Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Food Hussy Recipe: Easy Vegetarian Lasagna Rollups

You know all those Tasty videos that have bombarded our Facebook feeds - well every once in a while - they look pretty darned good - right? One of those that caught my eye was the lasagna roll ups. So I decided to try them out for myself. 

I think I did a pretty good job - Larry even liked them - which is a victory in itself - that is until he realized they had spinach in them! :-)

First - I boiled my lasagna noodles - obviously to roll them - you have to use the boil ones - but I've tried the no-boil and just don't care for them. They never seem to get all done to me - so I'll stick with the old fashioned boiled ones.

Got my ingredients all lined up - spinach, ricotta, seasonings, cheese and spaghetti sauce. I was ready to assemble!

 First - I start by putting a bit of spaghetti sauce in the bottom of the baking dish. I used a jar sauce - I don't really have a favorite - I like chunks of tomato - but I switch around. I really don't buy sauce often because it kills my heartburn.

Then ricotta - I feel like I need to buy better ricotta - this is just the store brand but it doesn't have that same texture as you get on pizza at a restaurant. It's always got to be stirred up when you open it to mix that water in.

I spread a thick layer of ricotta onto one of the cooked lasagna noodles...

Then topped with spinach leaves...

Then I rolled it up! Super simple! 

Then I was thinking I might want some seasoning in there too - so I checked the cabinet and I had Italian Seasoning - so I grabbed it. I sprinkled it on top of the ricotta as I made the rest of the rollups.

As I finished each, I set them on top of the sauce in my baking dish. 

 Then I topped with cheese...

 More sauce...

 and more cheese. I love cheese. I need cheese. I hate when people skimp on it - JUST GIVE IT TO ME DAMMIT! Ok - maybe I just need a piece of cheese now...I get the shakes from not having it if you couldn't tell. 

I baked for 20 minutes at 350 and then I broiled for a couple of minutes at the end just for the brown bubbly top.

This was a really quick to put together meal and we both enjoyed it. The other thing I like is how flexible it is - add sausage or vegetables or whatever you want - keep it simple - make it complex - swap the sauce - whatever you want!

Be sure to pin the recipe for later! I have a whole board of recipes I want to try - it's like my own cookbook of just what I want!

Easy Veggie Lasagna Rollups

* Lasagna Noodles
* Ricotta Cheese
* Handful of spinach leaves
* Italian seasoning
* Spaghetti Sauce
* Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

(I left the numbers off because it depends on how large your family is - we ate 1-2 each.)

* Boil lasagna noodles
* Lay out all ingredients for assembly: noodles, ricotta, spinach & Italian seasoning
* Spray baking dish with non-stick spray and preheat oven to 350
* Pour 1/3 cup spaghetti sauce in the bottom of dish
* Lay out one noodle and spread ricotta cheese on the noodle
* Sprinkle Italian seasoning
* Lay out spinach leaves on top of ricotta & seasoning
* Loosely roll noodle
* Place roll up on top of the sauce in the baking dish
* Repeat for all noodles
* Top with cheese, sauce and more cheese
* Bake at 350 for 20 minutes - then on broil for 2-3 minutes until top is bubbly and browning

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