Welcome back to Air Fryer Bro, and today we are trying out cooking lasagna in my air fryer! I have always wondered how lasagna would turn out when air fried and I finally managed to get around to making it. I am calling this a ‘quick and dirty’ version as I used a lot of store bought ingredients for the sake of speed. As I had recently made mac and cheese in my air fryer, I was interested to see if this would come out as well!
As with all my recipes, I want to warn you that I am not an expert food blogger or recipe maker 🙂 The idea behind this article is more to show whether it is possible to make a lasagna in an air fryer, rather than showing you a ‘pro’ recipe. And in true Air Fryer Bro style, it comes with several blurry and low quality pictures to boot 🙂
So, on with the show! If you have made your own air fried lasagnas, we would love to hear all about your adventures in the comments section below.
What ingredients did I use for the air fried lasagna?
As stated above, this is a quick and dirty recipe made quickly with several store bought ingredients. You can see what I picked up below….
I don’t know if you are aware of this, but my Italian friends told me that a tuna based Lasagna is actually OK and a Sicilian style. This is good, as I had just come up with the idea randomly on the spot when I realized my pasta sauce had no meat in it 🙂
The pasta I used was the type that you don’t need to precook, it just cooks in with the lasagna itself, which is pretty handy. And I went with Mascarpone cheese, as that was all I could find in the supermarket that day. Ricotta would have been my cheese of choice. You can also use cottage cheese if you want something lighter.
How did I prepare my air fried lasagna?
If you read about my ‘bro meals’ often, you will know I like to come up with things randomly on the spot. Well, this time is no different. When making up my cheese layer, I decided to add some fresh garlic as I presumed the store-bought pasta sauce wouldn’t have a lot in it already. I also mixed in the tuna with my pasta sauce and some ground pepper. These were my lasagna layers. If any Italians are reading this, I apologize for butchering your heritage 🙂 🙂
Oh yeah, and I grated some extra cheese to add to the mascarpone cheese layer and to make a yummy cheese crust as a topping.
Let the layering begin. I used my trusty baking pan that i got with my Philips air fryer. The only issue is that the pan is rather small, so you can barely make enough lasagna for two people. The small size also made it a bit of a pain to layer the pasta, that was designed for something much bigger.
It didn’t take long to layer up my pasta sauce, cheese and pasta. Then I was ready to cook the thing in my air fryer. The whole process had taken literally a few minutes, so this is a good recipe for those in a hurry!
How did it turn out?
I had decided to cook my lasagna for 20 minutes at 150 degrees Celsiuis, or 302 Fahrenheit. I wanted to cook the lasagna slowly and at a lower temperature, to give the pasta enough time to cook through. Also, I didn’t want the cheesy top to be burned and the rest undercooked! If you are using the precooked pasta you wouldn’t need to cook your air fried lasagna for so long.
What was the end result……..?
As you can hopefully see, it was pretty awesome. I had no issues with the pasta cooking during the shorter air fryer cook times. If you cooked the same lasagna in a regular oven, you would be looking at 30-40 minutes at least, so it was good to know it can cook OK when using these shorter times.
Putting garlic in the cheese layer worked a treat. What a great idea, even if I do say so myself. It gave me a much more flavorful end result when using so many store bought ingredients.
The only tip I would give you is to make sure you don’t overlap your pasta sheets too much. As you are barely giving the pasta enough time to cook as it is, and I found that overlapped parts came out slightly undercooked. Other than this, you really have nothing else to worry about when cooking lasagna in an air fryer.
I won’t win any awards for creativity here, but it’s good to know you can whip up a simple air fried lasagna in next to no time. The whole thing took less than an hour, including cooking time! And my wife loved it to boot!! If any of you culinary experts have more tips to improve my lasagna, you can let me know in the comments section below.
Is there anything you can’t cook in an air fryer??