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Mar 23 2010

Spinach Lasagna Rolls with Roasted Red Peppers

Published by at 9:05 am under Cooking at Home

Since it’s usually just the two of us for dinner, we don’t like to make a ton of food that would result in days of leftovers. Obviously a dish like lasagna is often made in a big baking dish that could feed an entire family of 6. We opted to go a different route and create lasagna for 2 – which is simply vegetarian but boasts tons of flavors and gooey goodness. The Spinach Lasagna Rolls with Roasted Red Peppers are done by rolling the lasagna noodles with layers of ingredients and baking it until perfection. Now that we’ve made it, I’m wondering why we only made it enough for one meal – it’s so good that I should make a huge batch next time!

I made a quick marinara sauce by sauteing some onions and roasted red peppers with some herbs. Then I added a can of tomato sauce and let it simmer while I work on the rest of the ingredients. Since this sauce is done rather quickly, the sauce may be a bit sour, so I like to add a little bit of sugar to balance out the sourness. Feel free to use your favorite marinara sauce instead of making your own.

Boil the lasagna noodles just until al dente. It will continue to cook later in the oven.

Here's the fun part! We first layered the noodles with ricotta cheese, then frozen-and-thawed spinach, then a layer of roasted red peppers (from the jar), then a sprinkle of shredded mozzarella cheese, and finally some of the marinara sauce.

It's easiest to make an assembly line like this. Once all the toppings are on, start rolling!

Four rolls fits perfectly in our baking dish. We topped it with the remaining marinara sauce and added a handful of grated mozzarella cheese. This goes into the oven at 400-degrees until the cheese starts to melt and bubble.

Since we didn't have any fresh basil on hand, we did a quick chiffonade of arugula we had in the garden. What's nice about the lasagna rolls is that everyone gets a perfect piece. By doing the traditional method in a big dish, you have to cut into the lasagna noodles and sometimes it gets squished and messy. The rolling method is great when you want to make a few, or a lot. And what's even better is that you can be creative with the ingredients you add. We used what we had on hand and decided not to put any meat in it, but some other great ingredients are ground turkey, eggplant, zucchini, or even pepperoni! Just have fun with your lasagna dishes!

To view or print-out this recipe, click here: Spinach Lasagna Rolls with Roasted Red Peppers

55 responses so far

55 Responses to “Spinach Lasagna Rolls with Roasted Red Peppers”

  1. Chrison 23 Mar 2010 at 9:21 am

    man that thing looks good. presentation look great. i give it an “A” good job

  2. Sandyon 23 Mar 2010 at 9:44 am

    You guys are cooking machines! Everything is always so beautifully presented.

  3. connieon 23 Mar 2010 at 9:57 am

    This such a wonderful idea. This way u can cook for a two . Spinach lasagna is one of my favorites. Even I can do this. LOL Daniel & Krissy

  4. thefoodaddictson 23 Mar 2010 at 10:13 am

    Chris – Thank you for giving us an A. No one’s given that to us before, haha.

    Sandy – I wouldn’t say “everything” but we are trying to get better. Thanks & can’t wait to see you get all domesticated and cook up a storm too.

    Connie – Since you mentioned that, we’ll make Spinach Lasagna just for you!

  5. jenn (Bread + Butter)on 23 Mar 2010 at 10:15 am

    This is really a great way to make dinner for two rather than making a big batch nad having a ton leftover. Not that there’s anything wrong with having leftovers. :) Love it.

  6. lanon 23 Mar 2010 at 10:18 am

    ymmm..we made lasagna last weekend too..but i do have a family of 7 to feed =) so the traditional way for us.

  7. Danicaon 23 Mar 2010 at 11:40 am

    Fantastic presentation – looks and sounds really delish!

  8. 5 Star Foodieon 23 Mar 2010 at 11:48 am

    Yum! I love the picture of the lasagna noodles with the filling before you rolled them, gorgeous!

  9. thefoodaddictson 23 Mar 2010 at 11:51 am

    Jenn – Yup, nothing wrong with leftovers at all. Especially when it’s something delicious!

    Lan – I wonder if the kale I gave you would be good in lasagna?? I’m gonna try that next time!

    Danica – Thank you… it turned out better than we thought.

    5 Star Foodie – I love colorful food! I think that’s why it looks so pretty and festive.

  10. Laurieon 23 Mar 2010 at 1:33 pm

    First day on your blog & I’m going to have to make this one soon! It looks delicious & the photography is beautiful! I can’t wait to see what’s next!

