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I’ve got an important question for you. And you can only have one answer. Are you a lasagna or meatballs person? I personally couldn’t decide and since we could only have one answer I did what every smart American would do, I combined them into one thing. 🙂 Fo’ real. And what brought about this question, well actually it’s another question that we were chatting with our friends about, mountains or beach? And before I get into it let me just say that this meatballs lasagna skillet is darn good. In fact, we made the leftovers into a pizza which you’ll see soon. Get excited.

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So I guess I actually have two questions for you, the one about food and the one about location. I’m surprisingly the mountains. I never thought I would say that as growing in Washington I always wanted to get to the beach. It was like California, Hawaii and any other beachy place was calling my name. I could just imagine how warm the sand would feel between my toes, and how amazingly fun it would be. And then reality hit.

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I actually don’t love the sand between my toes, or my knees, or my hair, or everywhere else the sand gets. Listen, I still love the beach in some ways! Don’t get all crazy here, I just love to visit for a little bit, eat at the restaurants and walk around the shoreline. I guess it’s really just the sand. I mean, it’s awesome and yet it gets all over everything. And everyone’s running around trying to be awesome in their bathing suits and getting sunburned which I’ve been trying hard to take better care of my skin and not let sunburns happen anymore.  And I pretty much just realized that I’m an old lady aren’t I? Anyway, I’m not a mountain climber or major camper, but I do love the mountains. I love that unlike the beach it tends to be so much more quiet and peaceful. I love that the energy comes not from everyone playing hard, but from the sound you’re suddenly aware of, the breeze that you didn’t even notice back at the house and that everything is free. Nature is just growing, doing it’s own thing and trying to reach it’s potential and be the prettiest, best darned plant ever. And have you ever noticed how clean and fresh it smells? No sweaty bodies or dead fish. Just crisp, clean air.

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All of those things grow more and more on me as I visit again and again, but listen make yourself a goal to either go up as a couple, alone or just your little family but no friends or other distractions. There is this amazing peace that comes from walking away life and just letting everything go. I don’t even know how to explain it. It’s quiet, there’s no pressure and the more time you spent out there the more your head kind of clears and life becomes natural and makes sense again. So, which are you, meatballs or lasagna and mountains or beach?

Can Lasagna Be Frozen Before Baking?

Lasagna can be frozen prior to baking.

Just cover well and freeze.

Lasagna freezes equally well after baking.

Let it cool, then wrap it well with foil and freeze.

You can also portion the baked lasagna into freezer bags and freeze individual servings.

Are Lasagna Sheets Pasta?

Yes, lasagna sheets are pasta.

The dough can be used to make other types of pasta, like spaghetti, tortellini, and ravioli.

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Meatball Lasagna Skillet

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 18 -24 meatballs


Meatballs- You can use store bought if you prefer

  • 2 slices white bread crust removed
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 ricotta
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon basil chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1.5 lbs of ground beef


  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 zucchini chopped
  • 2 cups spaghetti sauce
  • 3/4 cup ricotta
  • 1 1/2 cups mozarella shredded
  • basil for garnish


For the meatballs

  • In a small bowl, combine the milk and bread. Smash together and allow to sit for 5 minutes. In a large bowl, combine the panade (milk and bread), ricotta, egg,basil, garlic, parmesan and a pinch of salt and pepper with the beef. Use a spoon to stir together, being careful not to overmix. Form into meatballs.
  • Heat a skillet with a drizzle of oil over medium high heat. Once hot, add the meatballs, a few at a time, and turn to medium low. Turn every few minutes, cooking for 10 minutes. Set aside half of the meatballs, storing the rest for another day or cooling and placing in a ziploc to freeze. See note.

For the skillet

  • In a clean, deep skillet over medium heat, add a drizzle of oil and add the peppers and zucchini. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Add the meatballs, sauce, and spoonfuls of the ricotta and cook for 5 minutes. Add the cheese to the top and place under the broiler in your oven (heated to broil) until the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 2-3 minutes. Top with fresh basil and serve.


We like to partially cook our remaining meatballs, cool and store in ziplocs in the freezer. When we want to use them we pull them out and bake them for 30 minutes.
left overs will keep for 3-4 days in the refrigerator
Nutrition Facts
Meatball Lasagna Skillet
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 140
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 39.7mg13%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 0.7g3%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 9.2g18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Great recipe as per usual. I love the fact that I ended up with a bag of meatballs for the freezer! That was a major bonus. The skillet itself was very tasty and had a nice lasagna vibe, no noodles necessary. It got a big thumbs up from my husband and 13 month old.

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    • Wonderful! Thank you for the feedback Sarah!

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  • Just making sure, is there no pasta in this recipe? I was assuming there was based on the “lasagna” in the title but I don’t see it in the recipe. The meatballs look delicious!

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    • nope! No noodles. Just the flavors of lasagna so it actually ends up being a slightly lighter version of lasagna

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  • I make a version of this, really great in the winter months. Never thought about adding the ricotta cheese in the meatball. I’ll try this way next time.

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    • That’s awesome!

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  • Here in New York, those would likely be called “meatballs parmigiana” or “meatballs al forno” in most Italian restaurants. It’s not lasagna without the pasta. 🙂

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  • 1-Beach. However I’ve never really seen the mountains so maybe I’m wrong *shrug*
    2-HOOOORAY for not choosing between lasagna and meatballs!!! I can have my Italian cake and eat it too! 😛

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    • WHAT?! Get your buns out here for a visit and check out these mountains my dear!!!!

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  • Looking through the ingredients, I see you have 1/5 lb. ground beef. Do you mean 1/4 or 1/2 lb.? Looks great, and I want to make this.

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    • oh! Finger slip. Definitely 1.5 lbs. 🙂

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  • Holy cow! This meatballs lasagna skillet recipe looks insanely delicious, like WOAH delicious! Definitely pinning this to make it asap!

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    • Thanks so much!!

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  • This dish is comfort food perfection! I need it.

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    • comfort food is right! And it’s my fave!

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  • WOW! The best of both in one simple skillet meal. I’m loving this.

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    • thanks so much, Jen!

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  • Both! What an awesome combination. Your pictures are simply amazing too!

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    • thanks Matt!!

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  • I looked forward to receiving recipes from ‘O Sweet Basil’, and simple to check it out, what’s going on??? Now I’ve had to reregister on ‘cliquieme’ and still I can’t seem to get to the ingredients and directions??? HELP!
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    • Hi Suzanne,
      Cliqueme is just a social media type of thing. It allows users to like and comment. If you just stay on the site and don’t use cliqueme you should be able to click on each post and scroll through to the recipe at the end. 🙂

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  • This is beyond delicious! I love skillet meals!

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    • thanks!

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  • Hi Carrian, it looks like the ingredients and instructions are missing, is that just my browser?

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    • I can’t see them either 🙁

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      • not sure what happened, but I took care of it.

    • darnit! Not sure what happened but I just added it all again

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  • Our family was just discussing the mountains vs. beach question the other night and I definitely decided mountains. It was a difficult choice because both are totally fabulous… I love lasagna, so there’s no swaying me on that choice, although I love that you included meatballs in this skillet recipe. This will be a hit with my family!

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    • I agree, it is a hard decision. There’s something great about the beach.

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  • Looks really great.

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    • thank you!

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