Lasagna Cups

Lasagna Cups...a new way to enjoy lasagna for dinner. Perfect for pasta night!!

I have to tell you guys, I had a lot of fun with this recipe! I had a blast making these with my niece and turning this idea into dinner the other day. Who doesn’t love a pasta cup filled with delicious sauce and ooey gooey cheese? I think I could say that EVERYONE falls under this category. Oh mama are these good.

Lasagna Cups...a new way to enjoy lasagna for dinner. Perfect for pasta night!!

If you like lasagna, then you will love these. Basically, this is just the super cute version of plain ol’ lasagna. All the same stuff you would typically see in the making of a regular lasagna, just with a little more prep work. More or less, this is a method you can adopt while still using the lasagna recipe that everyone is used to. OR try my version out! Feel free to add in or omit anything you’d like. Make this your own. That’s the beauty of cooking! 🙂

Quick note: I used a new product called cooking cream {a Philadelphia product}. If you can’t find it in your store, just add in more ricotta!

Hope you like this one, guys! We all certainly did! Happy hump day!

Lasagna Cups...a new way to enjoy lasagna for dinner. Perfect for pasta night!!

Lasagna Cups...a new way to enjoy lasagna for dinner. Perfect for pasta night!!

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Lasagna Cups

Yield: 12 cups

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Ingredients:

  • for the sauce-
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef cooked and drained
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1-8 oz. can tomato sauce {+1/2 can water to wash out can}
  • 1-14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • for the cheese filling-
  • 1-10 oz. tub Philadelphia Italian Herb & Cheese Cooking Cream
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 pound mozzarella cheese, grated & divided
  • 1/3 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 21 lasagne pasta sheets

Directions:

  1. For the sauce- heat olive oil over medium heat and saute onions, pepper, zucchini and garlic until tender, 5 minutes. Stir in cooked ground beef and tomato paste until well incorporated. Stir in remaining ingredients and bring to simmer. Reduce heat to low and cook 30 minutes or so. {The longer it cooks, the better it will taste!} This will be very thick.
  2. For the cheese filling- stir all ingredients together excluding half of the grated mozzarella cheese. Set aside.
  3. For the pasta- Bring large pot of salted water to boil. Cook pasta sheets 2 minutes less than package directions and drain. Place pasta on greased baking sheet until you are ready for assembly.
  4. For assembly- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 jumbo muffin tins with squares of parchment paper. If they don't stay in on their own, that's ok--the pasta will help with that. Line the edges of the muffin tins with 1 pasta sheet per cup. {Pasta sheet will overlap about 2 inches.} Spoon about 1/2 tablespoon of sauce into the bottom of each cup {#1}. Next cut 9 pasta sheets into quarters and press one of these pieces of pasta into the bottom on top of the sauce {#2}. Top pasta sheet with a generous tablespoon of sauce {#3} and then a generous tablespoon of cheese filling {#4}. Repeat this pasta-sauce-cheese layering one more time being sure to press out any air bubbles. Top these lasagna cups off with a 3rd piece of pasta, more sauce and the remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until everything is hot and bubbly. Serve hot.
Lasagna Cups...a new way to enjoy lasagna for dinner. Perfect for pasta night!!

Don’t these scream “Eat me! Eat me!”?

Lasagna Cups...a new way to enjoy lasagna for dinner. Perfect for pasta night!!

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Lasagna Cups

Yield: 12 cups

Prep Time:

Cook Time:

Total Time:

Ingredients:

  • for the sauce-
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef cooked and drained
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1-8 oz. can tomato sauce {+1/2 can water to wash out can}
  • 1-14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • for the cheese filling-
  • 1-10 oz. tub Philadelphia Italian Herb & Cheese Cooking Cream
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 pound mozzarella cheese, grated & divided
  • 1/3 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 21 lasagne pasta sheets

Directions:

