Thursday, December 18, 2008

Lasagna Rolls

Using up what's in the fridge - the theme for last night's dinner.

Let's see, there's some ricotta, half of a jar of spaghetti sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses... and in the pantry I have 4 leftover lasagna noodles from last week's chicken-veggie lasagna. Add in some onions, garlic, and spinach and I think we have something! Here is what I threw together -


  • Lasagna noodles (this recipe would have made 6, but I only had 4)
  • 16 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 c each (estimated) shredded mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 sm onion, chopped
  • 1 package frozen spinach, thawed and very well drained (squeeze ALL of the water out!!)
  • Optional: red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Spaghetti sauce


  • Cook lasagna noodles
  • Heat olive oil in a small pan; saute onions and garlic until tender, about 3-4 minutes
  • Mix ricotta, egg, half of the mozzarella and Parmesan, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, cooked onions and garlic, and spinach
  • Once noodles are done, spread each one with the ricotta mixture. Top with a tiny bit of mozzarella and Parmesan. Roll it up and place in a baking dish, seam side down.
  • Once all of the rolls have been rolled, pour some spaghetti sauce over them and top with the rest of the shredded cheeses.
  • Bake on 375, covered, for approximately 30-40 minutes or until bubbly.
  • Let sit for 5 minutes before eating so they really set.

These were delicious and SO much easier than making a full tray of lasagna. And what a great way to use up those last few noodles that never would have fit in my baking dish when I made lasagna.

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  1. looks beautiful and so chock full of goodness!

  2. These look great and I have some random lasagna noodles lying around that I need to use up!

  3. Sort of spiral cannelloni, really!

  4. I love the "using up what I have in the fridge" meals. It always gives me a chance to get creative! Good job!

  5. A whole tray is way too much for just 2 people, this is a great alternative. Then again, I never mind leftover lasagna =)

  6. I am telling you, sister, these look wonderful and I swear I can smell them! Happy Holidays!