Monday, March 3, 2014

Lasagna Rolls

So Little Devil has been house and dog sitting while a friend is out of town.  I think she's enjoying the "freedom" of having her own place for a week.  Who wouldn't enjoy it when nothing there is your responsibility financial or otherwise, besides feeding a cute lab mix named Ludo?  We haven't seen much of her this week.  She dropped by to get some clothes the other morning and the only thing I said was, "Lasagna Rolls for dinner." She stopped in her tracks and said, "See ya tonight."  It's not hard to get the family around the table with this yummy, Italian entree.  It's simple to prepare, requires just a few ingredients and  the finished product looks darned fancy. 

An easy, but IMPRESSIVE entree...
Spread filling over cooked lasagna noodle.
Begin at one end of the noodle and roll up.
It should look like this.
Place in casserole dish seam side down and
cover with marinara sauce.
Serve and enjoy!
Easier than regular lasagna, but just as tasty.

Lasagna Rolls

1 (16 ounce) box lasagna noodles
1 (15 ounce) carton Ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg
1 (10 ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed
1 large jar marinara sauce of your choice

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Spray an oven-safe casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside.  Get a large pot of water boiling and cook the lasagna noodles until they are al dente (about 12-15 minutes.)  While the noodles are boiling, prepare the filling.  Squeeze as much liquid from the spinach as you can.  Combine the spinach with the ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan and egg.  Season well with salt and pepper.  When the noodles have finished cooking, rinse with cold water.  I like to pat each one dry with a paper towel as I go.  On a clean surface, lay a noodle out flour and place a couple of tablespoons of filling onto the noodle.  Spread to cover from end to end.  (Do not get too thick because you want the noodle to roll up.)  Begin at one end and roll the noodle up.  Place in the prepared casserole dish seam side down.  Continue until you have used up remaining noodles and filling.  (You may have a few noodles left over.  I usually cook entire box to allow for extras because some noodles may tear or break.)  Pour the marinara sauce over the rolled noodles, making sure all of them are well-covered.  (This will help keep them soft while baking.)  Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes. 

Prep Time:  Approximately 25 minutes     Cook Time:  Approximately 30 minutes

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