Cook it Your Way – Easy Breezy Lasagna Roll Ups

I love baking and I am slowly getting more into cooking over the past few years. However, nothing frustrates me more  than finding a recipe for a scrumptious dish to find out that I cannot identify half of the ingredients or buy them in my local market. In many cases, I just cannot afford the pricey goods. 

Okay, some things frustrate me more, but I do get kinda irritated.

Back in February I shared a little of my style of cooking. In a nutshell, it’s taking very common ingredients, translating it into how busy and very real people cook on a week night, and making something yummy. Very simple.

One of my go-to’s because it’s so easy to customize is Lasagna Roll Ups. You can add  any veggie, protein, or sauce and it always tastes great. I will provide the basics here and urge you to run with it on your own.

Easy Breezy Lasagna Roll Ups

Essential Ingredients:  

  • 5-6 Lasagna Noodles
  • Ricotta Cheese
  • Pasta Sauce (This time I used marinara, but Vodka or White sauces are good, too!)

Optional Add ins:

  • Italian Seasonings
  • Parm Cheese
  • Protein: Sausage, Ground Turkey, Chicken, Beef
  • Veggies: Mushrooms, Spinach, Shaved Carrots, Tomatoes, Zucchini.. etc… 

Steps:

Preheat the oven to 375 Degrees

Boil Lasagna Noodles (about 5-6 per 1 sauce jar and 12 oz of ricotta)

If you are going to add veggies or protein, begin sauteing or baking them now. 

While the oven heats and the noodles boil, stir together ricotta cheese and choice of seasonings (I like heavy salt, pepper and Italian seasonings and a pinch of garlic powder). The trick is to taste it as you add it, as it’s a preference choice. I also like to add about a third cup of breadcrumbs and parm cheese to the  mix. Because, it’s fancy that way.

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When your veg and protein are done, chop them up or shed them to your taste. Remember that it needs to roll into the noodle, so smaller pieces (1 inch or less) are better. You may choose to stir them into the cheese or add them separately – either way, is good!

Next, drain your lasagna noodles and one-by-one lay them on a flat surface. Add your cheese mixture, protein, and veggies. Be sure to spread it flat. Then you roll the noodle like so:

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Continue until your noodles, cheese and extra add-ins are complete. As you roll them, add them to a deep dish (or, whatever you have available!). Add your sauce up top. You may wish to add cheese on top of the sauce, as well.

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Place your dish into the oven. Cook for about 45 minutes, or so. Take out and enjoy!

Your family will love it so much, they will be exhausted from cleaning up your mess (and all of the laundry, scrubbing the floors, bathroom scrubbing) they will go straight to bed and leave you to relax with a glass of your favorite beverage (that’s red wine for me).

Ha… just kidding. I have an 11 month old and 6pm – 8pm looks something like this:

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For those unsure, he is pretending to sleep only to jump up two minutes later and cry, laugh, and “bark” at the dog all in two minutes to only repeat himself.

Please note… this recipe is not meant to be perfect. That’s why there are no exact details, fancy ingredients, or fuss. This is for real people with real ingredients in their real homes.  You really can’t mess it up. You can even do all pre-oven steps ahead of time and freeze the roll-ups for cooking later. It’s that awesome. I make a version with spinach, mushrooms, chicken and alfredo sauce and other times with turkey sausage, marinara and basil. 

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