How to Spice up your Lasagna: Mini Lasagna Roll-up
Lasagna is a tried and true comfort food. It doesn’t take too much preparation, and even beginner chefs can tackle this hardy pasta dish. There is, however, a lot you can do to modify your lasagna to cater to unique or specific tastes to keep it fresh and exciting.
If you are the type to host potlucks or dinner parties, you may want to consider lasagna as an affordable and large dish that can satisfy all your guests. Here is a simple way to present your lasagna in a new and exciting manner.
Mini Lasagna Roll-ups.
This is suggested for situations where you have a relatively large group of guests, and/or you want to offer finger food for convenience sake.
Ground Pork & Beef: 2 lbs of each
Pasta Sauce: 1 jar
Lasagna Noodles (parboiled is fine): 1 box
Garlic: 3 cloves
White Onions: 1
Ricotta: 10 – 14 oz
Mozzarella: 17 – 20 oz
Carrots: 2 large carrots
Broccoli: ½ a head of Broccoli
Salt & Pepper: to taste
Oregano: 1 – 2 sprigs
Rosemary: 1 – 2 sprigs
Thyme: 1 – 2 sprigs
Brown beef and pork in a frying pan until thoroughly cooked, and drain excess fat from pan. Finely dice both the garlic and onions and add them to your meat medley. Cook until both the onions and garlic are translucent. Add pasta sauce and turn to low to simmer. Chop up your fresh herbs and add it to your sauce. Remember to remove them from their stems! Keep the sauce low and simmer while you cook the rest of your lasagna ingredients to help thicken your sauce. Add salt, pepper and any other spices you fancy.
Lasagna noodles require very little time to cook. Some recipes suggest that you don’t use boiling water, but instead use hot water from the tap and soak the noodles in it. This is a good suggestion for parboiled noodles, but if you have complete raw noodles, you will want to boil some water in a big pot and cook the noodles for 10 minutes. When done, strain them and run them under cool water. Note: Noodles should not be over cooked, it will turn them weak and flimsy, and that’s no good! Try to get them El Dante.
Wash and separate the broccoli head as well as peel the carrots. Then use a cheese grader to shred both the carrot and broccoli into a fine mixture. Add all your ricotta cheese to this and mix thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Preheat the oven to 400 F.
Layout your cook noodles and cut them in half on a cutting board. With a spoon, scoop out a small bit of your ricotta mixture onto your ½ noodle. Use the back of the spoon to distribute the mixture. Next, add a spoon full of the meat sauce. When both mixtures are equally distributed along the noodle, take one end and begin to roll it between your thumbs and index fingers. Do this for all your noodles until you’ve exhausted your supplies.
Place all your lasagna roll-ups onto a baking sheet. Use any excess sauce to blanket the rolls. Afterwards, liberally spread your mozzarella cheese over top. Place in the oven and cook for 15 – 20 minutes.
Let it cool for 5 minutes before serving.
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These are sort of like canalonni only with more pasta in the centre .
I make canalonni by rolling the pasta sheet around the filling .