Portabella and Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups

Portabella and Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups
There are things in life that simply match. Beer and pizza. Soup and grilled cheese. Wine and chocolate. Winter and lasagna. In a perfect world, there would be never-ending casserole dishes of lasagna all winter long, fresh out of the oven on all the chilly evenings.

We all crave comforting meals in the heart of winter. Something to warm our bellies, feed our hunger, and nourish our need for rich flavor. For me, lasagna is the ultimate comfort food. It is the perfect meal to serve to your family or guests.

Portabella and Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups
Growing up in a big family, my favorite meal was lasagna, hands down. I would eagerly await dinner while the house filled with the warm smell of herby tomato sauce and cheese baking in the oven. The downside to lasagna is the patience required both while it’s baking and cooling. There was never a time that I didn’t burn the roof of my mouth on molten lasagna cheese, as I couldn’t possibly wait another moment to dive in.

Nowadays, I limit my intake of gluten, and I tend to resort to spaghetti squash when I’m craving something pasta-eque, but lasagna continues to be my favorite comfort food. I love making it meatless with hearty portabella mushrooms, spinach, fresh herbs, and homemade tomato sauce while I pretend like I’m cooking in an authentic Italian kitchen.

Portabella and Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups
If you have never tried making lasagna roll-ups, I recommend it! You get to play with wet noodles to your heart’s delight and there’s nothing weird about it at all. Plus, there’s the rolling. There’s just something about rolling up a cheesy noodle that really tickles me pink.

These lasagna roll-ups are filling, delicious, fun to prepare and they’re easier to serve than traditional lasagna. Plus, the leftovers are always better than the initial meal. Simply pop a few of these roll-ups in the oven to reheat them, and your meals are set for days!

Badda bing, badda boom, lasagna!

Portabella and Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Portabella and Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups

Meatless lasagna roll-ups made with portabella mushrooms and fresh spinach.

Ingredients

  • 12 lasagna noodles, cooked according to package directions (see note)
  • For the filling:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 large portabella mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 6 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 egg
  • 1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups grated mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • For the sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

    To Prepare the Filling:
  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil to medium and add the onion. Sauté until very soft and translucent, about 8 minutes.
  2. Add the portabella mushrooms and jalapeno and continue to sauté, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms have softened, browned, and cooked down, about another 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Add the spinach and cover the skillet, allowing the leaves to steam and wilt, about 3 to 5 minutes (lift the lid periodically to stir everything together). Remove the skillet from heat and allow the veggies to cool.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, lightly beat the egg. Add the ricotta, 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese (saving the rest for later), and salt and mix everything together. Add in the cooled veggies and mix together well. Set aside.
  5. To Prepare the Sauce:
  6. Note: you can prepare the sauce ahead of time, or use your favorite store-bought sauce. I made this sauce while I was cooking the veggies.
  7. In a skillet, heat the oil to medium and add the onion. Sauté until the onion is beginning to brown, about 12 to 15 minutes. Add the garlic and cook an additional 2 minutes.
  8. Add the remaining ingredients, stir the sauce together well, and allow it to cook until it comes to a gentle simmer. If you have time, allow the sauce to simmer for 30 minutes. If not, simply keep it on the burner until you’re ready to use it.
  9. To Assemble the Roll-Ups:
  10. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  11. Pour 1/2 cup of the sauce into a 9” x 13” casserole dish to coat the bottom.
  12. Take one of the lasagna noodles and lay it flat on a plate. Spread a layer of the cheese/vegetable mixture evenly over the length of the noodle. Roll the noodle up and place it in the casserole dish.
  13. Repeat for the rest of the noodles & cheese mixture. Once all noodles are in the casserole dish, pour the sauce evenly over the noodles. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese over the roll ups.
  14. Cover the casserole dish with foil and bake for 35 minutes, then remove the foil and bake an additional 5 to 10 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbling and the cheese is just beginning to brown. Allow the roll-ups to cool about 5 to 10 minutes after removing them from the oven before serving.

Notes

Cook the lasagna noodles until they're soft but still al dente. Pour most of the hot water out of the pot, then fill it with enough cold water to cover the noodles. This is the trick I use to make sure the lasagna noodles don’t dry out while I’m waiting to use them. This way, the noodles don’t continue to cook and they will be cool enough to handle once I’m ready to assemble the roll-ups.

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About Julia

Julia Mueller writes the food blog, The Roasted Root, and is the author of Delicious Probiotic Drinks and Let Them Eat Kale!. A Lake Tahoe native, Julia loves to play outdoors, and enjoys developing recipes that are nutrient-dense and approachable to make any night of the week.   Read more from Julia →

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Comments

  1. says

    Hi, Julia, I tried this recipe last night, and it turned out amazing! I made your sauce, and everything was soooo delicious. Also, thank you for the lasagna tip — the pasta turned out perfectly! What a great recipe — thank you so much for sharing! Nicki

    • says

      Oh, I did have one question — besides wearing gloves while handling the jalapeno, do you have any tips for not burning from it? My nose and hands burned after de-seeding — this was my first time cooking with jalapeno, so any tips are much appreciated. Thanks!

      • Julia Mueller says

        Sounds like you ended up with a super spicy jalapeno! It’s hard to tell when a jalapeno will be on the mild end or the spicy end. That said, wearing gloves probably is your best bet…I’ve never had the burning sensation you’re describing, so my guess is you just ended up with an abnormally spicy jalapeno. Sounds a bit unpleasant! I assure you, not all jalapenos will give you that much trouble :D

    • Julia Mueller says

      You’re very welcome! Thanks for letting me know you tried the lasagna! My family is big on lasagna – no one walks away hungry, that’s for sure!

  2. says

    Hello…..I’m fairly new to your site and so far everything I’ve made has been wonderful……thanks for the great veggie recipes, including this one. Also, thank you for the great tip regarding the lasagna noodles…….it worked great!!!

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