Easy Lasagna Roll-Ups

Is there a better comfort food than lasagna? What a great dish to make as we head further into fall and winter. I really like this version because instead of the traditional layering, each noodle is rolled up on itself. This makes the dish a great make-ahead meal for freezing and portioning. We'll have this for several meals over the upcoming week and both my husband and I are pumped!

 
Easy Lasagna Roll-Ups
 


Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes

 

Ingredients:

12 whole wheat lasagna noodles, cooked
1 (10 oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and completely drained
1 (32 oz.) container part-skim ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh pepper
1 lb. ground chicken (or turkey or beef)
32 oz tomato sauce (I recommend Hunt's)
12 Tablespoons shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Bring a large pot of water to boiling and cook the lasagna noodles according to the package. I recommend making the whole package, in case any noodles break before or during the rolling process.
3. Thaw the frozen spinach in the microwave according to the package. Make sure to completely drain the spinach.
4. Brown the ground chicken in a pan over the stove. The chicken does not need to be cooked all the way through, as it will be going in the oven later.
5. Combine the spinach, chicken, ricotta, Parmesan cheese, egg, garlic powder, salt & pepper in a medium bowl. Make sure the spinach & ground chicken have cooled some before mixing.
6. Drain the lasagna noodles and lay them out flat on a piece of wax paper (otherwise they will dry in strange shapes).
7. Pour half of the tomato sauce over a 9 x 13 baking dish.
8. Take about 1/2 cup of the ricotta mixture and spread evenly over each noodle. Roll up the noodles and place them, seam down, in the baking dish.
9. Cover each lasagna roll-up with about 3 Tablespoons of the shredded mozzarella.
10. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes.

Makes 6 servings (2 rolls per serving).

21 Day Fix Containers: 1 yellow, 1 green, 1 red, 1 blue, 1 purple OR 1 yellow, 2 free, 1 red, 1 blue (depending on if you use a tomato sauce with sugar added or not!)