Lasagna Cupcakes

Lasagna Cupcakes – muffin pan lasagna. Layers of wonton wrappers, meat sauce, and three kinds of cheeses. Great as a main dish or an easy Italian appetizer! Wonton wrappers, Italian sausage, spaghetti sauce, cottage cheese, egg, parsley, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese. Super simple to make and bakes in under 30 minutes. Can make in advance and refrigerate or freeze for later. We LOVE the individual lasagna servings! Great for portion control!

Originally posted August 25, 2010

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Muffin Pan Lasagna Made with Wonton Wrappers

These Lasagna Cupcakes are a family favorite. Homemade lasagna is one of my all-time favorite foods and this is one of my all-time favorite ways to prepare it. I love the individual servings! This recipe is also great for portion control. Well, that is if you don’t eat four or five of them at a time! LOL!

There are no lasagna noodles in this recipe. You make these cupcakes with wonton wrappers! So fun! To make the lasagna, simply layer wonton wrappers, meat sauce, and three types of cheeses. Pop the muffin pan in the oven for about 20 minutes and dinner is done! All you need is some garlic bread and a salad.

lasagna baked in a muffin pan

How to Make Lasagna Cupcakes

These cupcakes are very simple to make with only a few simple ingredients. Start with browning some Italian sausage in a large skillet. Drain the fat and stir in a jar of spaghetti sauce. In a bowl, combine cottage cheese and an egg. Set aside.

Spray muffin tin with cooking spray. Place a wonton wrapper in each hole. Top each wonton with a little meat sauce and some grated parmesan cheese. Add another wonton wrapper. Top with cottage cheese mixture, mozzarella cheese, a spoonful of meat sauce, and parmesan cheese. Add another wonton. 

Repeat layers of cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, a spoonful of meat sauce, and parmesan cheese. Reserve any leftover meat sauce to serve with the baked lasagna. Sprinkle the cupcakes with more mozzarella cheese and bake.  Garnish with dried parsley or basil and serve with the leftover sauce.

Tips and Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can substitute ground beef for Italian sausage.
  • Don’t like cottage cheese? You can substitute ricotta cheese.
  • My favorite store-bought jarred spaghetti sauces are Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Marinara, Rao’s, and La Famiglia Del Grosso.
  • Don’t want to use store-bought pasta sauce? You can substitute the quick homemade meat sauce in this recipe with our easy Slow Cooker Bolognese Saucehttps://www.plainchicken.com/slow-cooker-bolognese-sauce/
  • Can use freshly grated parmesan cheese or grated parmesan cheese from the green can.
  • Run a knife around the cooked cupcakes to easily remove them from the muffin tin.
  • Feel free to add onions, chopped tomatoes, or spinach to the dish.
  • I just put the wonton wrappers in the muffin tin as is. Feel free to use a biscuit cutter to cut the wrappers into circles if you prefer.
  • Can Lasagna Cupcakes be made in advance? Yes! You can prep the cupcakes and refrigerate them until you are ready to bake.
    • You may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time if you are baking them straight from the refrigerator.
  • Can Lasagna Cupcakes be frozen? Yes! You can freeze the cupcakes baked or unbaked.
    • To bake the cupcakes after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed.
    • To freeze the baked cupcakes, let the cupcakes cool completely. Wrap each one in plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag and freeze. Reheat in the microwave or covered with aluminum foil in the oven.
lasagna cupcakes on a plate with meat sauce

What to Serve with Lasagna

As I said, this lasagna is one of our favorite family meals. These cupcakes are great as a main dish or an appetizer. We usually serve this with some garlic bread and a salad. I will take this meal to a restaurant any day! Give this a try ASAP. It is sure to be a hit!

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lasagna cupcakes on a plate with meat sauce

Lasagna Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Lasagna Cupcakes – muffin pan lasagna. Layers of wonton wrappers, meat sauce, and three kinds of cheeses. Great as a main dish or an easy Italian appetizer! Wonton wrappers, Italian sausage, spaghetti sauce, cottage cheese, egg, parsley, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese. Super simple to make and bakes in under 30 minutes. Can make in advance and refrigerate or freeze for later. Add this to your menu ASAP!

Ingredients:

  • cups cottage cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp dried parsely
  • 1 lb Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 (26-oz) jar spaghetti sauce
  • cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 36 wonton wrappers

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375ºF. Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a bowl, combine cottage cheese, egg, and dried parsley. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet cook sausage until no longer pink and crumbled. Drain fat. Stir in spaghetti sauce and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Place one wonton wrapper into each muffin tin. Top each wonton with 1 Tbsp meat sauce. Place a second wonton on top of the sauce. Layer a spoonful of cottage cheese, a Tbsp of shredded mozzarella, a spoonful of meat sauce, and about a teaspoon of parmesan cheese.
  • Top with another wonton. Layer a spoonful of cottage cheese, a Tbsp of shredded mozzarella, a spoonful of meat sauce, and about a teaspoon of parmesan cheese. Top cupcakes with remaining mozzarella cheese. (You will have leftover meatsauce.)
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow to rest for 5 minutes. Run knife around the edge of each cupcake and remove from pan.  Serve with leftover meat sauce.

Notes:

  • Can substitute ground beef for Italian sausage.
  • Don’t like cottage cheese? You can substitute ricotta cheese.
spaghetti sauce
  • My favorite store-bought jarred spaghetti sauces are Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Marinara, Rao’s, and La Famiglia Del Grosso.
  • Don’t want to use store-bought spaghetti sauce? You can substitute the quick homemade meat sauce in this recipe with our easy Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce: https://www.plainchicken.com/slow-cooker-bolognese-sauce/
  • Can use freshly grated parmesan or grated parmesan cheese from the green can.
  • Can Lasagna Cupcakes be made in advance? Yes! You can assemble the cupcakes and refrigerate until you are ready to bake.
    • You may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time if you are baking them straight from the refrigerator.
  • Can Lasagna Cupcakes be frozen? Yes! You can freeze the cupcakes baked or unbaked.
    • To bake the cupcakes after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed.
    • To freeze the baked cupcakes, let the cupcakes cool completely. Wrap each one in plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag and freeze. Reheat in the microwave or covered with aluminum foil in the oven.

Steph

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  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!

  5. 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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