Monday, January 21, 2013

Caprese Lasagna Roll Ups

I love all things lasagna, in just about any shape or form.  And this version proved to be wonderfully delicious.  I always like finding dinner ideas that don't have meat in them, and I didn't hear any complaints about it at all.


I had to skimp on the basil a bit because when I went outside to get the basil, I found that the frost had gotten it..darn it all!  But it was still quite flavorful, and I loved the homemade marinara that goes with it.



And that broccoli sitting all innocent-like over that is Ina Garten's roasted broccoli.  If you've never tried her version do yourself a favor and do so as soon as possible.  Makes me eat broccoli like I'm popping m&m's...seriously!


Here's the lasagna recipe from Cooking Classy

Ingredients
  • 8 lasagna noodles, uncooked
  • 14 oz freshly shredded, low-moisture part skim Mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 3/4 cup Ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/3 cup freshly, finely shredded Parmesan cheese (about 1 1/4 oz)
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 - 4 medium Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced (about 1/6 inch thick slices)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup marinara sauce, recipe follows
  • Simple Marinara Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta according to directions listed on package to al dente. Drain pasta (DO NOT rinse with water) and align lasagna noodles in a single layer on a large sheet of parchment or wax paper.
  • For filling, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together ricotta cheese and egg white until well blended. Stir in Parmesan cheese. Mix in 12 oz. of the Mozzarella cheese and season with black pepper to taste (I wouldn't recommend seasoning with salt just because the cheeses already have plenty of salt).
  • Place 1/4 cup of the cheese mixture over each lasagna noodle and spread into an even layer, going from one end of the lasagna to the other. Align 4 thin tomato slices over cheese mixture then sprinkle fresh basil over top. Snugly roll lasagna noodles to opposite end. Spread about 1/4 cup pasta sauce in the bottom of an 11 x 7 inch baking dish. Align lasagna roll ups, seam side down in dish. Top each roll up with about 2 Tbsp of the pasta sauce (covering edges of pasta so they don't dry out while baking). Sprinkle top with remaining 2 oz. shredded Mozzarella. Bake in preheated oven 30 minutes. Remove from oven, plate pasta and garnish with plenty of basil ribbons. Serve warm.
  • Simple Marinara Sauce
  • Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Add onions to hot oil and saute about 3 minutes until soft, adding garlic during last minute of sauteing. Pour in crushed tomatoes and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring mixture just to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and allow sauce to cook for about 25 - 30 minutes (which will allow some of the water in crushed tomatoes to evaporate) while you prepare pasta and lasagna filling (you can freeze or refrigerate left over sauce in a small airtight container for later use, adding fresh basil if desired).

6 comments:

  1. I love lasagna roll ups because they don't have the mess of lasagna but all the taste!

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  2. You've got me craving something cheesy and lasagna-esque!

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  3. That looks like the perfect plate to me. Yum on the broccoli and lasagna. Sometimes cheese and noodles are essential!

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  4. Lasagna is the ultimate comfort food! This looks insanely good! I love how you served it with broccoli! Off to check out the recipe.

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  5. Hi sweet lady! Haven't heard from you in awhile. Just wanted to stop by and say hi! I'll have to try this broccoli that you say is so good. I don't eat the stuff enough but I do like it. My favorite way is broccoli salad.

    Are you on FB?

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