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Make-Ahead Meat-Lovers' Lasagna Roll-Ups

 15 Ratings
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  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 20 min
  • Servings 16

Make a large batch of these meaty and cheesy lasagna rolls, and freeze them to help make quick dinners on busy days. Get a quick start by using Make-Ahead Seasoned Ground Beef and Sausage.

Ingredients

Roll-Ups (to make ahead and freeze)

16
uncooked lasagna noodles
1
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1/2
lb bulk pork sausage
1/2
cup chopped onion
1 1/2
cups tomato pasta sauce
2
containers (15 oz each) ricotta cheese
1
box (9 oz) Green Giant™ frozen spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry
2
teaspoons dried basil leaves or Italian seasoning
1
egg

Sauce and cheese (for baking roll-ups)

3
cups tomato pasta sauce
2
cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz)

Directions

  • 1 In 5-quart Dutch oven, cook lasagna noodles as directed on package. Drain; rinse with hot water. Drain well.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, cook beef, sausage and onion over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in 1 1/2 cups pasta sauce. Reduce heat to low; simmer uncovered 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  • 3 In small bowl, mix ricotta cheese, spinach, basil and egg. Spread about 3 tablespoons ricotta mixture over each cooked lasagna noodle to within 1 inch of one short end. Spoon about 1/4 cup meat mixture over ricotta mixture on each. Roll up firmly toward unfilled end. Line 15x10x1-inch pan with foil. Place roll-ups, seam side down, on pan; cover loosely with foil. Freeze about 30 minutes or until firm.
  • 4 Place frozen rolls in airtight freezer container; label. Freeze up to 3 months.
  • 5 To bake 16 lasagna roll-ups, spray two 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dishes with cooking spray. Remove roll-ups from freezer bag; place 8 in each baking dish. Cover with foil; thaw in refrigerator at least 8 hours but no longer than 24 hours.
  • 6 Heat oven to 350°F. Pour 1 1/2 cups pasta sauce over and around roll-ups in each baking dish. Cover tightly with foil; bake 30 to 40 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Sprinkle each baking dish with 1 cup mozzarella cheese; bake uncovered 3 to 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Expert Tips

You can actually bake any number of these tasty lasagna roll-ups that you need, using about 3 tablespoons of your favorite pasta sauce and about 2 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese for each roll-up you are baking.

Save some time by using 4 cups frozen (thawed) Make-Ahead Seasoned Ground Beef and Sausage for the beef, sausage and onion in this recipe. Place the thawed mixture in skillet, and add the pasta sauce; continue as directed in recipe.

Since you won't use a whole jar of pasta sauce when preparing the roll-ups for the freezer, place remaining sauce in a freezer container; label and freeze. Thaw along with the roll-ups.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
320
(
Calories from Fat
130),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
14g
14%
(Saturated Fat
6g,
6%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
60mg
60%;
Sodium
350mg
350%;
Total Carbohydrate
27g
27%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
5g
5%
),
Protein
21g
21%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
30%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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