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In a previous post I mentioned having a Come Dine With Me cook off with a friend, and had no ideas about what to cook for the main meal. I think I may have found it: (source: http://simply-delicious.co.za/2011/11/09/lasagna-cups/)


Serves 6

12 lasagna sheets, cooked until just softened
500g (17.64 ounces) lean beef mince
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 carrots, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
2tsp crushed garlic
6 tomatoes, finely chopped (or use 1 can of chopped tomatoes with 2tbsn tomato paste)
1/2 cup beef stock
2 Bay leaves
1tsp thyme leaves
2tsp sugar
salt & pepper to taste
‘white sauce’
1 cup creme fraiche
1/2 cup mascarpone
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 cup pecorino, finely grated
salt & pepper to taste
grated mozzarella, for topping


In a large pot, fry the mince until it’s nicely browned. Remove from the pot and set aside. In the same pot, fry the onion, carrots, celery and garlic until soft and translucent.Add the mince back to the pot along with the tomatoes, beef stock, bay, thyme and sugar.Allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes, covered.

Pre-heat the oven to 180°c. Grease and line (with baking paper) a 6-hole jumbo muffin tray.

Combine all the ‘white sauce’ ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
Adjust the seasoning of the meat sauce.

To make the lasagna cups, press 2 lasagna sheets into the prepared muffin tray.
Place a few spoonfuls of the meat sauce into the lasagna cup, followed by a bit of the white sauce. Top with grated mozzarella and place in the pre-heated oven.

Bake for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is golden and bubbling and the exposed pasta has gone crispy.

Serve with salad and crusty bread.