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Adapted the recipe from one I found an old cookbook. This is a very flexible recipe, you can use almost any type of meat, and different sauces. Experiment with added vegetables/ cheeses/ spices and herbs! Can be prepared in advanced and frozen. This can also be fun to make with children, they enjoy getting messy and rolling them up!
- 1 (16 ounce) box lasagna noodles
- 1 (25 1/2 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
- 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed (optional)
- 16 ounces shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1⁄4 cup parmesan cheese (optional)
- 1 lb hamburger, cooked, drained
- 1 cup low-fat ricotta cheese (drain and rinse cottage cheese) or 1 cup cottage cheese (drain and rinse cottage cheese)
- Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse under cold water until completely cool; drain thoroughly.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Squeeze as much water as possible from the thawed spinach.
- In a large bowl, stir together the spinach, 8 oz mozzarella, ricotta, hamburger, and 1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce until thoroughly blended.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Line the bottom of an 11x7-inch baking dish with 1/2 cup tomato sauce.
- Divide the mixture among the pasta, spooning the mixture down the center of each noodle.
- Roll each noodle (like a jelly roll) arranging the rolls side by side in a baking dish.
- Coat the shells with an even layer of the remaining tomato sauce.
- Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, if desired.
- Bake until the center of the rolls are heated through and the sauce is bubbling, about 40 minutes.
- Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
We really enjoyed this recipe! I used Paul Newman's Sockarooi Sauce and fresh spinach, basil, oregano and mozzarella cheese from the farmer's market. To make the roll-ups I placed the noodles on paper towels side-by-side in a few layers with a paper towel in between, spread and sprinkled like for "regular lasagne" then grabbed the end of each noodle and rolled it up. This way I didn't have to "aim"! Thanks for sharing this great recipe.
Great Recipe. My 6 year old son loved helping stir the ingredients and stuffing and rolling the noodles. A great project to inspire a young chef. It tastes great too! Thanks!
I actually had quite some fun with this recipe. My stove went out in the middle of cooking the noodles(I have/had a really old stove) So I had to do most of the cooking via microwave. It still turned out fantastic. I used sausage instead of hamburger and used fresh spinach instead of bagged...it turned out wonderful. I think ricotta cheese is the best in this recipe..I made a batch with cottage cheese and one with ricotta and the one with ricotta tasted much better. Thanks for the fantastic recipe...will be used again!