Thursday, January 30, 2014

Alfredo Lasagna Roll-Ups

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Lovely Lasagna Roll-Ups stuffed with meat and cheese and smothered in a Creamy Alfredo Sauce! While they do take a little bit of time to do, the end result is very filling and delicious; makes a great family dinner, or make it to impress your friends. Believe me they will go away smiling!


Ingredients
3/4 lb. ground beef
1/2 onion, minced
1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese (or cottage cheese)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese*
1 1/2 cups shredded 6-Cheese Italian Blend*
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
1 box lasagna noodles
*Plus more for dusting over top of roll-ups

Sauce
Creamy Alfredo Sauce (recipe here)

Method
Brown ground beef and onions; drain and set aside.  

Boil lasagna noodles according to package instructions, but just until al dente' and pliable. Drain and rinse with cold water; lay noodles flat on a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper.  

In a large bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups of the ground beef/onion mixture with ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, 6-cheese Italian blend, beaten egg, salt, pepper and chopped basil. Mix thoroughly to combine. 



Assemble
Place several spoonfuls of meat/cheese mixture along the length of each lasagna noodle and roll up (you should have 12-15).  

In a large 13 x 9" baking dish sprayed with cooking spray, ladle 1/2 of the Creamy Alfredo Sauce over bottom of pan.  

Place lasagna roll-ups, seam side down, on top of sauce. Cover roll-ups with remaining sauce. Dust tops with more 6-cheese Italian blend and mozzarella cheese.  

Bake
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Cover baking dish tightly with foil and bake 40-45 minutes or until bubbly. Remove from oven and let cool 10-15 minutes before serving. 

Serve with some Crusty Hearth Bread and a side salad.



Note - Lasagna Roll-Ups can be made ahead, wrapped in plastic wrap and  frozen.  Simply thaw when ready to use and assemble as directed.  Leave out the beef for a vegetarian version.

Option - make it with meat sauce, recipe here


Enjoy,
Mary

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