10.28.2009

Chicken and Spinach Lasagna "Cupcakes"

I have made an important decision. I have decided to drive my family nuts by making everything in cupcake form! Doesn't that sound like a whole mess of mealtime fun?

This is my first attempt at Lasagna Cupcakes and I have to tell ya, they were a huge hit!

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They are a bit messy and take a little bit more time but it's so worth it!

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Chicken and Spinach Lasagna Cupcakes
by theUngourmet

1 lb ground chicken
2 cloves minced garlic
8 oz canned petite diced tomatoes undrained
8 oz canned tomato sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp cracked pepper
8 lasagna noodles, cooked al dente
1 beaten egg
2 cups ricotta cheese
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 cup frozen spinach, thawed and well drained
2 cups shredded mozzarella
1 tbsp dried parsley
1/4 cup shredded or grated Parmesan

Print recipe

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Thoroughly cook the ground chicken in a large skillet. Add the tomatoes, sauce, garlic, spices, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Combine the egg, ricotta, Parmesan, and spinach.

Using a glass or cookie cutter that is close to the size of the muffin cups, cut 3 circles out of each noodle for a total of 24 circles.

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Place 1 noodle circle in each muffin cup. Layer meat sauce, ricotta mixture, and shredded mozzarella. Repeat. Top with a bit of parsley and grated Parmesan.

Cover loosely with a piece of foil that has been sprayed with oil and bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 5 minutes to brown on top.

Let the "cupcakes" sit for at least 10 minutes for easier removal.

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I didn't want to let any food go to waste so I tossed any ingredients that didn't fit into the muffin cups into a small baking dish to bake another night.

These are so fun and yummy! I can't wait to make them again!


I also wanted to take a few moments to say a great big thanks for the lovely blog awards that have been passed to me recently! :D



I received this award from Shelly at Experimental Culinary Pursuits. Shelly is a fellow Foodbuzz featured publisher and her blog is just bursting with wonderful recipes. I have just recently discovered this blog and I am loving all of the creativity going on over there! Go and visit Shelly soon!



I was also honored to be passed this lovely award from the Chickenless Kitchen. I love this blog! The Chickenless Kitchen is a culinary super hero and is also a fellow Foodbuzz featured publisher. Don't be chicken go on over and say hello!



Last, but most definitely not least, I would like to thank Palidor at Crazy Asian Gal for this fun award. Palidor has the most out of this world, crazy good recipes. You will love her! Go now and take a good look around.

Well, I guess that wraps up another post. I hope everyone is enjoying their week and eating some good grub!

See ya soon!

116 comments:

Palidor said...

Congratulations on all your awards! You deserve every one of them.

I love your idea of making everything into cupcakes! That is so cute and lots of fun. How could that drive your family nuts?? They should appreciate your creativity. :-)

girlichef said...

LOL, that is hilarious...everything in cupcake form! But I love little cupcakey-things...and lasagna is no exceptions! Sounds yummy. And congrats on your awards!

Donna-FFW said...

Congrats on the awards.. Love the idea of this into a cupcake form, that would be such fun and more tempting for kids to eat it somehow, Id bet!

Angie's Recipes said...

How neat! A savoury "cupcake" :-)) It does look very tempting and comforting.

Joanne said...

This is a fantastical idea. I think most foods would be better in cupcake form. If only by association with the idea of cupcakes. I mean, just thinking about cupcakes puts me in a good mood.

So does thinking about lasagna, however. I love the chicken and spinach combination!

Velva said...

I can see why these were a huge hit. They look beautiful. Isn't it great to be a foodie? You can come up with all kind of themes and ideas to play out on the family. The cupcake idea is a really cool one.

Cathy said...

I love meatloaf muffins, so why not lasagna? Great idea!

Barbara Bakes said...

What a fun idea and the best part is each portion has that delicious crispy cheesy melted to the pan edge!

Katy ~ said...

You are just too fun! I'm telling ya - you are going to start a huge wave and craze with all this! Love this idea!

Mary said...

Kim, congratulations on your well-deserved awards. I love your lasagna cupcakes. This could be the start of a trend :-).

TKW said...

My children are petitioning for a Mommy Trade...they'd much rather live in your house.

Megan said...

That cupcake idea is awesome. I bet your family loves it! I might have to borrow this idea. :)

5 Star Foodie said...

How neat! I love the idea of lasagna cupcakes, my family would love that!

