Woolworths chefs have created a clever twist on classic Italian lasagne – and it’s so simple, anyone can make it.
After creative experimentation, experts from the Australian supermarket chain developed a recipe for ‘lasagne bites’, snack-sized pieces of the family favourite encased in ready-made wonton wrappers instead of traditional pasta sheets.
The bites, which can be prepared in just 10 minutes, are made with basic ingredients including minced beef, pasta sauce, ricotta and mozzarella cheese.
A video of the recipe is already causing a stir less than 24 hours after it was posted to Instagram, with viewers raving about how affordable and foolproof it is to make.
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After creative experimentation, Woolworths chefs developed a recipe for ‘lasagne bites’ (pictured), snack-sized pieces of the family favourite encased in ready-made wonton wrappers instead of the traditional pasta sheets
‘We could personally never get enough of lasagne, but let’s get creative with it and transform it into a bite-sized delight!’ the caption from the Woolworths team said.
‘You won’t believe how easy they are to make and trust us, even easier to eat.’
To make the bites, you’ll need to preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
While it heats, warm one tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat, then tip in 250 grams of lean minced beef and fry for seven minutes.
Once the meat has browned, add a 500 gram jar of tomato and basil pasta sauce, seasoning the mixture with salt and pepper before bringing it to the boil.
Reduce the mixture over a medium heat and simmer uncovered for five minutes or until sauce has thickened.
A video of the recipe is already causing a stir less than 24 hours after it was posted to Instagram, with viewers raving about how affordable and foolproof it is to make
Then remove the pan from the heat and stir in half a cup of fresh basil.
Meanwhile, grease a 24-hole mini muffin pan with a scrape of butter and press one wonton wrapped into each hole to create a shell.
Divide the mince mixture between the holes, then top each one with a teaspoon of ricotta, a handful of shredded mozzarella cheese and a spritz of oil.
Bake the bites for 20 minutes or until the wonton wrappers are golden and crisp.
Once cooked, leave them to rest for five minutes before serving with extra basil – it’s that simple.
Recipe for Woolworths lasagne bites
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
250g lean beef
500g jar tomato, garlic and basil chunky pasta sauce
1/2 cup basil leaves, plus extra small leaves (to serve)
24 wonton wrappers
1/3 cup smooth ricotta cheese
1/2 cup shredded pizza cheese
5ml olive oil cooking spray
1. Preheat oven to 220°C/200°C fan-forced.
2. Heat oil in a medium frying pan over high heat. Cook mince, breaking up lumps with a wooden spoon, for 7 minutes or until browned.
3. Add sauce and season with salt and pepper, then bring to the boil. Reduce to medium heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until sauce has thickened. Remove pan from heat. Stir in basil.
4. Grease a 24-hole mini muffin pan. Press 1 wonton wrapper into each hole to form a case.
5. Divide mince mixture among holes. Top with 1 tsp ricotta, scatter over pizza cheese and spray with oil. Bake for 20 minutes or until wontons are golden and crisp. Stand in pan for 5 minutes, then serve topped with extra basil leaves.
The recipe, which has racked up 751 ‘likes’ since it was uploaded online less than 24 hours ago, quickly sparked delighted responses.
‘Yum! Such a great spin on a classic,’ one person wrote.
‘Definitely trying this,’ said a second, while a third added: ‘So cool.’
Inventive recipes are part of a new social media campaign from Woolworths, which recently expanded its online presence with the launch of its first-ever official TikTok account.
Former cashier Liam Kirley (left) is running Woolworths first-ever official TikTok account, after he became an online sensation by sharing videos of food hacks and store announcements
The page is being managed by former supermarket cashier Liam Kirley, who became an online sensation in August 2020 after his food hacks and store announcements racked up millions of views on the video-sharing platform.
On the back of his stardom, which has earned him 162,000 followers and seven million likes on TikTok, Woolworths hired him to create content for its new channel.
Mr Kirley returned his uniform to the Baulkham Hills store where he worked and stepped into a new role as content coordinator for Woolworths’ new TikTok.