Lasagna Roll Ups

I have a confession to make. I have never made a traditional lasagna. Ever.

There. I said it. Me, the baker and cook extraordinaire, has never made a traditional lasagna. I almost feel ashamed of that. But, I feel somewhat redeemed in this recipe. Take a look:

Doesn’t that look good? Introducing Lasagna Roll Ups. This new way to make and serve up your lasagna is something that you probably haven’t seen before, and is certainly not seen in restaurants. It makes itself into servings (easy to divide out), makes it fun for kids and you can probably get them to help you make it if you want.

Here are the items you’re going to need to pull off this fabulous dinner:

  • 1-16 ounce package of uncooked lasagna noodles (I use 12 of the noodles)
  • 3 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1-15 ounce container of ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 pound of ground beef, browned and drained
  • 1 cup of Parmesan cheese
  • 1-28 ounce jar of pasta sauce

To put it together, here’s how you do it (pictures included!):

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles, 3-4 at a time, for 5-8 minutes or just until slightly underdone

    Cook the noodles
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix together 2 cups of mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, ground beef and Parmesan cheese

    Make your cheese mixture
  • Remove noodles carefully, grasping the noodle at one end with tongs (and supporting them at the other end with a fork or other utensil so they do not tear) and carefully lay side-by-side on a baking sheet; add additional noodles to the water to cook while completing the next step

    Lay out your noodles side-by-side
  • Load up your cheese mixture down the length of your noodle, about 3/4 of the way down and you may choose to top that or not to top that with a line of pasta sauce (it will be covered with plenty of pasta sauce later if you choose not to); repeat for the rest of the noodles currently on your baking sheet

    Place the mixture on the noodle — choose to put the sauce on or not
  • Starting at the end that you started placing the cheese mixture, roll up the lasagna noodle; if some of the mixture squeezes out (or tries to…), it’s okay…either leave it hanging out or take a spoon and swipe it away

    Roll up your noodle (use 2 hands, though)
  • In a greased 9×13-inch pan, place your lasagna roll ups, with the tail down (as best you can)

    Put ’em in the pan
  • Repeat steps 3-5 until all noodles have been used (or the pan is full)

    Load ’em up
  • After all roll ups have been placed in the pan, top with pasta sauce

    Top with pasta sauce
  • Top with remaining mozzarella cheese

    Pile on the cheese
  • Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly; let stand for 5-10 minutes before serving

    Your delicious dinner awaits!

And then you end up with your delicious roll ups that you can serve to your family. It does take a bit of time to put together, I’ll be honest. But it’s gets faster and easier the more you do it. Just remember to be patient with it so you don’t tear the noodles too bad (a little tearing is okay, just a bit more difficult to work with).

This quantity will easily serve a family of 4 with leftovers. We cook this much and it serves as meals for me for work, which is so easy to transport in a small container and absolutely wonderful, even a day or two later.

If you want to see a vegetarian option, hop to the bottom an click on the link to take you to the original recipe

Give it a shot and let me know how it works for you.

Original recipe from AllRecipes.com.