Sunday, December 21, 2008

Cheesy Lasagna Rolls

Grading scale: A

I actually made these about a week ago. I didn't post it because Shayla had just barely posted it on her blog (that's actually where I got the idea!), but these little lasagna rolls have had such an effect on me that I haven't stopped thinking about them since. I made 13 lasagna rolls and I, like Shayla, added 1 lb of meat into the mixture. As I was sitting watching the food network last night, I was thinking about these lasagna rolls and I think I found the perfect way to make them just PERFECT. While I really loved these, I also thought the filling was a bit dry, kind of pasty texture. I also thought that the meat didn't have a lot of flavor. I've added a small jar of tomato sauce to the filling and suggest while browning the meat to add some Italian Seasoning. I also think it might be good to do a mixture of cottage cheese and ricotta cheese. These made excellent leftovers!

Here is my edited recipe:

Cheesy Lasagna Rolls

12 Lasagna noodles, cooked and cooled (I used 13 because I boiled 14 and only one of them came out cracked)
1 jar spaghetti sauce, divided

Filling:
1 lb ground beef (cooked with a bit of Italian Seasoning to taste)
1 small can tomato sauce (the smallest can you can find because you might not use it all)
1 container (15 oz) ricotta cheese
1 egg
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp parsley flakes
1/8 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic salt
2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided (1 1/2 cup for filling, 1/2 cup on top)

Pour 1/2 of spaghetti sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan, just enough to cover the bottom to prevent sticking. Brown meat. Mix together all ingredients for the filling, using just enough tomato sauce to make it moist, but not runny. Lay noodles flat and spread filling mixture on noodles. Roll up like a sleeping bag and lay in pan. Top with remaining sauce and mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.

*Note: Do not over cook noodles. Follow directions on box of noodles.

4 comments:

Cindi said...

Hi~ I just found your blog, and I would really like to make these lasagna rolls. I have a question. Are you talking about adding regular tomato sauce, like a can of Hunts brand...or a small jar of spaghetti sauce? I want to make sure I do it right! THANKS! Cindi

Jeanene Stoica said...
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Gianina said...

Hi Cindi! Are you talking about the tomato sauce for the filling? For that just use like a hunts brand tomato sauce, but for the bottom of the pan and the topping use marinara sauce like... prego or your own specialty.
Let me know how it turns out!

Cindi said...

Thank you! Yes, I was referring to the sauce added in the filling. In the description of the recipe, it says to add a small "jar" of tomato sauce, and then in the recipe it says "can" of tomato sauce...so I wanted to make sure if it was a can like Hunts, or if it was more of the spaghetti sauce called for in the recipe. I don't mean to be picky....I just want mine to turn out as good as yours did! I will be trying it probably this week. Thanks for the nice blog and recipes, and for answering my question!

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