Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Lasagna Rolls

I love the richness of lasagna, but I don't like all the time it takes to make it. Plus you make a big 9 X 13 pan of it and there is so much leftover (by boys will be old enough soon to take care of that), and it never tastes as good reheated.

So this is a great option for us. Lasagna rolls. These are great to customize with fillings that each family member likes. Also for those concerned about portion control, this makes life simple.

This is really less of a recipe and more of a method. The fillings are up to you, the sauces are up to you. Here's what I did for this batch and I'll offer others that I've enjoyed.

1 box Lasagna noodles, regular or whole wheat
1/3 c Parmesan cheese, shredded
2 c Alfredo Sauce
1 Pepper (red, green, yellow, etc), sliced and sauted
1 lb Sausage, ground and browned
1-2 c Spaghetti Sauce (my loaded sauce recipe coming soon)
1 c Mozerella, shredded
  1. Boil and drain noodles, rinse with cold water and keep moist
  2. Meanwhile brown sausage and drain and saute peppers
  3. Take half of the spaghetti sauce and line the bottom of your pan with a thin layer.
  4. Assemble rolls. Spread thin layer of Alfredo on noodle, top with thin amount of sausage and peppers, sprinkle a bit of Mozerella cheese on top. Begin to roll up from one end slowly extra fillings may fall out but can be used for topping the rolls.
  5. Fills pan with rolls, cover with remaining/desired amount of spaghetti sauce and/or alfredo (I like it mixed) and any remaining toppings you have. Sprinkle parm cheese on top.
  6. Bake at 350 for 30 - 40 minutes. Till warm and bubbly.
TIPS: Can assemble and freeze for later use. Increase baking time to 50-55 minutes. I make a full batch and freeze half for later.

Sauted chicken, broccoli, garlic, Alfredo, Mozerella & parm cheese
Loaded sauce, Mozerella, hamburger
Variety Pan - you can mix and match for your family's preferences
TO TRY STILL: Pesto, shredded chicken, pinenuts, Parm cheese

TOTAL COSTS $7.28 - $10.28
Noodles $1.29 (Meijer)
Sausage $1.99 (Aldi's)
Peppers $1 (Aldi's)
Sauce $1 - 4 (homemade/Aldi's)
Cheese $2 (Aldi's)

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