Sunday, October 13, 2013

White Lasagna Cupcakes 'Pasta Party'

Prep /total time : 2 hours  30 minutes     Makes 6 cupcakes

Do lasagna cupcakes sound like a great idea or just plain wrong? Either way, they're part of a savory cupcake trend—but feel free to call them mini lasagnas, too.

4                tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for buttering the ramekins
3/4             cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for sprinkling
1/2             pound fresh lasagna noodles
1/2             cup all-purpose flour
2                cups milk
1                large egg
1/4             cup snipped chives
2                tablespoons chopped parsley
8                ounces Fontina cheese, shredded
6                ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, finely diced
6                Freshly ground pepper

1 .          Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter eight 6-ounce ramekins and coat with Parmigiano; tap out the excess. Place the ramekins on a sturdy rimmed baking sheet.
2.          In a large pot of lightly salted boiling water, cook the lasagna noodles until al dente. Drain and cool under running water. Pat dry. Using a 3 1/4-inch biscuit cutter, stamp out 24 rounds (they should fit neatly inside the ramekins).
3.          In a large saucepan, melt the 4 tablespoons of butter. Add the flour and whisk over moderately high heat for 1 minute. Add the milk and whisk over moderate heat until the sauce is bubbling and thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the egg, chives, parsley and 1/2 cup of the Parmigiano. Let cool slightly, then stir in the Fontina and prosciutto. Season the filling with pepper.
4 .         Arrange 1 pasta round in the bottom of each ramekin. Spoon a scant 1/4 cup of the filling into each ramekin and top with another noodle; press to flatten slightly. Top with the remaining filling and pasta rounds. Sprinkle the tops with the remaining 1/4 cup of Parmigiano and cover loosely with foil.
5.         Bake the cupcakes for about 20 minutes, until the filling is just bubbling. Remove the foil and bake for about 30 minutes longer, until slightly puffed and the tops and sides are golden. Let cool for 20 minutes. Run a knife around the lasagna cupcakes, then invert onto plates, tapping firmly to release them. Serve hot or warm.

Make ahead :
The unmolded baked lasagna cupcakes can be refrigerated overnight. Reheat in a 325° oven.

Suggested Pairing:
Traditional tomato-based lasagna is great with robust reds, but this extra-rich white rendition goes best with a bright, rich white, like Chardonnay.

I am submitting this post to World Pasta Month hosted by Louise of Months of Edible Celebrations .

Don't miss the World Pasta Day Party at Months of Edible Celebrations  on 25th October , Louise will do a round-up of all the delicious pasta dishes  that everyone is bringing  to the party , there you can meet and greet  and enjoy some out of this world pasta recipes .
See you there


  1. i almost got fooled by you when i see the word cupcake..haha! nice serving size of lasagne! you will be seeing me too at the pasta party..cos i just made something too :D cheers!

    1. Hi Lena , I bet a lot of people will take a second look when they see cupcake , glad you will be at the party , what fun we will have thanks for stopping by :).

  2. Dear Nee, What a wonderful idea! Would never have thought of this. I think this is terrific, especially for portion control. When you make Lasagne in a big pan, you have a tendency to go back for more, this way you know what size you can have. Besides it looks so delicious! I will see you at the Pasta Party! Blessings, Dottie :)

    1. Hi Dottie , I was wondering what dish I should take to the Pasta Party , my kids said take the cupcake mama , they love giving advice , we will have a wonderful time meeting and greeting everyone , thanks for stopping by :)

  3. Really great pasta! Love the idea of the cupcakes - very creative. This looks terrific - thanks so much.

    1. Hi John , I asked my kids what would be good for the Pasta Party , so you see what they said .John I hope to see you at the Party , thanks for stopping by :)

  4. In my opinion lasagna cupcakes sound like a great idea! Anything lasagna or cupcakes sound like a great idea ;)

  5. Hi Medeja , my family loves pasta , and it's fun to see what I can put a twist on and taste good . Thanks for stopping by :).

  6. Oh Nee! You sure do know how to Parteeeeee, or should I say your kids do, lol...

    These "cupcakes" are just perfect for the Pasta Party and World Pasta Day too. I bet they are soooooo too!

    Thank you so much for sharing and thank you for joining us at the Pasta Party! Your number for the party is #13. (thirteen)

    1. Hi Louise ,if it's eating my kids know how to party . I am going to have a ball at the Pasta Party , got the Logo on the sidebar so everyone will know where I am . Thanks so much for stopping by :)

  7. The pictures of your food just make me want to pull up a chair, rip apart a piece of that

  8. Hi Cquek , pull up a chair there's always room for company , thanks for stopping by :)


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