Nearly everything my Gram cooked was homestyle and from scratch. I know that a big part of that was growing up in a time where convenience foods weren’t readily available, but I also think she just enjoyed making her family something special.
My Mom did a lot of from-scratch cooking, too, but she also used a few shortcuts and cooking hacks on occasion. They let her speed the cooking process up on busy nights, without sacrificing the taste or flavor of the food.
Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe
It’s a shortcut I use myself sometimes, like when I make these lasagna roll ups. These lasagna roll ups are an easy, cheesy weeknight dinner your whole family will love. Even Bubbles specifically requests them!
- 12 lasagna noodles
- 1 container (15oz) ricotta cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
- ⅓ cup grated Romano cheese
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp garlic salt
- 3 T chopped parsley, divided
- 2½ cups shredded mozerella cheese, divided
- 1 jar Ragú Homestyle Meat Sauce
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Spread enough pasta sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 pan to lightly coat. Set aside.
- Cook lasagna noodles in a large pot of water until al dente, according to package directions.
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, add egg and lightly beat.
- Add ricotta cheese, pepper, salt, and garlic salt and mix well.
- Stir in ⅔ cup grated Parmesan, ⅓ cup grated Romano, 2 cups of shredded mozzarella, and 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley.
- Lay out cooked lasagna noodles on 2 baking sheets.
- Evenly spread a thin layer of cheese mixture down the center of each noodle.
- Spread a spoonful of the meat sauce down each noodle, on top of the sauce.
- Roll each noodle up, jelly roll-style, and place seam side down in prepared baking dish.
- Top the roll ups with remaining sauce.
- Sprinkle with remaining cup of mozzarella cheese, ⅓ cup grated Parmesan, and 1 tablespoon chopped parsley.
- Loosely tent with aluminum foil and bake for 35 minutes.
While freshly grated Parmesan and Romano will give you the most flavor, you can definitely use the pregrated stuff. You can even buy a Parmesan & Romano blend; if you use that, just use one full cup. It’s just one more shortcut, along with grabbing a jar of the new Ragú Homestyle Meat Sauce.
What’s funny about these lasagna roll ups is that I prefer them over traditional lasagna. I have no idea why that is, I just do.
Lasagna roll ups freeze really well and they’re great for portion control. Put a little meat sauce in the bottom of a few disposable aluminum mini loaf pans, and tuck in a few of the lasagna roll ups. Grab them out of the freezer for a quick lunch, or when your kiddos request “that cheesy pasta roll”.
You may also like my 15-Minute One Pot Cheesy Ravioli with Sausage, Ultimate Stuffed Shells with Beef & Sausage, or my Tortellini with Asparagus in a Light Creamy Lemon Sauce.
I like the idea of roll-ups to put in the freezer for quick individual meals. I think this would be great to have for the kids to pop in the microwave since they’re on summer break.
That looks delicious! When I make lasagne I add a ground beef and sweet sausage mix to it (browned)
That sounds really good, too, Dana!
I pinned this recipe and your Cheesy Lasagna Roll Ups look so delicious and I want to make them. Thanks so much for sharing.
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Can I make this ahead and stick in the fridge? how much longer will I need to cook it? thanks!
Sure Emily, I think that would be fine. I freeze them and then cook them straight from the freezer all the time, so the fridge should be fine. Maybe just a few more minutes? I would probably add 5 minutes, and then just check from there.
How long does it take to cook from frozen? Ideally I’d like to freeze them in individual portions so my parents can pull a few out of the freezer and heat them in the oven. I was thinking of freezing 2 in a disposable container? How long does it take to reheat in the oven directly from frozen? Thanks! This looks great.
Hi Ash! Two per disposable container is exactly how I freeze mine (perfect portion for my daughter that loves them). They take an extra 15-20 minutes or so to cook straight from frozen. I like to add just a little bit of extra sauce, too.
My family loved loved loved this.
I’m so glad to hear that Miriam! Thank you for letting me know.
Love the idea of the rollups. Thanks for sharing. Now I I’ll look up ur lemon Alfredo mmmmmm
I hope you like the Tortellini with the Light Lemon sauce, too! It’s one of the most popular recipes on my site.
I made this a few days ago and the entire dish was eaten! I added extra cheese and sauce!! Will fix again!!
So awesome to hear, Mistie! I’m glad your family liked them. Extra cheese is never a bad thing!
My first time making lasagna and these were a huge hit! I did add meat to the traditional Ragu sauce.
I’m so glad you liked them Janae!
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Do you freeze them after you assemble them but before you cook them?
Hi Candi! I froze them prior to cooking, yes.
I added Italian sausage which I cooked, taking apart to make small pieces like ground beef. I then added to jar sauce in a bowl. The mixed cheese, had enough leftover that I added on top instead of mozzarella as suggested. It was well liked but found it could of used more sauce. When I reheat the leftovers I will put more spagetti sauce on top or it will be too dry.
Italian sausage is a great addition, too, I agree. I filled mine really full, so no extra cheese mix leftover. That’s a great suggestion for if you do, though! I do usually add a bit more sauce when I reheat.
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This is awesome! I added ground beef,onions and an Italian blend seasoning to my roll ups and I will never go back to regular pan lasagna! I’m going to try different kinds of cheeses (provolone, havardi) and you can actually make individual roll ups in a variety of ways! Thanks for the ideal of roll ups!
I’m so glad you enjoyed them! I do love that you can make each individual roll up a little different depending on personal tastes, but then they still all cook at the same time. Let me know how your other cheese ones turn out!
OMG. Delish! Made these and they were AWESOME. I have picky eaters and they couldnt get enough of these. Thanks so much. Will definitely be making these again.