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These lasagna roll ups are so good! Al dente lasagna noodles are wrapped around creamy ricotta filling and savory meat sauce. The rolls are smothered in more meat sauce, covered with mozzarella, and baked into perfect saucy, cheesy single-serve lasagna packages. Yum!
Indulge in the delightful flavors of these easy lasagna roll-ups, a mouthwatering dish that boasts a perfect balance of flavors and textures. Al dente lasagna noodles are carefully wrapped around a luscious, creamy ricotta filling and a rich and tangy meat sauce that infuses the dish with protein-packed, savory goodness. The roll ups are arranged in a casserole dish and topped with more meat sauce and a smattering of mozzarella before they are baked to a perfect, bubbly golden brown. The finished product is a deeply savory, saucy, ooey-gooey, cheesy casserole that will remind you of your favorite heartwarming lasagna. It’s an irresistible addition to any dinner table.
From the careful layering to the messy slicing and serving, traditional lasagna can kind of be a pain to make. These lasagna roll ups are the perfect solution. All of the flavor with less of the fuss. You’ll be making them on the regular in no time.
Why You’ll Love These Lasagna Roll Ups
Like lasagna but in single-serve form, these lasagna roll ups are just as loveable (if not more so) as traditional versions. Here are some of the reasons I think it’s about to become a new favorite in your household.
- Delicious. These roll ups are just so tasty! The savory, meaty sauce has a wonderful tang and just a slight hint of sweetness to it. The creamy ricotta filling balances it out perfectly with its mild, gooey richness. You just can’t beat it.
- Easy to serve. I love how easy it is to portion out and serve these rolls. No messy slicing (as is inevitable with a traditional lasagna). Just remove a roll or two from the baking dish and place it on your plate.
- Even cooking. These lasagna roll-ups cook more evenly than traditional layered lasagna. The individual rolls allow for consistent heat distribution, ensuring that the filling and pasta cook uniformly. No more mushy center and crunchy outside.
- Visual appeal. Presentation-wise, these roll-ups are super appealing. They are cute and elegant but also give off that “Eat me. I’m comfort food.” vibe that you might expect from lasagna.
What You’ll Need
Here’s what you’ll need to make these delightful lasagna rolls. Be sure to scroll to the recipe card below for precise measurements.
- Ground beef – Ground pork, chicken, or turkey would work as well.
- Italian sausage – We used spicy Italian sausage but feel free to use sweet or mild instead.
- Yellow onion
- Crushed tomatoes
- Tomato paste
- Dried basil
- Dried oregano
- Red pepper flakes
- Ricotta cheese
- Grated Parmesan
- Dried basil
- Dried oregano
- Salt and pepper
- Lasagna noodles
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
How to Make Lasagna Roll Ups
These tasty lasagna rolls are pretty easy to throw together. Here’s a quick look at how to do it. Be sure to scroll to the recipe card below for more thorough instructions.
Make the noodles. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
Make the sauce. Brown the ground beef and Italian sausage over medium heat, breaking it up as it cooks. Add the onion and garlic and cook for a few minutes before stirring in the rest of the ingredients for the sauce. Simmer the sauce for 15 minutes.
Make the ricotta filling. Stir together all of the ingredients for the ricotta filing and set aside.
Assemble. Spread some meat sauce in the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish. Spread 1-2 tablespoons of ricotta filling over each lasagna noodle followed by a bit of the meat sauce. Roll the noodles around the filling and place them in the baking dish.
Top and bake. Pour the remaining sauce over the top and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella. Cover and bake for 35-40 minutes at 375 degrees F. Remove the foil for the last 10-15 minutes.
Tips for Success
Excited to make the best lasagna roll ups ever? Follow these simple tips and tricks and you’ll be on your way.
- Al dente. Make sure not to overcook the noodles. They will become soggy and run a high risk of falling apart when you try to wrap them around the filling. Cook them just to al dente. No more.
