Valentine’s Day, It’s What you Make It! #Recipes4Romance

Valentine’s Day is truly what you make it.  For me, it is an opportunity to check in with my Hubby, and make sure he knows how much he is truly loved.  This is not done in our house with big bouquet’s of flowers (although that’s not all bad), or by creating undue pressure to manifest the perfect night out.  It is in fact done by doing the complete opposite.  Valentine’s Day in our family is a day and an evening to give a little extra hug, wink a little more, and as of late, create a date night at home. 

Two ways! 

When the girls were a little younger this meant creating a special dinner just for them.  Perhaps their favourites served on fancy dishes and yes of course, a very decadent desert.  Then once those girls were safely tucked in bed, a late dinner by the fire for two.  This quickly become the tradition in our house.  Two Valentine’s Day dinners, and everyone was happy.  The only problem now?  Those girls of mine have gotten a bit older and I can’t wait for them to go to bed for my special Valentine’s Day dinner.  The solution this year, a dinner we can all appreciate.  Truthfully from what I’m hearing it may be a dinner Hubby and I will enjoy, as well as my girls and about 7 of their closest friends.  LOL  Oh have times have changed, and I am so okay with that! 

So this year instead of dinner for 4, it’s dinner for 11 or more and I needed to think outside the box.  Something I can jazz up for the adults and something the little’s will adore; enter Lasagna Cupcakes for the win! CupcakeLasFinal1

Here’s the plan! 

Whip up some amazing Lasagna Cupcakes and have them ready and waiting for when anyone in our Valentine’s Night Dinner Party for 11 is ready to eat!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large jar of your favourite pasta sauce
  • 2 packages of Olivieri Lasagna sheets
  • 1 small package lean ground beef
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup of mozzarella cheese
  • one clove of garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • non stick cooking spray
  • You will also need a large muffin tin!

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Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

2. Cut lasagna sheets into 18 circles using a round 2 ½-inch cookie cutter or a small juice glass and a sharp knife. They don’t have to be perfect!

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3. Combine ricotta cheese and cottage cheese and set aside.

4. Brown ground beef adding salt and pepper and garlic to taste.

5. Thoroughly grease the muffin tins with cooking spray. 

6. Time to start layering!  Spoon a generous tablespoon of sauce into the bottom of each muffin tin.  Add your first lasagna noodle.  Scoop in beef, followed by cheese mixture, a sprinkle of mozzarella and repeat!  Start all over again with that second round.  You should be able to squeeze two layers in before topping with more sauce and some freshly grated Parmesan cheese. 

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7. Cover with Aluminum Foil and bake for approximately 25-35 minutes, removing foil for the past 10 minutes.

8. Remove and allow to sit for 5 minutes, then carefully remove.  *Hint you can loosen the edges with a sharp knife and then use a spatula to lift and plate.

Add a side of garlic bread and Caesar salad and you are Mother of the year! 

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*This recipe will make about 6 yummy portions.  (you can make some basket style portions with the leftover bits) My new fave trick.  I make extras, going a little heavy on the sauce on tray two and freeze some for quick weekday dinners when my girls are on the go! 

The young partiers in our house will enjoy the lasagna cupcakes with all the fixings downstairs with a very scary movie.  (Mom approved of course)  Hubby and I will enjoy our upstairs with some jazz playing in the background to drown out the noise of our many blessings laughing in the basement!  Wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Heads up! Olivieri® Pasta is currently running a Valentine’s Day contest, the grand prize is a spa retreat trip for two and there is still time to enter!

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Disclosure: I am participating in a campaign with Olivieri and received compensation for my post; however as always all opinions expressed are my own.



Comments

  1. Love this idea – perfect portion for a toddler as well!

    • You are so right!! Next time I think I would even mix in a little spinach! (trick those kids into eating more veggies mwhaha)

  2. I completely agree, Valentine’s Day is what you make it. I love you r recipe.

  3. I so agree with you, Valentine’s Day really is what you make it and it’s so much more then flowers and chocolate. Maybe this year it’s pasta! LOL

  4. Those look delicious! Happy Valentine’s Day, have fun……

  5. Darlene Schuller says:

    What a neat idea!! Absolutely love this thank you soo much for sharing!

  6. wow this sounds really good…printing this one out for T to try….

  7. I love this idea. Nice portion control as well. Great post!

  8. Judy Cowan says:

    Great idea, I might just have to make a batch of these up this weekend! I have some of the ingredients in the fridge that I need to use up. These would be handy to have in the freezer to pull out for a quick meal!

    • This is a great way to use up those leftover ingredients!! I even made some “not so pretty” one’s with the bits and pieces of noodles I have left. Kind of like a basket weave cupcake! Just be sure to use extra sauce in the one’s you want to freeze so when you re-heat them they don’t dry out on you 🙂

  9. Yummy! Going to try this! What a great idea.

  10. courtney b says:

    i love that! so cute !:) perfect for valentines day! !

  11. Lasagna cupcakes? You rock!

    I hope you all have a super special Valentine’s Day.

  12. Will definitely have to try this recipe!!! I think my family would love that!
    We’re like you for Valentine’s Day- nothing too fancy or expensive, just doing something nice to show how much we love each other. I think it’s the perfect way to celebrate your spouse and children 🙂

  13. Tanya Lucas says:

    I’m making this over the weekend! Looks so yummy!

  14. This is such a great idea!

  15. Such a great idea! Much lighter than a heavy slice of pan-baked lasagna!

  16. Mmmm looks like a delicious recipe! I love lasagna, I hope to try this recipe out sometime.

  17. Victoria Ess says:

    I love the cuteness of this idea!

  18. That’s a cool recipe

  19. this looks so good. i would just add some bacon bits on top

  20. OMG! These lasagna cupcakes look amazing…I’m going to have to make them for my bf 🙂

  21. Great idea and I think kids will enjoy making and eating them.

  22. Kayla Schmitke says:

    Love this idea! I think my toddler would gobble this up!

  23. I’ve never this done before, what a great idea that my daughter would just love!

  24. Brandee H says:

    What a great idea!! This may be the perfect way to get my son to eat lasagna!

  25. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    I have never seen sheets like that before, Im going to a bridal shower on sunday I want to make these for appetizers

  26. loucheryl says:

    I would never of thought to do this. What a really awesome idea. I think my boys would love it!

  27. I love this idea and I think it;s so perfect for my little grandchildre when they come over.Tey really love pasta dishes and they will be pleased with this.Thank you.

  28. This is such a great idea, my kids would love this! Pinning for future reference!

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