  1. For the sauce- heat olive oil over medium heat and saute onions, pepper, zucchini and garlic until tender, 5 minutes. Stir in cooked ground beef and tomato paste until well incorporated. Stir in remaining ingredients and bring to simmer. Reduce heat to low and cook 30 minutes or so. {The longer it cooks, the better it will taste!} This will be very thick.
  2. For the cheese filling- stir all ingredients together excluding half of the grated mozzarella cheese. Set aside.
  3. For the pasta- Bring large pot of salted water to boil. Cook pasta sheets 2 minutes less than package directions and drain. Place pasta on greased baking sheet until you are ready for assembly.
  4. For assembly- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 jumbo muffin tins with squares of parchment paper. If they don't stay in on their own, that's ok--the pasta will help with that. Line the edges of the muffin tins with 1 pasta sheet per cup. {Pasta sheet will overlap about 2 inches.} Spoon about 1/2 tablespoon of sauce into the bottom of each cup {#1}. Next cut 9 pasta sheets into quarters and press one of these pieces of pasta into the bottom on top of the sauce {#2}. Top pasta sheet with a generous tablespoon of sauce {#3} and then a generous tablespoon of cheese filling {#4}. Repeat this pasta-sauce-cheese layering one more time being sure to press out any air bubbles. Top these lasagna cups off with a 3rd piece of pasta, more sauce and the remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until everything is hot and bubbly. Serve hot.

Lasagna Cups...a new way to enjoy lasagna for dinner. Perfect for pasta night!!

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  1. OH MY GOSH they look so delicious! Not a very good time for me to be looking at them while I’m fasting (and starving) for blood work today. Thanks for sharing Lauren!

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  2. How cute! We love lasagna!! I love the addition of the parchment paper squares. I will have to remember to do that the next time I make lasagna pinwheels in order to make clean-up a cinch! Do you think these would freeze well? I am looking for meals that can be made ahead and can be reheated in the microwave. We have teenagers who are always starving after track/tennis/football/etc. and end up eating a full meal as a “snack.” So anything that can be made ahed and stored in the freezer is a win-win situation as far as I’m concerned! (trust me we have NO leftovers no matter how much I make!!)

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    • Lauren — March 30th, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

      Peggy, I think these would freeze and reheat no problem! Just make sure you cook them all first completely and then freeze them. I’ve frozen lasagna and spaghetti sauce before and they reheated just fine in the microwave!

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      • Lyne — February 4th, 2014 @ 5:09 am

        No need to cook it before freezing as I do it all the time when I make stuffed cannelloni with a marina sauce topping it off with shredded mozzarella. Cook at pre baked 325F oven frozen until knife goes into pasta easily, about 25-30 minutes

      • Carol Halgrimson — April 23rd, 2014 @ 8:39 am

        I can see the benefit to cooking these before freezing. Takes less time to prepare later.
        Happy to have found your blog!

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  3. LOVE this idea!

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    • Marie — June 20th, 2014 @ 10:56 pm

      Tried these with wonton wraps. two sheets per muffin tin. Came out very well.

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      • Nadine — June 29th, 2014 @ 6:33 am

        Are the wonton wraps lighter than the pasta? My boyfriend has digestive problems and noodles can be too heavy for him.

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  4. Wow. Those look so yummy! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  5. Truly one of Lauren’s Latest unique ideas! Lauren you’re getting better all the time.

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    • Marina — August 8th, 2014 @ 6:39 am

      Actually, I’ve seen lasagna cup recipes before. But Lauren is amazing, agreed.

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  6. Yes, they did scream and I did succumb. They were all I hoped they would be! I love the little crunch at the top of the exposed noodle!

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  7. Give them to me, Lauren! They look so good!!

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  8. Wow these are so cute and look delicious! My boyfriend would LOVE these! 🙂 So glad I found your blog and happy to be your newest follower!

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  9. I just found your website and I cant wait to try these. Such a fun idea!!

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  10. those look so yummy. I will have to try them one night this week .

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  11. These are really cute, and would be great for a party setting, when you don’t want to be dishing out messy servings from a casserole dish. I wonder…could you just use cupcake liners instead of parchment paper?

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    • Niki Flynn — June 23rd, 2013 @ 4:16 pm

      That’s a great idea! I’m going to try this for dinner tomorrow 🙂

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    • Dottie — July 26th, 2013 @ 10:58 am

      I was thinking the same thing. I guess if we spray them first so they don’t stick or try to get “foil” cups?

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      • Marie — June 20th, 2014 @ 11:00 pm

        Spraying is good. I tried it and placed two sheets of won ton wraps instead of lasgna sheets and it worked well.

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  12. These also work great with wonton wrappers layered in the muffin tin instead of real noodles 🙂 No parchment need.

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    • JD — May 4th, 2014 @ 1:21 pm

      Ooooh, I will try that!