Heather said...

those are so cute!!! everything is tastier and more pleasing to look at in cupcake form!

Debbie said...

I love the whole idea of lasagna in cupcake form. Now, am I too lazy to do it? You bet!

Cairo Typ0 said...

I love this! And that small they're perfect for lunches or snacks. Loving it!!

noble pig said...

Those worked out well, love it, I mean why not cupcakes!

nora@ffr said...

i luuuuuuuurve lasagna!! hmmm this is such a great idea!! cupcake way eh!! hehe.. shud try ye way!!
thanx for sharing
cheers!

Stephanie said...

Lasagna Cupcakes?! You are a genius! :-D

Anything made "mini" or in individual portions will always be a hit! What a great idea!

teresa said...

so cute! i bet the kids loved this! the flavors look wonderful too. congrats on the awards, you deserve them!

Juliana said...

Oh! So many awards...congratulations!
Like the way that you made the lasagna, small size...looks delicious...chicken and spinach, I should try this combination :-)

Jenn said...

LOL. You're cupcake obsessed right now. But this is genius!!! Perfect one servings I say. Love it! i'm trying this next time I make lasagna.

Jhonny walker said...

So many awards!!! good going for someone who is ungormet :) :) :)
btw I love your idea about cup cake form! I wish I was sometimes close to people who drove me crazy instead of me doing the honors!! keep it going and keep em' comin!!!

A Year on the Grill said...

well deserved awards... I am pondering how to make ribs in cupcake form now....give me time

Have fun!

KennyT said...

Great and innovative idea!

Faith said...

Congrats on your sweet awards! Haha, I actually love the idea of everything in cupcake form! This is a delish combo.

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

What a great idea! These are so cute! Congrats on all your well-deserved awards!

Krista said...

How fun! These look delicious!

Chow and Chatter said...

love these so cute oh and its cool you are now dot com love it congrats on the awards to sweet Kim

Julie said...

You can feel free to drive me crazy with some of these any time! It's a trip I think I'd enjoy :)

Tara said...

Kim

Such nice awards for you--well deserved! This idea about the lasagna is so uniquw and the pics mouthwatering!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

How cute are those!!
Yes, I agree, everything in cupcake form.
I have seen Bob Blumer make meatloaf cupcakes with a mashie topping. In case you need ideas!

Sophie said...

Congrats on your recent awards!! Enjoy!!

These hearty cupcakes with ricotta look excellent to me!! i so love all of your yummie flavours!!

Just lovely!!!

Cathy said...

Great idea, Kim. I would freeze any leftovers and then be able to have a single serving of lasagna. Brilliant. Love all that cheesy goodness.

Congrats on your much deserved awards. Way to go!

Randi Troxell said...

ooooh i LOVE cupcakes... and everything in cupcake form.. can i come live with you.. lol!!!

Suzi said...

Congratulations on the awards. You deserve them! Can't wait to try this recipe. Perfect single servings too!

Adam said...

Wow, congrats on everything. The soon to be move, the awards, and the wonderfully cupcake caring family :)

Small bite size lasagna sounds fun, I'm sure it won't drive them batty or spook them away :)

The Blonde Duck said...

I love anything in muffin form. And I am a fool for lasagna.

Sweet and Savory said...

I love your creative cupcakes. You had me at the stuffing and mashed potatoes which was listed first. I have to see if I can think of anything that beats that.

Congratulations on your awards. So nice to see them here.

The Nomadic Gourmet said...

Congrats on your awards :) I love lasagna. That's a really cute idea making them in cupcake form.

Quasi Serendipita said...

Very creative (and good for convincing fussy children to eat!)

The Dapper Darling said...

This is awesome. I was a little scared at the title...anything with spinach and cupcakes doesnt sound very appetizing...but this...yummmmmmm

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

It looks good!

Congrats on your SITS day.

maya said...

I love miniature food!! And your pics are making me drool. Hope to see more crazy cupcake recipes.

Elizabeth said...

That's too funny. That's totally something I would do...and perhaps should do...heck, maybe it would make less dishes, which would make my husband happy...

Sandy said...

What a cool idea! I bet that would work well for a buffet. Easier than struggling to cut a pan of lasagna! Stopping by from SITS.

Unknown Mami said...

Yum! I make meatloaf cupcakes and my family loves them.

Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

The title grossed me out a bit so I HAD to check out the post. I feel muche better now. :) Looks delicious. Happy SITS day to you. I will be back to try some yummy recipes.

The Mommyologist said...

I can't wait to make these sometime! They look heavenly...

sweetjeanette said...

How cool is that?!?!? I love your ideas!

sweetjeanette.blogspot.com

Alison Russell said...

Definitely looks tasty! I wonder how well they would freeze uncooked? If that works it seems like it would be great to have on hand for picky eaters!

{leah} said...

I think I might start trying to "cupcake" everything, I mean really... everything is better when it looks like a cupcakes!!!

Happy SITS day!

Creative Junkie said...

Hey - that is a fantastic idea! I do something similar with meatloaf - I call them meatloaf muffins. It's so much easier and cooks so much quicker as well.

Definitely going to try this!

Tasha - Bellazizas Favorite Things said...

What a fun way to make lasagna! Will definitely have to try that! My kid's favorite dinner in cupcake form is meatloaf. But I think they'll love this too!
Happy SITS!

Holly Ann said...

i am so totally making the mashed potatoe cupcakes... what an awesome idea...

stopping in from sits... congrats on being the FB... :-)

Eva Gallant said...

Cupcake meals! The idea cracks me up! But maybe it's a good way to control portion size!

Kim said...

@cheapchichome. I see a cupcake cookbook in your future! Please let your SITas know when it's a reality!

roadrunner201 said...

I've always wanted to try to do this. Happy SITS day!

singedwingangel said...

Since I love cooking this was a wonderful FB for me as a first time SITS user... I also have some lasagna loving kids...and these are perfect for them. Love your blog... and the pictures are just mouth watering..
http://singedwingangel.blogspot.com/

Annie @ astonesthrowfrominsanity said...

Yum! I may try this this weekend!

Marie Cole said...

What a great way to control your portion sizes, love the name too "Lasagna Cupcakes", very creative. :)

Christine said...

Love the idea of all meals in cupcake form! Now there's a way to get the kids to eat everything...just bake in muffin pan and add "cupcakes" after everything...meatloaf cupcakes, veggie cupcakes....endless possibilities.
Kudos!

Small Sprouts said...

Super Yummy!

Liz in Virginia said...

This is a great idea for a Cub Scout outing. I would also so maybe party food -- but even though they're small I'm guessing they would be a little messy for finger food?!

Love this idea!

Laura said...

Everything in cupcake form must make mealtime interesting.

Julie said...

Love this clever idea.

I can imagine saying to my sons:
"you must it all of your cupcake to get dessert" ha ha

happy SITS day

Giveaway Girl said...

That is soooo clever! Love it! Congratulations on your SITS day!

Jen said...

Happy SITS spotlight day, and thank you so much for posting this recipe! I posted about it on twitter, so I hope a lot of other new people come check out your blog too!

Single Mama NYC said...

Oh my gosh, that looks SO delish!

Rook No. 17 said...

What a great idea! This technique allows for a lot of creative plating options, and would even be wonderful for people watching their weight since it creates "portion control". They lookk positively delicious!

Jenn @ rookno17.blogspot.com

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

WOW this sounds good. Monday is menu planning day so I am going to add this one! Thanks!

Stopping by from SITS!!!

San said...

Oh YUM!!!

Cupcake frenzy! :)

Christina said...

I bet cupcake form makes dinner time more exciting for little guys. How fun! Did you use paper cups, or did the mini lasagnas keep their shape?

Lady Mama said...

These look SO yummy! I love the idea of mini lasagna portions - especially for kids. Am definitely going to have to try this.

Sara said...

I am just blown away by the idea of a savory cupcake.

Wait.... yes, my mind has been blown.

Congratulations on your awards!

Jessica Nunemaker said...

Oh I know the kid would love this one!

Ever since the new baby entered the house he has been *obsessed* with baby everything!

To him, this would be baby lasagna! :)

Anali said...

I love lasagna in any form and yours looks very good from here! And I see that we are both part of BloggerAid. It's getting exciting waiting for the cookbook to come out. : )

Shanna said...

Love all the "cupcake" ideas! Great way to make simple, cute servings :-)

The Mom @ Babes in Hairland said...

