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5 quick and easy skillet lasagna recipe that only takes 30 minutes to make! Can be made with gluten free pasta as well

Quick and Easy Skillet Lasagna

This kid approved Quick and Easy Skillet Lasagna recipe, has the meaty, tomato sauce and cheesy goodness of traditional lasagna, but takes a lot less time to make. A win for everyone when it comes to putting dinner on the table.

Looking for a midweek meal that takes very little effort to make?

quick and easy skillet lasagna recipe that only takes 30 minutes to make! Can be made with gluten free pasta as well

Then you’ll love our Quick and Easy Skillet Lasagna.  This kid-approved recipe, has the meaty, tomato sauce and cheesy goodness of traditional lasagna, but takes a lot less time to make.  A win for everyone when it comes to putting dinner on the table or packing lunch!

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Want to check out how easy this lasagna is to make? Watch the quick video below.

All you need is a large skillet and you’re set.  You don’t even have to boil the pasta separately, it’s all done right in the skillet!  Use your pasta of choice, gluten-free, whole wheat, anything goes!  And you can create a vegetarian option by omitting the Italian sausage for a Meatless Monday meal.

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Skillet Lasagna

quick and easy skillet lasagna recipe that only takes 30 minutes to make! Can be made with gluten free pasta as well
  • Author: MOMables.com


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil*
  • 1 pound Italian sausage, removed from casings
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 24 ounces tomato sauce (omit seasonings below if sauce is seasoned)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons oregano
  • 1 ½ teaspoons basil
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 8 ounces farfalle pasta (bowties)*
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese (more for serving)
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese


  1. In a large (5 quart/ 12 inch) skillet over medium high heat, add coconut oil and Italian sausage. Cook until sausage is nearly browned and cooked through, then add minced garlic.
  2. Finish cooking the sausage with the garlic.
  3. Stir in tomato sauce and seasonings (if sauce isn’t seasoned) to the cooked sausage.
  4. Add in 2 cups of water and pasta to the skillet and bring to a boil.
  5. Once it’s boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and cover.
  6. Cook until pasta is tender, about 12 additional minutes (this will vary depending on the pasta you use).
  7. When pasta is cooked, remove from heat.
  8. Stir in mozzarella and combine.
  9. Top with small mounds of ricotta cheese and Parmesan, cover and wait a couple of minutes for ricotta to heat and melt in.
  10. Serve immediately with additional Parmesan cheese if desired.


*I personally use coconut oil but you can use your favorite cooking oil. Use bowtie pasta or whatever shapes you have in your pantry. This recipe doesn’t work well with spaghetti or angel hair pasta. You can use gluten free pasta as well. Cooking times will vary so please check your box.



Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

Need to get supper on the table in 30 minutes? Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup is the answer to your dilemma.

Need to get supper on the table in 30 minutes?   This Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup is the answer to this mealtime dilemma.

delicious tortellini soup in a thermos for a hearty school lunch

We all have those evenings where we need to get supper on the table quickly.  This recipe came about from exactly one of those nights.  My kids love marinara sauce with tortellini.  One evening, when I went to make supper, I found both these ingredients in the my pantry, but not enough tortellini to serve everyone.  So, why not add more marinara?  This soup came together quickly, with the Italian flavors and tortellini kids love.  If you happen to have leftovers, they make a great thermos lunch for the next day.

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Want to see how easy it is to make this recipe? Check out this quick video!


Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

  • Author: MOMables.com


  • 1/2 pound. Italian sausage, optional.
  • 1/4 cup red pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (28 ounce can) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons prepared basil pesto
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 9 oz. cheese-filled tortellini
  • 1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste


  1. In a large soup pot, brown sausage over medium heat.
  2. Add chopped red pepper, sauté till tender.
  3. Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds.
  4. Drain any additional grease from sausage.
  5. Add crushed tomatoes, basil pesto, broth, half and half, onion powder, and Italian seasoning.
  6. Bring to a simmer.
  7. Stir in tortellini and parmesan cheese.
  8. Continue to simmer until cheese is melted and tortellini is cooked.
  9. Season to preference with salt and pepper.
  10. Serve in individual bowls and top with remaining parmesan cheese.
  11. Store any leftovers in refrigerator.


23 crockpot tomato sauce

Crock Pot Tomato Sauce

Do you need one more reason to love your crock-pot? How about making your own crock pot tomato sauce!

crockpot tomato sauce

Today I’m sharing how you can make tomato sauce in your crock-pot. Not just any tomato sauce my friends, but a delicious recipe that will lead your family to believe you must have hovered over your hot stove-top all day preparing it. In reality, all you have to do is place some washed tomatoes in the crock-pot (no peeling, seeding, or coring needed), add some seasonings and heat over low for approximately 8 hours. That’s it.

So what are some perks to making tomato sauce in the crock-pot? Below are just a few:


Tomato sauce is very versatile. One batch can be used in several different recipes. Make several batches at once and put the leftovers in cans to be used at a later time. This allows you to quickly throw together a spaghetti dinner on those crazy busy nights.

Here are some suggested recipe from the MOMables blog in which you could incorporate this tomato sauce:

It’s Good For You:

Tomatoes are very good for you. They contain lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant (which is important for protecting your cells & providing immune system support). A cooked tomato contains approximately 6 times as much lycopene as a fresh tomato.

Can Be Made Year Round:

I used canned tomatoes for this recipe, however, you can use fresh.

May Trick Picky Eaters:

My son would tell you he dislikes tomatoes and if I put it on his plate it would most likely trigger his gag reflex. However, one of his favorite meals is…spaghetti. He doesn’t like the texture or taste of a fresh tomato but when it is pureed and broken down and cooked with other seasonings, he gobbles it up. So if your child is anything like my son then this tomato sauce recipe is a great way to sneak in those ingredients your child won’t eat fresh.

Crock-Pot Tomato Sauce

crockpot tomato sauce
  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Yield: 4 cups


  • 2 28oz cans whole tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 1 carrot, grated (1/2 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)


  1. Toss all of the ingredients into the crock-pot (the tomatoes can go in whole).
  2. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once the tomatoes have broken down, uncover. Continue cooking for another hour or two, until sauce has thicken.
  4. Run the tomato sauce through a food mill, carefully blend in a blender, or use an immersion blender to create a smooth sauce.
  5. Refrigerate unused sauce and use within 4 days.


Yields 2 pints.

The possibilities are truly endless. What are some of your favorite ways to incorporate a good tomato sauce?