Spinach Lasagna Rolls

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Spinach lasagna rolls are a great way to serve up dinner, and get the kids involved.

In kindergarten I would read to the other children, and subsequently in first grade I was placed in the advanced reading class.

This consisted of sitting at a table in the front of the room with four boys and having special lessons while the other kids were supposed to be doing their own reading, but were probably staring at us or zoning off.

Lasagna rolls are a great way to get the kids into the kitchen.

I didn’t particularly like my first grade teacher. We’ll call her Mrs. F for the sake of this post. There are three instances in which I decided Mrs. F had it in for me.

One: Our room previously held the kindergarten class, which meant we had our own private bathroom adjacent to the desk area. You had to ask to use the bathroom, of course.

One morning I was not feeling well, and as sometimes happens when you’re not feeling well, I knew I was going to throw up my doughnut breakfast. Let me tell you, it’s hard for a 6-year-old on the verge of having a very messy problem to get the courage to ask to use the restroom.

Sadly for all of us, I was denied the request, and what I had for breakfast was no longer a secret. Mrs. F was pretty mad as she ushered the rest of the kids out of the room, but come on, it’s not like I didn’t try to prevent it.

Lasagna Rolls - Filling

Two: One of my best friends was in class with me, K. As we lined up to go to gym or recess or art , I grabbed her hand so we could get in line together.

Mrs. F proclaimed loudly that they would be sure we would be separated in second grade, because apparently having friends is bad.

Three: We were practicing writing at the front reading table. Mrs. F took one look at my paper, where I had lovingly written an S just how my mom wrote it, with a little curlicue, and decided that was it.

She chastised me and declared that I would never amount to anything if I insisted on not following directions.

Lasagna Rolls - Rolling

Good thing that doesn’t apply to food blogging. Can you imagine how boring food would be if we had all continued using the same cookbook from the 1800s or even Betty Crocker?

One thing I hate about lasagna is how it all turns into a big mess when you serve it. Also, how I always have some noodles left over in the box, no matter how much I think I plan ahead.

I’m starting to think the lasagna noodle makers have some sort of conspiracy going, like how there used to be with the hot dogs and hot dog buns.

But, because I have such a hard time with directions, I think I’ve found my solution.

Lasagna rolls are the perfect way to use up some extra noodles and pasta toppings.

spinach lasagna rolls recipe

Spinach lasagna rolls have the flavors of lasagna but less mess. Plus I love how nice they look all rolled up, cozily tucked into the casserole dish and awaiting their blanket of sauce and cheese.

And they still look nice when you serve them.

Spinach lasagna rolls are made even better with the use of DIY ricotta. You can make the cheese the day before to save time, if you want. It’s definitely worth the extra effort.

And while these spinach lasagna rolls might seem like a bit more work than the standard stacked lasagna, I find the flavors to be more intermingled.

Lasagna rolls are a great way to serve up dinner, and get the kids involved.

vegetarian lasagna rolls

I filled my lasagna rolls with a vegetarian filling using spinach (you could also use kale or chard) and ricotta, but you could easily use a meat sauce or whatever you’re used to putting in lasagna.

Because Spinach Lasagna Rolls are a way to use up those leftover noodles, you might as well toss in any other thing lingering in your fridge or pantry. An errant zucchini. A knob of pepperoni. Whatev.

Make up your own ingredients and lasagna roll method. I’m not going to hold you to a life of curlicue-less S’s.

Lasagna Rolls

Spinach Lasagna Rolls

Spinach lasagna rolls are a fun way to get kids to eat lasagna's classic flavors.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 456 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 9 lasagna noodles
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch spinach, chard, or kale, chopped
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 1/4 cup pasta sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Drain and lay noodles on a plate in order to keep them from sticking together.
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil over medium. Add onions and cook until softened, 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook an additional minute. Add the greens and cook until wilted, 5-10 minutes, depending on variety of green used. Let cool slightly.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the ricotta, half the mozzarella, egg, salt, and pepper. Stir in the greens mixture.
  • Spread a spoonful of pasta sauce in the bottom of a casserole pan. Assemble the rolls by spreading a spoonful of cheese mixture, leaving an inch at the end. Roll up pasta, ending with the uncovered edge.
  • Place each roll in the casserole pan with the seam on the bottom. Continue until all noodles are rolled.
  • Pour remaining pasta sauce over rolls, then sprinkle with remaining mozzarella.
  • Bake for 25-35 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Nutrition

Calories: 456 kcalCarbohydrates: 57 gProtein: 24 gFat: 15 gSaturated Fat: 6 gCholesterol: 77 mgSodium: 731 mgFiber: 7 gSugar: 7 g
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Updated February 17, 2016.

18 Comments

  1. My first grade teacher had it out for me as well! (actually, i would get bored and cause trouble so I have a list of teachers that probably hate me – at one point I had to read as Brutus and Cassius at the same time… )
    Thank God Im passed that… >.>
    Lasagna rolls. Mmm, I’ve always wanted to try making these myself.

