Introduction: Lasagna Roll Ups

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This recipe & idea popped in my head last night Especially great when you have left over sauce...I find that when making pasta, I always seem to have too much sauce! Also a great way to use up the left over uncooked lasagna noodles in the box you never know what to to with them,. So you either through them out, or the end up lost in your pantry!! These lasagna roll ups freeze well, freeze each separately in in Zip Loc freeze quart bags, pop in your freezer. hen when you need a quick dinner, just take 1 or 2 lasagna roll ups out of freezer and microwave!!

Step 1: Ingredients:

6 lasagna noodles, uncooked

1 1/2 lb ground beef

1 medium onion, chopped

2 clove garlic, minced

1 can(s) 1lb.12 oz. crushed tomatoes

1 can(s) 3 oz. tomato paste

2 Tbsp brown sugar

1 bay leaf

2 Tbsp italian seasoning

2 tsp basil, dried

salt and pepper, to taste

1/2 c parmigiano reggiano

1/4 c ricotta cheese

8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced thinly

Step 2:

Add gr. beef to skillet, cook until no longer pink, drain off grease. Add onions and garlic, and cook until tender.

Step 3:

Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, bay leaf and brown sugar, Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer (uncovered) 25 mins stirring occasionally.

Step 4:

Add Italian season ing and basil, ( put the spices in my hand and run hands together to release the oils), and simmer another 30 minutes.

Step 5:

Meanwhile, in a large pot filled with water, add 2 tbsp. olive oil and 2 tsp. salt, bring to boil over medium heat Add lasagna noodles, boil 8 mins.

Step 6:

Drain noodles, rinsing with cold water.

Step 7:

In a small bowl, combine parmigiano reggiano and ricotta cheeses together, mixing well.

Step 8:

In a casserole dish, add some sauce to bottom, so noodles won't stick.

Step 9:

For each lasagna roll; Place one lasagna noodle on work surface at a time.Spread about 2-3 tablespoons of sauce onto 1/3 of the noodle.Place 1 tsp. ricotta cheese mixture onto sauce. Then on top of the ricotta cheese mixture add 1 1/2 to 2 slices of mozzarella cheese.

Step 10:

Now the fun... Carefully, roll lasagna up…And place the lasagna roll in the casserole pan, seam-side down, on top of the sauce. Repeating, till rest of noodles are done.

Step 11:

Place 1 to 2 cups pf the sauce over noodles in the casserole. Place sliced mozzarella and a sprinkle with the parmigiano reggiano cheese.

Step 12:

Bake in a pre-heated 375 F oven for 20 -25 minutes, or until a golden bubbly. I hope you try this recipe!!

I hope you'll give this recipe a try. If you do, be sure to leave myself a comment or two in the section at the bottom of this page and let me know ... Greatly Appreciated, Cyann : - )