An easy weeknight bake, this Lasagna Roll Ups recipe features cheese and a meaty sauce for a comforting meal the whole family will love.
Listen, I’m the first one to respect tradition, but I prefer this Tasty Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe over the traditional hefty pan of baked lasagna. There are fewer ingredients, it comes together much faster, and is every bit as delicious. Nobody wants to face making a pan of Nonna’s lasagna on a Wednesday, but you can make this Lasagna Roll Ups recipe and have a comforting, tasty dinner that's ready in about an hour.
Plus, i you’re cooking for one or two people, this Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe is perfect because it makes two to three servings. You won’t be faced with trying to find a home for a pan of half-eaten lasagna after your dinner!
To make my Lasagna Roll Ups recipe, you’ll need these ingredients:
6 lasagna noodles
1 box frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1 (15-ounce) carton whole milk ricotta cheese
1 large garlic clove, grated
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
3 cups Bolognese (or marinara) sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Salt and pepper
First, cook the lasagna noodles per instructions on the box, but reduce the time by 2 minutes. Remember to liberally salt the water in your pasta pot. Carefully remove the noodles from water and place on a cookie sheet to cool. If you’re using fresh lasagna noodles, you can skip this step.
Because I made just 6 lasagna rolls, I used about 2/3 of the spinach and 12 ounces of ricotta. Mix the spinach with ricotta, grated garlic, Parmesan and about ¼ teaspoon each of salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
I used an 8-inch-square baking pan that I greased with a drizzle of olive oil. You can also treat the pan with a non-stick spray. Spread half of your tomato sauce in the bottom of the baking pan.
How to assemble Lasagna Roll Ups
Once the noodles are cooled, spread the spinach and cheese mixture gently down the length of each lasagna noodle. Roll the lasagna, placing the noodle seam side down in the sauce. Repeat until all the lasagna is rolled. (Some people stand the lasagna rolls up, but my pan wasn't deep enough, although that makes a lovely presentation.)
Pour the remainder of the tomato sauce on top of the Lasagna Roll Ups and bake covered at 375 degrees F 25 minutes. Remove the foil, sprinkle the shredded mozzarella over the top of lasagna and bake another 15 minutes until the cheese has melted and sauce is bubbling.
This Tasty Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe also is versatile
If you’re in a pinch to make the marinara sauce but have a jar of pasta sauce in your pantry, use it! To make this a vegetarian dish, leave the meat out of the sauce; but my Slow Cooker Classic Bolognese would be beautiful in this Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe.
Some of you may not be fans of spinach; however, when mixed with the ricotta and garlic, it is a delightful addition to this recipe. But a suitable substitution might be fresh chopped basil or parsley.
Give this recipe a try, and remember, what Nonna doesn’t know won’t hurt her. Let us know in the comments below how yours turned out!
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