March 25, 2013

Spinach Lasagna Rolls

My first month of planned meals has gone fairly well so far, and I thought this recipe was one that definitely needed to be shared. These lasagna rolls were surprisingly quick to put together, and they could easily be made non-vegetarian as well. (Add some sort of meat to the ricotta mixture or use a meat-based marinara sauce.) I know it's a good meal when Lars doesn't tell me it would have been better with meat in it, so I consider this one a huge success. He also told me that the rolls looked so good they looked like something that I'd taken straight out of a box and baked - a great compliment in my book. :)

Spinach Lasagna Rolls 
Adapted from here
Serves 3-4*

6 Lasagna noodles, cooked*
8 oz Ricotta cheese
1/4 Cup Parmesan cheese
1 Egg
2 Cups spinach, chopped*
1/4 Cup fresh basil, chopped
1 Cup marinara sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
Mozzarella, shredded

1. Preheat oven to 350ยบ. Mix ricotta, Parmesan, egg, spinach, basil, and salt and pepper.
2. Spray baking dish with cooking spray and spread 1/2 cup of marinara sauce on the bottom of the dish.
3. Spread ricotta mixture on cooked lasagna noodles.*
4. Roll up each noodle and place seam side down in baking dish.
5. Spread remaining marinara sauce over each lasagna roll.
6. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella on top of each roll.
7. Cover dish tightly with foil and bake 40 minutes or until mozzarella is melted.
8. Remove from oven, let cool a few minutes, and enjoy!

Tips and Tricks:
  • I ate one roll with a side salad while Lars ate two. This allowed both of us to have dinner one night and lunch the next - four servings. If you eat more or less it will change the servings available. Just know that 6 noodles = 6 lasagna rolls.  :)
  • Simply cook the noodles according to the package directions. Once they are cooked, I took mine out of the pot with tongs and laid them on paper towels. It is easiest if you then place the "dried" noodles on wax paper to spread the ricotta mixture on each. The wax paper will let you easily, and without tearing the noodle, roll each up before placing it in the baking dish.
  • I used fresh spinach because the smallest frozen spinach I could find was 10 oz which is way to much for 6 lasagna rolls. If you're going to double the recipe feel free to buy a box of frozen spinach instead of chopping fresh.

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