Lasagna Cupcakes

Holy crap, is it ever humid out today. We are in a tornado watch until 11 pm tonight. Have you ever tried to take a picture when it’s really humid outside? I was  excited to take a picture of these cute little lasagnas but when I walked outside my camera lens got all fogged up. If you even try to take a picture when you’re camera lens is fogged up, you’re picture will be fogged up too. I had to brush off my lens with my cotton shirt a couple of times in order to take a pretty decent picture of these.

I like the idea of using wonton wrappers as the noodles and I also liked how the wrappers got a little bit crispy in the oven. The crunch from the wonton wrapper was almost the best part. These little lasagna cupcakes would be a great appetizer at a party. If you’re grocery store is out of wonton wrappers look for egg roll wrappers. They’re the same thing, and you have to do is cut them in half and then into quarters. I substituted lean turkey sausage instead of ground turkey and left out the mushrooms. Not really a big fan. :)

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Nutrition Info: Calories: 181.2, Total Fat: 7.9g,  Total Carb: 13.6g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein 14.1g

Ingredients from Can you Stay for Dinner

(makes 12)

12 oz raw ground turkey
¼ tsp salt, divided
¼ tsp pepper
1 cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped mushrooms
14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes, or tomato sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tsp dried oregano, divided
½ tsp dried basil
1 ½ cups part skim ricotta cheese
24 small square wonton wrappers (the kind near the tofu in the refrigerated section of the produce dept)
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the turkey, onions, mushrooms, salt, and pepper. Crumble the meat and saute the mixture for about 10 minutes, or until the turkey is cooked through. Add the garlic and stir constantly for 30 seconds.

Add the crushed tomatoes and 2 tsp of oregano. Bring the pan to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, a pinch of salt and pepper, the remaining teaspoon of oregano, and the basil. Stir to mix well. Set aside.

Coat a 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. Place 1 wonton wrapper into each of the 12 cups, pressing firmly in the bottom of the cup and up the sides.

Using half of the ricotta mixture, divide it among the 12 muffin cups. Next, using half of the turkey tomato sauce, spoon it evenly over each of the ricotta filled cups. Sprinkle with 2 tsp of mozzarella.

Gently press another wonton wrapper on top of the mozzarella layer.

Repeat the process by distributing the remaining ricotta, then the remaining tomato sauce, and finally the rest of the shredded mozzarella.

Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.

Let the cups cool, remove them from the pan, and serve!

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