Thursday, January 2, 2014

Lasagna Roll-ups


This recipe has been on my to do list since I was introduced to Pinterest about three years ago. I really love most Italian food and this recipe is so simple and easy to put together that it quickly caught my attention. One good thing about it, aside from being so tasty, is that you can make most of the dish way ahead of time or even freeze it. I made it immediately so as far as quality goes I can't give too much advice if you are going to freeze it.

I have found that there are a lot of variations on lasagna roll-ups out there. This one is a really, really simple and the ingredients are fairly cheap and easy to find. It came together in no time and only has to bake for about 30 minutes.


The ingredients. The pasta sauce is hiding up in the corner. You could add some ground beef or Italian sausage if you want. Or this could work for meatless Monday's if that's your thing too!


Cheese...Parmesan, mozzarella, and ricotta. Just as a shoppers hint: you can get FRESH cheese from Aldi stores for very reasonable prices!


All rolled up! I have a silmat that I rolled my noodles out on. I also cooked about 12 just because I had a few fall apart.


This made for a wonderful dinner and an equally wonderful dinner the next day. I hope you all get a great chance to try this recipe out!

And just because you were wondering...no. That is NOT alcohol in the pictures. Carbonated grape juice, people.

 Ingredients

  • 8 lasagna noodles 
  • 15 oz. ricotta
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • Package of frozen spinach
  • 2 cups pasta sauce; any flavor
  • salt and pepper
  • Italian Seasoning

Directions:

Put two pots of water on the stove. One for lasagna noodles and the other to boil spinach. Cook lasagna noodles following the directions on the box. 

Once the frozen spinach has been cooked, combine the spinach in a bowl with the ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, egg, freshly grated pepper, Italian Seasoning, and salt. Mix until well combined.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a glass casserole dish by spraying with non-stick spray.
On a clean surface, lay out a few noodles at a time. Place a few tablespoons of filling on each noodle and spread to cover from edge to edge.

Roll the noodles up and place in the prepared casserole dish.  Pour the pasta sauce over the rolled noodles making sure to cover all surfaces. The sauce will keep the noodles hydrated and soft while baking.

Cover the dish in foil and bake for 30-40 minutes.