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Enjoy a tasty Mini Lasagna, ideal for one or two servings. This small lasagna, packed with classic flavors, cooks in only 30 minutes. It’s made with just 2 lasagna noodles in a small baking dish, perfect for those times when you want the richness of traditional lasagna without making a large batch. This recipe is a great solution for satisfying lasagna cravings without the leftovers.

If you’re a fan of lasagna, don’t miss our variety of single serving and small batch options: Lasagna Soup, Lasagna Rollups, Sheet Pan Lasagna, Zucchini Lasagna, and Vegetable Lasagna. Each recipe is perfectly portioned, ideal for one or two people to enjoy!

Why You’ll Love This Lasagna Recipe

  • Perfectly Portioned: This Mini Beef Lasagna is designed to serve one or two people, so there’s no worry about having too many leftovers.
  • Quick and Easy: With a total baking time of just 30 minutes, this lasagna can be on your table in no time, making it perfect for busy weeknights.
  • Versatile: Offering various substitutions and alternatives, this recipe can be tailored to suit different tastes and dietary needs.
  • Classic Taste: Even with its reduced size, this lasagna doesn’t compromise on flavor, delivering all the beloved tastes of a traditional lasagna.
  • Great for Special Occasions: Its elegant presentation and delicious taste make it an impressive meal for date nights or intimate gatherings without excessive preparation.

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What Is Lasagna?

Lasagna is a beloved Italian dish, layering pasta, meat, cheese, and sauce, then baked until golden.

For our small lasagna recipe, we shrink the classic into a smaller serving size, using fewer noodles and a 5×5 inch baking dish. This recipe offers all the traditional flavors in a portion perfect for one or two, ensuring a satisfying meal without excess leftovers.

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Ingredients

the ingredients needed to make lasagna labeled on a brown table.
  • Lasagna noodles: The structural base of your mini lasagna. If you need a gluten-free option, many brands offer gluten-free lasagna noodles. The size of your baking dish will determine how many layers you are able to add. In the pictures shown, I’m using a 5×5-inch baking dish and I can get one layer of filling between the noodles. You can also break the lasagna noodles in half to create a second layer for the lasagna.
  • Olive oil: Used for sautéing the onions and garlic, it adds a subtle richness. Substitute with other cooking oils like avocado, canola or vegetable oil, or even butter if preferred.
  • Onions: Adds sweetness and depth to the sauce. Yellow or white onions are typical, but shallots or green onions can also be used for different flavor profiles.
  • Garlic: Infuses the dish with aromatic flavor. Fresh minced garlic is ideal, but 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder works in a pinch.
  • Ground beef: Provides protein and meaty texture. Ground turkey, chicken, or plant-based meat substitutes like cooked lentils or textured vegetable protein (TVP) can be used as well. If you’ve got extra ground beef, consider using it in Baked Ziti or Stuffed Peppers.
  • Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper: Spices are necessary and add an incredible amount of flavor. Although we recommend using the amounts shown in this recipe, feel free to add additional amounts if you feel it necessary.
  • Tomato or Marinara sauce: Acts as the base of the lasagna, providing moisture and rich tomato flavor. Use your favorite brand or use our small batch tomato sauce recipe.
  • Mozzarella cheese: Melts beautifully, creating that gooey, cheesy layer. A shredded Italian cheese blend or even provolone can be used instead.
  • Ricotta cheese: Delivers creaminess to the layers. Cottage cheese or soft tofu can be a good substitute, especially if you desire a lower-fat option. If you’ve got leftover ricotta, consider using it in a small batch of Ricotta cookies or Spinach Manicotti.
  • Parmesan cheese: Offers a salty, nutty flavor that adds complexity. Grana Padano or Pecorino Romano can be used as a substitute if Parmesan is not available.

This is just an overview of the ingredients I used and why I used them. For the full recipe please scroll down to the recipe box at the bottom of the post.

Recipe Variations

  • Vegetarian Lasagna: Replace the ground beef with a mixture of finely chopped spinach, mushrooms, and zucchini. Combine these vegetables with ricotta cheese for a rich and wholesome vegetarian filling.
  • Spicy Sausage Lasagna: Instead of regular ground beef, use spicy Italian sausage for a bolder flavor profile. Complement the spice with a robust marinara sauce.
  • Vegan Lasagna: Utilize vegan cheese substitutes and plant-based meat alternatives like lentils or textured vegetable protein (TVP) to create a fully vegan version of this comforting dish.
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How To Make Lasagna

These step-by-step photos and instructions help you visualize how to make a mini lasagna. See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  1. Cook two lasagna noodles as per the instructions on their package. Once cooked, drain them and set them aside.
  2. In a small skillet, cook the ground meat with chopped onions, minced garlic, and seasonings. Stir in the tomato sauce and let it simmer.
  3. Layer the lasagna by lining a small baking pan or oven-safe dish with the noodles as shown in the pictures. Top with the meat mixture, sauce, and cheeses.
Two lasagna noodles lining a small baking dish on a wooden trivet.
  1. Gently fold the noodles over the top of the meat layer.
Adding the meat filling to a mini lasagna and folding the noodles over the mixture.
Mini lasagna with noodles folded over the mixture.
  1. Finish by topping it with more sauce, a layer of Mozzarella cheese, and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
A mini lasagna covered with shredded mozzarella cheese before baking in the oven.

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Expert Tips

  • Size Matters: Using a 5×5 inch baking dish creates the perfect mini lasagna with two noodles. If your cooking vessel is deeper or longer, you might be able to add another lasagna noodle. However, be cautious not to use a dish that is much larger than the one suggested, as it could result in a dryer lasagna.
  • Baking Time: Monitor your lasagna as it bakes, especially if you are adapting the dish size or number of layers. Oven temperatures can vary, and slight adjustments in baking time might be needed to achieve that golden, bubbly perfection.
  • Let It Rest: After removing the lasagna from the oven, give it a few minutes to rest before slicing. This allows the layers to settle and the flavors to meld, making for a cleaner, more flavorful cut. Patience pays off with a more satisfying serving experience!

Serving Suggestions

Serving this Mini Beef Lasagna is a joy! Here’s how you can make it even more special:

  • Side Salad: A simple Caesar salad with homemade dressing complements the dish beautifully.
  • Crusty Bread: French bread is perfect for soaking up any leftover sauce on your plate.
  • Sautéed Vegetables: Add some fresh sautéed green beans for a well-rounded meal.

Storing Leftover Lasagna

Storing Leftovers: Place any leftover lasagna in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days, keeping it fresh and tasty.

Reheating Instructions:

  • Oven Method: Preheat your oven to 350° F. Cover the lasagna loosely with foil and warm it in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until heated through.
  • Microwave Method: If you’re in a hurry, you can reheat the lasagna in the microwave. Just place it in a microwave-safe dish and warm for about 1 minute, or until it reaches your desired temperature.

These methods ensure that your lasagna remains moist and delicious even after being stored. Enjoy your leftovers as much as the fresh dish!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What size baking dish should I use.

For this mini lasagna recipe, we recommend using a 5×5-inch baking dish, giving you a base area of 25 square inches for the perfect lasagna thickness.

Other alternative baking dishes that can be used include:
A 4×6-inch dish for a similar thickness.
A 6×6-inch dish, though keep in mind this will yield a thinner lasagna.
A 6-inch round dish, offering a different shape but still working well.

These baking dishes and more can be found on our Store page, making it easy for you to select the right one for your kitchen.

Can I freeze lasagna?

Yes. Store the lasagna in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Thaw the lasagna in the refrigerator overnight. When you are ready to enjoy it, allow the refrigerated lasagna to sit on the counter and come to room temperature for at least 30 minutes before baking. Bake as directed in the recipe.

Can I make vegetarian lasagna?

Absolutely, replace the beef with a mixture of sautéed vegetables.

Can lasagna be made ahead?

Yes, assemble and refrigerate, then bake when ready.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder or you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

Nutritional Insight: Mini Beef Lasagna Servings

When it comes to nutritional value, understanding the breakdown is essential, especially for those keeping track of their daily intake.

The nutrition details provided in the recipe box below are an approximation, determined by an online nutrition calculator. These figures can serve as a helpful guide but may vary based on specific brands or preparation methods used.

Our mini beef lasagna recipe calls for 8 ounces of ground beef and is ideally crafted to yield 2 satisfying servings. Whether you’re enjoying this dish solo or sharing it with a loved one, this compact yet flavorful meal strikes the perfect balance. Feel free to adjust portions as needed to align with your dietary goals or preferences.

