Friday, April 06, 2012

Lasagna Rolls

Lasagna is one of my favourite meals. These lasagna rolls are a neat-looking spin on the usual dish. I think I first saw them on one of Giada de Laurentiis' cooking shows. I find the rolls stay together a bit better when you cut into them than plain lasagna, though they're probably a bit messier to make - but that's part of the fun!

  • 2 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Ground beef (I didn't measure it but I would guess I used about about 6 ounces)
  • 1 large can of tomato sauce
  • Italian herbs
  • 8 lasagna noodles
  • 1 container (about 2 cups or 500 g) of ricotta cheese
  • 1 handful of spinach, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Sprinkling of Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a large baking dish. In a large saucepan, saute the garlic and onion in the olive oil over medium heat until they have softened. Add the ground beef and use a wooden spoon to separate the ground beef. Saute until the beef is browned.

Drain the fat and then add the tomato sauce, salt and pepper and a good sprinkling of Italian herbs. I just use store-bought dried herb mix but you can use whatever you prefer, like fresh basil. Simmer the sauce for as long as possible so that the ground beef is tender. I like to leave it on low for half an hour to an hour. When the meat sauce is done, let it cool enough that you can work with it. Since you will be making the rolls with some sauce inside, make sure it won't burn you if some sauce escapes the rolls.

Boil the lasagna noodles in a large pot of well-salted water and then lay them flat on big plates or a baking sheet so they can cool and you can work with them. Don't oil them to keep them from sticking, otherwise the cheese and sauce that you will layer on them will slide off. On a side note, you shouldn't be adding oil to your pasta water ever - it makes it harder for the sauce to stick to the pasta.

In a large bowl, mix the ricotta cheese, chopped spinach, egg and salt and pepper with a fork until the ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Spread some of the ricotta mixture on the lasagna noodles, leaving some room at the ends to start and finish the roll. You don't need very much - a little goes a long way, especially because if you pile it all on and you start rolling the lasagna noodles, the cheese and sauce will come spilling out. Spread a layer of meat sauce on top of the ricotta. Roll the lasagna noodle up and then put it in the baking dish seam side down. Repeat with the rest of the noodles until the dish is full.

Spread the rest of the meat sauce on top of the lasagna rolls, then top with shredded mozzarella and dust the Parmesan cheese on top. Bake for 30 minutes or until the lasagna rolls are cooked through and the cheese is golden brown.


Days of Chalk and Chocolate      

It's OVerflowing   {nifty button} Addicted to Recipes Button, Page button   Hear The Bells'

UndertheTableandDreaming   StoneGable  

Our Delightful Home   Mixitup   &nbsp


  1. Yum - I can see the advantages to doing it that way - including a better "portion control". I love lasagna too!! I'm going to give this a go.

    Poots xx

  2. Looks very good and great pics! Your newest follower! Can you please post on my Taste This Thursday party!?


  3. Really like your blog!
    A wonderful post!

    Have you got an account in instagram?
    If yes, write me your name!

  4. WOW! This looks super yummy! Thanks for stopping by Show Me What You Got Tuesday's @ ODH.

    Mrs. Delightful

  5. It looks so yuuummmyyy!!!
    I also LOVE lasagna!!

  6. This looks wonderful! Found you from Chef in Training!

  7. These lasagna rolls look so yummy! We hope you'll be back to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". We loved having you! -The Sisters

  8. Oh my goodness...this looks so yummy!! Lasagna is one of my husbands favorite foods. I will have to make this for him sometime. I like the idea of making it into rolls. It lloks so nice on the plate.

  9. Ok- I'm totally inspired to make dinner now. And I agree this is a great way to portion control your lasagna. I always want to eat the whole pan!

  10. We love lasagna - and these rolls are a perfect way to make lasagna without a ton of leftovers!
    Thanks for sharing this at our "Beautify It Monday" Party! We hope you'll be back again next week!

  11. We love lasagna - and these rolls are a perfect way to make lasagna without a ton of leftovers!
    Thanks for sharing this at our "Beautify It Monday" Party! We hope you'll be back again next week!

  12. I love lasagna too, and those look delicious!!

    Thanks for sharing at Simply Klassic!


Thanks for stopping by. I love hearing from you!

Are you a no-reply blogger? Make sure you have set your profile to show your email address so that you can get replies to your comments.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...