After a hard day at the office, there’s nothing like a delicious and indulgent comfort food, like this single serve lasagna, to provide a bit of self-nurturing.
Starchy, creamy and luscious, we all need our comfort food every now and then. When you are feeling a bit down, it’s comfort food that gives you a big hug and tells you it loves you. Carbohydrates really do help lift your mood, which is why I feel cranky when I skip them. If you are gluten-intolerant, beans or potatoes can come to the rescue as a source of carbohydrates and take the place of pasta in a cheesy baked affair.
I’m a big fan of the above so a panful of lasagna or pasta bake with lots of cheese sauce is my idea of heaven. Being a lone cook, I can make traditional versions and have them for a week, but I prefer to make quick single serve versions to avoid repeated meals.
For my 10-minute lasagna recipe I use wonton wrappers instead of lasagna sheets. They are the perfect size and cook really quickly. This recipe also uses beans instead of meat so that saves time as well and is kind to all you vegetarians.
You will likely wonder what to do with the leftover wrappers and ricotta cheese. You don’t have to waste them. You can use them in three other recipes on my website at www.singleserve.net.au.
10-Minute Single Serve Lasagna
3 wonton wrappers
½ cup Italian-style tomato sauce
1 cup canned kidney beans
1 tbs. grated onion
1 tbs. grated carrot
1 small clove of garlic
Pinch of dried chili
½ cup ricotta cheese
½ cup milk
½ tsp. salt
1-2 tsp. chopped basil or thyme
½ tbs. cooking oil
Rinse the beans in cold water until the water runs clear and is free of bubbles.
Using a small saucepan, heat the oil over a medium heat until it begins to ripple.
Add the onion, carrot, chili and beans to the pan and fry gently until the onion is clear, then grate the garlic into the mixture.
Cook for ten seconds then stir in the tomato sauce and simmer while preparing the cheese sauce.
Whisk the cheese sauce ingredients together.
Mash the sauce to break up the beans spread a quarter of the tomato sauce over the base of a heat-proof and microwave safe dish.
Place a wonton wrapper over the sauce and spread a quarter of cheese sauce over the wonton wrapper.
Continue layering the sauces and wrappers, finishing with the cheese sauce.
Microwave the lasagne on high for one minute then place it under a hot broiler to brown the top.
Copyright © Louise Harper/2018 Singular Communications, LLC.
Louise Harper is a sculptor turned cook who specializes in recipes for one. She lives in Melbourne Australia (in a house for one, of course) and loves cooking “just for her.” For more information on her “single” series of cook books, visit www.singleserve.net.au