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Skillet Bow Tie Lasagna

This quick recipe tastes just like lasagna, but you make it on the stove. It's very tasty and is always a hit with my family. —Arleta Schurle, Clay Center, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. Cook: 35 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 cups uncooked bow tie pasta
  • 3/4 cup 4% cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • In a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, cook beef, onion and garlic until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the tomatoes, water, tomato paste, parsley, oregano and salt. Stir in pasta; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until pasta is tender, 20-25 minutes, stirring once.
  • Combine cheeses; drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto pasta mixture. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with additional dried oregano.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 505 calories, 18g fat (7g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 1064mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 5g fiber), 36g protein.

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  • ellimaye1
    Sep 28, 2020

    Delicious! Made it as is. This is a keeper for those busy nights.

  • AnnetteMai
    Apr 16, 2020

    Our family has loved this recipe since it was first published. Recently I have been making some changes to give it a bit more flavor. One time I substituted hot Italian sausage for the ground beef. You could also use sweet Italian sausage if spicey heat is not your thing. Two nights ago, while under quarantine, I used extra leftover marinara sauce (Rao's) in place of the tomato paste and water. I then added a hefty pinch of fennel seed, which I crushed with my fingers while adding to the ground meat, a scant half-teaspoon of crushed red pepper, and a rounded teaspoon of Italian Herb Seasoning (Penzey's). I also added a bit more water - probably about 3/4 cup, though I did not measure, since the mixture did not look liquid enough when the bowties were added. I also must admit that I always use more cottage cheese -- 2 to 3 cups, with appropriately scaled up amounts of shredded parmesan cheese -- since we like lots of cheese. My husband said I needed to note down the changes I made, since this was the best version ever, and now I have! I think this tasted closest to regular lasagna. I will admit that when my children were small (they are both adults now), they would not have liked the additional seasoning, but they do now.

  • hkarow9713
    Jul 5, 2015

    My 6 year old loves this dish! This is a great go to weeknight meal and it freezes really well too.

  • nana2funny
    May 26, 2014

    We love this! Always good!

  • lorees
    May 5, 2014

    One of my grandson's favorite. It's always the first thing they request for dinner and if they could, they would eat it every day!

  • Mrskelly
    Sep 19, 2013

    This is delicious. The 4 star rating was only due to having to make a few adjustments to the liquid level. I'd read from a previous reviewer that the 1 1/2 c of water wasn't sufficient and she was right! Instead of adding more water, I added 1 c of organic beef stock and 1 c of pre-made spaghetti sauce I already had in the fridge. I felt it would make the sauce richer and it definitely did! I also added 3 c of the bow tie pasta instead of 2 1/2. Additionally, I mixed the cottage cheese/Parmesan mixture with about 1/3 c of light sour cream. After placing the spoonfuls of the mixture on top of the dish, I also added fresh shaved Parmesan over the entire top, then covered and let it cook an additional 10 minutes. Absolutely yummy! My family went crazy over it! I know it sounds like a lot of extra tweaking, but this is something I do so often, it just seemed natural to me.

  • sgronholz
    Jul 4, 2013

    This recipe has been a family favorite for years! I like it because it's easy to make and tastes just like oven-baked lasagna.

  • sgronholz
    Jul 3, 2013

    This recipe is definitely a family favorite! I've been making it ever since it first appeared in "Country" and my family always enjoys it. Not only is it easy to make, but it tastes great!

  • gailmarie50
    Jun 18, 2013

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  • gillettcookie
    Mar 26, 2013

    awesome!! All the taste of the lasagna w/o all the extra time,effort, and cheese!! ( we're making changes in our diet) I loved it, and so did the kiddos!!