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