This recipe was on my favorite PBS cooking show, America’s Test Kitchen. I am getting ready to try it. I will let you know how it goes.

Serves 4 to 6

  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • Water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion , minced
  • Table salt
  • 3 medium cloves garlic , minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound meatloaf mix
  • 10 curly-edged lasagna noodles , broken into 2-inch lengths
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese plus 2 additional tablespoon
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Meatloaf mix is a combination of ground beef, pork, and veal, sold pre-packaged in many supermarkets. If it’s unavailable, use ground beef. Use a 12-inch nonstick skillet with a tight-fitting lid for this recipe.

  1. Pour tomatoes with their juices into 1-quart liquid measuring cup. Add water until mixture measures 1 quart.
  2. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook until onion begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add ground meat and cook, breaking apart meat, until no longer pink, about 4 minutes.
  3. Scatter pasta over meat but do not stir. Pour diced tomatoes with juices and tomato sauce over pasta. Cover and bring to simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender, about 20 minutes.
  4. Remove skillet from heat and stir in 1/2 cup Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper. Dot with heaping tablespoons ricotta, cover, and let stand off heat for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with basil and remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan. Serve.

5 Responses to “Skillet Lasagna”

1.Michael Morgan Says: 
September 16th, 2006 at 1:37 pm 
Can I have a sample?
2.Anna Says: 
September 16th, 2006 at 2:24 pm 
Would you believe I was actually watching America’s Test Kitchen today, but that I just turned it on during the parmesan cheese testing. Was this during today’s episode? Sounds good…I might have to try it!  
3.leslie Says: 
September 18th, 2006 at 2:23 pm 
How was it? I saw the show but missed getting the recipe. So glad you have it! I’m going to give it a go tonight1
4.Deb Says: 
September 18th, 2006 at 5:43 pm 
Thanks for the recipe. Can’t seem to get any recipes off of the America’s Test Kitchen site. What’s up with that? I couldn’t wait to try this, now I can. You wouldn’t have the recipe for orange chicken that they made a couple weeks ago, would you? thanks.
5.Christopher Says: 
September 18th, 2006 at 9:10 pm 
It was pretty good. Not exactly what I expected but it was good. 
Deb, you just have to go to the website and and register for free and you will get all of the current season’s recipes.