Friday, November 4, 2011

Weeknight Lasagna Rolls {recipe}

I call these weeknight lasagna rolls because they are quick and much easier than a regular lasagna. They are a regular in our menu rotation because they are a nice change from boring spaghetti. I have seen a lot of variations of lasagna rolls and they all look delicious. So I took a few recipes and combined them to make this simple one. They don’t exactly photograph well, but you will get the idea!

Weeknight Lasagna Rolls

Prep: 20 minutes
Bake: 350 degrees
Makes: 8 rolls
8 lasagna noodles
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 pound ground beef, turkey, or chicken
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
14 teaspoon black pepper
7 oz ricotta cheese
1 tablespoon fresh basil
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

In a large pot of salted water, boil noodles according to directions. Take about a minute off the recommended cooking time. This will leave just a slight bite to the noodles and allow them to be pliable but not fall apart when assembling.  Once they are cooked, drain and rinse with cold water. Cool them completely, as you will be handling them soon!

Meanwhile, in a large pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add ground beef/turkey/chicken, garlic salt, and garlic. Brown meat and drain excess fat before returning to pan. Add desired amount of sauce and reduce heat to low. We like a lot of sauce, so I usually add 3/4 of a jar, but use the amount that is right for your family’s preference. 
Lasagna Rolls

Spray a 9x9 inch glass pan with non-stick cooking spray. Add a generous amount of spaghetti sauce to the bottom of the pan. Enough to cover the bottom completely as this will prevent the rolls from sticking. Lasagna Rolls1

In a medium bowl, combine garlic powder, black pepper, ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, and basil. Using a flat surface such as a cutting board or counter top, lay a lasagna noodle flat. Spread 2 tablespoons of cheese filling evenly over the noodle and starting at the end closest to you, slowly roll the noodle up. Place seam side down in the pan and continue with the remaining noodles and filling.
Lasagna Rolls2

Once finished, spoon desired amount of meat sauce over rolls and top with mozzarella cheese. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

If desired, serve rolls topped with additional parmesan cheese, garlic bread, or salad. Enjoy!

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Sandy said...

I made something similar to this last week (was low cal version with chopped spinach instead of meat) and it was delicious! I will have to try this version too :)

nitro rc cars said...

Cooking is my hobby. Also cook it same way with little bit difference, which is such a testy and yummy. At the end I added lots of butter milk and creams.

Shauna K said...

visiting from Don't Waste your Homemaking- this is truly fabulous!! looks a lot easier than trying to spread the ricotta filling out over a regular pan full of noodles (can never get it even and the noodles always shift around!) not to mention perfect for freezing because then you can just defrost one or two servings!! definitely bookmarking this :D

The Mommy Jogger said...

This looks yummy and I"m going to try it. It would be awesome if there was a printer friendly version! :)

Holly Lefevre said...

My kids (and me too) woudl love this!

Trish @MomOnTimeout said...

That looks heavenly! I know my boys would love this recipe. I'd love for you to share this recipe with my readers if you get a chance. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

That a great idea! easier to serve and layer well!

KAT said...

I have got to try this one night for a hearty dinner ! Thanks for the idea !

- KAT -

Marie said...

Looks yummy! So glad you linked up with us! Have a great week!


Beth said...

I have purchased premade ones like these, but they seem to lack flavor. I might give this recipe a try instead!

Trish @MomOnTimeout said...

Thank you so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday! Hope to see you again tomorrow :)
-Trish @ Mom On Timeout

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