Since I have been a working mom for almost a year now, I am trying to make meals for the week ahead of time to make the weeknights easier. Sometimes that means prepping ingredients for the refrigerator and sometimes it means making a few extra meals to put in the freezer for the days I don’t feel like cooking at all.
These lasagna roll ups are a perfect freezer meal. Just put them in a pan with some sauce and bake. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
Here is how you can make lasagna roll ups to eat tonight or freeze for one of those nights after an exhausting day.
1/2 box lasagna noodles
2 cups ricotta cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained well
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove minced garlic
Cook the lasagna noodles in a big pot of boiling water according to the directions on the box. Once they are cooked drain them and let them cool until they are cool enough to handle. Try not to rip the sheets apart as much as possible. Adding a little bit of olive oil to the cooking water can help the noodles not stick together.
While the pasta is cooking, combine the ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses in a large bowl. Add the spinach, onion and garlic to the cheeses. If you want to add meat or any other vegetables, add it here. Make sure the meat is cooked if you choose to add any. Ground Italian turkey sausage or even some butternut squash would be delicious. Get creative or add whatever your family enjoys.
Lay out a sheet of lasagna noodles and spoon on about 2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture. Spread it out over the length of the noodle leaving the last inch or so empty.
Roll it up! Leaving the end of the noodle without cheese will allow it to stick to itself and seal your roll up. Continue rolling up the rest of cheese and noodles. I usually get about 9 roll ups out of the cheese mixture. That is enough for one meal for us.
From here, you can place the roll ups in a bag and freeze for a different day.
Cooking the roll ups will be the same whether you take them out of the freezer and thaw or if you eat them the same day your make them. Pour enough sauce in the bottom of a baking dish to have a thin layer of sauce covering the bottom. Lay out the roll ups and cover them with the rest of your favorite sauce. Sprinkle the top with some extra cheese and bake at 375 degrees until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbly.
Serve with a salad or garlic bread and you’ve got a delicious meal ready for your family!