Sunday, July 8, 2012

Lasagna Roll Ups

Who doesn't love some good Italian cooking?  Italian food is definitely one of my favorite types of food... especially lasagna.  I love lasagna but sometimes it just is more of a pain to make that you cant enjoy it.  I heard people talking about lasagna roll ups and I thought hey why don't I try this.  Let me tell you they were so good... and so much easier then lasagna.  The way that I made mine when you put in the casserole dish it came out like pre-cut lasagna!

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup of chopped onions
  • 1 (28 oz) can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp of basil
  • 1/2 tsp of oregano
  • 1 (15 oz )container of skim ricotta
  • 1/3 cup of parsley
  • 1 egg
  • 3.5 cups of shredded Italian cheese
  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • Salt and pepper to taste















Directions

  1.  Heat one tablespoon of oil over medium heat and add ground beef and onions
  2. Chop ground beef as small as possible and keep chopping till meat is browned





 











3.  Drain any excess fat and return back to pan.
4.  Add the crushed tomatoes, garlic, basil and oregano to pan and stir
5.  Cover with lid and let simmer while you cook the rest of the ingredients
6.  Boil water and cook lasagna noodles for 8 minutes, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tsp of salt to prevent sticking
7. Once noodles are cooked remove them and place them on a cookie sheet in a nice line
8.  While noodles are cooling, grab  a bowl for your cheese mixture.
9.  Add the ricotta cheese, egg, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper and parsley.  Mix well with fork.
10.  Add all of your cheese but a half a cup and mix well
















11.  Get a casserole dish and place about 1/3 cup of meat mixture into bottom so that the whole dish is coated
12.  Place your cheese mixture on each lasagna noodle so that the whole noodle is covered












13.  Place your meat mixture on top of cheese, make sure not to do too much so that it does not spill out when you roll them













14.  Once all roll ups have cheese and meat on them... roll them up loosely and place them seam down into your casserole dish...they will all fit tightly so that it looks almost like lasagna. (There also may be some spillage when your roll them I just placed that into a bowl.





















15.  Place the remaining meat mixture on top of roll ups, place the remaining cheese on top of meat sauce and wrap loosely with aluminum foil making sure foil does not touch cheese.
16.  Bake at 375 for 35 minutes.
17.  Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes and enjoy!!

Final Product
Final product before cut














Final product after cut!

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