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Lasagna Roll Ups: A Unique Spin on a Classic Italian Dish

Lasagna Roll Ups are a delightful twist on the classic Italian dish. With marinara sauce and melted cheese, these delicious roll-ups are perfect for your guests.

June 24, 2023
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Difficulty Medium
Servings 6 people
Preparation 25 mins
Cooking 35 mins
Total 60 mins



  1. Preheat the oven to 375 °F (190 °C). Prepare a 9x13-inch baking dish by greasing it lightly with cooking spray or olive oil.
  2. Cook the lasagna noodles according to the package instructions until they are al dente. Drain the noodles and lay them flat on a clean surface to prevent sticking.
  3. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium heat, breaking it up into crumbles. Cook until the beef is fully cooked and no longer pink. Drain any excess fat from the skillet.
  4. In a mixing bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese, egg, chopped basil, chopped parsley, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper. Mix well until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  5. Take a cooked lasagna noodle and spread a generous amount of the beef and cheese mixture along the length of the noodle, leaving a small border at the edges. Be sure to distribute the filling evenly.
  6. Roll the noodle tightly starting from one end, tucking in the filling as you go. Place the roll-up seam-side down in the prepared baking dish. Repeat this process with the remaining noodles and filling.
  7. Once all the roll-ups are arranged in the baking dish, pour the marinara sauce over them, making sure they are well-covered. Sprinkle the remaining shredded mozzarella cheese and grated Parmesan cheese on top.
  8. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes. Then, remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and golden brown.
  9. Remove the baking dish from the oven and let the lasagna roll-ups rest for a few minutes before serving.
  10. Garnish with additional chopped basil or parsley if desired. Serve the lasagna roll-ups warm.

Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe

Homemade Marinara Sauce

Homemade Marinara Sauce Ingredients

Homemade Marinara Sauce Directions

  • To make this gorgeous marinara sauce at home, start by adding 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil to a large saucepan and heat it on medium-high heat.
  • Then add the chopped onion and sauté for 5 to 6 minutes or until soft, stirring frequently.
  • Add finely chopped garlic and canned tomato paste to the sautéed onions and cook for about a minute while stirring constantly.
  • Pour in the red wine and cook for another whole minute while stirring constantly.
  • Then add crushed tomatoes, salt, and pepper and bring the mixture to a boil while stirring frequently. Reduce the heat to low and gently boil for an hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Once the sauce has cooked for an entire hour, take it off the heat and either serve warm immediately or store it for later.
  • Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size 1 Lasagna Roll Ups
    Serves 6
    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 10 g12.8%
    Cholesterol 88 mg29.3%
    Sodium 435 mg18.9%
    Protein 27.1 g54.2%
    Potassium 352 mg7.5%
    *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


    • Choose the right noodles. Opt for lasagna noodles that are wide and have straight edges. Make sure to cook them according to the package instructions until they are al dente. Drain them and lay them flat on a clean surface to prevent sticking.
    • For a vegetarian version, you can substitute the ground beef with a plant-based meat alternative.
    • You can add more vegetables, like bell peppers or mushrooms, to the meat sauce for added nutrition.
    • Roll the noodle starting from one end, tucking in the filling as you go. Aim for a tight roll to prevent the filling from falling out while baking. Place the roll-ups seam-side down in the baking dish to help them stay together.
    • If you prefer a cheesier lasagna, feel free to add more mozzarella on top before baking.
    • You can use homemade marinara sauce or store-bought.
    • Let the lasagna roll-ups stand for about 10 minutes after baking. This allows the flavors to meld together and makes it easier to serve.
    • You can prepare the roll-ups ahead of time and refrigerate them. Just pop them in the oven when you're ready to eat.
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    Looking for a new way to enjoy the classic lasagna? Look no further! Our Lasagna Roll Ups recipe is a unique twist on the traditional lasagna that you know and love. Instead of layering ingredients in a large dish, we roll them into individual servings, making this recipe perfect for dinner parties or family meals. Let's dive into this delicious recipe that's sure to impress.

    What Are Lasagna Roll Ups?

    Lasagna Roll Ups are a fun twist on traditional lasagna, a dish that has its roots in Italy, specifically Naples. The concept of layering pasta with cheese and sauce dates back to the Middle Ages. However, the version of lasagna that we're familiar with today, laden with ricotta and mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, and often ground meat or sausage, hails from the region of Emilia-Romagna. The Lasagna Roll Ups take this traditional dish and present it in a new, individualized, and visually appealing way.

    The beauty of Lasagna Roll Ups lies in their versatility. Just like traditional lasagna, you can fill these roll ups with a variety of ingredients to suit your taste. Some people prefer a vegetarian version filled with spinach and ricotta, while others love the richness of a meaty filling. You can even experiment with different types of cheese. The possibilities are endless, making this dish a fantastic option for family dinners, parties, or any event where you want to cater to different dietary preferences.

    Another advantage of Lasagna Roll Ups is their portion control. Each roll up is essentially a single serving, making it easier to serve at gatherings. This also makes them a great option for meal prep. You can prepare a batch, freeze them, and then just reheat the number of servings you need. Whether you're a fan of traditional lasagna or just looking for a fun, easy, and delicious meal, Lasagna Roll Ups are a great addition to your cooking repertoire.

    Can You Boil Oven Ready Lasagna Noodles For Roll Ups?

    Yes, you can boil oven-ready lasagna noodles for roll ups. However, they might not need as much time to cook as regular lasagna noodles. Always check the package instructions for the recommended cooking time.

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    How Do You Reheat Lasagna Roll Ups?

    To reheat lasagna roll ups, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Cover the roll ups with aluminum foil to prevent them from drying out and bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until heated through. You can also reheat them in the microwave for a quicker option.

    How Do You Make Lasagna Hold Its Shape?

    To help lasagna hold its shape, it's important to let it rest for at least 15-20 minutes after it comes out of the oven. This allows the cheese to set and the lasagna to firm up, making it easier to cut and serve.

    Can I Premake Lasagna?

    Yes, you can premake lasagna. In fact, lasagna is a great dish to make ahead of time. You can assemble the lasagna, cover it tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours before baking. You can also freeze assembled lasagna for up to three months. Just remember to add a few extra minutes to the cooking time if you're baking it straight from the refrigerator or freezer.

    Enjoy this delicious and unique take on a classic Italian dish!

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