I saw a really cute recipe idea on an episode of CityLine (a Canadian TV show) over Christmas and thought I would give it a try in the New Year. I was glad I did because these little lasagnes are easy to make and have a nice presentation that would make them a great thing to bring to a pot luck dinner or put on a brunch buffet. The lasagnes are made from wonton wrappers rather than noodles which adds an unexpected element and crunch. This recipe made 12 individual lasagnes that were crispy on the outside and delicious through every bite.
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 cups pre-cooked spaghetti sauce ( I made mine on an earlier day with ground beef, onions, tomato sauce and loads of garlic)
- 2 cups partly skim mozzarella cheese
- 2 – 400 gram packages of wonton wrappers
- 1 beaten egg
- 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
- 3/4 cup 2% cottage cheese
- 1 tbsp. pesto or fresh basil paste or finely chopped fresh basil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use the 1tbsp. of olive oil to grease the bottoms and sides of each of the 12 muffin cups.
Shred the mozzarella cheese and set aside. In a bowl, beat the egg with a fork and mix with the ricotta and cottage cheese. If you are using pesto or basil paste, stir it in. If you are using fresh basil, wash and dice the leaves very fine and stir in. Set aside.
Lay two pieces of wonton wrapper in each of the 12 muffin cups. Sprinkle each of the cups with 1 tsp. of the mozzarella cheese. Spoon about a tablespoon of spaghetti sauce over top of the mozzarella. Add another two squares of wonton wrappers per muffin cup so that they point in the opposite direction of the original two. Add another layer of the meat mixture, spoon on the egg/cheese mixture and add another teaspoon of mozzarella. Now cover with just one square of wonton in each muffin cup and repeat adding the meat and cheese. Cover with one final layer of wonton and sprinkle each with the remaining cheese. Turn the sides of each cup up slightly and bake for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Remove from the oven and let cool for about 5 minutes before popping them out of the pan. I used two forks to lift each out and didn’t have a problem.
Have fun making these little treats. I’m not sick of turkey yet and have even thought of trying another round of mini lasagnes with some creamy turkey or chicken in a curried sauce. Stay tuned and maybe you’ll see this pop up! Best wishes, Carol