Lasagna roll-ups are another way to enjoy lasagna. This recipe was inspired by a classic lasagna dish I had several years ago at a small Italian restaurant. The chef added lots of vegetables to the lasagna and even more garlic!
Preparing the Veggies
I found that the quickest and best way to prepare the vegetables for the lasagna is to sauté them. I add the carrots to the pan first because they take a little longer to tenderize than the other vegetables. Also, either yellow squash or zucchini works well in this dish.
Once the vegetables are cooked, add the garlic. This recipe does not have as much garlic as I remember the restaurant dish having, so feel free to add a little more if you love garlic!
Layering the Noodles
After the noodles are cooked, I dip them in cold water to cool them for handling. Then spread them with the cheese mixture.
Add a hearty serving of vegetables on top of the cheese. The more cheese and vegetables you add to each noodle, the larger the serving it will make. You can adjust the amount on each noodle for light or hearty eaters.
Then top the vegetables with sauce.
Finally, roll up the noodles. If you are careful when you roll them, the ingredients will all stay inside. However, be sure to tuck anything that falls out back inside!
To keep the noodles from sticking, I always spray the baking dish with cooking spray and then add a little sauce to the dish before I add the noodles.
The remaining sauce is added to the top of the noodles. I always save a little of the water from the boiled pasta and pour some around the roll-ups, being careful not to wash off any of the sauce from the tops of the roll-ups. The pasta water helps to keep the pasta from becoming dry after it is baked. It also has a little more flavor than plain water.
Add the leftover cheese and bake until the dish is hot, bubbly, and the cheese is starting to brown. The individual roll-ups make a hearty meal, and they are very easy to serve from the baking dish.
I love to serve these roll-ups with fresh baby salad greens with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing,