Until now if you wanted lasagna, you had to make a lot, but thanks to this easy technique, that's all changed. This recipe makes 4 single-serve lasagnas, but you easily scale back and just make one, freezing the extra 3 pancakes for later use! The pancakes in this recipe are actually more like thick crepes that come out tasting like egg noodles. It's almost impossible to tell you didn't use pasta--since these pancakes taste like homemade lasagna noodles. Make it as-is or adapt it to your personal taste.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
25 mins
additional:
20 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 single-serve lasagnas
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
For the "Egg Noodle" Pancakes:
For the Filling:
For the Lasagna:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Set out 4 small, shallow, oven-proof baking dishes or ramekins.

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  • Combine eggs, salt, olive oil, water, and flour for pancakes in a large bowl. Whisk thoroughly until very smooth, then let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.

  • Brush oil into a nonstick skillet and set heat to medium. When the skillet is hot, add about 1/4 cup batter and tilt the pan so it evenly coats the bottom. Cook until the batter sets and the top surface goes from looking wet to dry, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip and cook the other side for 1 minute. Transfer to a plate and repeat to make remaining 3 pancakes. Cut each pancake into 3 triangles.

  • Combine ricotta cheese, salt, pepper, cayenne, basil, and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for filling in a bowl; mix with a fork until thoroughly combined.

  • Prepare lasagnas: Spread 2 tablespoons marinara sauce into the bottom of each baking dish. Lay 1 pancake triangle on the sauce, then top with about 2 tablespoons ricotta filling, 1 tablespoon Monterey Jack cheese, and 2 teaspoons marinara. Repeat to create another layer, slightly pressing down on the second pancake triangle before topping with filling and cheese. Top with the remaining pancake triangle, pressing down slightly. Add remaining marinara and Monterey Jack, sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano, and drizzle with olive oil.

  • Place the baking dishes on a large sheet pan and bake in the center of the preheated oven until lightly browned and bubbly, about 15 minutes. Let cool for about 5 minutes, then garnish with basil and serve.

Chef's Notes:

This recipe makes 4 single-serve lasagnas. If you'd like to just make one, cook all 4 pancakes, but freeze 3 for later use. Then use 1/4 of the amounts of the filling and lasagna ingredients to make your single-serve lasagna.

You can use mozzarella instead of Monterey Jack and any pasta sauce you like, like a meaty Bolognese. And you can add spinach, mushrooms, or anything else you'd like to the layers.

Use Chef John's Homemade Ricotta Cheese recipe for a fresh take on this filling.

Nutrition Facts

559 calories; protein 28.1g; carbohydrates 28.5g; fat 36.9g; cholesterol 177mg; sodium 1061.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews

Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2021
I'm going to give it a 5 because that's how much faith I have in John's recipes but where did you get the dish? 18 oz? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2021
This is a definite keeper! We usually have a sauce made and if not it's easy and punch to whip one up. It was an absolute perfect portion. The only con I could find is that you can't go back for seconds!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2021
I had NEVER thought to use crepes as a layer in a lasagne, but since I've been Paleo for 7 years, this caught my attention. I subbed in my own flour and made the crepes, then layered it with my own ingredients. It was stupendous! I cannot thank Chef John enough for giving me this life-changing idea. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2021
Love that I can make just a couple of servings of Lasagna! And some canalloni with the leftovers. I made a pork ragu for the sauce. Of course there is ricotta cheese in it. I used store bought and plan to try to make my own ricotta cheese later. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2021
It reminded me more of cannelloni than lasagna with the crepe, but it was excellent. I used a basic homemade red sauce with sausage and it was perfect. Making the crepes and freezing them makes this a great weeknight dinner as well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/24/2021
Because I didn't do individuals but rather a small pan, I had to go back and modify this recipe so I could make heads-tails of it; was very confusing to me. I did make double the pancake batter and thus I had enough for 3 full layers and a top. Wish I had had time to make double the ricotta (yummy!). Next time I will make cheese the day before. As it were, thinking ahead I managed to have things ready in proper order. Also included a meat layer of ground beef and ground pork which I cooked ahead of time with added Italian seasonings. I had sauce in my freezer but it needed more sauce... even if on the side. (I had to keep it warm for late comers and it got a bit dry.) I didn't have the Monterey Jack cheese but I will next time! I did use mozzarella as well as the homemade ricotta and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Loved the pancake noodles; made for a light lasagna. They did not taste like crepes nor pancakes. Family and Italian guest said was very good! I do love John's recipes and funny anecdotes! Will be creating this again and freezing individuals. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/05/2021
Was tasty, I did extra layers and made three,{had three small casserole dishes}. My wife loved it, I found the pancake a bit eggy for me. Will make again as you know happy wife happy life. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2021
This was absolutely delicious. I made the stack six layers tall instead of three, making two jumbo servings instead of four. Thanks Chef John!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/13/2021
Made this with homemade Bolognese using ground skirt steak/ground pork and a whipped cream cheese/cottage cheese mix... Threw it in a round casserole dish for one big pizza shaped portion to share and dude. DUDE! It’s uhmazzzzinnngggg. Thank you Chef John for the inspo! Read More