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LASAGNA ROLLS (with spinach… shh!)

 I love trying (easy) new recipes! What caught my eye about this lasagna is how simple it is (and it provided a big ol’ dose of spinach for my picky kiddos!). A handful of ingredients, and no meat is necessary! I made it for Sunday dinner the other week, and it was a hit. Definitely adding these to my repertoire:) Thanks for the inspiration, Pinterest! 

Spinach Lasagna Rolls
(Original recipe found here.)
9 lasagna noodles, cooked according to package (I salted this water generously- I think it enhances the flavor)
1 (10 oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 (15 oz.) container ricotta cheese (I used light)
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasonings
salt and pepper
32 oz. tomato sauce (I used spaghetti sauce)
9 tbsp. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 chicken breast, cooked (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°. Make sure you drain the spinach well. Combine spinach, ricotta, Parmesan cheese, egg, garlic, Italian seasonings, chicken (optional), and salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Pour about 1 cup sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish.
Place a piece of wax paper on the counter and lay out lasagna noodles. Make sure noodles are dry by patting them with a paper towel. Take 1/3 cup of ricotta mixture and spread evenly over a noodle. Roll carefully and place seam side down onto the baking dish. Repeat with remaining noodles.
Ladle sauce over the noodles in the baking dish and top each one with a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese. Cover baking dish tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes, or until cheese melts. Makes 9 rolls.
To serve, ladle a little sauce on the plate and top with lasagna roll.
 

MOZZARELLA STUFFED MEATBALLS SERVED OVER SPAGHETTI PIE!









This fabulous dinner recipe comes from my friend Chris over at Foodthoughts of a Chef Wannabe!  You must go give her a visit! I made a few changes so I have written it as I made it so I can duplicate this again! Thanks for a fantastic recipe Chris!!! You can also find her on facebook here!


For the meatballs you will need:
1 package of meatloaf mix (combo of pork, veal, beef)
1/2 cup bread crumbs (I used Aleia’s gluten free)
1 tsp pepper
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1 lb chunk of mozzarella cheese (I was too lazy to go to the store for this so I used shredded mozzarella-it worked out perfectly!!!)
oil for pan frying

Combine everything except the mozzarella cheese and roll into meatballs.  I made 12 large ones.    As you roll each one, stick some mozzarella cheese in the middle and seal it back up completely enclosing the cheese. Heat some oil and fry them golden.  I used avocado oil but olive oil is fine.



For spaghetti pie:
1 lb spaghetti (I used Trader Joe’s Brown Rice spaghetti)
1/2 grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
1 jar of your favorite sauce (I buy the one above at Home Goods!) Plus extra for serving!
1 16 ounce package of grated mozzarella cheese

Preheat your oven to 375.  Boil your pasta.  Drain.  Run under cold water and then mix it with the egg and grated Parmesan
cheese.  Lay it in the bottom of a greased 9×13 pan.  Sprinkle a layer of mozzarella cheese on top.  Pour the jar of sauce over the cheese.  Place your meatballs on top of the sauce.  Bake for 25-30 minutes.  Remove and sprinkle more cheese on top.  Bake an additional 10-15 minutes.  Let sit 15 minutes and cut like a cake!  Serve with extra sauce on the side or under each plated slice.

WORLD’S MOST AMAZING MEATBALL PARM!!!!!!!

 

This dinner was AMAZING!!!! To make it gluten free, I used Scharr brand bread crumbs but you can certainly use regular bread crumbs if you’re not gluten free.  Use your favorite sauce-homemade or jarred.  I used Market Pantry brand from Target and was shocked by how delish it was!!!!


Hugs & Cookies Meatball Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds meatloaf mix (beef, pork, veal combo)
  • 4 cloves garlic-roughly chopped, not minced
  • a handful of chopped parsley
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (I used Scharr brand)
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (not grated)
  • 2 eggs
  • salt to taste
  • Sauce of your choice (approx two 24-oz jars)
  • Mozzarella cheese to top it off with!

Mix all of the above ingredients and form your meatballs-not too lage.  I made 32 meatballs.  Pan fry to brown them.  Don’t worry about cooking them through-they will finish cooking in the oven.  Preheat oven to 375.


Pour some sauce in the bottom of your dish(es).  I used the 2 decorative ceramic dishes pictured above or you could use one 9×13.  Lay meatballs on top of the sauce.  Cover with more sauce and dress the top up with lots of mozzarella!  It should be covered with cheese!!!  Cover with foil and bake for 20 mins.  Remove foil and bake an additional 20 mins or until meatballs are cooked through (depending on size you make them.)

Serve this sauce and meatballs right over some spaghetti pie muffins!!!

TIP: This would freeze really well! Make an extra batch and freeze for a busy work night!!!