Jan 09

Lasagne Cup Cakes

Ingredients:

  • 5 ml Olive Oil
  • ½ small onion, finely chopped
  • 10 ml crushed garlic
  • 350g lean beef mince
  • 70g tomato paste
  • 280 g tomatoes, chopped
  • 5 ml sugar
  • 125 ml red wine
  • 5 ml paprika
  • 15 ml rosemary, finely chopped
  • 15 sheets of boxed lasagne pasta
  • 1 cup cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup cream
  • 4 large eggs
  • 180g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 80g Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • Fresh basil leaves, to garnish

Method:

  1. Pre heat the oven to 180°C. Grease a muffin tin generously with some cooking spray.
  2. Heat the oil in pan until hot. Add the onions and gently sauté it over medium heat for 5 minutes until soft and translucent. Add in the garlic and beef mince and brown for 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, chopped tomatoes, sugar, wine, paprika and rosemary. Simmer for 15-20 minutes until most of the liquid has been absorbed and the tomatoes are soft. Season it to taste.
  3. Bring a pot of salted water to the boil. Add in the pasta and cook for 5 minutes. Refresh it under cold water and keep it in there until ready to use. Combine the cream cheese, cream and eggs and whisk until smooth. Lightly season it.
  4. Use a round cutter that is about the size of each muffin tin to cut out 36 pasta circles. You should be able to get out 3 circles per pasta sheet. There will be some extra in case some of the pasta tears while preparing it.
  5. Start layering the cupcakes by adding a disc of pasta into each muffin tin. Add a bit of meat, then a layer of cheddar cheese and a layer of Parmesan. Reserve 180ml ( ¾ cup) of the creamy egg mixture. Divide the rest of the egg mixture between the 10 cupcakes. Add another layer of pasta, then some meat, cheddar cheese, a layer of pasta again and then the remaining egg mixture. Finish it off with a final bit of Parmesan cheese and bake for 20 minutes until golden.
  6. Leave it to cool in the tin for 5-10 minutes. This will ensure that it comes out easily. Garnish with fresh basil and serve with a mixed salad.

Tips:

  • A good friend recently told me that she always adds smoked ham to her lasagna. I tried it and loved the bit of smokiness that it added! Simply add an additional layer of smoked ham to the cupcakes for extra flavour.
  • Instead of Parmesan you could also use Gruyere, Pecorino or even Boerenkaas cheese. Mozzarella also works although it is much more bland in flavour.

Source: Food24

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