Easy & Creamy Italian Skillet Dinner

I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of coming up with different skillet meals. They’re just so easy and universally enjoyed in our house. The number of things that can be thrown together in a skillet is truly limitless. And I’ve yet to run across a combination that didn’t work.

For this meal, I was definitely channeling lasagna. I guess you could call this a lazy lasagna. The finished product looks absolutely nothing like lasagna, but it sure tastes like it, and in less than half the time too.


Platter provided by Entertaining at Home.

Easy & Creamy Italian Skillet Dinner

  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 1 T. Italian seasoning
  • 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 15oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 16oz. container ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 lb. pasta, cooked and drained (I used bowtie pasta)
  • 1 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded

1. In a large skillet, cook ground beef with onions and green pepper. Season with salt, garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Drain when browned.

2. Add tomato sauce and diced tomatoes to skillet. Simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in ricotta cheese until combined. Stir in pasta.

3. Sprinkle cheese on top, cover and remove from heat. Let sit for 5 minutes, until cheese is melted. Serve and enjoy.

This is super Stolen Moments friendly. After step 2, place in refrigerator. Warm over low heat on the stove, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with cheese once warmed and serve.

NOTE ~ You’ll be noticing some really cool platters and plates throughout the next few weeks. They are all courtesy of Entertaining at Home.

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15 thoughts on “Easy & Creamy Italian Skillet Dinner

  1. We tried this tonight…YUMMY! The hubs n 2 kiddies gobbled it up. Thanks for a yummy keeper!

  2. We had this last night for dinner and it was good. I did change things a bit due to our tastes and what I had on hand. Used ground turkey, omitted onion and green pepper and substituted a bit of cream cheese for the ricotta. It did taste like lasagna and is definitely a keeper.

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