I decided to switch up pasta night and make some lasagna rolls ups. I've seen these fancy little guys before but never attempted to make them, to be truthful we are not huge lasagna fans. That being said Steve loves my stuffed shells and this recipe appeared very similar to my stuffed shells just in a lasagna noodle instead of a stuffed shell. I obviously just couldn't follow the recipe I found, I had to make it my own. I added some spices and added ground turkey because I can't live with out meat in my food, I'd be hungry two seconds later!! You could also use nitrate free turkey sausage taken out of the casings and browned this may be what I try next time, I just thought of it and now I want to make these tomorrow.
These cheesy, saucy, and delicious little guys are so filling and 21 Day Fix approved. Only thing I would have changed was maybe had a bit more sauce on top of them. They were great fresh, however they left over were a little dry, still ate them all, but a little dry. Also I would try this with small curd low fat cottage cheese instead of ricotta. My sister in law makes her lasagna with cottage cheese and as odd as this sounds (I by the way HATE HATE HATE cottage cheese) its incredible. So next time I'd try this.
Lasagna Roll Ups - 21 Day Fix Style
- 10 sheets of whole grain lasagna noodles cooked according to package directions
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 15 oz tub of low fat Ricotta Cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 bag of frozen spinach defrosted and water squeezed out (have I talked before about my hate for frozen spinach, what a mess)
- 1 jar of low or no sugar and low or no sodium tomato sauce (32 oz or more, like I said it wasn't saucy enough for me)
- 2 large cloves of garlic
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1/2 tbsp ground black pepper
- dash of crushed red pepper
- 1 heaping tbsp of Italian seasoning (to be honest I didn't measure any of the spices I'm just guessing at about how much I used)
- 1 bag low fat shredded Mozzarella cheese you'll need 1 cup for one part and a little for sprinkle
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Brown the turkey until no longer pink (I always season the turkey before cooking with onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, and some basil) .
- Cook the lasagna noodles, drain, and lay on wax paper. This is so you can stuff them. This what the original recipe said to do, honestly I left them in the strainer and pulled them out one at a time. I did roll them on the wax paper because stuff kept falling out and it got a little messy saved me from washing the counters, AGAIN.
- In a medium bowl mix together ricotta, egg, spices, garlic, spinach, and one cup of mozzarella cheese.
- Use 1/4 sauce on the bottom of a casserole dish.
- Take a big spoonful of the cheesy spinach mixture and spread it on a noodle, spoon a little bit of ground turkey spread/sprinkle over the cheese mixture. Roll this bad boy up slowly. They were standing up in the original recipe but mine were unrolling so I just laid them seam side down.
- Roll the rest of the noodles up. Dump the rest of the sauce on top and then sprinkle lightly with mozzarella cheese. Cook covered for 30 minutes or so. You could leave the top cheese off cook for 25 then cheese them and put them back in for 5 minutes till melted. I HATE when I follow a recipe, cover something up and all the delicious gooey cheese gets stuck on the foil.
A serving size is two roll ups. According to the site I got the base recipe for it is 1 red (Ricotta, so with my turkey I'd say 1.5 red), 1 yellow, 1 green, 1 blue)