Thursday, July 17, 2008

Lasagna Roll Ups

Individual portion size lasagna rolls! Once you taste these easy lasagna rolls you will definitely be adding them to your dinner rotation. (with updated photos). 
I have come to realize that I've been doing a lot of baking in my kitchen the last couple weeks. I love desserts as much as the next guy, but I thought it was time to post a main dish instead of something sweet.   

Last night we had these delicious Lasagna Roll Ups and I couldn't wait to post the recipe. I love traditional lasagna, but I hate all the work of preparing it, so anytime my family gets a lasagna craving, Stouffer’s makes a visit to our house. I actually think it taste better than what I can make and it's cheaper. 

What I don't mind making are these yummy individual lasagna rolls. I found this recipe a couple weeks back and thought they were the perfect alternative to traditional lasagna. It’s homemade but without all the fuss. 

I've made this recipe using ground beef, a combination of ground beef and Italian sausage or using pepperoni's. Two of my kiddo's loved the lasagna rolls and one hated them, but if you met Carson that's no surprise. He's definitely my picky one. Well enough about the recipe. Let's get started on the step-by-step. 


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large skillet over med-high heat, Cook meat until no longer pink, breaking the meat up as it cooks. Add onion and cook for 2 minutes, add garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Drain off grease. Remove from heat and add 1 cup of spaghetti sauce. Mix to combine and set aside. 


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook noodles according to package directions (al dente) drain. Rinse noodles with cold water and lay flat on a baking sheet or waxed paper while you prepare the filling. 


 In a medium size bowl, combine ricotta or cottage cheese (I puree the cottage cheese first in a food processor) , Italian seasoning and Italian blend cheese. Spread about 2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture over each noodle to within 1/2 in. of the edges. Top with the 2 tablespoon of the meat mixture. Carefully roll up each pasta noodle. 

spread about 1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce on the bottom of a 13 x 9 inch baking dish (spray with non stick spray). Place each roll seam side down. 

Continue roll the remainder of the lasagna rolls. Pour the remaining spaghetti sauce over the lasagna rolls and sprinkle with Mozzarella cheese. 

Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until bubbly. 

After 30 minutes, remove foil and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese or additional Mozzarella and bake an additional 10 minutes until cheese is melted. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. 



Lasagna Roll Ups

1 - pound ground beef or use half Italian sausage and half ground beef

1/4 - cup chopped onion
1 - clove garlic, minced
1 - 24 ounce jar of spaghetti or marinara sauce 
10 - lasagna noodles, cooked (al dente)
2 - cups cottage cheese or ricotta cheese
1 - egg 
1 - teaspoon Italian seasoning
1  1/2 - cups shredded Italian cheese blend
2 - cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 - 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese or additional shredded Italian cheese blend

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large skillet over med-high heat, Cook meat until no longer pink, breaking the meat up as it cooks. 

Add onion and cook for 2 minutes, add garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Drain off grease. 

Remove from heat and add 1 cup of spaghetti sauce. Mix to combine and set aside. 

Spread 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce on the bottom of a 13 x 9 inch pan (sprayed with non stick spray). 

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the noodles according to package directions (al dente) drain. 

Rinse noodles with cold water and lay flat on a baking sheet or waxed paper while you prepare the filling.

In a medium size bowl,, combine ricotta or cottage cheese, (I puree the cottage cheese first  in a food processor before adding), egg, Italian seasoning and Italian blend cheese. 

Spread about 2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture over each noodle to within 1/2 in. of the edges. Top with the 2 tablespoon of the meat mixture. Carefully roll up each pasta noodle.

Spread about 1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce on the bottom of a 13 x 9 inch baking dish (spray with non stick spray). Place each roll seam side down. 

Continue roll the remainder of the lasagna rolls. Pour the remaining spaghetti sauce over the lasagna rolls and sprinkle with Mozzarella cheese. 

Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until bubbly. 

After 30 minutes, remove foil and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese or additional Mozzarella and bake an additional 10 minutes until cheese is melted. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. 

servings 6-8

Cook's Note: These lasagna rolls are also delicious with fresh spinach added. Now that my kids are older they will eat it with or without spinach. 








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13 comments:

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Jess NBP said... #

ooo those look yummy.. i'll be saving you to my recipe blog. Congrats on the brownies.

MrOrph said... #

Nicely done.

I concocted a lasagna roll-up as well, but mine are smothered in a rich bechemel. The little ones may object to such richeness.

~*Paty*~ said... #

Those look yummy. I'll have to try it. Thanks for visiting! You are welcome anytime. I'll have to bookmark you as well!

Anonymous said... #

Gosh those were so Good and my husband loved them I think I'm going to try them with sausage next time.Thanks

Live.Love.Eat said... #

This looks to die for. I would love to put some spinach in it. I hope to make it soon!

James said... #

What a great idea! Think I'll try that.

First, I'll have to make some ricotta ...

Southern Plate said... #

OMG I LOVE THIS RECIPE!!!! I am making this soon!!!!!!!!
I think I've died and gone to heaven...

HiHoOhio said... #

Excellent recipe, kid friendly and they help make it! AWESOME
No real green stuff is key!!!

Tina Butler said... #

Stefanie i would love to put some spinach in it as well because i know i would love it. My kids on the other hand would say no way!!!! so at least this way its kid friendly and thats the key sometimes in our house. thanks for the comment.

Jodi said... #

I couldn't find my recipe for lasagna roll ups and found yours. I made it tonight but I also added sausage. It was really good. I was wondering if you would mind if I posted it on my blog and I would add a link to your recipe and photos. email me at jodilyns10 at gmail dot com Thanks!!

Tina Butler said... #

I dont have a problem with adding the recipe. I am so glad you liked it.

Anonymous said... #

i am definitely going to give this a try. I am not terribly big on pepperoni. The husband refuses to eat any other type of pasta except lasagna... so its a catch 22. I figure a twist on lasagna will be good.