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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Lasagna "Cupcakes"


I love these! Homemade lasagna is one of my all-time favorite foods.  When I was a kid, we would always have lasagna on Christmas Eve.  I hated turkey (still do), and I would eat the leftovers for lunch on Christmas Day. 

I love to make lasagna, but it seems like a waste since there are just two of us.  I saw these cute individual lasagna "cupcakes" on Framed and I immediately added them to our menu. I think they turned out great!  They are perfect for small families and great for portion control (this is, if you don't eat 4 or 5 at a time!).

For me, this was really just a new method to making lasagana as opposed to a new recipe.  I used my Mom's lasagana recipe and just layered it with wontons instead of pasta in the muffin tins.  They took a little time to assemble, but it was worth it.  These cook in about 20 minutes, which is much better than the hour and a half my big pan of lasagana takes.  I was concered about getting them out of the pan, but they popped right out.  I just assembled cupcakes until I ran out of cheese and sauce (I got 24 in total).  I wrapped the leftovers and threw them in the freezer for a great weeknight meal later!!





Lasagana "Cupcakes"
Ingredients for 1 "cupcake"
(Printable Recipe)

3 wonton wrappers - cut into circles using a 3" biscuit cutter
3 Tbsp of your favorite meat sauce (or you can use a jar of sauce and add 1 lb sweet Italian sausage)
2 Tbsp cottage cheese or ricotta mixture (see below)
1/2 mozzarella cheese slice cut into thirds (1/2 oz total)
2 tsp parmesan cheese grated

Spray muffin tin with cooking spray.  Place one round wonton wrapper into tin.  (I used a mini tart press to press down the edges in the pan).  Top wonton with 1 Tbsp meat sauce.  Place second wonton ontop of the sauce.  Layer 1 Tbsp cottage cheese, 1/3 of mozzarella, 1Tbsp meat sauce, 1/3 parmesan cheese.  Top with last wonton and repeat layers.  Top with the last piece of mozzarella. 

Repeat process for as many "cupcakes" as you want.

Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes.  Allow to rest for 5 minutes.  Run knife around the edge of each "cupcake" and remove from pan.  Serve with additional meat sauce.

Cottage Cheese or Ricotta Mixture
24 oz cottage cheese or ricotta
1 egg
1 Tbsp dried parsley

In a medium bowl, mix until egg is thoughly combined. Set aside.



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14 comments:

  1. They look delicious and clever idea

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  2. A really cool idea.

    My husband hates casseroles and lasgna falls into that category for him.

    So when I make it, I end up eating some and freezing some for later.

    I luv the idea of using wonton wrappers. That will make it so much easier to make smaller portions for me!

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  3. Now I'm in the mood for lasagna! These look really good.

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  4. What a great idea! I'll be making these soon. Even though I have 2 kids, it still seems like they never eat anything I make. It ends up being just my husband and me trying to finish off a big pan of lasagna. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Brilliant! I love having single serving things in the freezer for yoga nights.

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  6. Adorable. Because let's face it, what isn't better as a cupcake. That definitely includes lasagna!

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  7. What a great creative idea! I'm your new follower, found your blog and I think that you have a fantastic site! Will be back to read your other posts. Have a lovely day!

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  8. A lasagna cupcake! I just love that idea and I'm definitely going to try this one very soon. I think husband and SD will love it too.

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  9. Fabulous idea! Now I'm going to be craving lasagna.

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  10. Those are great! Perfect for dinner or appetizers. I know I'd like these since I like those lasagna roll ups that are similar.

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  11. cute idea - I will definitely make these! I found your blog via Alabama bloggers - definitely a post worthy of "post of the week" :)

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  12. These look good. Hope you gave credit to Aarti from Food Network, because she did this recipe on her show months ago. It was repeated this morning.

    First time I have checked out your site, but seems you copy a lot of other recipes??

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  13. tiggergal99 - you obviously didn't read my post because if you did, you would see that I found this recipe on another blog - that I referenced above. I never copy recipes without giving credit and I've never seen the show you are talking about on food network

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  14. i could easily live off of only lasagna

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