Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Lasagna Rollups

One of our favourite recipes at home is these spinach and cheese mini lasagnas. My wife first found the recipe on pinterest but I've made some changes to make it go further.

The original recipe calls for 9 lasagna noodles and I've found it can go much further if you add some extra cheese and just use more noodles.

Ingredients:

  • 15 lasagna noodles, cooked
  • 1 package frozen spinach, thawed according to the package
  • 500g tub of ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • pepper
  • 680ml can pasta sauce. This is the size of hunts pasta sauce. YMMV.
  • 1 bag of italian blend shredded cheese. These are usually in the 320g range. More is better though.
Preheat the oven to 350F. Start cooking the lasagna noodles but don't cook them as long as the box would suggest. I like to do a "super al dente" so I usually go one minute shorter than the box says. This will help them keep their shape after baking. Put the spinach in the microwave to start thawing, this usually takes about 7 minutes total so it should be done about the same time the noodles are.

When the noodles are done I like to lay them out on cooling racks. This will make them cool enough to work with and usually most of the water will dry off of them. You want them dry on the surface so they are a bit sticky, it helps with the rolling.

Get a 9 x 12 baking dish and put about a cup of the pasta sauce in the bottom.

In a bowl combine the spinach, ricotta, parmesan, egg, pepper, and about 1/4 of the shredded cheese. Mix this all up.

Get a piece of wax paper and put it on the counter or wrap a cutting board in it. This will be your assembly station. Lay out a noodle and spread an even layer of the spinach mixture on it. How much? You're going to have to estimate. You need to do this 14 more times and you don't want to run out of mix. Roll each noodle and place it seam side down in the pan. Repeat this until you have 15 nice little bundles in the pan,

Take the remaining pasta sauce and spoon it over the lasagnas and then sprinkle the remaining cheese over them. Cover in tin foil and put in the oven for 40 minutes. If the cheese on top isn't melted after 40 minutes, uncover and put under the broiler for 3-5 minutes.

Laying out the cooked noodles on cooling racks

Filling all mixed up

Spread the filling on a lasagna noodle. Don't worry about getting it even. When you roll it up that'll even out the filling

Putting the rolls in the pan

All 15 rolled up

Covered with pasta sauce and cheese

Fresh out of the oven and cooling.

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