- Pre-cook the meat. If you do not cook the ground beef and sausage before incorporating it into the sauce, it is likely that the meat will not be finished cooking by the time you take the roll ups out of the oven. So take the extra time. Plus, browning the meet on the stovetop brings out a really nice flavor that you wouldn’t get otherwise.
- Don’t overstuff. Avoid overstuffing the lasagna noodles with filling. This can lead to difficulties in rolling and can cause the roll-ups to burst open as they bake.
- Use toothpicks. If your roll ups refuse not to stay wrapped up in neat packages, secure them with toothpicks. Simply poke a toothpick through each roll-up to pin it together. Remember to remove the toothpicks before serving.
- Bake covered, then uncover. Failing to cover the roll ups for the first bit of time in the oven will likely cause them to burn and/or dry out. So cover the baking pan tightly with aluminum foil. About 10 minutes before the cooking time is up, remove the foil and let the lasagna rolls finish baking. They will get nice and brown and bubbly during this time.
What to Serve with Lasagna Rolls
Make it a full meal with one (or several) of these delicious side dishes.
- Bread. Sop up any extra sauce with a slice of Kiss Me If You Dare Extra Garlicky and Cheesy Bread or some of these Garlic Herb Parker House Rolls. These Easy Garlic Knots or Honey Butter Rolls would be a great way to go as well.
- Salad. To me, lasagna and salad just go together. Enjoy these roll ups with my Vegan Caesar Salad, a Lightened Up Kale Caesar Salad, or this Pear, Blue Cheese, and Candied Pecan Salad.
- Cooked veggies. Round out your meal with a little vegetable matter. Try my Pistachio Pesto Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Parmesan Broccoli, or my Roasted Lemony Pesto Asparagus.
How to Store & Reheat Leftovers
To store. Once the lasagna rolls have cooled to room temperature, wrap the baking dish tightly in plastic wrap or transfer the rolls to an airtight container. Either way, you can keep them in the fridge for up to 4 days.
To reheat. Arrange the rolls in a baking dish and cover with aluminum foil. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until heated through. You can also microwave individual portions in 30-second intervals until heated through.
Can I Freeze Lasagna Roll Ups?
You can. Allow the rolls to cool completely before transferring them to an airtight container. Store the container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Allow the lasagna rolls to thaw in the refrigerator before following the reheating instructions noted in the section above titled “How to Store & Reheat Leftovers”.
More Easy Dinner Ideas
Looking for some more easy recipes that will help you get a tasty dinner on the table even on your busiest days? Here are some of my favorites for you to try. Happy cooking!
- Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches
- Moo Shu Chicken
- Greek Chicken Souvlaki
- Middle Eastern Inspired Ground Beef Bowls
- Baked Chicken Spaghetti
- One Pan Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi
Lasagna Roll Ups
- ½ pound (227 g) ground beef
- ½ pound (227 g) Italian sausage, we used spicy italian
- 1 small yellow onion, diced (~1 cup)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 28 ounce (794 g) can crushed tomatoes
- ¼ cup (66 g) tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 15 ounces (425 g) ricotta cheese
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup (25 g) grated Parmesan
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 12 lasagna noodles, cooked according to package instructions
- 1-1 ½ cups (168 g) shredded mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 375 °F (191 °C)
- Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef and Italian sausage, breaking it up as it cooks.
- Add the onion and garlic and continue cooking for 4-5 minutes.
- Stir in the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, oregano,red pepper flakes and salt.
- Simmer the sauce for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the ricotta, egg, parmesan, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper.
- Spread a thin layer of the meat sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish.
- On a separate baking sheet or cutting board, lay out each lasagna noodle. Spread 1-2 tablespoon of ricotta across each noodle, then spread meat sauce on top. Carefully roll up each noodle, then place seam side down in the baking dish.
- Pour any remaining sauce over the top and top with shredded mozzarella cheese.
- Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes.
- Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is golden and bubbly.
- Optional: serve with fresh basil.
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