Harissa-Lamb Skillet Lasagna


Chicken broth dials up the richness of this stovetop lasagna, while harissa and ground lamb add a modern, Middle Eastern twist.

Harissa-Lamb Skillet Lasagna
Photo: Justin Walker
Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hr


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 pound ground lamb

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided

  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons harissa paste (such as Dea Harissa)

  • 3 medium garlic cloves, sliced

  • 6 cups fresh spinach leaves

  • 1 pound uncooked dried lasagna noodles, broken into 1- to 2-inch pieces

  • 3 cups jarred marinara sauce

  • 2 cups chicken stock

  • 1 1/4 cups whole-milk ricotta cheese

  • 3/4 ounce Parmesan cheese, finely grated (about 1/2 cup), plus more for serving

  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


  1. Heat oil in a deep 12- to 14-inch skillet over medium-high until shimmering. Add lamb, and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Cook, breaking up meat with a spoon, until fat has rendered and meat is browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer lamb to a bowl, and set aside. Spoon off and discard all but 1 tablespoon rendered drippings from skillet.

  2. Reduce heat to medium, and add onion, harissa, garlic, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and remaining ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, about 8 minutes. Stir in spinach until just wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in lasagna noodles, marinara, stock, and reserved lamb (it’s OK if noodles aren’t completely submerged). Bring to a simmer over high; reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until pasta is al dente and most of sauce is absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes, stirring once after 10 minutes.

  3. Dollop ricotta over lasagna, and sprinkle with Parmesan. Cover and cook over medium-low until cheese is hot and melted, about 5 minutes. Garnish with parsley and additional Parmesan. Serve with a big green salad and garlic bread.

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