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