5 One-Skillet Dinners That You Can Make in Less Than 30 Minutes

Cooking dinner at home can get messy, which is a real bummer for those who hate the clean-up. The trick to avoiding a night of scrubbing is to pick recipes that require only one pan or skillet. And many of your favorite recipes can be mastered in the skillet in fewer than 30 minutes. These dishes make it easy to say no to takeout.

1. Easy Skillet Lasagna

Lasagna rolls

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Lasagna can be daunting, but this skillet recipe from Betty Crocker keeps it easy. From browning the beef to simmering the sauce, everything comes together in a single pan. This lasagna is still decadent, but it’s also simpler and more healthy than anything you’d get at a restaurant. And most importantly, the clean-up is easy.


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1½ cups uncooked mafalda (mini-lasagna noodles)
  • 1¼ cups water
  • ¼ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 (14-ounce) jar tomato pasta sauce
  • 1 (4.5-ounce) jar sliced mushrooms, drained
  • ⅓ cup shredded mozzarella cheese, if desired

Directions: Cook beef, onion and bell pepper in a skillet over medium-high heat about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is brown; drain.

Stir in remaining ingredients except cheese. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally; reduce heat to low. Simmer uncovered 10 to 12 minutes or until pasta is tender. Sprinkle with cheese.

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