If you are looking for a quick and cute holiday dinner idea, check these snowmen out! Semi homemade and they come together quickly.
Mini Chicken Parmesan Lasagna Snowmen
(Adapted from Hungry Happenings)
8 Barilla Wavy Lasagna Noodles
olive oil or olive oil spray
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups diced chicken fingers thawed*
1 cup Barilla Marinara Sauce
optional reduce the amount of chicken and add vegetable
8 teaspoons Barilla Alfredo Sauce
4 ounces 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
24-30 black olives
4 mini carrots
*Use fully cooked chicken fingers that are thawed so they can easily be diced.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add salt and noodles. Boil for 12 minutes until the noodles are soft. (They will crisp a bit in the oven.)
Brush two cookie sheets with olive oil or olive oil spray.
Set noodles in a single layer on the pan.
Cut one 2 1/2 inch circle out of one noodle then cut that noodle into 2 even strips.
Repeat with 3 more noodles.
Cut five 2 1/2 inch circles out of the remaining four noodles.
Set the cut pieces back on the oil covered pans.
Brush olive oil or spray olive oil in the bottom and up the sides of eight 6 ounce ramekins.
Wrap a noodle strip around the inside of a ramekin allowing the noodle to overlap slightly.
Set one round noodle in the bottom of the ramekin.
Repeat lining all 8 ramekins.
Stir together the ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, and salt.
Stir together the diced and thawed chicken fingers with the marinara sauce.
Assemble the Lasagnas and add the Toppings:
Evenly divide the chicken filling among the 8 ramekins.
Compact the filling into an even layer.
Set another round noodle on top of the chicken filling.
Evenly divide the cheese filling among the 8 ramekins.
Spread the filling in an even layer.
Set the final round noodle on top of the cheese filling.
Spread a teaspoon of Alfredo sauce over top then sprinkle with 1/2 ounce of mozzarella cheese.
Cut olives into small circles for the snowmen’s eyes and smile and cut carrots into noses.
Cut olives in half. Use a bubble tea straw. a small round plunger or fondant cutter, or a large round pastry tip to cut 1/4 inch round circles from the olives.
Cut the mini carrots into 3/4 inch long pieces for the snowmen noses.
Decorate snowmen lasagna using olive eyes and carrot noses.
Arrange 2 olive eyes and one carrot nose on each lasagna.
Then arrange 5 olives to form a smile under the nose.
Bake for 22-26 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and melted and the lasagnas are heated through.
Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.