  2. Screw directions! Lasagna rolls make SO much sense it’s not even funny. I absolutely hate how lasagna falls apart on me.

    Also, my 7th grade math teacher had it out for me–he was constantly rude to me because my shoes squeaked on the laminate floor. He even called my parents about it.

  3. Oh, do these look incredible!!! Gorgeous photos! LOL at your memories of first grade…Mrs. F sounds like she would have been better off in another profession…yikes.

  4. You weren’t the only one who hated Mrs F! They would not let us move you to the other class. We were instead supposed to work out our “issues”. But it shows you that perseverance rules… you are still best friends with K (and A too) and you have certainly amounted to a lot by thinking outside the box instead of simply following rules!
    Pass the lasagna rolls! These are perfect!

  5. It was my 3rd grade teacher. It pissed her off that I got out of her class one day a week for GT, and she made sure I knew it. She also took away a novel I was reading that my mother gave to me, because she said it was inappropriate. It was To Kill A Mockingbird.

    Seems like we all have that one teacher.

    I love lasagna, but truly dislike how the edges can get crunchy. I know some people really dig that crunchy pasta, but I am not one of them. This seems like a perfect solution to THAT problem too.

  6. Ingredients on Yummly, directions supposedly on this website. Found pictures and great discussions on how you all hated your primary teachers but no directions for lasagna rolls. Have noticed that directions in general are hard to find on this site, but comments are interesting.
    BTY, I loved my kdg and grade one teachers, grade 2 was Miss Madden who lived up to her name, but she was never cruel just stern faced, now grade 3 was Mrs. Scholls who accused me of cheating on a spelling test because I looked at my hand. Loved/liked all the rest of my teachers except Mr. Hall in 10th grade. Now all that happened between 1938 and 1951.
    Now, where are the directions for that recipe?

    1. @Carol Are you looking at the post on mobile or tablet? Click the Read More button and you should be able to see the directions at the bottom of the post.

  7. Thanks for this awesome & creative recipe! You totally nailed the “problems” with standard, run-of-the-mill lasagna, too. 😉 I’ll definitely be trying these soon (with white sauce since I’m allergic to tomatoes, and definitely with all sorts of good garden greens in it too!).

    LOL Barrister – I too made the mistake of getting a very squeaky pair of shoes in high school. Fortunately none of my teachers had it out for me, but some of the students definitely did. Especially one day when I was the first to turn in my physics test and *squeak squeak squeaked* back to my desk, to the exasperation of everyone else still trying to work. :-/

  8. Thanks for this awesome & creative recipe! You totally nailed the “problems” with standard, run-of-the-mill lasagna, too. 😉 I’ll definitely be trying these soon (with white sauce since I’m allergic to tomatoes, and definitely with all sorts of good garden greens in it too!).

    LOL Barrister – I too made the mistake of getting a very squeaky pair of shoes in high school. Fortunately none of my teachers had it out for me, but some of the students definitely did. Especially one day when I was the first to turn in my physics test and *squeak squeak squeaked* back to my desk, to the exasperation of everyone else still trying to work. :-/

  9. make it so recipes can be printed out…………………….. otherwise it is a waste of my time and I usually can’t find the recipe again, so……………….

  10. make it so recipes can be printed out…………………….. otherwise it is a waste of my time and I usually can’t find the recipe again, so……………….

  11. I too hate the way lasagna falls apart so I avoid making it. I have made a deconstructed lasagna and that is awesome (I make my own sauce). These roll ups look great!! Can’t wait to try it! BTW, my 3rd grade teacher prevented my “boyfriend” and me from ever being in a class together again (written in school records). We stayed friends and he always dated my friends. Then we began dating in 11th grade…we are currently happily married for 43 years. Last laugh for us 🙂

  12. I too hate the way lasagna falls apart so I avoid making it. I have made a deconstructed lasagna and that is awesome (I make my own sauce). These roll ups look great!! Can’t wait to try it! BTW, my 3rd grade teacher prevented my “boyfriend” and me from ever being in a class together again (written in school records). We stayed friends and he always dated my friends. Then we began dating in 11th grade…we are currently happily married for 43 years. Last laugh for us 🙂

  13. This was a great and delicious recipe. I had to split my lasagna noodles since my full noodles didn’t fit into the pot. But it worked out well to make mini lasagna rolls. I’ve used frozen spinach instead of fresh. It came out real good.

  14. This was a great and delicious recipe. I had to split my lasagna noodles since my full noodles didn’t fit into the pot. But it worked out well to make mini lasagna rolls. I’ve used frozen spinach instead of fresh. It came out real good.

  15. I just made this recipe tonight and it was AWESOME! I added chopped fresh baby Bella mushrooms and used Colby Jack cheese with the mozzarella and my daughter even loved it, and shes not really a lasagna fan.

    Just a hint, if you let lasagna set for 10 minutes or so out of the oven it shouldn’t fall apart. 🙂

    And yes, oh yes I had that teacher. 4th grade, Mrs. Johnson aka Woodpecker. She would furiously rap on my desk with her fingernail. Lol I puked on her shoes while she was accusing me of playing sick!

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