Phew, I was so glad to see that these weren't an actual "cupcake" with those ingredients in it! :) What a fun & yummy idea. We love lasagna at our house, so I'm going to have to try this! Enjoy your day in the SITS spotlight.

Brandi said...

These look SO (to the tenth power) good. And simple. Golly, I have to try these.

And congrats on the slew of awards!

Sherri @ Luv a Bargain said...

What a great idea! I am definitely going to try this. I have made a spinach lasagna but never thought to add chicken. This looks delicious!

2busy said...

Those look so yummy! What a great idea to do them in a muffin pan. I'm going to have to try them.

Miranda said...

These look AMAZING and are going on the menu at my next get-together!

Happy FB day!

Robin said...

What a great idea!!! Yuuuuuummm!
-Robin
www.robingillis.blogspot.com

Christian Mommy Writer said...

How creative! I would have never thought to try and cook anything besides cupcakes in cupcake form! :-)

Young Wife said...

Everything in cupcake form? Woo hoo! These look great. I'm hungry now.

AmericanTribal said...

Oh my good lord lol... these look SO delicious!

Holly Noelle @ Domestic Dork said...

Those look so good! I really need to not read food blogs when I'm hungry! lol

shortmama said...

Wow these look yummy!

Momnerd said...

Oh my, those look good!

Mary said...

How creative! That looks really good!

Happy SITS feature day!

Victoria D. said...

Happy SITS! This recipe sounds/looks delicious. Too bad for me I'm trying to lose some weight. Thanks for this posting though...I'll pass it on.

-Victoria D.

Zeemaid said...

what a great idea. I had recently decided to make my kid tested meatloaf recipe in muffin tins. It worked out great.

Happy Feature day on SITS!

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

You would think after all this time visiting, that I would know better than to stop by when I'm hungry! YUMMY!

Sara's Whimsy said...

Stopping by from SITS - everything looks scrumptious!

pk said...

What a fun idea! They look yummy too... Congrats on the awards. From what I've seen so far looks they are well deserved.

pk @ Room Remix

Mama Kat said...

They look super good!!! Yum!

This Full Life said...

What a great idea - they look delicious!

LivingInspired said...

Too funny, and well, delicious. I'm totally jealous of your family, I wouldn't mind eating everything in cupcake form. There's a certain frivolous factor that comes with a cupcake, so by default all your food must be fun and silly!

Joy said...

That recipe sounds like something I'd love to try.

Congrats on your SITS day!

Hoity Toity Baby said...

stopping by from SITS! This recipe is right up my ally! Yummy!

Rachel said...

Yummy! Neat idea for lasagna.

Janna Bee said...

These are great recipes! I have been inspired... maybe my kids will eat them if I make lasgna into muffins. Awesome idea.

greedygrace said...

How cute are those??? I need to make some lasagna muffins now!

Vickie said...

Lasagna...yummy. Clever idea!!

A Fist Full of Dandelions said...

What a wonderful idea! I am so going to try this. It will make for the perfect lunch leftover size, and if I make it in my Demarle Texas Muffin pan, cleanup will be a breeze.

Thanks for the idea!

Kelly said...

These look awesome!! I can't wait to try them.

Date Girl said...

This looks like a great idea for a party, but they sure do look messy. Maybe I should try this for a potluck sometime!

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Me too, me too! I always make things in cupcake form...my kids actually eat it that way, everyone gets their own so there is no fighting, and it cooks way faster. Can't wait to try your lasagna cupcakes. Looks delicious.

Happy SITS

Alex @ www.MaWhats4Dinner.com

jonewman said...

WOW...I never knew I could do so much with a cupcake tin! Congrats on all your awards and what a fun way to eat...I want some! Happy SITS day!

Connie Weiss said...

What a cute idea! I love it!

Éimí said...

such a great idea...I'm going to have to make those!! Happy SITSta's day {a day late :(}

Sonja, Queen of Crafts said...

What a fantastic idea, making savoury cupcakes. Lasagna surely appeals to everyone. Must try that with my family... Maybe the novel presentation will overpower their usual suspicion when I bring something new to the table.

Happy SITSday belatedly!

piecemeal people said...

LOVE this idea - instant portion control!

Kristin said...

YUM! And what a perfect little portion!

Simply Mommy said...

Sounds and looks fantastic!!! What a great idea to make everything into cupcakes! My kids would love that. Congrats and Happy SITS DAY!!!!

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