  11. Sherrill Laughlinon 23 Mar 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Gorgeousness.

  12. graceon 23 Mar 2010 at 2:19 pm

    excellent. this trumps regular lasagna in appearance, convenience, and heck, probably taste too. i love your ‘quick chiffonade of arugula’–it’s not every home chef who’ll break out something like that. :)

  13. thefoodaddictson 23 Mar 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Hi Laurie – thanks for your comment! Subscribe to the blog so you can see what we have next.

    Sherrill – The views of Jamaica will be gorgeousness! Have fun!

    Grace – love your comment about the arugula chiffonade. it was all daniel’s idea, of course.

  14. Priscilla - She's Cookin'on 23 Mar 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Food and fotos – delicious! I’ll have to try this one. I’ve done roll-ups with eggplant, which I love.

  15. sweetlifeon 23 Mar 2010 at 9:17 pm

    great shot of rolling them together..I love these-great filing

    sweetlife

  16. kristyon 23 Mar 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Gosh, these look so good! I’m so tempting to make my own lasagna. Hopefull, SOON! hehe…

  17. Peteron 23 Mar 2010 at 10:13 pm

    LOVE IT!!!

  18. tigerfishon 23 Mar 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Geez….your quick marinara sauce looks like it has been simmered good and deliciously for quite some time! If I turn Garfield, can I have your lasagna, please? :p

  19. Life for Beginnerson 24 Mar 2010 at 2:11 am

    There is something just so soothing about making a dish from scratch, especially something as involved as lasagna and the layering, one after another. Isn’t most comfort food also slow food? Tells us we need to slow down to truly savour the good things in life. :)

    P.S. Thanks for dropping by blog and leaving a comment. Really appreciate it!

  20. Caraon 24 Mar 2010 at 5:34 am

    I have the same struggles cooking for two and avoid casseroles for the same reasons as you! These lasagna rolls look beautiful and delicious.

  21. Michele | aka Raw Juice Girlon 24 Mar 2010 at 6:16 am

    I LOVE spinach!!

    And this is my first time to your blog. LOVE it! Your food – and your photos – are so pretty!

    I look forward to more posts!!! :-D

  22. Jenn AKA The Leftover Queenon 24 Mar 2010 at 6:24 am

    I love this idea!!! My hubs LOVES lasagna, but I hate making so much, plus I am not a big pasta eater. This is a PERFECT way to let him have it more often!!!

  23. A Canadian Foodieon 24 Mar 2010 at 6:34 am

    That is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous. It looks delicious, nutritious and economical. I am “Stealing” your idea for my grade 9 cooking class. I will let you know how it goes and link to you when I write about it.
    :)
    Valerie

  24. anncooon 24 Mar 2010 at 8:01 am

    This is a clever idea, looks so delicious!

  25. Valenon 24 Mar 2010 at 8:45 am

    Wow these look awesome! I’ve made lasagna rolls before, but they didn’t look this good!

  26. Kathleenon 24 Mar 2010 at 10:59 am

    Oh My Gawd!! You are the best. CAN NOT wait to try these.

    Keep up the awesome work!
    Kathleen

  27. DebinHawaiion 24 Mar 2010 at 11:30 am

    Wow! These lasagna rolls look incredible! So bright and colorful. Great photos!

  28. Bianca@ South Bay Rants n Raveson 24 Mar 2010 at 12:46 pm

    This sounds like an ingenious idea. My husband & I always end up making much too much lasagna. There’s only two of us & you can only take so many leftovers before you get sick of it. Like this take on a classic.

  29. rebeccasubbiahon 24 Mar 2010 at 12:50 pm

    wow this is beautiful what a fantastic meal impressive

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  31. Sook @ My Fabulous Recipeson 24 Mar 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Oh what beautiful pictures! I love lasagna rollups! They are so yummy! I already bookmarked this page. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks!

  32. The Sudden Cookon 24 Mar 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Wow! Great photos! Looks absolute delish!

  33. Katie @ Cozydeliciouson 24 Mar 2010 at 5:50 pm

    I love lasagna rolls, and yours look beautiful. I make them often because my husband and I can’t agree on lasagna fillings (I’m all about zucchini and carrots and he’s into adding pepperoni). I have to say, though, mine never seem to hold together and look as pretty as yours!

  34. redkathyon 24 Mar 2010 at 9:58 pm

    spinach and ricotta cheese are the perfect pair! what a fabulous way to serve lasagna for two. only real food addicts would have thought of this assembly!