If you would like additional information on the dishes I use in our “recipes for one”, please visit our FAQ page. For examples of the dishes used at One Dish Kitchen, please visit our Store page.

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Mini Lasagna

4.91 from 42 votes
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Cooling TIme: 15 minutes
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Indulge in a delicious Mini Lasagna, perfect for serving one or two. This small lasagna recipe features classic flavors and bakes in just 30 minutes!

Ingredients 
 

  • 2 lasagna noodles
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 8 ounces ground beef , or ground turkey
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup tomato sauce
  • ¾ cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese plus extra for sprinkling over the top
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
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Instructions 

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C).
  • Cook the lasagna noodles according to package directions. 
    Drain and set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a medium-sized skillet over a medium heat. Add in the onions and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add in the minced garlic and cook, stirring occasionally for a minute more.
  • Add the ground beef to the pan and sprinkle the Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper over the meat. Cook and stir the ground beef until meat is no longer pink.
  • Stir in 1/2 cup of tomato sauce, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 3 minutes. 
  • Meanwhile, stir the ricotta and 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese together in a small bowl. Set the bowl aside.

To Assemble The Lasagna

  • Spread 3 tablespoons of the sauce into the bottom of a lightly greased small baking dish. Line the bottom of the baking dish with noodles.
    cooking dish with two lasagna noodle draped across the bottom of the dish
  • Top the noodles with the meat sauce, followed by the Ricotta mixture, and 1/2 of the shredded Mozzarella.
    lasagna filling of meat and cheese added to dish with noodles on bottom with some of noodles folded over top
  • Fold the noodles over the meat mixture to cover.
    lasagna preparation with noodle folded over meat and cheese filling
  • Top with the remaining sauce, Mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan cheese.
    completed lasagna ready for oven with tomato sauce and cheese added on top of noodles
  • Place the baking dish on a large baking sheet (to catch any spillage) and place in the oven to bake for 30 minutes or until cheese on top has melted.

Notes

    • Size Matters: Using a 5×5 inch baking dish creates the perfect mini lasagna with two noodles. If your cooking vessel is deeper or longer, you might be able to add another lasagna noodle. However, be cautious not to use a dish that is much larger than the one suggested, as it could result in a dryer lasagna.
    • Baking Time: Monitor your lasagna as it bakes, especially if you are adapting the dish size or number of layers. Oven temperatures can vary, and slight adjustments in baking time might be needed to achieve that golden, bubbly perfection.
    • Let It Rest: After removing the lasagna from the oven, give it a few minutes to rest before slicing. This allows the layers to settle and the flavors to meld, making for a cleaner, more flavorful cut. Patience pays off with a more satisfying serving experience!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 506kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 42g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 124mg, Sodium: 1159mg, Potassium: 625mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 710IU, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 398mg, Iron: 3mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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56 Comments

  1. Ray W. says:

    I made this recipe tonight and think it’s a keeper. I did drain the meat after cooking it. I found this makes a firmer lasagna the way I like it.

  2. Carole says:

    It was amazing, thank you! I love lasagna but I always found it a little intimidating, but this turned out to be super simple and so good.
    I just recently started cooking for myself and finding your site is a blessing! I love that I don’t have to make a whole family size just to enjoy nice meals (not all of us have the freezer space or desire to stock up on a ton of servings of the same dish) so I will definitely be checking out your other recipes.

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      I’m so happy to hear you loved the lasagna and found it easy to make! It’s so rewarding to know that my small batch recipes are making your cooking journey a bit easier and more enjoyable. Can’t wait for you to try some of my other recipes.

  3. Meee says:

    Okay idea but I am thinking you have to do basically the same if making a family size then make a family size, Once cooled and in refrigerator take it back out divide it into single servings and freeze them. Take out when you have that craving. In the long run, less work and time then making these single servings all the time. That is what I am always asking myself, why bother doing all this work only to have one serving, then to do it again. Maybe being disabled has something to do with it. To each his or her own. Being Italian, we only cook for big families LOL

  4. Marilyn Gray says:

    This is not only delicious it is darling! How adorable!

  5. Jane eckert says:

    Oops. Thought I rated it a 5. Definitely deserves it!

  6. Jane Eckert says:

    This was great! I doubled the recipe. I ate half one day and the other half two days later. Froze the second. The next time I will add a few more spices. But still a 5!!

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the lasagna. Thank you.