Lasagna Rolls

There is something that gets me about individually packaged items – string cheese, cupcakes, even bananas. It tells me the portion I’m supposed to eat. Most importantly, it’s all mine, not meant for sharing.

Lasagna rolls are another individually packaged item. There is no dividing and conquering of the baking dish. You only need to scoop out the delicious little lasagna packages.

Ricotta and spinach are wrapped in a long lasagna noodle and blanketed with tomato sauce. Melty cheese is the final layer, as if you need more incentive to make this.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons grated parmesan
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 uncooked lasagna noodles
  • 2 cups marinara sauce, more if you like sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella

How To:

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Thaw spinach in a microwave safe bowl and squeeze dry. Mix the ricotta, spinach, 1 cup of the Parmesan, egg, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl.

Add a tablespoon of oil to a large pot of boiling salted water. Boil the noodles until just tender but still firm to bite (al dente). Drain the noodles and lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet to prevent sticking.

Spray a 13 X 9 inch baking dish with non-stick spray. Pour 1 cup of the marinara sauce over the bottom of the prepared dish. Working on the baking sheet, lay out 1 lasagna noodle. Spread about 1/4 cup of the ricotta mixture evenly over the noodle and starting at 1 end, roll each noodle up. Lay the lasagna roll seam side down, without touching, on of the marinara sauce in the baking dish. Repeat with the remaining noodles and ricotta mixture. Spoon 2 cups of marinara sauce over the lasagna rolls and sprinkle the mozzarella and Parmesan over the marinara. Cover tightly with foil and bake until fully heated through (sauce will be bubbly), about 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for 10 minutes; the cheese will become golden. Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes. Serve your individual lasagna rolls, and feel free to have more than one.

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