One Skillet Meals

College Style

Skillet Bowtie Lasagna

1 pound ground beef

1 24-ounce jar spaghetti sauce

1 teaspoon garlic powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

12 ounces bowtie pasta (farfalle)

1 pint cottage cheese (can substitute ricotta)

8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded

Learning Objectives

Students will demonstrate how to construct a one skillet meal.

Students will modify the recipe to meet their expectations.

Students will follow directions correctly.

Students will manage time well.


Brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium high heat, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. You’re going to need a really large skillet for this. If you don’t have something 14-inches or wider, just prepare this in a large pot or Dutch oven. Drain excess fat from meat then add spaghetti sauce, garlic, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until pasta is ready.

Cook pasta per manufacturer’s instructions for al dente preparation in liberally salted water. Drain well then add to meat sauce. Also add cottage cheese and gently stir until all ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.

Sprinkle mozzarella over pasta mixture, cover and cook on low for 10-15 minutes or until dish is bubbly and mozzarella is melted.I then put mine under the broiler for a few minutes to brown the cheese but you don’t have to.

Do you salt the pasta? Why?

Yes, you salt the pasta water. (1 tablespoon)

By adding salt to the water it gives the pasta a flavor.

Cooking Time

One skillet lasagna take 30 minutes plus prep time and clean up.

How do you present your meal?

You need to make the food look appetizing by using all your senses. Food is more appealing if it looks as good as it tastes.

Grading Scale

You will be graded based on the presentation of your meal.

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