Lasagna Rolls

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Homemade Italian lasagna rolls packed with fresh vegetables and topped with delicious tomato sauce!

Lasagna rolls on a plate topped with tomato sauce

If there is one meal that puts a smile on my family’s face, it’s lasagna night! Piping hot pasta noodles stuffed with melty cheese and topped with delicious tomato sauce gets me every time. I enjoy making pasta from scratch since I’ve received some great training from my Italian mother-in-law over the years, but there’s not always time on those busy weekdays.

I’ve found some helpful cooking shortcuts to get you that beautiful plate of pasta faster, but without compromising on taste. Plus there are nutritious vegetables in each bite, win for all! This recipe for lasagna rolls is a quick and tasty way to a wholesome meal that everyone will rave about.

lasagna rolled up with cheese filling

You may be wondering, why rolls instead of the traditional lasagna layers? Rolls are easier to fill and eat! They are just the right portion size, so you don’t have to “eyeball” each serving. It’s also a brilliant and safe way to get the kids to help you in the kitchen and enjoy the process of cooking alongside you.

So what’s in the filling? A powerhouse of kale, zucchini, and spinach; 5 whole cups of vegetable goodness! I lightly saute the vegetables before I fill, to soften and remove some of the water that would be released when cooking. This is a superb time to season the filling right before rolling, don’t forget to taste!

cans of crushed tomatoes and paste with other sauce ingredients

To make these lasagna rolls quick and ready to rock on the dinner table with ease, I choose canned tomatoes as my handy go-to products. For this recipe, I use crushed tomatoes and paste for the sauce base. The vine-ripened tomatoes are naturally sweet, creating a flavorful, thick and delicious sauce.

I reduced the typical grease overload by using low-fat ricotta cheese and just the right amount of mozzarella and parmesan for flavor and melt. The best part of this meal is you can get to this step of filling, rolling and topping, then cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.

baking dish filled with lasagna roll ups and topped with tomato sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese

This is perfect when you need to meal prep in advance and just reheat. A homemade meal that’s hot and ready in less than 30 minutes sounds like a great plan!

before and after photos of blanching tomatoes in boiling water

I want to show you a cool kitchen hack tip that I learned in culinary school. It’s peeling a fresh tomato in under a minute! You simply score the bottom of the tomato with an “X” and blanch it in super hot water for about 20 seconds.

Cool quickly in an ice bath, and they’re ready to peel. You can dice them to use in the tomato basil topping for this lasagna roll recipe, or diced tomatoes can be used if you’re super strapped for time.

close up of a lasagna roll served on a plate

Pasta night will never be the same after you’ve tried these delicious Italian lasagna rolls! A healthier version of your favorite comfort food right at home, without the stress. What is your favorite pasta dish? I’d love to hear how you make dinner meals memorable in the comments section below!

How do I use tomato paste in cooking?

Tomato paste typically consists of ripened tomatoes that have been simmered down and then strained to give a very thick and concentrated ingredient. Some pastes already add seasonings like salt, or aromatics like garlic, basil or oregano to infuse more flavor. You only need a small amount of tomato paste to thicken a sauce for spaghetti. It adds a natural sweetness and a more intense tomato flavor, especially if using fresh tomatoes that are not at their peak ripeness. Tomato paste is also great for bases of soups like minestrone or in a hearty slow cooker pork chili. I recommend starting with 1 tablespoon, then gradually adding a tablespoon at a time until the desired richness is achieved.

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Lasagna Rolls

Homemade lasagna rolls packed with vegetables and topped with zesty tomato sauce. A simple and healthier version of your favorite pasta dish!
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5 from 5 votes
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Servings 8 rolls
Course Entree
Cuisine Italian

Ingredients

Tomato Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup yellow onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 3 ounces tomato paste, 4 tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano, or ½ teaspoon fresh, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Lasagna Rolls

  • 8 lasagna noodles
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups baby kale, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup zucchini, grated
  • 1 ½ cups ricotta cheese, low-fat, (15 ounces)
  • cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pinch nutmeg, grated, (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, minced, for garnish

Tomato Basil Topping

  • 1 cup tomatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons basil, thinly sliced

Instructions 

Tomato Sauce

  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-low heat. Sauté onion and garlic until onions are translucent, about 3 minutes.
  • Add tomato paste and stir well. Add crushed tomatoes, oregano, and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes covered with the lid left slightly open. Season tomato sauce with salt and pepper, plus more to taste as needed. Meanwhile, make the lasagna rolls.

Lasagna Rolls

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 13” x 9” baking dish.
  • Cook lasagna noodles in salted boiling water according to the package directions. Cook a few extra noodles in case they break. Drain noodles and quickly lay out on a clean towel to dry and cool down.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add spinach, kale, and zucchini. Saute until vegetables are wilted, about 3 minutes.
  • Combine vegetable mixture with 1 ½ cups ricotta, ⅓ cup parmesan, ⅔ cup mozzarella, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Taste filling and add more seasoning as needed.
  • Spread 3-4 tablespoons of filling over the length of each noodle (8 total). Leave about ½-inch of space at the end of the noodle so the cheese does not come out at the end as you roll. Roll the noodles from bottom to top, but not too tight.
  • Place in the greased baking dish side by side. Pour about 1 cup tomato sauce evenly over the rolls and sprinkle the remaining ⅓ cup mozzarella over the top.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until heated through and sauce is bubbling.

Tomato Basil Topping

  • Combine the diced tomato and basil together in a small bowl. Serve lasagna rolls topped with the tomato basil topping and garnish with chopped parsley.

Notes

  • The lasagna rolls can be assembled up to 2 days ahead of time (unbaked). Tightly cover and refrigerate until ready to eat. Bake at the indicated time and temperature when ready to serve. Perfect for a weekend prep meal for the week!
  • There will be plenty of extra sauce to serve on the side. My family loves sauce for dipping bread!
  • You can use whole wheat, whole grain, or gluten-free lasagna noodles if you want a healthier pasta or have special dietary needs.

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Nutrition Facts
Lasagna Rolls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 274 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 937mg39%
Potassium 313mg9%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 2950IU59%
Vitamin C 33.8mg41%
Calcium 700mg70%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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8 Comments Leave a comment or review

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Thank you Amber! My family devoured the hot tray of pasta, I was happy that there were a couple left over for lunch. Definitely a good way to pack in those veggies!

  1. Nancy Robbins says

    These lasagna rolls are so delicious and easy to make. Thank you again, Jessica, for a dish my family gobbled up. Perfect for a potluck too!!!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      That is so great to hear Nancy! I’m so thrilled to hear that your family enjoyed the recipe and it’s something simple to make and bring to share with others 🙂

  2. Ann says

    Hi Jessica, it looks very delicious! Thanks for this tip of using cheese instead of meat! What do you think about adding lentils or chickpeas to this recipe for a thicker consistency? The vegetarian lasagna that I prepared recently did not keep in shape and fall apart…

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