Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Lasagna Roll Ups (Recipe)

I'm always looking for new dishes to try out for dinner, and one website I follow for recipes is Two Peas & Their Pod. I've found plenty of dishes there that I would just pin to pinterest and dream about making one day when my kids are not causing havoc, climbing on me, refusing to be put down, etc. I actually had the opportunity to have one of the recipes I recently found, as my husband recently traded a service (massage) for a service (a dinner) with a friend. She asked me what I'd like in exchange (what meal), and I selected Lasagna Roll Ups.

Photo above from Two Peas & Their Pod

I am an extremely picky person when it comes to food, so I collaborated with our friend on how to tweak the recipe. Yes, I know... tweaking a recipe before you even TRY it?! *gasp* It's pretty much a given with me, however, as I cannot stand ricotta cheese. If I was going to have a shot at liking this meal, that ricotta had to go! We looked over the recipe ingredients and after a few tweaks, we had a plan!

The recipe calls for:

12 lasagna noodles
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups ricotta cheese
1 large egg
2 cloves garlic, minced
10-ounces frozen spinach, thawed, drained, and squeeze to remove water
1 cup chopped canned or jarred artichoke hearts
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Pinch of nutmeg
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
4 cups Easy Marinara Sauce or your favorite sauce

The only changes we made were omitting ricotta and adding provolone instead, and I decided that we should add zucchini (shredded).

Cold, heading towards microwave (so you can actually see the layers in there instead of just the melted cheese after they are heated!)
The meal (according to my friend) was easy to make. They baked well, and tasted delicious! The only thing we would change would be using fresh basil leaves (finely chopped) instead of dried. My husband and I find basil very easy to over-do, as it is a very overpowering herb. We have also learned that you can't over-do fresh basil (we've tested this!), so we would use fresh basil instead.

It was a fantastic dinner, and we will definitely be having this again! For this recipe and many more, check out Two Peas & Their Pod!

Heated up and ready to eat!

Disclaimer: Thoughts of Fluff was not compensated for this review. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own.


  1. This looks amazing... I may try it out tomorrow! I wonder how it would taste with a white sauce instead of the red....

  2. I've been looking for easy to freeze meals like this to prepare for baby's arrival and this looks perfect!

  3. I like that blog. I think that I would prefer your tweaks to this recipe, since I'm not a fan of ricotta, either. Like the previous commenter said, this does look like a great freezer meal.