Lasagna Roll-Ups

23 Oct

My husband had been asking for Manicotti…. for some reason I was having the HARDEST time finding the manicotti shells so I bought lasagna noodles instead even though I didn’t feel like assembling a lasagna on a weeknight! So, I had a brilliant idea – brown the beef and boil the noodles as soon as I get home, drain and allow to cool while I go for a jog on a brisk fall early evening and then roll up the noodles with meaty and ooey-gooey filling and not burn my fingers!

To be honest, I had never heard of lasanga rolls, nor thought of the idea until about a year ago when a lot of women on the What’s Cooking Board of the nest started making them. I had been wanting to try them but I guess I just never got around to it. I mean seriously – this is such a versitile meal – you can use whatever fillings you want and just assemble by rolling and then bake in a casserole dish. These ones were pretty good but next time I’ll make more filling – there was just a little too much noodle in the noodle to filling ratio.

Here is what I did:
Lasagna Roll-Ups
Ingredients
8 lasagna noodles, boiled, drained and cooled a little
1 lb ground beef – cooked, drained and cooled a little
4 oz. ricotta cheese (I used skim)
6 oz. Italian Cheese blend (divided)
1 tablespoon Italian Season breadcrumbs
2 – 3 cups Marinara sauce
Directions
– Preheat oven to 375
– mix together the cooled beef, ricotta, 3 oz. Italian Cheese and breadcrumbs in a bowl
– Lay out cooled lasagna noodles and spread out 1/8th of meat mixture on each
– Going long-ways, roll up each filled noodle and place in a baking dish, seam side down
(I found the 8 fit well in an 8×5 dish)
– Once all are in the dish, top the roll-ups with marinara sauce
– top with remaining cheese
– Bake for about 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden and the sauce is bubbling

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One Response to “Lasagna Roll-Ups”

  1. Katie 10/24/2008 at 12:16 pm #

    Yum! What a great idea! I’m going to HAVE to make these for SIL b/c her fave is lasagna and these are too cute!

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