Kel’s Fabulous Four Cheese and Veggie Lasagna Roll-ups

Kel's fabulous four cheese veggie lasagna roll-ups

Craving some comfort food? Look no further — these cheese and veggie lasagna roll-ups with spicy marinara sauce are just the ticket. With summer almost upon us, this is a great way to use zucchini or squash, which will be abundant and cheap in the next month. I added some spinach and sweet red bell pepper, but choose the veggies you like. Or, add some baby bella mushrooms — the possibilities are numerous.

I make my own marinara sauce with canned tomatoes, red wine, onions, celery, garlic and Italian spices, etc. However, feel free to use your favorite bottled brand, especially if you’re in a time crunch. And as far as the cheese, use part-skim ricotta and reduced-fat mozzarella — you will never miss the fat! I added parmesan because a small amount adds a ton of taste, and asiago since that’s what I had in the fridge. You can easily substitute the asiago for Gruyère or other favorite cheese. Just add lots —that’s what makes this so comforting and fabulous!

Ingredients

Kel's veggie lasagna rollups ingredients

  • 6-7 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups zucchini, diced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 (6 oz.) bag fresh baby spinach
  • 1 box (16 oz.) lasagna noodles
  • 32 oz. ricotta cheese (I use part-skim)
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded (I use reduced-fat)
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated (plus more to sprinkle on casserole later)
  • ¾ cup asiago cheese, grated
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Fresh parsley, to taste (I used about 2 tablespoons), plus more for garnish
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Fresh grated black pepper, to taste

Preparation

Prepare marinara sauce, keep warm.

Prepare marinara sauce

Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add zucchini and red pepper, season with salt and pepper, and sauté until just tender.

Saute zucchini, red peppers, etc.

Add the spinach, and cook until it wilts.

Saute veggies for Kel's lasagna rollups

Remove the veggies from the heat, let cool, and then coarsely chop in a food processor.

Place sauteed veggies in food processor

Bring a large pot of salted water to boiling. Add lasagna noodles and cook until al dente (follow cooking directions on box.) Drain noodles on paper towels, let cool and transfer to a cutting board.

Drain lasagna noodles

While the lasagna noodles are cooking, mix the four cheeses, eggs, parsley, salt and pepper in a large bowl until blended.

Mix cheeses, etc.

Add the veggies to the cheese mixture. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Mix sauteed veggies with cheese mixture

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread about 2 cups of the marinara sauce on the bottom of your greased lasagna pan.

Take a cooled lasagna noodle, spread a thin layer of the cheese and veggie mixture the length of the noodle, and roll tightly.

Spread cheese and veggie misture on lasagna noodles

Place the roll-up seam side down on the marinara sauce. Repeat for the rest of the noodles.

Place lasagna roll-ups on marinara

Top the roll-ups with the remaining marinara sauce. Bake uncovered for 40 minutes or so. Sprinkle the top of the casserole with parmesan cheese, bake another 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted.

Sprinkle casserole with cheese

Remove from oven and let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.

lasagna roll-ups, up close

Doesn’t that look awesome?! Serve with garlic bread and a nice glass of wine.

Let's eat lasagna roll-ups!

These lasagna roll-ups make great leftovers and keep well in the fridge for several days.

Bon appétit!

Eat, drink and be merry!

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3 Responses to Kel’s Fabulous Four Cheese and Veggie Lasagna Roll-ups

  1. trkingmomoe says:

    I plan to make these today. My filling will be a little different because I am using kale. My sauce was made yesterday. Yum. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  2. Pingback: Kel’s Basic Spicy Marinara Sauce, Canning Version | Kel's Cafe of All Things Food

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