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The BEST Easy Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe (with meat)

These are the BEST Easy Lasagna Rollups! This recipe twist on a traditional lasagna recipe is perfect for busy weeknight dinners that can easily be prepped in advance.


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We love comforting pasta dishes like pasta and peas, creamy tortellini alfredo and baked ziti with meatballs. These easy dinner recipes are tried and true family faves.

Serve them with my cheesy garlic bread for a hearty meal the whole family will love.

After a busy day with the kids on the go, we love having these lasagna roll-ups ready in the fridge for dinner. This classic dish reheats well and you can also freeze them and pop the whole dish in the oven.

An easy make-ahead dish like this one is also perfect to make during the holiday season when you have company visiting.

Why you’ll love these lasagna roll-ups

  • Great for meal prep! These cheesy lasagna roll ups are ideal for meal prep because you can easily divide them into individual portions.
  • Simple ingredients and no fancy equipment required
  • They’re a deicious dinner recipe that the whole family will enjoy like my Olive Garden Copycat Stuffed Shells and Creamy Mushroom Pasta recipe.

Love easy pasta recipes? Next time try these:

Four Cheese Pasta

Lemon Garlic Parmesan Pasta

Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Cheesy Taco Pasta Bake

Ingredients for Lasagna Rollups

This recipe uses simple ingredients that you can find in a local grocery store. I’ve included some notes below for key ingredients and some possible substitutes.

Can I substitute the ground beef for another type of ground meat?
Yes, if you prefer leaner meat you can substitute ground chicken, ground turkey or Italian sausage for the beef. Additionally, for a truly authentic Italian flavor, you can use equal parts ground beef, pork, and veal.

Can I use my own homemade spaghetti sauce?

Sure you can! You can use your own homemade sauce or any of your favorite brands of spaghetti sauce.

Variations

Make this tasty dinner vegetarian and enjoy spinach lasagna roll ups, simply by omitting the meat.

How to make Easy Lasagna Rollups – Step by Step Instructions

You can find a full printable recipe card at the bottom of this page. I’ve included step by step photos with tips for making this recipe below.

STEP 1 – Preheat oven to 375° F and grease the sides of a 9×13-inch casserole dish.

STEP 2 – Boil lasagna noodles in a large pot of water according to the directions on the box until al dente. Once done, place them in a single layer on a greased baking sheet and set aside (you will need a few cookie sheets).

STEP 3 – Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium-sized pot and add ground beef. Cook on medium heat for 3 minutes, breaking up the meat with the back of the spoon as you are frying it. (It is okay if it is still pink at this stage)

STEP 4 – Add in the onions and garlic and continue to fry until the meat is no longer pink and the onions are soft and translucent (about 3-5 minutes)

STEP 5 – Add the red wine vinegar, oregano, 2 teaspoons salt & 1 teaspoon pepper and stir until combined

STEP 6 – Add the tomato sauce to the meat mixture and cook on a low simmer for 5 minutes. 

STEP 7 – Spread ¼ cup of the meat sauce on the bottom of the prepared casserole dish. 

STEP 8 – Make the cheese filling: in a medium-sized bowl combine ricotta, 1½ cups mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, egg, spinach, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.

STEP 9 – Evenly divide the cheese filling amongst the lasagna sheets spreading it the entire length of the noodle

STEP 10 – Dot with the meat mixture (about 1 heaping tablespoon) in a thin line on top of the cheese filling keeping it centered and stopping 1-inch from the end.

STEP 11 – Starting with the end that has the meat filling closest to the edge, lightly roll a noodle and place it in the casserole dish, seam side down. Repeat with the remaining noodles.

STEP 12 – Spoon the remaining meat sauce over the rolls and sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella cheese

STEP 14 – Cover with tin foil and place on the center rack for 30 minutes, remove foil and place on broil for an additional 2 minutes.

STEP 15 – Garnish with fresh basil or parsley leaves and serve with garlic bread and a side salad. The Parmesan Bread Bites are quick and easy to make and the kids love them. Another great side dish recipe!

