Here’s a yummy recipe that includes two of my favorite things, cupcakes and cheese. Okay, not really, They are just the components of lasagna made in small ramekins therefore resemble small cupcakes when they are cooked. Sort of. They are just small round lasagnas okay? And they are really good. You might need to eat two of them though. They are quite small. Or perhaps serve it with a side salad and some nice crusty bread. There, meal complete. I’d like to say the kids liked this one. One did and the other not so much. The cheese does tend to get tough so it makes it a little hard for a kid to cut into and eat. My two year old, on the other hand, just grabs everything with her hands so it was no problem for her.
Recipe courtesy of Food and Wine Magazine
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
Freshly ground pepper
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.