Friday, May 3, 2013

Lasagna roll-ups

Review by Lyndee

8 lasagna noodles
1/2 pound lean ground turkey or beef
1 T olive oil
1 clove garlic
1/2 onion
1 can crushed tomatoes (I used diced)
1/2 cup cottage cheese (or Ricotta)
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 1/2 T fresh basil, chopped
1 1/2 T fresh oregano, chopped
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (I used 2% Italian blend)
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Heat a large pot of water to boiling over high heat.  When it reaches a boil, salt liberally and drop noodles.  Stir occasionally and cook to just al dente.  You want to leave them slightly more firm since you'll be baking the pasta.  Drain noodles and set aside.

Meanwhile in a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add garlic and onion and saute for 2-3 minutes.  Add meat and brown.  When almost cooked through, add tomatoes and reduce heat to medium low.  Simmer for about 15 minutes.  Add 1/2 the basil, oregano, and crushed red pepper flakes and stir to combine.

In a small bowl combine 1/4 cup mozzarella, cottage cheese, Parmesan and remaining basil and oregano and stir together.  Spray pan lightly with cooking spray.  Add enough sauce to lightly cover the bottom of the pan.  To assemble, on a drained noodle, add a spoonful of cheese mixture.  Top with a spoonful of meat sauce and roll up.  Place seam side down in pan.  Continue until you've used all the noodles.  Top each with a little more meat sauce and sprinkle with mozzarella and remaining crushed red pepper flakes.  Bake approximately 20 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.

This was my first time doing roll-ups and they were trickier than I thought they would be.  Not hard or impossible, but not as easy as layering noodles in a pan.  I like the portioned servings though.  That was fun.  And the flavor was pretty good.  I will probably make these again and try it with chicken and spinach.  

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