Lasagna Recipe For One

A classic lasagna recipe! This mini homemade lasagna is made with just 2 lasagna noodles and layered with meat, cheese, and sauce. Baked in a small baking dish, this is the best lasagna recipe to serve one or two people.

A mini lasagna baked in a small baking dish topped with a layer of melted cheese on a metal tray with a fork

I get many requests from my readers asking me to turn their favorite recipes into single serving versions. I enjoy the challenge of scaling down recipes and I love when I can fulfill a reader’s request. You might be surprised to learn that a lasagna recipe for one person is one of my most requested recipes and it certainly surprises me that it’s taken me this long to provide one. After all, just about everyone loves a classic lasagna dinner, right?

Lasagna is quite possibly the most popular casserole for feeding a crowd. What’s not to love?

Get weekly Cooking for One newsletter

Perfectly spiced beef filling, melted cheese and a flavorful tomato sauce between layers of soft lasagna noodles – it’s hearty and incredibly delicious, so why not make a mini version.

A Mini Lasagna

If you’re cooking for one or two people, large traditional lasagna recipes are entirely too big. Leftovers are wonderful but no one wants to eat lasagna for a week.

The recipe I’m sharing today is a scaled down version of my classic lasagna recipe.

It’s baked in a 5-inch baking dish. Technically, it’s made for one person but could very easily serve two.

This mini lasagna recipe bakes in just 30 minutes. It’s the perfect size to serve one or two people.

If you are looking for low carb lasagna recipes please check out our Zucchini Lasagna For One. This easy lasagna recipe is very similar to a classic lasagna but it uses thin strips of zucchini instead of noodles.

RELATED: Single Serving Comfort Food Recipes


See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • 2 lasagna noodles
  • olive oil
  • chopped onions
  • minced garlic
  • ground beef or ground turkey
  • Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper
  • Tomato or Marinara sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Ricotta cheese (*see notes)
  • Parmesan cheese

How To Make Lasagna

Step 1: Cook two lasagna noodles according to the package directions, drain and set aside.

Step 2: Cook the meat in a small skillet along with chopped onions, minced garlic, and the seasonings. Add in the sauce and simmer.

Step 3: Layer the lasagna by lining a small baking pan or oven safe dish with the noodles as shown in the pictures. Top with the meat mixture, sauce, and the cheeses.

Two lasagna noodles lining a small baking dish on a wooden trivet

Step 4: Fold the noodles over the meat mixture.

Adding the meat filling to a mini lasagna and folding the noodles over the mixture

Mini lasagna with noodles folded over the mixture

Step 5: Top with the sauce, Mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan cheese; bake for 30 minutes.

A mini lasagna covered with shredded mozzarella cheese before baking in the oven

RELATED: Best Soup Recipes For One

Pro Tip: As I mentioned, I used a 5-inch dish in this lasagna recipe. If the cooking vessel you use is deeper or longer, you might be able to add another lasagna noodle to your recipe. Just keep in mind that you don’t want to use a dish that is too much larger than the one suggested. It could result in a dryer lasagna.

Tips To Keep In Mind When Making Lasagna

  • This lasagna recipe is made with Ricotta cheese but you can substitute with cottage cheese.
  • To keep it simple, you can use jarred tomato sauce or you can make your own with our Small Batch Tomato Sauce recipe.
  • Although this lasagna recipe calls for using ground beef, consider replacing half of the beef with ground pork for added flavor.
  • Bake the lasagna in a dish that is about 5-inches in diameter or use a dish of a similar size. A mini loaf pan or large ramekin will work well.
  • After the lasagna has cooked, let it set on the counter for at least 15 minutes before eating.

RELATED: Apple Recipes For One

Low Carb Lasagna

Leave the noodles out altogether and create a wonderful low carb zucchini lasagna. This veggie lasagna recipe features the same fabulous flavors but with fewer carbs and calories. It’s made with thin slices of zucchini.

What To Do With Leftover Ingredients

You might like to consider using any ingredients that have left over from this recipe in any of these single serving recipes:

If you would like additional information on the dishes I use in our “recipes for one”, please visit our FAQ page.

For examples of the dishes used at One Dish Kitchen, please visit our Store page.

Detailed Recipe

baked lasagna in a square baking dish

Easy Lasagna Recipe | Single Serving

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Cooling TIme: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: lasagna
Servings: 2 person
Calories: 480kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 2 lasagna noodles
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 8 ounces ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup Ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese plus extra for sprinkling over the top
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese

How To Video

Classic Mini Lasagna For One
Watch this video on YouTube.


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C).
  • Cook the lasagna noodles according to package directions. 
    Drain and set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a medium-sized skillet over a medium heat. Add in the onions and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add in the minced garlic and cook, stirring occasionally for a minute more.
  • Add the ground beef to the pan and sprinkle the Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper over the meat. Cook and stir the ground beef until meat is no longer pink.
  • Stir in 1/2 cup of tomato sauce, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 3 minutes. 
  • Meanwhile, stir the ricotta and 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese together in a small bowl. Set the bowl aside.

To Assemble The Lasagna

  • Spread 3 tablespoons of the sauce into the bottom of a lightly greased small baking dish. Line the bottom of the baking dish with noodles.
    NOTE: If you are using unbroken lasagna noodles, they will drape over the sides of the baking dish.
    cooking dish with two lasagna noodle draped across the bottom of the dish
  • Top the noodles with the meat sauce, followed by the Ricotta mixture, and 1/2 of the shredded Mozzarella.
    lasagna filling of meat and cheese added to dish with noodles on bottom with some of noodles folded over top
  • Fold the noodles over the meat mixture to cover.
    lasagna preparation with noodle folded over meat and cheese filling
  • Top with the remaining sauce, Mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan cheese.
    completed lasagna ready for oven with tomato sauce and cheese added on top of noodles
  • Place the baking dish on a large baking sheet (to catch any spillage) and place in the oven to bake for 30 minutes or until cheese on top has melted.


The size of your baking dish will determine how many layers you are able to add. In the pictures shown, I’m using a 5-inch baking dish and I can get one layer of filling between the noodles.
You can also break the lasagna noodles in half to create a second layer for the lasagna.
You can also use a 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan for this lasagna recipe. In this type of a dish, you will be able to add an additional layer.
This Lasagna Recipe makes one large serving or can be a meal for two people if served with a side salad or vegetable.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 480kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 1205mg | Potassium: 651mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 710IU | Vitamin C: 9.8mg | Calcium: 401mg | Iron: 3.3mg
Receive Latest Recipes for One!Sign Up for the weekly One Dish Kitchen Newsletter!!

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This post contains affiliate links.  If I like a product and that product has an affiliate program, then I will link to that product using an affiliate link.  Using this link means that, at zero cost to you, I might earn a commission on a product if you buy something through my link. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.

We now have a COOKING FOR ONE Facebook group.

Join us to share your favorite single serving recipes and find new ones too. We’d love to see you there!

Click HERE to join the community!

Connect with One Dish Kitchen!

Be sure to follow us on social media so you never miss a post!

Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

16 thoughts on “Lasagna Recipe For One”

  1. AWESOME and so easy even my husband can do it.
    Very tasty and a nice light salad just made it perfect.
    Thanks for your wonderful recipes

  2. This is a perfect idea due to what’s going on in our world right now. I work for a small company and there is a few of us still required to go into work during the Covid 19 pandemic. Our company is providing lunch everyday but with a little extra prep time this allows us to have our own individual lasagna loafs and not touch anyone else’s food. Thank you for the recipe.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

Scroll to Top