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.
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.
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!
For the filling:
For the sauce:
To Prepare the Filling:
To Prepare the Sauce:
To Assemble the Roll-Ups:
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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