Freezer Ready Lasagna Rolls
I am always on the lookout for quick fix dinners! You know… for those crazy evenings when the family is pushed for time, or for those occasions when I just do not want to expend a lot of time and energy on dinner preparation, but I still want to feed my family a home cooked meal.
My family loves lasagna, but I do not often have time to make it, because the preparation and layering that goes into this dish is time consuming. In the past, I have reserved lasagna for those special, lazy days when I have lots of time to cook and plenty of time enjoy the fruits of my labor.
In the past, I have typically boiled the entire box of lasagna noodles and made two casserole dishes of lasagna, one for dinner and one for the freezer. However, I recently stumbled upon this wonderful post at SkinnyTaste.com entitled “How To Make Your Favorite Meals Freezer Ready”. What a wonderful idea to make Lasagna Rolls for the freezer! The idea of freezing Lasagna Rolls individually and being able to remove just one or enough for an entire family struck me as revolutionary! I loved it!
So, here is my recipe for Lasagna Rolls…
1 box lasagna noodles
1 16 oz. container cottage cheese (or Ricotta)
2 cups shredded mozzarella
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 8 oz. box cream cheese, softened (not pictured, because it was in the microwave when I snapped the picture)
1 cup frozen spinach, thawed and drained well (I squeeze the excess moisture out)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt (to taste)
Pepper (to taste)
TOPPING FOR BAKING:
1 regular jar Prego spaghetti sauce or your favorite jarred spaghetti sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella or parmesan cheese
Boil lasagna noodles until soft and pliable. Drain and set aside. In a separate bowl, mix other lasagna roll ingredients together until thoroughly blended. Spread each noodle with a liberal amount of the cheesy spinach mixture. Roll each loaded noodle up and place in a plastic freezer bag, or into a baking dish. When ready to bake, top the rolls with a jar of Prego spaghetti sauce (or your favorite jarred spaghetti sauce) and 1 cup of shredded mozzarella or parmesan cheese. (I like a little of both.) Bake at 350 degrees F until the sauce is bubbling, the rolls are cooked thoroughly in the center, and the cheese on top is bubbly and browned.
Tip: If you are baking frozen rolls, top the rolls with the jar of spaghetti sauce and bake for a while covered with aluminum foil until the rolls are thawed completely. Then, remove the foil and add the cheese. Bake some more until the cheese is bubbly and browned.
Next time I make these Lasagna Rolls, I plan to double or even triple the recipe so that I can have plenty of rolls to freeze. This recipe is definitely a keeper!