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Spicy Sausage Skillet Lasagna with melted cheese top, single serving on small yellow plate with sliced gluten-free baguette BoulderLocavore.com

Spicy Sausage Skillet Lasagna

Spicy Sausage Skillet Lasagna is a great way to enjoy a favorite comfort food in about half the time.  The hot Italian sausage and Fra Diavolo sauce (spicy) bring a vibrant flavor.  The additon to some vegetables up the flavor and nutriton but no one will know they are there!  Either gluten-free or gluten lasagna noodles may be used.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy fast lasagna, skillet lasagna, spicy sausage lasagna
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 390kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 7 Dry Lasagna Noodles (gluten-free or regular) broken into 2-3" lengths
  • 1 pound bulk/loose Hot Italian Sausage
  • 1/4 cup chopped Yellow Onion
  • 1/2 cup fresh Spinach leaves rinsed and torn
  • 1/2 cup Butternut Squash puree or grated
  • 1/2 cup chopped Mushrooms
  • 26 ounces Fra Diavolo (‘Brother Devil’) pasta sauce
  • 1 cup Ricotta Cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated Mozzarella or Italian Blend Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan or Romano cheese


  • Boil lasagna according to the package details. Drain. NOTE: for ‘oven ready’ noodles boil for 10 minutes and drain.
  • While the lasagna noodles are boiling, In a 12 inch skillet (with a lid) cook the sausage and onion over medium heat until the sausage is no longer pink. Break sausage up while cooking so it is in small pieces.
  • Add the vegetables and sauté for 2-3 minutes until they’ve begun to cook and are mixed fully with the sausage. Drain any fat and remove from skillet.
  • Pour ¼ cup of the pasta sauce into the bottom of the same skillet and spread to lightly coat. Arrange half of the boiled lasagna noodles on top of the sauce. 
  • Cover noodles with half of the remaining sauce. Spoon meat mixture evenly on top of the pasta sauce.
  • Spoon ricotta cheese over the meat mixture in small mounds and sprinkle with ¼ cup of the mozzarella/Italian blend cheese. Place the remaining lasagna noodles on the cheese layer.
  • Top with remaining pasta sauce and mozzarella/Italian blend cheese. Sprinkle with Parmesan or Romano to top.
  • Over medium heat cook lasagna, covered, for approximately 10 minutes or until warmed through and cheese has melted. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes uncovered before serving.


Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 1025mg | Potassium: 583mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1700IU | Vitamin C: 10.3mg | Calcium: 208mg | Iron: 1.9mg