Friday, April 8, 2011

Lasagna Roll ups for the freezer

I've been trying to work on a few new freezer meals for our family and the other night I took a risk and froze lasagna roll ups. It was a risk worth taking, they turned out delicious fresh or after being frozen.
First I made the filling. I think most everyone has their own lasagna filling, in case you want to give mine a try here it is.
Now these can be made fully loaded with fat or you can use reduced fat cheese, egg substitute, and turkey sausage if you want a reduced fat lasagna.
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1 cup ricotta
1 cup shredded Parmesan
16 oz frozen spinach, (thawed with the liquid squeezed out)
1 lb ground meat (I used sausage this time)
1/2 onion diced
2 eggs
minced fresh garlic, salt & pepper
Cook ground meat, strain and set aside to cool. Using the same pan cook onions with garlic until translucent (not caramelized) also set aside until cooled. In a large bowl combined spinach, cheese, egg, salt and pepper, add meat and onions only after they have cooled enough that they won't melt the cheese or cook the egg.
Cook, then lay lasagna noodles out on a flat surface, place filling out on top of 3/4's of the noodle. Then simply roll up the noodle starting with the end that has the filling on it (in the picture you would start rolling left to right. This is so when you roll you don't have filling falling out the end of the roll. After you have rolled them up place them far enough apart they don't touch each other on a baking sheet that has freezer paper on it.(foil, plastic wrap, or any other product that will allow the noodles to easily be removed from the pan after they have been frozen). Freeze for a few hours until they are frozen enough they can be removed and placed in a resealable freezer bag.
This is what I like about the roll ups, this way you can cook one roll up at a time or six if you want. You can either bake or microwave these after they have been frozen either way they are DELICIOUS.
To bake:
make sure to cover the entire lasagna roll up with pasta sauce this will help avoid crunchy noodles. Cover with foil then bake anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes depending how thawed they are. Take the foil off the last 5 minutes to brown the cheese.
I also put mine in the microwave on defrost for a few minutes to help speed up the baking process.

To Microwave:
place in a microwaveable dish cover with pasta sauce, again making sure all the noodles are covered to avoid crunchy noodles. Cover with plastic wrap or if you are lazy use a zip lock bag but leave it opened. Cook for 3 minutes take out add cheese then cook for another minute and enjoy!


grandma blair said...

This looks really good, maybe I will try it. You are as always, Amazing!

Cindy said...

These look good Michelle. The roll ups have always seemed intimidating to me, but you made them look easy. I'll have to try it, thanks for the recipe :)

Anna said...

and we'll be making these next week. :)

Mary Lou said...

Yummm. I love lasagna and these look yummy. What a great way to make dinner easier.

MsMarieH said...

These look very tasty. How many lasagna noodles?

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