Prep 1 hr
Cook 45 mins
This recipe goes back years, and I make it quite often still, it is wonderful to serve for a dinner party. I make this dish using Kittencal's Marinara Pasta Sauce (Vegetarian), make the sauce a day ahead to save time, also saute the spinach and garlic well in advance to save time. Although I am a garlic-lover I have to say that this is one of those very few recipes that I suggest not to use more than 2 teaspoons minced garlic otherwise it will overpower all the other ingredients. Also if you want, omit the mozzeralla cheese in the filling, and just sprinkle it on top, but I like it better with it added. You can double the complete recipe to make 16 lasagna rolls, and bake it in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish, I strongly suggest you double the recipe, these are so good!
- 1 (10 ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed and well drained (squeeze out any moisture with hands)
- 2 teaspoons fresh minced garlic (or to taste)
- 2 cups ricotta cheese
- 1⁄2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes (or use 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley)
- salt and pepper
- 3 cups pasta sauce (I use my Kittencal's Marinara Pasta Sauce (Vegetarian) for this)
- 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese (can use more or less)
- 8 lasagna noodles (cooked to el dente, drained and tossed with oil, then layed flat on a sheet)
- Grease an 8 x 8-inch baking dish.
- Boil lasagna noodles in a large pot of boiling water; drain and toss liberally with oil, then place noodles flat on a large oiled sheet (this can be done well in advance, cover the cooked noodles and refrigerate until ready to use).
- Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add in the drained spinach and garlic; cook until tender (about 4-5 minutes; cool.
- In a bowl combine cooled spinach/garlic mixture, ricotta cheese, Parmesan, egg, mozzarella cheese, parsley, salt and pepper; mix well to combine.
- Spread about 1 cup pasta sauce in the bottom of the dish.
- Spread about 1/3-cup ricotta filling over the complete noodle.
- Carefully roll up starting at the short end.
- Arrange seam-side down in the prepared baking dish.
- Repeat with all remaining noodles.
- Top with more sauce.
- At this point you can cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours in advance, just bring down to almost room temperature before baking.
- Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.
- Bake in for 25 minutes, remove from oven and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese, then place back in the oven for another 20 minutes.
an interesting variation of lasagna...a little messy to prepare until I got used to rolling the noodles up...I'd like to try this one again, but substitute cottage cheese for the ricotta next time...Thanks for sharing this recipe!