One Pan Macaroni Lasagna is one of the easiest one pot meals for a quick, family pleasing weeknight dinner!  This one pot lasagna is absolutely mouthwatering.  Made with macaroni, pasta sauce, beef, and three cheeses!

One pot lasagna made with macaroni noodles ground beef and cottage cheese

Lasagna is something that my son requests on a weekly (sometimes daily) basis.  But, I don’t always have the time to mess with the layering.  Sometimes I just don’t want to wait an hour for something to come out of the oven either!  With this macaroni lasagna, I don’t even have to heat up my oven!

That’s why I love that we can have all of those hearty lasagna flavors wrapped up into one skillet!  Instead of using regular lasagna sheet noodles and breaking them up, I like to use macaroni because I always have some on hand.  I am the lady that purchases the GIANT bag of macaroni noodles.  Ya know, for emergencies.

This one pot lasagna takes about 30 minutes to come together.  A good portion of that time you don’t even have to do a darn thing because your noodles and meat are just simmering away to perfection on the stove.

One pot lasagna with macaroni

Cottage Cheese Lasagna:

Do you prefer cottage cheese or ricotta in your lasagna?  My family has always made the retro style cottage cheese lasagna.  It’s one of those things for me, the way mom did it when I was growing up, is the same way I do it now!

Honestly, I really just prefer the texture of cottage cheese in lasagna.  I think it’s the way it kind of melts right in with the mozzarella for a creamy and cheesy delight!  But, if ricotta is your thing, feel free to replace it for the cottage cheese in this recipe.  It will work just as well!

One pot cottage cheese lasagna made with macaroni

One Pan Meals:

I’ve been on a bit of a one pot/pan/skillet meal kick lately.  My readers ask for easy meals, that is what they get!  Stay tuned for more one pot dinners, there will be much more where that came from!

For now, take a look at some of my other one pot meals to add to your weeknight rotation.




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One Pan Macaroni Lasagna

One Pan Macaroni Lasagna is one of the easiest one pot meals for a quick, family pleasing weeknight dinner!  This one pot lasagna is absolutely mouthwatering.  Made with macaroni, pasta sauce, beef, and three cheeses!
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 25 minutes
Total 30 minutes
Servings 6



  • In a large 12 inch skillet over medium-high heat, cook the beef along with 1 Teaspoon of the garlic powder and 1 Teaspoon of the Italian seasoning, the onion powder, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes if using. Drain excess grease from beef if necessary and return to skillet.
  • Add the marinara sauce, broth, and noodles to the skillet and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 15-18 minutes, until noodles are cooked through.
  • Mix together the softened cream cheese, cottage cheese, and parmesan together in a medium bowl along with the remaining teaspoon of garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.
  • Spoon the cottage cheese mixture evenly over the cooked macaroni. Sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese.
  • Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes until cheese is melted.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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  1. All of your recipes 😋 look so yummy, I like to fix a quick meal also, and if we have leftovers so much the better.

  2. 5 stars
    Life daving lasagna recipe. I’m all about one pot with 3 boys under 10 yrs ikd. This was easy and delicious we used ricotta and will put this in rotation of dinners.

  3. 5 stars
    I just made this tonight and it is exquisite. Classic lasagna taste without all the hassle, and loads of delicious cheese! This is now bookmarked and I will happily make this recipe again and again. Thank you so much!

    1. 5 stars
      It was easy to make. I am going to share this recipe with my family and friends. This recipe is definitely too good to be true, and yet it is true. It is tasty. And it is quick to make. I omitted the cream cheese. Thank you .

  4. 5 stars
    Everytime I search Google for a recipe, your blog keeps coming up. We’ve used your pulled pork and waffle recipes and now I am trying this one because my husband is excited for lasagna for dinner, but I dont have near enough lasgana noodles and it’s snowing out. Thank you for amazing recipes – with readily available ingredients. I am going to add chopped spinach after the noodles are done cooking and before I melt the cheese on (I already defrosted it from the freezer and don’t want to waste it).

    1. Thank you so much for coming back and letting me know! I always appreciate it, and I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying! 🙂

    1. Hi, Jill! I think you could, but, I haven’t tried it in the instant pot myself so I wouldn’t have any directions for you. If you do try it in your IP let me know 🙂