Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Today's recipe: Lasagna Rolls

Lasagna is one of those meals that you occasionally want to enjoy but the process of making lasagna on a weeknight is arduous after a long day at work. What I do is to make lasagna rolls and freeze them to make a quick and easy dinner later. Just pop a couple of these into a casserole, top with some of your marinara (that you have made previously and keep in the freezer too) and bake for an hour. Here's how I do it and the recipe follows...

Simmer your lasagna noodles in salted water with 2 tablespoons of oil. Cook for 7 minutes or so until they are rollable. Do not overcook as they will cook more in the oven. Fish them out of the water and into a cold water bath to cool. Lay them out on greased sheet pans. Prepare your fillings. Mise en place...
Put a schmear of your ricotta filling onto the lasagna noodles almost to the end
Then divide your sausage filling on top of the cheese
Roll up the noodles finishing with the "un-topped" end and place seam down on a sheet pan lined with parchment that has been sprayed with vegetable oil spray. Don't let them touch or when they freeze they will stick together. You may also spray the rolls lightly with vegetable oil spray to keep them from sticking together. As you can see I decided to put some together with sauce for this evening's meal. Cover the sheet pan tightly with plastic wrap and then aluminum foil and pop into the freezer until they are solidly frozen. 
This is what they look like when they come out of the freezer the next day. 
Pop them into a freezer bag, label and return to the freezer for later
To finish, take a casserole dish, spray with vegetable oil spray and spoon some of your sauce into the bottom of the casserole. Put your lasagna rolls into the casserole and top with more sauce. I cover them with parchment (to keep the tomato sauce from touching the aluminum and getting a metallic taste) and then wrap tightly with foil before I pop them into a 375f oven for 45 minutes. 
Take them out of the oven, uncover and sprinkle some grated cheese on top and return to the oven for another 15 minutes or so until the cheese is melted and bubbly 

Spoon some of the sauce from the casserole on top and enjoy! 
Here is the recipe, as promised. Before I left for work today I took some of these out of the freezer and prepared them with sauce and wrapped them up, ready to go into the oven. they will thaw a little in the fridge and will be ready to go when I get home. MMM-mmm!

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