February 11, 2014

Lasagna Spinach Roll Ups

On the Menu Today~
Lasagna Spinach Roll Ups

Make it Italian Dinner Night~

Lasagna Roll-Ups

  • 1 (16 oz) package lasagna noodles
  • 1 pound ground beef, turkey or pork
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (9 oz) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 2 teaspoons garlic and herb seasoning blend
  • 1/3 cup jarred pesto
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 (16 oz) container ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese, save 2 tablespoons for the top
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, save 1/2 cup for filling
  • 1 (26-28 oz) jar tomato pasta sauce of your choice
Cooking Directions
  1. Heat oven to 375ยบ Spray 13 x 9 (3 quart) glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray, set aside. Cook lasagna noodles as directed on package, drain and rinse with cold water, set aside.
  2. Heat oil in large skillet until hot, saute onion and garlic for 5 minutes. Add ground beef, turkey, or pork; cook until beef, turkey or pork is browned, drain. Season with 2 teaspoons garlic and herb seasoning. Add chopped spinach, mix well. Remove for heat, set aside to cool.
  3. In a large bowl mix together pesto, sour cream, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Fold in meat/spinach mixture. Pour 1/2 cup tomato pasta sauce in prepared dish. Spoon 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup filling down the center of each lasagna noodle. Gently roll up, place in prepared pan until all noodles and meat mixture is used. Pour remaining pasta sauce over lasagna roll ups. Sprinkle with rest of the mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese.
  4. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour or until heated through and bubbly.

*If you prefer, you can make this meatless.
Omit the ground beef, turkey or pork.

  • Mix together pesto, ricotta cheese, sour cream and cheese

  •  Pour 1/2 cup tomato sauce in bottom of baking dish

  • Stir spinach/meat mixture into ricotta cheese mixture

  • Boil noodles according to package directions, drain well

  • Lay noodles flat on surface

  • Spoon a 1/3 cup cheese/spinach mixture onto noodle

  • With back of spoon spread filling

  • Repeat with filling and noodles

  • Roll up noodles

  •  Keep rolling up

  •  Place rolls in prepared pan

  •  Spoon sauce over shells

  • Sprinkle remaining cheese on top

  • Cover with foil and bake until hot and bubbly
Lasagna, Cheese, Spinach, Sauce

Health Note: Lean cuts of beef (round steak, beef loin, and sirloin) are lower in fat and saturated fat than fattier cuts such as rib eye. Less fat and saturated fat is better for heart health.
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