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The allure of a delicious lasagna is oftentimes too tempting to resist. Those with cooking, baking, or casserole dishes have probably made at least one lasagna in their lifetime. It’s an easy favorite and sure win, after all. With layer after layer of pasta, meat, and cheese, this Italian dish is absolutely delish. From the brightness of your tomato to your hearty meats, and topping it all off with your scrumptious, gooey cheese, lasagna is a crowd pleaser, whether on the most ordinary and special of days. Looking for a way to spice up this classic pasta? Try these easy to make—and easy to enjoy—lasagna roll ups for your timeless favorite with a simpler and more convenient twist!
Let’s admit it: as much as we love cooking, sometimes we simply don’t always have the time to whip up hearty and satisfying dishes. This is especially true during the busy weekdays. Lasagna may be delicious, but it also can take up quite a lot of time during the day—from prep alone. And even when it tastes great, serving it can be kind of an endeavor in itself. The messy struggle it takes to remove your serving from the pan makes what should be a fun and rewarding meal a bit less so. But there’s no need to worry! With these lasagna roll-ups, you get a simpler, more organized, and more efficient way to eat this Italian treat!
In lasagna roll-ups, your serving portions are rolled up and practically prepared just for you. You still get all the components and layers of your classic pasta, minus the hassle of having to cut a piece for yourself. Lasagna roll-ups are perfect to serve your kids who may still be messy eaters. But they’re also ideal for parties with friends when you don’t want to halt the conversation mid-slice. Creamy and rich, this lasagna dish gives you everything you love about lasagna and more — and it’s so much quicker to make, too.
Lasagna Roll-Ups Ingredients
Like every good lasagna, these lasagna roll-ups come with three main components. Firstly, you have your pasta. To save on time, you can buy any pack of lasagna noodles from your local store. This recipe will make use of 12 sheets, to make enough to serve and satisfy your entire family!
The next important part of your lasagna roll-ups, of course, would be your meat sauce! Hearty and meaty, this sauce is full of ground beef and marinara sauce that just oozes with comfort. Your meat gives your pasta the protein it needs, and it complements your marinara sauce as well as a spaghetti bolognese would, too! The brightness of your marinara sauce also helps cut through whatever richness your cheese will later bring. Parsley, too, adds to this element’s tastiness. If you want a slightly lighter alternative to beef, ground chicken, turkey, or even UnMeat for plant based dieters will surely do the trick!
Lastly, we can’t forget about your lasagna roll-ups’ cheese filling! After all, one thing that makes lasagna especially mouthwatering is the gooey cheese layers that permeate it. We’ll be using three kinds of cheeses today in order to get that optimal cheesiness we love in a good lasagna. Ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese will come together to create that ultimately irresistible cheese filling. Your lasagna roll-ups simply wouldn’t be complete without them!
How to Cook Lasagna Roll-Ups
Let’s start making your lasagna roll-ups together! Begin with your pasta—it’s the easiest of all the components to cook, after all. Boil 6 cups of water in a cooking pot, and add your salt and 12 lasagna sheets. Cook them according to package instructions, before draining the water and setting your pasta aside.
The Meat Sauce
Then, in another cooking pot, make your meat sauce by browning the ground beef in a cooking pot. Your onions and garlic will go in at this point. Once your onions soften, pour marinara sauce into the pot and bring your mix to a boil. Add a Knorr beef cube for that extra flavor and depth, before reducing the heat to a simmer. Let your meat sauce cook for about 8 to 10 minutes, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Once you’re happy with your meat sauce, you can set it aside.
Next is your cheese filling! This part is quite simple, too. All you need to do is combine all the cheese filling ingredients into one bowl! Ricotta, parmesan, and mozzarella cheese combine with a beaten egg and chopped basil. Mix this combination well until you’re happy with how everything’s been incorporated.
Assembling the lasagna
We’ve now come to the most exciting part; with all of your individual components ready, you can now begin actually assembling your lasagna roll-ups! On a flat surface, arrange your lasagna noodle sheets. On each sheet, spread about 3 to 4 tablespoons of that delectable cheese filling. And on top, spread about 2 tablespoons of that hearty and gorgeous meat mixture. On a baking pan, meanwhile, spread half a cup of meat therein before rolling each lasagna sheet and arranging it in the same.
After topping it with the remaining meat sauce, sprinkle your lasagna roll-ups pan with a cup of mozzarella cheese. Cover it with alumnimum foil, and bake for about 30 minutes at 375F.
Once your timer’s up, take the foil out and broil until your cheese browns for a bit. Then, remove it from the oven—in all its fragrant, delectable goodness—and sprinkle some parsley on top.
Compact and classically delicious, these lasagna roll-ups will never fail! Let us know what you and your family think of this Italian delight. Enjoy!
Curious about what you can serve with these lasagna roll-ups? Try these on for size:
- 12 sheets lasagna noodles
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese
- 3 tablespoons parsley minced
- 6 cups water
- 1 teaspoon salt
Meat sauce ingredients:
Cheese filling ingredients:
- 1 lb. ricotta cheese
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese
- 5 tablespoons parmesan cheese
- 1 egg beaten
- 3 tablespoons basil chopped
- Boil 6 cups water in a cooking pot. Add salt and put-in the lasagna sheets. Cook it according to package instructions. Drain the water and set aside the lasagna.
- Make the meat sauce by browning the ground beef in a cooking pot. Add onion and garlic. Continue cooking until the onion softens.
- Pour the marinara sauce into the pot. Stir and let the mixture boil. Add Knorr beef cube. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 8 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and ground black pepper. Set aside.
- Combine all the cheese filling ingredient in a bowl. Mix well. Set aside.
- Arrange the lasagna on a flat surface. Scoop around 3 to 4 tablespoons of cheese filling mixture and spread it over each lasagna sheet. Spread around 2 tablespoons of meat mixture over it.
- Spread ½ cup of meat sauce on your baking pan. Roll each lasagna sheet and arrange it on the pan. Top with remaining meat sauce and sprinkle 1 cup mozzarella cheese over it. Cover the pan with aluminum foil. Bake in 375F for 30 minutes.
- Take the foil out and broil until cheese browns a bit. Remove from the oven and sprinkle parsley on top.
- Serve. Share and enjoy!