Air Fried Lasagna with Instant Pot Dave

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!

Air Fried Lasagna with greenbans
Air Fried Lasagna with green beans. Perfect to enjoy in your Air Fryer.
Lasagna Air Fried

Air Fried Lasagna

Cooked lasagna noodles hidden under a garlic cheese spread and sliced meatballs, folded, breaded, crisped in the air fryer and topped with marinara sauce
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Air Fried
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 36 minutes
Calories: 624kcal
Author: David Wayne
Cost: $25


  • Air Fryer


Cheese Filling

  • 15 oz Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese Shredded
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Shredded
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 2 stalks Green Onions Chopped very small
  • 1 tbsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tbsp Dried Parsley (if using fresh parsley, use 3 Tbsp)
  • 1 tsp Basil or Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder

Bread Crumbs

  • 1.5 cups Plain Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese Grated
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

Egg Wash

  • 2 large Eggs Beaten
  • 1/4 cup Cream


  • 4-6 Boiled Lasagna Noodles Extra wide
  • 1 jar Your Favorite Marinara Sauce
  • 12 Frozen Italian Meatballs thawed



  • Let 12 frozen Italian meatballs thaw
  • Boil your lasagna noodles until al dente
  • Rinse with cold water so you can handle them without burning your fingers
  • Mix all cheese mix ingredients in a bowl and set aside
  • Thin slice the thawed meatballs
  • Set up a workstation with your noodles, cheese mix and sliced meatballs

Roll Your Lasagna

  • Lay a lasagna noodle down on a cutting board, evenly spread 4 spoonful's of the cheese mix evenly across the pasta
  • Make three rows of meatball slices side to side with each row one inch apart leaving 2 inches of just cheese at one end
  • Fold the lasagna starting 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 (glassware)
  • 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 1-2 hours to make the cheese more solid

Bread Your Lasagna

  • 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, let the extra egg run back into the plate
  • 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

Air Fry Your Lasagna

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F for 5 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
  • Air fry at 370°F for a total of 16 minutes for a lightly golden brown crust or 390°F for a darker brown crust with a little crunch
  • Flip your folded lasagnas after 10 minutes, with a very thin spatula (a cookie spatula works well)
  • Spoon a line of marinara across the top of each rolled lasagna and return the basket to the air fryer for 6 more minutes
  • *Peek every minute toward the end to make sure the lasagna does not burn, turn the temperature down to 350°F for the remaining time if you see burning
  • Use a cookie spatula and tongs to move the fried lasagna from the air fryer basket to plates and serve with your favorite vegetables and garlic bread



Serving: 10oz | Calories: 624kcal

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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