Kim has been telling me that I really need to chill out on these complex recipes, but I can’t help but sneak them in. To be honest, there is really something rewarding spending the day prepping and cooking dinner and having it turn out perfect. Air Fried Lasagna is 100% of of those recipes. It really is a bit more complex, with a little persistence (and perhaps a little patience), anyone could make it.
Air Fried Lasagna Inspiration
My baby sister sent me a similar recipe on Pinterest. From the minute I saw it I KNEW it had to be added to my list to create. I spent two full days researching and thinking and asking Kim her thoughts. Finally, I had this recipe prepped and ready!
1tbspDried Parsley (if using fresh parsley, use 3 Tbsp)
2stalksGreen OnionsChopped very small
1.5cupsPlain Bread Crumbs
116ozBox of Lasagna NoodlesExtra wide
1jarYour Favorite Marinara Sauce
1bagFrozen Italian Meatballs
Let 12 frozen Italian meatballs thaw
Boil your lasagna noodles until al dente
Rinse and let soak in cold water so you can handle them without burning your fingers
Mix all cheese mix ingredients in a bowl and set aside
Slice the thawed meatballs thin
Set up a workstation with your noodles, cheese mix and sliced meatballs
Lay a lasagna noodle down on a cutting board, evenly spread three or four tablespoons of the cheese mix evenly across the pasta
Make three rows of meatball slices with each row one inch apart leaving ~2 of just cheese at one end
Fold the lasagna startin with the 2 inch just cheese side over the 1st row of meatballs, then another fold over the next row and then one more fold over the last row of meatballs
Roll in the direction of your fold to pick up your lasagna the easiest and place in a wax paper lined storage container (glasswear)
Finish all of your folded lasagnas and place in the glassware with wax paper separating each layer
Put your lasagna filled dish into the freezer for 5-6 hours to make the cheese more solid
Mix all bread crumb ingredients on a plate or bowl and set aside
Mix egg wash ingredients on a plate or bowl and set aside
Take your folded lasagnas out of the freezer and set up a work area with your lasagna, egg wash, and bread crumbs
Take one folded lasagna and roll it in the egg wash making sure all surface area is covered in egg wash
Press your egg washed folded lasagna into the bread crumb mix rolling and pressing, rolling and pressing, making sure you have a good layer of bread crumbs
Repeat this with the rest of your folded lasagnas from the freezer placing them on a sheet of wax paper
Preheat your air fryer at 400 Degrees fahrenheit, or 205 degrees celsius, for minutes
After the five minutes, spray the hot air fryer basket with olive oil until coated well, I use an EVO spray bottle
Place the breaded folded lasagnas into the hot oiled basket so they are not touching each other
Lightly spray the lasagnas with olive oil and return the basket to the air fryer (spoon a line of marinara across the tops if you want hot marinara option)
Set your air fryer to 380 Degrees Fahrenheit/193 degrees celsius for a lightly golden brown crust or 400 degrees fahrenheit/205 degrees celsius for a darker brown crust with a little crunch
Flip your folded lasagnas halfway through, 8 minutes, with a very thin spatula (a cookie spatula works well), lightly spray them with oil, and return the basket to the air fryer for the rest of the 8 minutes
Remove the fried lasagna from the basket to plates, top with marinara and dig in!
Let me tell you, it turned out perfect. Honestly, I was a bit scared. Whenever I try something new I always get excited… but also butterflies wondering if it will turn out or if I will be ordering take out. Not this time! We ate this for dinner and lunch (and I even snuck one in for breakfast). I hope you all enjoy as much as we did!
Final notes and thoughts
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