Sunday, April 24, 2022

Saucy Lasagna Rolls

 It's Sunday Funday and I'm finally participating again.   

The theme for today is Lasagna, our personal take on it.  Well, this is layered, sorta, but oh so delicious and fun to make and eat. 

Saucy Lasagna Rolls

I made it meat free as well.  You can use any kind of meat sauce here though, and it would be delicious as well.  

 To start with I used a technique I saw on America's Test Kitchen where they didn't actually cook the noodles but rather poured boiling water on them, and let them sit for 45 minutes or so until the noodles softened.    And it worked great.

Here's my how to. 

I made my own Marinara Sauce, with chunks of onions, cause I like onions. Basically I used a 15 oz. can of Tomato Sauce to which I added an onion cut into dice, along with a couple cloves of mashed garlic and some spinach.   (you can take the garlic cloves, place them between two sheet of either plastic wrap or parchment paper, use a meat mallet and smash them. Makes a great paste). I let that sauce simmer for about 30 minutes while I soaked the lasagna noodles in some boiling water.  These are your standard lasagna noodles, not the no cook kind. While the sauce was simmering, and the noodles softening, I made the filling for the lasagna and the lasagna Rolls. 

Saucy Lasagna Rolls


Saucy Lasagna Rolls

Saucy Lasagna Rolls

Saucy Lasagna Rolls

This has been my basic standard filling for years, and I still love it.  Here's the full recipe:

    Saucy Lasagna Rolls

    Saucy Lasagna Rolls

    Yield: 2-4
    Author: Sid's Sea Palm Cooking
    This is a fun take on regular lasagna. While this version is vegetarian, it can also be made with a meat sauce.


    • 6-8 Standard Lasagna Noodles - soaked in boiling water for 30 minutes
    • 2 cups shredded Italian Cheese mixture
    • 2 cups small curd cottage cheese
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 15oz. can Tomato Sauce
    • 1 small onion, diced
    • 3/4 cup chopped frozen spinach, divided into 1/4 and 1/2 cup measures
    • 1-2 garlic mashed garlic cloves or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon sugar


    1. Chop the onion into a fine dice and smash the garlic clove(s).
    2. Open can of tomato sauce and pour into a shallow pan. Add the onion, garlic, 1/2 cup of spinach and sugar and simmer for at least 30 minutes.
    3. While the sauce is simmering, place the lasagna noodles in a shallow 9 x 13 pan and pour some boiling water over them. Let stand.
    1. In a bowl combine the 2 cups of shredded cheese, cottage cheese, eggs and 1/4 cup spinach until smooth. Set aside.
    1. Turn oven on to 350 degrees.
    2. Grease a glass loaf pan with some non stick spray and set aside.
    3. Take the lasagna noodles out of the pan they've been soaking in and pat them dry.
    4. Spoon a half cup of sauce in the bottom of the loaf pan and spread out. Add a layer of lasagna noodles, and spread about 1/4 of the filling over the noodles, top with a layer of sauce, and then repeat with another layer of noodles, filling and sauce.
    5. Cut the remaining noodles, there should be about 3 or 4 left, in half lengthwise. Spoon a good dollop of filling along the length of the noodle and roll up loosely keeping as much filling as possible inside the roll. Place each roll on top of the layers, with the curly side up. Continue until either all the filling is used up or you've run out of noodles. Carefully spoon the remaining sauce around each of the rolls, with a little on top.
    6. Bake for around 45 minutes. If you kept out some cheese, add it to the top and bake an additional 15 minutes or so.
    7. Take out of oven and let rest for 15 minutes before serving.
    8. To serve, cut down through the layers and around each lasagna roll.

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Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.


  1. I've never heard of "cooking" lasagna noodles just with a long soak in hot water. I look forward to trying it! Your lasagna rolls look delicious!

  2. A delicious looking dish and a new technique for cooking lasagna. Thanks Sid.


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