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  13. veryyyyyyyy veryyyyyyy good.
    thanks
    (i am iranian)

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  14. Does the Lasanga Noodle get hard on the top from baking? They look so delicious and easy.

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    • Jana Goodwin — August 23rd, 2011 @ 12:47 am

      The lasagna noodles do get hard on top from being exposed to the direct heat of the oven…its my only problem with this recipe!

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      • Dottie — July 26th, 2013 @ 11:01 am

        Why can’t we put tin foil loosely over them as they bake? It’s worth a try!

      • Andrea — April 19th, 2014 @ 11:22 am

        you can combine a few tablespoons of evoo (olive oil) and a couple of tablespoons of the gravy (we Sicilians call “tomato sauce” – gravy 🙂 ) in a small bowl, take a brush and brush the tops (exposed) of the macaroni – you don’t have to soak the macaroni in it – a super light brushing will help. cover for 15 min with foil, then take it off the top to let the cheese get brown & bubbly 🙂

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  15. I made these tonight for my boyfriend and I for dinner. I made a few edits in the recipe (like using a full lb of beef and mushrooms instead of other veggies) and it wa really good. My boyfriend suggested to enclose it in foil next time to keep the cup soft and edible at the top. Anyone ever tried that?

    WE LOVED IT!! THANKS!!

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    • Dottie — July 26th, 2013 @ 11:03 am

      Funny, I just posted the same idea! lol

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  16. Will definitely have to try this! This is a great idea for ladies luncheons, baby showers, weddings, etc!

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  17. These were amazing! I cheated and used Spaghetti Sauce in a jar but this will become a dinner staple at our house. Thank you!

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  18. These are so cute! I love the presentation, can’t wait to make them 🙂

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  19. Love these…your sauce recipe sounds amazing and I’ve been dying to try the cooking creams. I’ve made something similar to this but used wonton wrappers…
    Delicious and a great presentation!
    Thanks!

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  20. Wow! These look absolutely awesome! I have to add to my must-make list. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. I tried this and they are amazing! It took longer than I expected, but it would be a great thing to make with a group of friends or at a party. I’m going to try freezing them since it’s only my husband and I – we can’t eat all 12 in one night!! Thanks for sharing the recipe! It is wonderful!

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    • Cassy — June 24th, 2013 @ 6:51 am

      Amber,

      Did you ever try to freeze these? I do a lot of OAMC and would love to freeze these. Just wondering if it worked before I give it a whirl myself.

      Thank you.

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      • Bec — April 16th, 2014 @ 5:27 am

        If you want to freeze things like this, only half cook them then freeze. My hubby is a chef and that’s what they do in restaurants. Pull it from the freezer and cook in the oven or microwave.

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  22. Great idea! I can’t wait to make them. Thanks

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  23. This recipe looks great! Do you think they could be made the night before, then popped in the oven right before dinner?

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  24. I’m also wondering if they can be made ahead and then stuck in the oven the next day. Also wondering about another person’s question on the foil – has any one tried that and seen it work to keep the noodles soft? Thanks!

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    • Lauren — November 22nd, 2011 @ 2:13 am

      Yes, these can totally be made in advance. Cover and refrigerate. Then add about 15-20 minutes of extra cooking time. I haven’t tried the tented foil trick to keep the top noodle soft because I kind of liked them crunchy. Give it a whirl and let me know!! Thanks for your comment!

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  25. CANNOT Wait to cook these tonight! We have little get-togethers at friends’ houses regularly and I was looking for something different to make! SO EXCITED!

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  26. I LOVE this! I found this on pinterest! I’m going to try and make these soon 🙂

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  27. I am going to make these for Christmas Eve. Yummy.

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  28. Quick question: When you originally “line the edges of the muffin tins with 1 pasta sheet per cup,” should the pasta cover the bottom of the tins or will it just be the edges and you will see the parchment paper on the bottom?

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    • Ronda M — May 4th, 2014 @ 10:24 am

      I am wondering the same thing…

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      • DebnOhio53 — May 6th, 2014 @ 3:43 am

        Recipe says to cut noodles in squares to cover bottom, then another before the las top layer.

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  29. I can’t get over how cute these are! I love the idea of individual serving lasagna. I will definitely be trying these in the future!

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  30. This is sort of like the Lasagna Frittas at Olive Garden although it is deep fried.

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