Quick and Easy Lasagna Roll Ups

I my house Italian food is always a going favorite. When we manage to have a little bit of extra money set aside and we are wanting a meal out often time a nearby Italian food restaurant is on the list of places we might want to go.

Unfortunately, meals out are less frequent while we focus on getting our budget back under control and work toward some financial goals.

And, if you’re like me you often have the idea that making any good Italian dish other than Spaghetti and Sauce is just too much work. All the boiling of noodles, mixing and grating of cheeses, and layering into the pan takes more time than a busy wife and mom has to give.

Recently I have been really working toward adding a few more meals into our menu rotation and as I was flipping through one of my many cookbooks (when I say I have many cookbooks I mean MANY! I might need an intervention!) and I came across a recipe for Manicotti. I thought why not. I can make that meal work out this week.

And boy was it good.

However, Like I almost always do, I over bought on some ingredients and bought just enough of some other ingredients. So as I was working on my next weeks menu and I was shopping through my own fridge and pantry I realized I had everything I needed except a bit more cheese to try out another Italian recipe I have seen come across my social media news feeds several times.

Lasagna Roll Ups

I have seen this recipe or a variation of such several times and I had never taken the time to try it out. Finally, almost out of desperation, I made the decision to give it a shot.

Man I wish I would have done it so much sooner! This meal was so yummy!

Step 1:

I started with preheating my oven to 350* ( That is basically what my oven lives on all the time. If a recipe calls for anything higher or lower it throws me off.)

I started with boiling the Lasagna noodles. Then I laid them out to cool just a bit.

As those were cooling I was busy mixing up the filler.

1 15 oz container of Ricotta Cheese
1-2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
Italian seasonings.
You can also add shredded Parmesan cheese but I was out and didn’t realize I was out until it was too late.

Step 2:

I took just a bit of the sauce and spread a thin layer of it along the bottom of the pan. The more sauce the better right!
My poor baking pan has seen better days!

Step 3:

Once the noodles were cool enough to touch I scooped a bit of the filling out and spread it across one of the long noodles. Then I carefully rolled it up. I was pleased that very little of the filling squeezed out. Once it was rolled I carefully laid it in the pan on top of the sauce.

Step 4: 

Once all the rolls were made up I poured the rest of the sauce over the top. I spread it as evenly as I could get it and then topped it with more shredded mozzarella cheese. In my opinion, the more sauce 
and cheese the better! 

Once the sauce and cheese are on there just right its time to stick it into the oven. Let that hang out in there until that cheese is good and bubbly and melted. 
This finished product could have used more cheese but I
used what I had.

Step 5: 

Serve this yummy, melty goodness to your friends and family. Or eat it all yourself!

Lasagna Rolls with Oven Roasted carrot chips.
And there you have my quick Lasagna Roll Ups. I was really surprised at how quickly and inexpensive this was to make so I can tell you this is something that will be on our menu again real soon!

What are some of your favorite quick and easy recipes? Share them in the comments!


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