 2016 🙂
Happy 2016, Petra!
I have to try this, it looks simple enough for me. Hope your dog and BF are fine.
Hi Ron! Happy 2016! How have you been? Bailey, the bf, and I are all doing well. 🙂
House flooded in May but it put back together now and looks better than before.
Oh dear! I’m glad you’re okay and that the house looks even better!
Love the idea of lasagne in a skillet! Happy New Year!
Thanks, Suchitra! Happy 2016 to you as well!
One skillet dishes are the best, aren’t they! They save the day so often!
They sure do, Laila! 😀
Looks delicious, Patty! My husband loves one skillet dishes (I cook, he does the dishes!). Beautiful photography as always! Olga xx
Haha, if he’s the dish washer, no wonder he loves one skillet dishes! Smart man! 😉