Sunday, February 20, 2011

Ricotta Rollups

Whenever I have a craving for Lasagna, but no time to prep the sauce that simmers for 1 and 1/2 hours on the stove, I bake Ricotta Rollups.  Pasta filled mostly with Ricotta and Mozzarella Cheese and covered with tomato sauce smells wonderful as it bakes.  My large Rose Colored Pyrex comes in handy once again.  It's not only used to make Raisin Rice Crispies Bars.  :) 

Two nights ago I baked a batch of this meatless family favorite (made with Lasagna noodles that have been cut in half).  After dinner the remaining portions were placed in single serving Ziploc containers and into my freezer they went.  Individual portions will be reheated in my microwave for a quick dinner on busy nights.  If reheating, I add a little more tomato sauce.  Served with a veggie salad and Garlic Parmesan Toast.  Yum!

Ricotta Rollups

Oven:  375°F
Time:  About 35 Minutes

9-10 Lasagna Noodles (I use Ronzoni.)
(2) 1 lb. containers of Ricotta Cheese - I use Fat Free + Part Skim.
8 oz. Shredded Mozzarella Cheese - I use Part Skim.
1/2 Cup Flavored Bread Crumbs
(2) Egg Whites slightly beaten or 1 Whole Egg
1 jar Spaghetti Sauce - about 24 oz.
Parmesan Cheese - to sprinkle on top before baking

  1. Boil Lasagna Noodles according to package directions.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  3. Spray a Glass Baking Dish (about 8"x11") with PAM.
  4. Spread about 1 Cup Sauce in baking dish.
  5. In large bowl mix Ricotta, Mozzarella, Bread Crumbs and Egg Whites.
  6. Place 2 Lasagna Noodles on a large dish and cut each in half.
  7. Spread 2-3 Tablespoons Cheese mixture on 2/3 of each noodle.
  8. Roll Noodle from filled side to end.
  9. Place in baking dish seam side down.
  10. Continue filling noodles.  Two rows of Rollups in dish.
  11. I also place 4 Rollups in middle of baking dish, if extra.
  12. Pour sauce over top and on edges of filled Rollups, spread sauce evenly.
  13. Sprinkle Parmesan Cheese on top.
  14. Bake in oven for about 35 Minutes.
Printable Recipe Card.  :)

Does your family enjoy dinners with pasta and tomato sauce? 



Stacey said...

I make those too but I've never included the bread crumbs. I bet that really adds to the texture. We are always game for italian food. No meat necessary. I like to add spinach too.

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Perfect recipe, both easy and delicious! Looks so good!

Barbara Bakes said...

Looks delicious! And rollups are easier to serve too.

JG said...

Stacey- Adding Spinach sounds really good! Yes, the bread crumbs makes the filling a little firmer.

Carol- Very easy to put together.

Barbara Bakes- Very true, never a problem getting that first Rollup out of the baking dish.

Rita said...

Yes we love pasta and tomato sauce for dinner or lunch; my grandon also loves it for breakfast. Grat recipes you shared with us; thenk you.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm going to print this one out, Judy! It has the great ingredients that we love but it's not as much time to prepare! My hubby may want this tonight! ♥

JG said...

Rita- Thanks! Any type of pasta and variety tomato sauce is always good.

Lavender Dreamer- Enjoy! :) The lower fat content ingredients work well, also.