Make Ahead Lasagna Roll Ups

lasagna roll ups


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Roll-Ups (to make ahead and freeze)

uncooked lasagna noodles

1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef

½ lb bulk pork sausage

1/2cup chopped onion

1 ½ cups tomato pasta sauce

2 containers (15 oz each) ricotta cheese (we used cottage cheese)

1 box (9 oz) Green Giant® frozen spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry

2 teaspoons dried basil leaves or Italian seasoning

1 Egg

Sauce and cheese (for baking roll-ups)

3 cups tomato pasta sauce (we used Prego)

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz)

1. In 5-quart Dutch oven, cook lasagna noodles as directed on package. Drain; rinse with hot water. Drain well.

2. Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, cook beef, sausage and onion over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in 1 1/2 cups pasta sauce. Reduce heat to low; simmer uncovered 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.

3. In small bowl, mix ricotta cheese, spinach, basil and egg. Spread about 3 tablespoons ricotta mixture over each cooked lasagna noodle to within 1 inch of one short end. Spoon about 1/4 cup meat mixture over ricotta mixture on each. Roll up firmly toward unfilled end. Line 15x10x1-inch pan with foil. Place roll-ups, seam side down, on pan; cover loosely with foil. Freeze about 30 minutes or until firm.

4. Place frozen rolls in airtight freezer container; label. Freeze up to 3 months.

5. To bake 16 lasagna roll-ups, spray two 13×9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dishes with cooking spray. Remove roll-ups from freezer bag; place 8 in each baking dish. Cover with foil; thaw in refrigerator at least 8 hours but no longer than 24 hours.

6. Heat oven to 350°F. Pour 1 1/2 cups pasta sauce over and around roll-ups in each baking dish. Cover tightly with foil; bake 30 to 40 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Sprinkle each baking dish with 1 cup mozzarella cheese; bake uncovered 3 to 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Makes 16 servings (1 lasagna roll-up each)


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