Lasagna Roll Ups

Lasagna Roll Ups with garlic-chicken-marinara sauce and spinach-ricotta-Parmesan filling,

We do love to roll our party food up, don't we?

But the name Lasagna Roll Ups (aka Lasagna Rolls) does not do justice to the garlic-chicken-marinara sauce or the spinach-ricotta-Parmesan filling.

It does, however, hint at the convenient, single serving portions built in; one lasagna roll per guest with enough for seconds.

There are several options in this recipe for fresh or prepared ingredients like spices and spinach. Fresh is best, of course, but prepared is easiest and still really good. And if you really want easy... substitute store-bought marinara for the homemade lasagna sauce.

Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups

Cook a few extra lasagna noodles in case of breakage or extra filling.

The Noodles
12 ruffled-edge lasagna noodles
2 tablespoons cooking oil

The Sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups finely chopped onions
2 teaspoons fresh basil, minced, or 1 teaspoon dried
1 teaspoon fresh marjoram, minced, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
2 bay leaves, crumbled
3 large cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, finely chopped
1 (1-pound) can tomatoes, drained and chopped
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce

The Filling
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
4 cups fresh spinach, trimmed and chopped or 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1/2 teaspoon ground mace or nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

The Directions
Add the cooking oil to a large pot of salted boiling water and cook the noodles in it until tender but not overcooked. Drain on parchment paper or wax paper and cool.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add all the sauce ingredients to the skillet except the tomatoes and tomato sauce. Sauté for about 5 minutes, then set aside 3 tablespoons of the mixture. Add the tomatoes and tomato sauce to the skillet and continue cooking on low for 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375°.

Set aside half the Parmesan cheese. Mix the remaining filling ingredients well in a medium bowl. Stir in the onion-garlic mixture you set aside earlier.

To assemble the dish, spread half the sauce in the bottom of a 9"x13"x2" baking dish. Spread 3 tablespoons of the filling mixture onto a noodle, roll it up and place it seam-side-down in the baking dish. Repeat until the noodles are gone or the dish is full.

Drizzle the remaining sauce over the rolled lasagna and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and continue baking for another 5 minutes.

Makes 12 servings, which will typically feed 6 to 8 guests. Salad and crusty French bread go well with Lasagna Roll Ups.


  • Pan cooking: Arrange the lasagna rolls in a large skillet as you would in a baking dish, with the sauce under and over the rolls, and Parmesan on top. Turn the heat to high for 1 minute, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, covered, until the rolls are heated through, 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Top with Mozzarella cheese instead of Parmesan.

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