  35. peachkinson 25 Mar 2010 at 7:09 am

    This looks so delicious!

  36. Hannaon 25 Mar 2010 at 10:18 am

    look wonderful as always :) that’s a clever way for making lasagna!

  37. The Actors Dieton 25 Mar 2010 at 4:46 pm

    how gorgeous! i’m new to your blog – will definitely be visiting again.

  38. Kevin (Closet Cooking)on 26 Mar 2010 at 2:57 am

    These lasagna rollups look so good! I really like the shot of them being rolled up!

  39. Amy @ cookbookmaniacon 26 Mar 2010 at 4:32 am

    Absolutely genius idea. They looks so yummy ans easy to make. I can’t wait to try it!

  40. Conor @ HoldtheBeefon 26 Mar 2010 at 6:37 am

    So clever of you, really! Obviously too clever for your own good though, seeing as this looks good enough to eat leftovers of for days on end ;)

    You know, this is also a fantastic idea for anyone who struggles with portion control, as you wouldn’t be tempted to cut yourself an enormous piece, or go back for seconds and thirds if you just have your own nice little portion from the get go.

  41. Andyon 26 Mar 2010 at 7:55 am

    This is such a brilliant idea! I usually don’t like making lasagna because, as you so astutely pointed out, you end up with way too much, so this is absolutely perfect! I will try this soon :)

  42. Angela@spinachtigeron 27 Mar 2010 at 5:52 am

    The mere color of this dish takes my breath away. I’m sure the flavor surpasses that.

  43. Elizabethon 27 Mar 2010 at 10:16 pm

    What a fabulous idea to roll them up individually. I love it. What great presentation. These look so appetising!

  44. [...] porque no ponemos una capa sobre otra como es de costumbre, sino hacemos rollos. Los rollos de lasaña rellenos de espinaca y pimientos rojos asados es una receta laboriosa pero muy buena y, a mi parecer, fácil de [...]

  45. estresuon 28 Mar 2010 at 1:55 pm

    muy buena idea y practica, hermosa la prerwsentacion por los colores realmente tengo que hacerla, felicitaciones por la idea

  46. estresuon 28 Mar 2010 at 2:46 pm

    muy practico, y original, buena presentacion y unos colores increibles creo que pronto los voy a hacer ademas nos gusta mucho la lasagna y es una forma de no hacer demasiado que siempre sobra

  47. Saraon 28 Mar 2010 at 7:49 pm

    What a great recipe! I love the roasted red peppers in the marinara sauce! Great Recipe! :-)

  48. [...] porque no ponemos una capa sobre otra como es de costumbre, sino hacemos rollos. Los rollos de lasaña rellenos de espinaca y pimientos rojos asados es una receta laboriosa pero muy buena y, a mi parecer, fácil de [...]

  49. Fannyon 29 Mar 2010 at 11:34 am

    This is such a great idea! We’re salivating on the East Coast now. Ed will appreciate this dish too!

  50. thefoodaddictson 29 Mar 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Hey Fanny! Thanks for visiting and the comment. When you come to CA to visit us again, we’ll whip up a nice meal for you. And yeah, Ed appreciates anything we make :)

  51. Fanny Con 06 Apr 2010 at 2:24 pm

    As an update, I held an impromptu dinner for 6 this past weekend – these were so easy to make! I also made Chicken Pot Pie in single serve ramekins which was more complicated. Hands down, the friends liked your lasagna rolls better, which is fantastic, as it is simple & quick!

    Sadly, Ed missed out.

  52. thefoodaddictson 06 Apr 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Oooh thanks for the update!! Glad you got the chance to make it – it’s so easy and fun, right? Your Chicken Pot Pie in the ramekins is a good idea, too. Oh Ed… he’s always missing out on your fun events! (It’s because he’s never invited, right? lol).

  53. Barbaraon 12 Apr 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Hey there, I got inspired by your idea and made these roll-ups tonight. One change I made though, as I don’t much care for ricotta cheese: I left it out completely, and instead made some parmesan-y bechamel sauce which I smeared over the rolled up rolls, then topped them with more tomato sauce and mozzarella. It made for a delightful meal served with a tossed salad and a glass of Chianti. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  55. treeon 25 Apr 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Wow! Those look fabulous!! i can not wait to try them. i’m wonder if they’d be good with Swiss chard instead of spinach? i have an abundance of Swiss chard right now, and am always looking for new recipes to use it with. i have a feeling it would be great with these.
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