Spinach-Stuffed Lasagna Rolls
I'm back again with another yummy (and kind of healthy) recipe to share!
I love carbs. Who doesn't? Unfortunately, they're often seen as the nemesis when it comes to staying in shape. However, you can actually eat carbs in a healthy way, you just have to know how!
Like most of my recipes, I snagged this delicious dish from Pinterest. All I do is type in "healthy dinner recipes" and choose what looks the best. Last night, spinach-stuffed lasagna rolls suited my fancy.
Here's what you'll need:
For the sauce:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons dried parsley
salt and pepper, to taste
For the filling:
10 ounce package of frozen spinach, thawed
15 ounces ricotta cheese
2 and ½ cups mozzarella cheese, shredded (separated)
⅔ cup parmesan cheese, shredded
1 large egg
12 lasagna noodles
First, being to saute your onions with the olive oil in a frying pan. Combine other sauce ingredients in a large bowl. Once the onions are transparent, add the sauce mix to the pan and let simmer for at least 20 minutes.
Secondly, get your noodles boiling and cook until tender. It should take about 10-15 minutes once boiling.
While that's cooking, work on your filling. BE SURE TO ONLY ADD 2 CUPS OF MOZZARELLA CHEESE TO THE FILLING - SAVE THE OTHER 1/2 CUP FOR THE TOP OF THE ROLLS (I made the mistake of adding all 2 and 1/2 cups to the filling). Beat that all together and let sit until you're ready to fill.
Once the noodles are cooked, place on aluminum foil/wax paper/parchment paper to cool. Once they are cool to the touch (~5 minutes) you can begin to add the filling. I simply spooned an even amount on all the noodles until the filling ran out.
Coat the bottom of a 9x13" pan with some of your sauce mixture. Save the rest for the top of the rolls. Place the filled rolls in the pan and pour the remaining sauce over top. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese.
Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes and enjoy!
I'll admit that this recipe was slightly more work than the original recipe entailed. However, the outcome was worth it. I believe it called for about 25 minutes of prep time, but it took me about 40. Then again, I'm not the most organized person, so take that into consideration.
It yields multiple servings, so cut the recipe in half if you're only cooking for 2-3 people. I made the full recipe and I will be eating lasagna for weeks now.
I hope you enjoy!