Overhead view of lasagna rollups.

Storage instructions

How long will these keep?
Placed in an airtight container you can store the lasagna rolls for up to 5 days in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in the freezer

How do I reheat this pasta?

I like to reheat these lasagna rollups in the microwave in 30 second intervals until heated through.

Check out my how to reheat garlic bread post too in case you try out my cheesy garlic bread as a side dish!

Can I make these ahead of time?

Yes! To save on time, you can make the rolls and place them in the casserole dish. When ready to bake them, add the meat sauce and cheese on top and bake as per directions.

Can I freeze lasagna rollups?

Complete Steps 1-12, then cool to room temperature and cover with layers of plastic wrap, then a layer of aluminum foil. Freeze forup to 3 months.

To cook, thaw completely in refrigerator overnight then cook as directed.

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Lasagna rollups on serving spoon.

The BEST Easy Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe (with meat)Lasagna Roll Ups


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  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings

Description

These are the BEST Easy Lasagna Rollups! This recipe twist on a traditional lasagna recipe is perfect for busy weeknight dinners that can easily be prepped in advance. 


Ingredients

12 dried lasagna noodles

Olive oil

1 lb (16 ounces) ground beef

1 cup onion, finely chopped (about 1 medium onion)

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 teaspoons dried oregano

Kosher salt

Ground black pepper

24-ounce jar (680g) tomato sauce

16 ounces (454g) ricotta cheese

3 cups grated mozzarella cheese, divided

1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated

1 large egg

1/3 cup finely chopped spinach

1/4 cup basil leaves or parsley, chopped (optional for garnish)


Instructions

  1. Boil lasagna noodles according to the directions on the box. Once done, place them in a single layer on a greased cookie sheet and set aside (you will need a few cookie sheets).
  2. Preheat oven to 375° F and grease the sides of a 9×13-inch casserole dish.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium-sized pot and add ground beef. Cook on medium heat for 3 minutes, breaking up the meat with the back of the spoon as you are frying it. (It is okay if it is still pink at this stage)
  4. Add in the onions and garlic and continue to fry until the meat is no longer pink and the onions are soft and translucent (about 3-5 minutes)
  5. Add the red wine vinegar, oregano, 2 teaspoons salt & 1 teaspoon pepper and stir until combined.
  6. Add the tomato sauce to the meat mixture and cook on a low simmer for 5 minutes. 
  7. Spread ¼ cup of the meat sauce on the bottom of the prepared casserole dish. 
  8. Make the cheese filling: in a medium-sized bowl combine ricotta, 1½ cups mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, egg, spinach, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  9. Evenly divide the cheese filling amongst the lasagna sheets spreading it the entire length of the noodle.
  10. Dot with the meat mixture (about 1 heaping tablespoon) in a thin line on top of the cheese filling keeping it centered and stopping 1-inch from the end.
  11. Starting with the end that has the meat filling closest to the edge, lightly roll a noodle and place it in the casserole dish, seam side down. Repeat with the remaining noodles.
  12. Spoon the remaining meat sauce over the rolls and sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella cheese.
  13. Cover with tin foil and place on the center rack for 30 minutes, remove foil and place on broil for an additional 2 minutes.
  14. Garnish with basil or parsley leaves and serve.

 

Notes

Storage Instructions: Placed in an airtight container you can store the lasagna rolls for up to 5 days in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in the freezer

Reheating instructions: Reheat these lasagna rollups in the microwave in 30 second intervals until heated through. 

Make-Ahead Intructions: To save on time, you can make the rolls and place them in the casserole dish. When ready to bake them, add the meat sauce and cheese on top and bake as per directions.

  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Dinner Recipes
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 lasagna rollup
  • Calories: 289
  • Sugar: 2.4 g
  • Sodium: 407.9 mg
  • Fat: 7.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.2 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.5 g
  • Fiber: 3.7 g
  • Protein: 26.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 63.7 mg

2 Comments

  1. We love lasagna so we tried these lasagna roll ups and they turned out great, we love them. Thanks for the recipe!!






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