13 May 2013

Potluck Lasagna Roll-Ups for Mother's Day

Potluck Lasagna Roll-Ups
I think this is a pretty twist on the classic, traditional layered lasagna. I love how the roll-ups look like ruffled little swirls when stood on end. This was perfect for a pot luck I attended with 12 mothers and their families for Mothers Day. If you have ever taken a lasagna to a pot luck you will appreciate the fact that each person has their own little ruffled lasagna bundle in one simple scoop. You can prepare these with regular or whole wheat lasagna noodles, with or without meat, your favourite Marinara or Bolognese sauce, and with light or regular mozzarella. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination. A recipe is a basic guide so tweak the recipe to suit your own personal tastes.

**Potluck Lasagna Roll-Ups**

1 lb. lasagna noodles
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 small onion, chopped finely
2 large cloves fresh garlic, minced
1/4 cup red wine
1/2 lb. lean ground beef ore lean Italian sausage, browned
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
5 cups marinara sauce
15 oz. ricotta cheese
10 oz. spinach, wilted and squeezed dry
1/4 cups basil pesto
2 large egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 to 2 cups grated mozzarella
3 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley for garnish

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain well and spread them out  so they don’t stick together.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic. Cook until the mushrooms have released their moisture. Add the wine and cook until thickened and a bit sticky. Remove to a large mixing bowl. Deglaze the skillet with a splash more of red wine. Add the beef/sausage.  Cook until browned. Break into little chunks and add to the mushroom mixture, along with the salt, pepper and marinara sauce.

In a separate, medium bowl,  combine the ricotta, spinach, basil pesto, and eggs.

Spread 1 cup of the marinara mixture in the bottom of an oiled 9 x 13 glass cake pan. Spread about 2 tablespoons of the ricotta mixture onto each lasagna noodle. Top with about 2 tablespoons of the marinara mixture. Sprinkle with a little grated mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Roll up the noodles and stand them on end, side by side in the baking dish. Once this is done, spoon the remaining marinara mixture over the top of the roll-ups. Top evenly with the Parmesan and Mozzarella. Sprinkle the parsley over the top. Cover loosely with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes.

The recipe is based on one from chindeep.com

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  1. they look beautiful! I hope you had a great Mother's Day.

  2. A wonderful Mother's Day dish!



  3. I love these types of meals..and when someone makes them for me? I know the time that went into it:)

    Looks great!

  4. What a great idea! I never would have thought about making the rolls, and arranging them like that.... Very nice. Hope you potluck was wonderful!

  5. Lasagna roll-ups are my favorite way to make lasagna these days! Definitely the perfect mother's day food.

  6. Highly clever. I can see how these would make a potluck easier (and by easier I mean less messy). GREG

  7. I haven't had this in a long time and I literally drooled. Tasty and so much easier to serve than a layered lasagna. You sure made a lot!

    1. There were 12 moms and their families so I did make a large amount. I like this method for one or two people as well, but I did miss the b├ęchamel.

  8. I use to make something similar years ago but not with pesto and spinach. These sound delicious. I'd live to make your version. How many does it serve?

    1. For a potluck where there are many dishes I would say it would serve 20. Otherwise it would serve 6 -8.

  9. Happy Belated mothers day! I also love the pretty swirls when you serve them rolled up and it make the perfect portion size. Take Care, BAM

  10. My lasagna rollups never stay rolled up!

  11. Happy belated Mother's day...they do look sopretty this way...

  12. I love the idea of these little roll-ups! I need to put these on the short list!

  13. i've never seen anything like this at any potlucks i've attended. i'm clearly going to the wrong kind of potlucks! :)

  14. Oh my, what mother wouldn't be happy with this. Potlucks never looked this good where I live.

    Love your new header Val. My blog needs a re-do. I would love to know who you used.

    1. Hey Sam,

      Emily at Emily White Designs designed my header a few years ago. She also has done period changes like creating buttons. She can do a whole blog redo or just bits and pieces as she did for me. She is a very talented woman and a joy to work with.


  15. I've seen several recipe photos of lasagna rolled up and presented like this and I have just got to try this method. The addition of the basil pesto must really be delicious! Well done Val!


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