Monday, February 6, 2012

Dinner Tonight: Lasagna Rolls

Ok...not gonna lie...I was nervous about this simple little method I found in the Kraft Food and Family Magazine but then I made them and thought, good grief!  How simple!  They took minutes to make and the entire time I made mine, I chatted with my mom.  These are so easy and they were so yummy!  Plus, you can Mix and Match the heck out of this method.  I'm going to walk you through the steps and then give you the recipe at the bottom...trust me...this is a keeper recipe!

After you boil your lasagna noodles, you'll lay them out and put about 2-3 tablespoons of filling on each one.


I went and topped my filling with turkey pepperoni (the recipe is vegetarian).  You could also top it with shredded chicken, ground beef, sliced sausage...go crazy.


Then, I rolled up my lasagna rolls and placed them in a 8x8 inch pan.


I poured store bought spaghetti sauce over and topped with mozzarella cheese.


I baked uncovered for about 20 minutes.


Then I dove in!  These were soooooo good!  I even heated up the leftovers for lunch the next day and they were just as good.  My hubby told me this was a "fancy" meal...the kind you could entertain with or serve on Valentine's Day...however, in my book, fancy usually doesn't take just 15 minutes to prepare.  Love these!

Shopping List
1 box lasagna noodles
1 box frozen spinach, thawed and drained of any water
1 (3 ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided
1/2 Parmesan cheese
Turkey Pepperoni (optional)
2 cups spaghetti sauce

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Boil lasagna noodles until about 2 minutes shy of what the packaged instructions say is al dente (they'll continue cooking in the oven).

Spray an 8x8 inch baking dish with Pam.  Then spread about 1/2 cup of your spaghetti sauce across the bottom.

Once noodles have been cooked and drained, lay them out on a cutting board or work surface.  In a medium bowl, combine spinach, cream cheese, 1 cup of mozzarella, and Parmesan until combined.  Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of filling mixture at the bottom of each lasagna noodle.  Top with pepperoni (or any other protein).  Begin rolling from the bottom up (the filling should be rolled first because it's at the bottom).  Place each lasagna roll seem side down in your baking dish.  Once all the lasagna rolls are in, pour over remaining spaghetti sauce and top with remaining mozzarella cheese.

Bake uncovered about 20 minutes or until the sauce is bubbly and the cheese in browned.

You could add in any veggie you like to this dish...you could change up the cheeses any way too.  This is a very versatile method.  Once you make it the first time, I promise you'll keep coming back to it.

Bon Appetit! (I minored in French in college and now I'm finally getting to use it!)


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8 comments:

Amber Massey said...

Oh.. YUMMO! Love it :) Will be making these- another great way to use my favorite pepperoni! I think of you everytime I purchase, eat.. or even glance at them in the fridge. Love you mucho!

apexliving said...

This recipe looks so easy! I can't wait to add this to my menu list! I am thinking of preparing and freezing for a busy night of football practice/cheerleading or PTA meetings. This sounds great.

Tara G. said...

When we first married, I found a similar recipe in the Better Homes and Garden cookbook- turkey and broccoli were in the filling. I haven't made them for a long time....I can't get around food allergies a family member has. :(

Courtney said...

I made this for Valentine's Day! Great recipe. Thank you!

I did mine with chicken and added carrots, green peppers, mushrooms and onions! It was amazing.

Katie Compton said...

Do you think I could just chop up fresh spinach instead of using frozen?? Your blog is wonderful!!

Mix and Match Mama said...

You can use fresh spinach...you'll just need quite a bit of it. I love the frozen because you get so much for such a great price but yes, you can totally use fresh!

Katie Compton said...

I'm going to go with frozen. :) Had some fresh on hand but not much. Thank you for the quick response! These are on the menu for Wed. night. My little, Clara, is going to help me assemble. :) Seriously love both your blogs...I share your recipes all the time with my friends and family!!

Amie said...

Although I didn't pay attention to the amount of cream cheese and used 8oz (oops) it still turned out fabulous!! Super easy and the turkey pepperoni totally made this dish I thought :)

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