Do you know you can make Lasagna for One from scratch in your microwave? It is quick, easy, and delicious.
I tested fresh, dried, and no-bake noodles and was blown away by how much we liked the texture of the no-bake noodles. The no-bake noodles were the perfect thickness, and as long as they were coated in marinara, they softened without becoming mushy in the sauce. (They’re also speedier and easier to use.)
Barilla is the only brand that does not taste chewy. You may use these noodles to make a single serving of homemade lasagna in your microwave.
- 2 oven ready lasagna noodles (recommend Barilla brand)
- 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, or sour cream
- 1 1/2 cups spaghetti sauce
How to Make Microwave Lasagna for One
Warm-up 1 1/2 cups of spaghetti sauce in the microwave for about a minute. That equates to almost half of a typical store-bought spaghetti sauce container. If you have it, combine it with 2 tablespoons of ricotta or sour cream.
Although getting these items is unnecessary, it gives the dish an excellent, creamy taste. In a microwave-safe bowl, start layering your lasagna for one. Begin with a couple of spoonfuls of spaghetti sauce in the bottom of the bowl.
Break a lasagna noodle in half and lay it down. Cover the noodle with sauce, and top that with some mozzarella cheese.
Repeat the process with the second half of the noodles, followed by the sauce and cheese. Then, using one more noodle, we will repeat this process once more.
Add a little additional sauce over the cheese at the top right before placing in the microwave. Use a fork to test the softness of the noodles after 2 minutes in the microwave. Microwave, or if necessary, another minute, since microwaves differ.
I like to sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top after it’s ready to eat before tucking in.
Cooking time and Yields
- Prep Time: 3 Minutes
- Total Time: 8 Minutes
- Cook Time: 5 Minutes
- Servings: 1 person
Why is it so difficult to reheat lasagna in the microwave?
It’s more complex than popping the lasagna dish in the microwave on HIGH until it is sizzling hot. Because when the noodles cool, they absorb moisture from the sauce and cheese, leaving the lasagna chewy and dry. You also lose the excellent textural contrast between the noodles, cheese, and sauce layers.
Although a microwave may reheat lasagna in minutes, the high heat will continue to dry it up, leaving you with dried-up sauce and tooth-shatteringly hard edges. Or something resembling an explosion.