Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups

May 27, 2020
With their fabulous flavor, beautiful look, and ease of prep, Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups are impressive enough to serve to company, yet easy enough for any weekday meal. Serve them as the star attraction for an easy meatless dinner main dish, or pair them with a simple meat dish as a super tasty side. Either way, you'll love their cheesy spinach deliciousness!
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Growing up, my Mom used to make Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups quite often for dinner, and I loved them.

I'm not quite sure how but somehow I misplaced her recipe, and have been thinking about these tasty Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups ever since.  Well, as luck would have it, her recipe finally turned back up!  And I'm one happy camper about it.

So the other night I whipped up a pan, and enjoyed the cheesy spinach deliciousness I'd been missing.

Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups are impressive enough to serve to company, yet easy enough for any weekday meal.

Aside from their fabulous flavor, what I love most about these spinach-and-cheese filled roll-ups is how pretty they look in the baking dish.  They're perfectly-spiraled little bundles of goodness, flecked with the green of spinach and topped with a beautiful contrasting bright red sauce.

They're impressive enough to serve to company, yet easy enough for any weekday meal.

Serve them as the star attraction for an easy meatless dinner main dish, or pair them as a tasty side with an easy pork chops recipe, pork roast on the stove top, or with roasted chicken.

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Another fabulous thing about this lasagna roll-ups recipe is these roll-ups are way easier to make than they look.

The filling is a simple mixture of thawed frozen spinach with ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses.  The recipe also takes advantage of jarred marinara sauce for ease and convenience. -- So if you can cook lasagna noodles and stir, you're pretty much good to go.

To make a pan, start by cooking some lasagna noodles in salted water according to the package directions.  While the noodles cook, mix up the spinach filling.

A fabulous thing about this lasagna roll-ups recipe is these roll-ups are way easier to make than they look.

Stir together well-drained, thawed frozen spinach with ricotta cheese, shredded mozzarella, some Parmesan, seasoning, and a couple of eggs.

Be sure the spinach is very well-drained to keep the filling from becoming watery.  I thaw my spinach in the microwave, place it in a colander to drain, and then squeeze small clumps at a time with my hands to remove the excess water.

As an alternative method, you can also lay the drained spinach between a few layers of paper towels and press down to soak up any excess water.

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Once the filling is mixed and the noodles are ready, spread 1/3 cup of the spinach-cheese mixture over each cooked noodle.

Be aware the lasagna noodles will be VERY hot, which can be challenging to work with. 
To make the noodles easier to work with, while still in the colander from draining I give them a quick rinse in cold water -- not to the point of completely cooling them down, but just a little rinse. This makes them a bit cooler to handle, and can also help keep the noodles from sticking together in the colander while working with them to spread the filling.
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After the filling is spread, roll up each filled noodle into a little bundle. 

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Place each lasagna roll-up, seam side down, on top of a layer of sauce spread in a 9x13-inch baking dish.

A thin layer of sauce in the baking dish prevents the roll-ups from sticking to the bottom as they bake.

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Spoon marinara sauce over the top of each roll-up.

You can use any meatless jarred pasta sauce you like for this recipe. Or, if you have a homemade marinara sauce you prefer, that works just fine, too!

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Then bake the lasagna roll-ups for about 30 minutes until they're heated through, and you're good to go!  Super easy, right?

Cover the roll-ups loosely with foil during the first 20 minutes of baking. Then uncover them and bake for 10 minutes more.  Covering them for the first bit keeps the noodles from drying out along the edges.

If you'd like, you can sprinkle the roll-ups with a little more shredded mozzarella cheese prior to the last 10 minutes of baking for a melty cheesy topping.

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Then serve these bundles of cheesy spinach deliciousness on up!  Whether you serve Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups just as they are as an easy meatless main dish, or pair them with a simple meat dish as a side, you're ready to dig in.

With their fabulous flavor, beautiful look, and ease of prep, Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups are impressive enough to serve to company, yet easy enough for any weekday meal.

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Main Dishes
Italian
Yield: 12 roll-ups
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Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups

Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups

With their fabulous flavor, beautiful look, and ease of prep, Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups are impressive enough to serve to company, yet easy enough for any weekday meal. Serve them as the star attraction for an easy meatless dinner main dish, or pair them with a simple meat dish as a super tasty side. Either way, you'll love their cheesy spinach deliciousness!
Prep time: 30 MCook time: 30 MTotal time: 60 M

Ingredients:

  • 12 uncooked lasagna noodles
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 (10 oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed & squeezed dry
  • 2 1/2 c. whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 2 1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 c. grated or shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 (24 oz.) jar meatless pasta sauce

Instructions:

  1. Cook lasagna noodles in salted water, according to package directions. Drain.
  2. While noodles cook, mix together eggs, spinach, ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, salt, pepper, and nutmeg in a mixing bowl.
  3. Pour 1 cup pasta sauce in the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  4. Spread 1/3 cup cheese mixture over each noodle. Roll up each noodle and place on top of sauce in the baking dish, seam side down.
  5. Spoon remaining sauce over roll-ups.
  6. Bake at 375℉, covered loosely with foil, for 20 minutes.
  7. Uncover, and bake an additional 10 minutes until heated through.
TRACEY'S NOTES:
  1. Use any jarred pasta sauce you like for this recipe. Or, if you have a homemade marinara sauce you prefer, that works just fine, too!
  2. The lasagna noodles will be VERY hot, which can be challenging to work with. While still in the colander from draining, I give them a quick rinse in cold water -- not to the point of completely cooling them down, but just a little rinse. This makes them a bit cooler to handle, and can also help keep the noodles from sticking together in the colander.
  3. Be sure the spinach is very well-drained to keep the filling from being watery. I thaw my spinach in the microwave, place it in a colander to drain, and then squeeze small clumps of the spinach with my hands to remove excess water. Or, lay the drained spinach between a few layers of paper towels and press down to soak up the water.
  4. Covering the roll-ups during the first 20 minutes of baking keeps the noodles from drying out along the edges.
  5. If you'd like, you can sprinkle the roll-ups with a little more shredded mozzarella cheese prior to the last 10 minutes of baking for a melty cheesy topping.
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  1. These look AMAZING! Sharing the link in my Meal Plan Monday newsletter today. Thank you!

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