Friday, August 16, 2013

Lasagna Roll Ups

Let me start off by saying I LOVE Pinterest! Best invention EVER!! Yesterday, during the freezing cold snow day here, I spent about an hour pinning recipes and ideas for redoing the girls bedrooms (a post for a later date)! I stumbled across a recipe for little lasagna rolls ups that another friend had pinned and HAD to make them!! They just looked too delicious! I should preface the following by reiterating that I did not come up with this recipe! The link to the recipe will be posted at the end of this post and give credit to the original recipe poster! Anyhow...back to me making lasagna roll up. The recipe I found was for spinach and cheese roll ups but I decided to add a bit of ground beef to them, bc I like meat lasagna. Next time I think I will add shredded chicken. is the recipe how I made it... Ingredients 1 pound lasagna noodles 1/3 pound lean ground beef 15 ounces light ricotta cheese 1 cup Italian Blend cheese 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 egg 10 ounces frozen spinach 15 ounces pasta sauce of your choice...I uesd Bertolli Four Cheese Rosa salt and pepper (to taste) non stick spray (as needed) Directions 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2. Brown ground beef and drain off any fat. Set aside. 3. Get a large pot of water boiling with a dash of salt. When it comes to a full boil add the lasagna noodles and cook until al dente (soft but not soggy...about 12 minutes). When they are done boiling drain in a strainer. 4. While the noodles are boiling...Prepare the filling. Thaw the package of frozen spinach in the microwave, then squeeze out as much excess fluid as possible. Combine the spinach, ricotta, Italian cheese blend, Parmesan, egg, ground beef, pepper and salt. Mix until well combined. 5. Spray your baking dish with non stick spray. 6. On a clean surface lay out a sheet of parchment paper (it keeps the counter clean and the noodles are sticky!) Lay out a few noodles at a time (I did 4 at a time). Place a couple tablespoons of filling on each noodle and spread out to all the edges. The filling doesnt need to be thick bc when its rolled up it will be compounded! (I put bit too much on my first 4 but still had enough for 12 noodles) 7. Roll up each noodle and place in your baking dish. Repeat until your filling is gone. I had enough filling and room for 12 roll ups so I had some noodles left over, which is may need spares if noodles rip/break during boiling or rolling. 8. Top roll ups with your sauce, covering completely. The sauce will help the noodles stay moist during baking. 9. Cover your baking dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
Recipe found here on Pinterest! The original blog is apparently no longer available though :(

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