Mini Lasagna Cups are Fun Bite Size Snacks

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Mini Lasagna Cups are so simple and delicious that they may become your new go-to meal. These bite-sized lasagna are the ultimate comfort food and make a fun change from classic lasagna for dinner.

These mini lasagna cups have become a family favorite in my household, and they’re perfect for busy weeknights or even a fun weekend dinner. The best part? They’re easy to customize with your favorite ingredients and simple to make.

They are kind of like lasagna cupcakes and will have everyone at the dinner table asking, “How did you make these?!”

In this blog post, we’ll cover everything you need to know to master these air fryer Lasagna Cups, from the ingredients to serving ideas. And don’t worry, even if you’re new to using an air fryer, I’ll guide you through every step.

Looking for bite size air fryer recipes? Try mini biscuits pizzas, mac and cheese bites and ham and cheese stuffed biscuits.

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🥘Ingredient Notes

For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below

  • Lasagna noodles: I always pre-soak the lasagna pasta to soften it up before using it in this recipe. No one wants crunchy lasagna cups!
  • Meat Sauce: Homemade sauce with Italian sausage is my favorite, but a store-bought jar of pasta sauce works fine too. Or swap it out for a vegetarian option if that’s more your speed.
  • Ricotta Cheese: Use good-quality ricotta cheese for the best flavor and texture.
  • Mozzarella Cheese: Shredded mozzarella cheese is essential for that gooey, cheesy layer we all crave in lasagna. Use a pre-shredded bag or shred your own from a block.
  • Parsley: Fresh parsley adds a pop of color and flavor to these lasagna cups. You can also use fresh basil if you prefer.

🥣How to Make Air Fryer Lasagna Cups

  1. Prepare your pasta and cupcake liners: Cut your pre-soaked lasagna pasta into pieces that will fit the bottom of your jumbo cupcake liners. Use a sharp knife or kitchen scissors for this task. Once your pasta pieces are ready, line the bottom of the cupcake liners with the cut pasta.
  2. Start layering: Add a tablespoon of meat sauce to the pasta in each cupcake liner. Then, place a small piece of lasagna pasta on top of the sauce.
  3. Continue layering: Add a tablespoon of ricotta cheese to the pasta, followed by another layer of pasta. Finally, top the lasagna cups with 1 1/2 tablespoons of meat sauce and a generous sprinkle of shredded mozzarella cheese. Continue layering the ingredients until you have six lasagna cups ready to cook.
  4. Air fry: Place the lasagna cups in your air fryer in a single layer and cook at 350°F for 8 minutes.
  5. Cool and enjoy: Carefully remove the lasagna cups from the air fryer and let them cool for a few minutes before removing them from the molds. This will help prevent cheese-related accidents (like molten cheese oozing onto your fingers). Once they’re cool enough to handle, garnish with some fresh parsley and dig in!
Lining the muffin cups with lasagna noodles.
Put noodles on bottom
Add sauce to the lasagna noodles.
Add sauce
Add the cheese layer to the muffin cups.
Add cheese
Top view of finished lasagna cups.
Finished muffin cup
Lasagna cups before air frying.
Before air frying
Lasagna cups after air frying.
After air frying

🍴Serving Ideas for Lasagna Cups

One of the reasons I absolutely adore these lasagna cups is their versatility when it comes to serving. Who doesn’t love a dish that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion? Here are some fun and creative ways to serve these little bites of heaven:

  • Party platter: These pasta cups are the perfect appetizer for your next gathering. Arrange them on a large platter with some colorful veggies or salad on the side, and watch as your guests devour them in no time.
  • Family dinner: These lasagna cups are fun, perfect for a movie or game night. I like to serve them with a simple salad and some garlic bread for a complete, fuss-free meal that even my picky eaters enjoy.
  • Date night: Want to impress your significant other without spending hours in the kitchen? These lasagna cups are your answer. Light some candles, pour a glass of wine, and serve these beauties with roasted asparagus or a mixed green salad. You have a romantic dinner for two in no time!
Air fryer lasagna cups ready for eating.

💭How to Store

Here’s how to store your extra lasagna cups to enjoy them later. Place the lasagna cups in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

To reheat, pop them in the microwave for a minute or two until heated. Pro tip: place a damp paper towel over the lasagna cups while microwaving to prevent them from drying out.

You can also freeze any extras. Place the cooled lasagna cups on a baking sheet and freeze them for several hours. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe container or a ziplock bag and store them for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to enjoy them, thaw them in the refrigerator overnight and reheat them as mentioned above.

⭐Tips

Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

  • Make these in jumbo size silicone muffin cups. Regular ones are too small.
  • Use your favorite marinara sauce flavored with lean ground beef or Italian sausage. Or pick a vegetarian option.
  • Fresh mozzarella melts beautifully, giving your Italian lasagna cups that gooey, cheesy deliciousness we all love.
  • Make sure to soak the lasagna noodles before assembling the cups. Or try making these with wonton wrappers for a different taste.
  • Once your noodles are soaked, cut them into smaller pieces that will fit in your muffin cups.
Sliced lasagna cups on a plate in closeup.

📝FAQ

Can I make these mini lasagna cups ahead of time?

Absolutely! As a busy mom, I’m all about meal prep. You can assemble the lasagna cups, cover them with plastic wrap, and store them in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before cooking. Add a few extra minutes to the cooking time to ensure they’re heated.

Can I use different types of cheese?

Sure! Feel free to get creative with your cheese choices. I’ve tried these lasagna cups with a mix of mozzarella, provolone, and parmesan, and they were a huge hit with the family.

What if I don’t have an air fryer?

No problem! You can quickly adapt this recipe for the oven. Assemble the lasagna cups in a muffin tin, and bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Lasagna cup ready for eating.
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Mini Lasagna Cups Recipe

Published By Anne
Lasagna cups savory bites that are a fun twist on the classic Italian favorite, layered with rich marinara, creamy cheese, and sauce. Quick, easy, and bursting with flavor!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time23 minutes
Servings: 6
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Ingredients
 

  • 8 pieces lasagna noodles pre-soaked
  • 3 cups meat sauce
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • Parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Cut the lasagna pasta into small pieces and use it to line the bottom of the jumbo cupcake liner.
    8 pieces lasagna noodles
  • Add a tablespoon of sauce. Then cut a small piece of lasagna noodles on top.
    3 cups meat sauce
  • Add a tablespoon and a half of the ricotta cheese, followed by another layer of pasta.
    1 cup ricotta cheese
  • Top with 1 1/2 tablespoons of meat sauce, then finish with the shredded cheese.
    2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • Repeat 5 more times to fill all six muffin cups.
  • Air fry at 350 for 8 minutes and then let cool before removing from molds to eat.
    Parsley for garnish

Notes

  • You need to use jumbo silicone muffin cups for this recipe. Regular size muffins cups will be too small.
  • Use your favorite marinara sauce flavored with lean ground beef or Italian sausage. Or pick a vegetarian option.
  • Fresh mozzarella melts beautifully, giving your Italian lasagna cups that gooey, cheesy deliciousness we all love.
  • Make sure to soak the lasagna noodles before assembling the cups. Or try making these with wonton wrappers for a different taste.
  • Once your noodles are soaked, cut them into smaller pieces that will fit in your muffin cups.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 850mg | Potassium: 439mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 967IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 292mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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Air fryer lasagna cups ready for eating.
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