The winter holidays have always been my favorite but I think I like them even more now that I’m a food blogger. I was never able to have enough parties to try out all of the recipes I came up with before and now I get to sit around and think about food and dream up yummy flavor combinations to share with you guys! Today we have Mini Lasagna Rolls.
I was inspired by my love for Lasagna Rollups and Bite Size Appetizers. The result was these amazing Mini Lasagna Rolls, or as I like to call them, Adorable Bites of Lasagna Goodness. Is it normal to think that food it cute? Because guys, I really don’t know how else to describe these! I just want to dunk them in some sauce and eat all of them. This may or may not be exactly what happened.
The great thing about lasagna rolls is that you can make them any flavor you like. I’ve been a little obsessed with the new Bertolli® Riserva Premium sauces lately, especially the Bertolli® Riserva Asiago Cheese & Artichokes. Yum! I LOVE artichokes so when I see them listed as an ingredient I have to try it. Bertolli Riserva sauces are made with farm-grown, thoughtfully paired ingredients and you can tell. When I think of food to pair with artichokes I think of lemon. I like that fresh, bright flavor it adds to the really hard to describe flavor of an artichoke. Does anyone have a good description for artichoke flavor? I usually just say, “You have to try it!”, LOL. Anyways, I made a light lemon, thyme, and ricotta mixture to put inside of the lasagna rolls. I even used one of the 150 tips Bertolli’s has on their website in honor of 150 years of tradition. Tip #43 Taking the leaves off of Thyme: To remove the herb’s small leaves quickly, run your fingers backward along each stem. Love that tip! Bertolli also has a $1.50 COUPON for Bertolli pasta sauces so make sure to go over and get yours.
The lasagna rolls themselves were pretty easy to make. You just cook lasagna noodles, let them cook, and then cut them in half widthwise. Next you spread the filling on each noddle, leaving just a little exposed noodle at the end. Roll the noodle up starting with the end that has filling on it and ending with the bit of noodle you left bare. Once all of your noodles are rolled up cut them in half again. That will leave you with two bite size lasagna rolls. Place all of your rolls in a casserole dish with a little sauce and a little mozzarella cheese on top and cover the dish with foil. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes.
Now, I know you’re sitting there thinking, “Yes, they are adorable but ain’t nobody got time for that!” These little lasagna appetizers are twice as good because not only are they easy to make, you can make them ahead of time and freeze them until you are ready to use them. If you want to freeze them just follow all of the directions right up to it is time to put them in the oven, instead put them in an airtight container, separating them with wax paper so they don’t stick together, and put them in the freezer until you are ready to use them. Just give them a little longer in the oven, 30 minutes, to make sure they cook all the way through.
Your family and friends are going to Ooo and Ahhh over this adorable appetizer and I promise you there aren’t going to be any leftovers. If there are please let me know and I’ll be right over! 😉
- 2 cup Whole milk ricotta
- 1 Egg
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 2 teaspoon Lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon Fresh thyme leaves minced
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 10 Lasagna Noodles cooked
- 1 cup Mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1/2 cup Pasta Sauce
In a large bowl mix all of the filling ingredients together.
Lay the cooked noodles out and cut each one in half widthwise.
Spread the filling on each noodle half leaving about an inch at one end.
Beginning from the end with the filling roll the noodle up.
Cut the rolled noodle in half widthwise.
Place the noodles in a casserole dish with a small amount of sauce in the bottom.
Place a small scoop of sauce on top of each roll and top with a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese.
Bake at 350°F for 15-20 min or until cheese is melted.
Serve with a bowl of sauce for dipping.