Friday, February 25, 2011

"Cook it in a Cup" Little Lasagnas

On our weekly menus I plan Friday nights for toddler meals because it is date night. Some nights I let the girls eat boxed mac 'n cheese and others we cook simple meals. Tonight, since Audrey and daddy are in Florida, is not date night so Maurene fixed Little Lasagnas from our Cook it in a Cup cookbook.

Ingredients for 6 individual lasagnas:
  • 1 1/2 cups dried penne pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3 tbsp shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 tsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced fresh basil
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • Extra Parmesan cheese for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 350°F. Put 1/4 cup of the penne pasta and 1/4 of the tomato sauce in each baking cup. Mix well to coat with sauce. Combine the three cheeses with the basil, garlic, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Mix with a fork. Top each cup with 2 tbsp of the cheese mixture. Sprinkle an extra pinch of Parmesan cheese on top of each cup. Place the cups on a baking sheet, cover with aluminium foil, and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbling. Serve in or out of the cups.

Maurene's Tasks (Audrey is out of town):
  1. Help measure and pour ingredients
  2. Stir
Mom's Tasks:
  1. Gather ingredients
  2. Assist Maurene
  3. Bake
These were easy to make even with a 19 month old assisting. The only difference I would make would be to par-boil the noddles first. It takes too long for them to bake to completely done so par-boiling would speed that up. When they come out of the oven they are very hot, just like a regular lasagna, so let them sit for 5 to 10 minutes. And if your assistant is the curious type, don't worry, there are no raw eggs in this recipe:


  1. I just found your blog and became your newest follower. Wanted to say hi! :)

    I have an Audrey too! :)

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