Lasagna Rolls

Kara and I have been wanting to make Lasagna Rolls since day uno of this blog. We talked about it all the time, but never followed through on the idea. I don’t know why. As I write this post I’m thinking back to the early days of our blog. We made list after list of recipes we wanted to try. Lasagna Rolls were always on those lists! Why did it take us so long to make them?To be honest I had never had a Lasagna Roll before, but I have had my fair share of lasagna. My mom makes it pretty often, especially for holidays. All I have to say is thank God we finally tried Lasagna Rolls! They were just as delicious as I had imagined. Kara, Cliff and I each scarfed down a Lasagna Roll straight outta the oven and I can assure you we licked our plates clean. 🙂

I don’t like mushrooms (actually hate is a better word) so I topped mine with spinach and broccoli only, but Kara and Cliff went with spinach, mushrooms and broccoli. You could use other vegetables too-red pepper, green pepper, onion, etc. Or you could skip the veggies and just do the cheese filling…although I suggest using veggies. If you’re a meat lover you can add chicken, ground beef, pancetta…the list goes on and on.

Note: I’ve noticed that many lasagna and lasagna roll recipes include both a red sauce and a bechamel sauce. We wanted to keep things simple so we skipped the bechamel sauce and instead used our Quickie Sauce which is posted in our Meatball Slider post. It’s a very basic red sauce, it’s good though, a definite go-to in our kitchen. The only thing we changed was adding some mascarpone cheese at the end. I think the addition of the mascarpone gave the creamy element that you’d expect from a bechamel sauce.


Here's what you'll need

While the Quickie Sauce is cooking, cook the mushrooms and broccoli in a large saute pan

Meanwhile, combine ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, egg, salt, pepper and parsley

Add the baby spinach to the vegetables

Add a half cup of mascarpone cheese…voila you have a creamier sauce!

Once the spinach has wilted your vegetables are done. Transfer to a bowl and set aside

Once the noodles are cooked, lay them out on a towel lined baking sheet

Working with 1 noodle at a time, spread the ricotta cheese mixture evenly, then top with the vegetables.

Roll the lasagna rolls up and place them seem side down in your baking dish

Top the lasagna rolls with plenty of sauce, then sprinkle with mozzarella cheese

Bake until the cheese is bubbly and melted, about 20 minutes

We've been waiting to make these for a year…and they were worth the wait!