Wednesday, November 09, 2011

RECIPE: Beef and Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups

During the holiday season when rich foods are found at every meal, I really have to break up the rich flavors with tomato sauce. Lasagna is perfect for that. There's no need to make a whole pan of lasagna and have to deal with left overs when you already have a limited amount of space in your frig. Here's a lasagna recipe I like that's just for 2.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 jar (14-oz.) tomato pasta sauce
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (3 oz)
  • 4 (8x2 1/2-inch) frozen precooked lasagna noodles, thawed
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves, washed, stems removed

DIRECTIONS

1.Heat oven to 350°F. In 8-inch skillet, cook beef and onion over medium-high heat until beef is thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently; drain. Stir in 1/2 cup of the pasta sauce. Remove from heat.

2.In bottom of ungreased 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish, spread 3 tablespoons of the remaining pasta sauce. In medium bowl, beat egg white. Stir in ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, oregano and 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese.

3.Spread 1/4 each of ricotta mixture, spinach leaves and beef mixture over each lasagna noodle. Starting with short side, gently and loosely roll each noodle; place seam side down over sauce in baking dish. Top roll-ups with remaining sauce. Cover with foil.

4.Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until bubbly and thoroughly heated. Remove foil; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese. Bake an additional 2 to 4 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
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3 comments:

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Pam! Thanks for this reminder about the roll-ups. My sister just called from New York and guess what, the family is coming up for the weekend! Ug! I just made a huge pot of sauce yesterday so there's a very good chance they will be getting roll-ups for dinner on Sunday!!!

Thanks for sharing...

P.S. Anything planned for Vanilla Cupcake Day tomorrow???

Gone-ta-pott said...

Yeah I'm going with a recipe for Vanilla Bean Cupcakes.

Gone-ta-pott said...

Janice thank you for the email. I know what you mean.... there's only so much turkey and gravy you can handle. Seems like every house you go to serves it- so to see a bit of lasagna during November is a nice change.

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