Lasagna Rolls

by Cate on April 9, 2005

Another week has come and gone and Friday is here at last. I don’t know about you, but as usual, I sure could use a weekend. We’re going to head out of town for another quick mini-getaway for one night, so we’re looking forward to that.

My Mom came over for dinner tonight and I tried out two new recipes. One was a definite keeper. Highlighted by Stephanie at Dispensing Happiness, it’s a Giada recipe that DOES NOT DISAPPOINT. Excellent, full of flavor, really nice presentation … perfect for company. A little bit time consuming, but not daunting enough that you should skip over it. Prep time was listed at 25 minutes, but think that might be a little optimistic. However long it takes you, DO try the recipe. You’ll be glad you did.

Lasagna Rolls
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Yield: 6 servings

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1-1/4 cups whole milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
Pinch ground nutmeg

1 (15-ounce) container whole milk ricotta cheese
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, chopped
1 large egg, beaten to blend
3/4 teaspoon salt, plus more for salting water
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
12 uncooked lasagna noodles
2 cups marinara sauce (If you’re pressed for time, use jarred sauce. I won’t tell)
1 cup shredded mozzarella (about 4 ounces)

To make the sauce: Melt the butter in a heavy medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the flour and whisk for 3 minutes. Whisk in the milk. Increase the heat to medium-high. Whisk the sauce until it comes to a simmer and is thick and smooth, about 3 minutes. Whisk the salt, pepper, and nutmeg into the bechamel sauce. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Whisk the ricotta, spinach, 1 cup Parmesan, prosciutto, egg, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl to blend.

Add a tablespoon or 2 of oil to a large pot of boiling salted water. Boil the noodles until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain. Arrange the noodles in a single layer on a baking sheet to prevent them from sticking.

Butter a 13-by-9-by-2-inch glass baking dish. Pour the bechamel sauce over the bottom of the prepared dish. Lay out 4 lasagna noodles on a work surface, then spread about 3 tablespoons of ricotta mixture evenly over each noodle. Starting at 1 end, roll each noodle like a jelly roll. Lay the lasagna rolls seam side down, without touching, atop the bechamelsauce in the dish. Repeat with the remaining noodles and ricotta mixture. Spoon 1 cup of marinara sauce over the lasagna rolls. Sprinkle the mozzarella and remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan over the lasagna rolls. Cover tightly with foil. Bake until heated through and the sauce bubbles, about 20 minutes. Uncover and bake until the cheese on top becomes golden, about 15 minutes longer. Let stand for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the remaining marinara sauce in a heavy small saucepan over medium heat until hot, and serve alongside.

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T April 9, 2005 at 4:08 am

ooh i saw that episode and have been itching to find a reason to make it- looks delicious!


Cate April 9, 2005 at 3:35 pm

I actually haven’t seen the episode yet, but have taped it. Did she make a dessert too, or no? Do try the recipe — well worth it.


Stephanie April 9, 2005 at 6:17 pm

I’m so glad you liked it!

Yes, she did make a dessert; there were the rolls, the fried zucchini, and the Italian doughnuts.


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