Finding Comfort in an unfriendly world: Hello Meals in a Mug

By on March 27, 2020

Once in awhile,  I find a real dream and today that dream is a fine Irish cook named,  Gemma Stafford, who has mastered the art of cooking in a mug.

You can see many of her recipes on her site,  Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking,

But today, as we stand here in this uncertain world,  I can think of nothing more welcome than a dinner made and served in a good, hot mug.  Thank you  Gemma.  You get the first prize today for giving comfort where comfort is needed:  at the kitchen  table.

This is my idea of instant joy.  Fun to make.  Fun to eat.  And very little mess to clean up. What’s not to love?


Microwave Lasagna Recipe
4.41 from 20 votes
Print Recipe
Cheese Single Serving Less than 30 Minutes Limited Ingredients Mug
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
11 mins
Make Homemade Microwave Lasagna in just minutes! You can customize the ingredients and enjoy an entire meal in a little mug with little fuss!

Author: Gemma Stafford ( real genius this one. check out all her recipes)
Servings: 1
2 pasta lasagna sheets
¾ cup (6floz/180g) water
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 tablespoons pizza sauce
4 tablespoons ricotta cheese
3 tablespoons spinach , uncooked
2 tablespoons cooked sausage , optional
1 tablespoon grated cheddar cheese

Roughly break the pasta sheets and place in a large microwavable mug.
Cover with water and olive oil. The olive oil stops the lasagna sticking together while cooking.
Microwave for 3-4 min or until the pasta is tender. Check on it half way through and stir.
Once cooked drain away the cooking water and remove the pasta from the mug
Add 1 tablespoons pizza sauce and spread on the bottom of your mug.
Then do a layer of pasta, layer of spinach, sausage (optional) and ricotta.
Repeat the layers all the way to the top of the mug
Once you get to the top sprinkle grated cheddar on top.
Place in the microwave and cook for 2 1/2 – 3 minutes or until the lasagna is heated through. (Cooking time is based on my 1200W microwave so your timing might vary) Always keep a close eye on your mug while in the microwave so it doesn’t over flow or over cook.
Let cool for a couple minutes and enjoy!

About Linda Eckhardt

Linda West Eckhardt, is an award winning journalist, food writer, and nutritionist. Her more than 20 cookbooks have garnered prizes including the James Beard prize for the best cookbook for a text she wrote with her daughter, Katherine West DeFoyd, entitled Entertaining 101, Doubleday. Their follow-up book, Stylish One Dish Dinners, Doubleday, was also nominated for a James Beard prize. Their next book, The High Protein Cookbook, Clarkson Potter, remains a best seller after 12 years. That book was designed to accompany low carb diet plans. Her ground-breaking book, Bread in Half The Time, Broadway Books, was named the Best Cookbook in America by the prestigious IACP, The Julia Child award. Her award winning radio work with Jennifer English, for a national show on the Food and Wine radio network, was nominated for a James Beard Prize for a show called, “I Know What You Ate Last Summer.”