Italian food is no stranger to our dinner table. We could contently eat Italian every day for a week and sometimes we do! I grew up on this lasagna recipe, and I use this sauce in multiple dishes! 😛 Lasagna roll-ups are already portioned, easy to serve and deliciously fun to eat.
The first step is to brown your ground beef and drain it. Then combine the ground beef, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and spices in a large skillet. (I recommend using a skillet because you want the sauce to heat through evenly.) On low heat, simmer sauce for 45 minutes to an hour.After about 30 minutes, cook your lasagna noodles according to package instructions and drain. While the noodles are cooking, whisk together the ricotta cheese and eggs, set aside. Set up a mini-assembly line for preparing your roll-ups. Lay the noodles out, spread a thin layer of the ricotta mixture on all of them and then spread a layer of sauce. Loosely roll each noodle away from you and place in dish (I put them in foil pans for freezer meals).
Top the roll-ups with more sauce and finally, cheese!
Bake for 1 hour and serve with homemade garlic toast. This is an excellent dish to freeze for a busy night, or freeze and deliver to someone with a new baby or recovering from surgery. I hope you enjoy every bite as much as I do!
- 1 lb. Ground Beef
- 28 oz. can Crushed Tomatoes
- 12 oz. can Tomato Paste
- 1 T. Sugar
- 1 1/2 t. Salt
- 1/2 t. Oregano
- 1/2 t. Cayenne Pepper
- 1/2 t. Italian Seasoning
- 1/4 t. Garlic Salt
- 1 Bay Leaf (remove after simmering)
- 1 lb. Lasagna Noodles
- 15 oz. Whole Milk Ricotta
- 2 Eggs
- 16 oz. Mozzarella Cheese
- Brown and drain ground beef.
- In a large skillet, combine ground beef, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and spices. Stir together.
- Cover and simmer on low heat for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
- Prepare lasagna noodles according to package instructions and drain.
- Whisk together ricotta cheese and eggs in a medium bowl.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Lay out noodles.
- Spread a thin layer of ricotta mixture over the noodles.
- Add a layer of sauce over top of ricotta mixture.
- Loosely roll each noodle away from you and place in a casserole dish.
- Bake for 1 hour.
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