Hey guys! I am so proud of myself, you wanna know why don't you? Of course you do...;) I have been doing quite a bit more cooking from scratch and so I thought I'd share one of my most recent recipes with y'all. So here is a really quick and easy lasagna rolls recipe.
First off, there is a new grocery store in my neighborhood so I decided to swing by and check Smart & Final out on the Grand Opening day. It's all nice and shiny and pretty for the Grand Opening and I was really impressed with how well organized everything was for being as busy as it was and the staff was super friendly and helpful. You can follow them on Twitter or Facebook
I don't think I've been in a Smart & Final in at least 15 years, and I was happy to see such great prices on what I use most. They had a beautiful floral section that had gorgeous Spring flowers. I love having fresh flowers around the house, it makes everything just seem happier and prettier.
The produce section was spectacular. There were so many brightly colored fruits and veggies that just draw you in and the quality was really fantastic. The stands were piled high with gorgeous apples, the shelves are stocked with a great variety of dressings and the selection of pre packaged salad mixes and veggies was really outstanding.
The dairy case had a really big selection of all sorts of cheeses....shredded, block, sliced, string, tub and cube. They carry all different brands as well, which helps a lot if you are particular about your brands. I generally stick to store brands so I was happy to see that they do have a few different private label brands to choose from; First Street, La Romanella and Ambiance.
I was really impressed with the layout of everything. Everything was organized and clearly marked so there was not confusion on prices for items and you can clearly see each brand and type of product within the brand so you don't have to search high and low to find what you need. When you are shopping with small kids, that is super important - you want to get in and get out with the least amount of stress as possible and I can definitely see myself shopping at Smart & Final on a regular basis from now on. It's really important to me to be able to do a one-stop shop and the ability to save some extra money is a huge bonus.
Ok, enough about that, let's talk ingredients and the actual recipe, shall we?!
Here's what you'll need:
3.5 cups Ricotta cheese
2 cups mozzarella cheese
2.5 teaspoons italian seasoning
2.5 cups frozen spinach (thawed and drained)
1 box of lasagna noodles (cooked so you don't have any trouble rolling them)
1 large can tomato sauce
1 can diced tomato
1 can tomato paste
seasoning to taste
The first thing I do is get my sauce going on the stove. Take your can of tomato sauce, diced tomato and tomato paste along with whatever seasoning you like to flavor your pasta sauce. I generally reach for just good old Italian seasoning and fresh garlic. I also add a sprinkle of sugar to make it a bit less acidic. Once that's started, I move on to assembling my filling.
For the filling, you'll take your ricotta, mozzarella, egg, Italian seasoning and if you choose to add spinach you'll add it here as well. I usually add spinach just because it's a great way to get some greens in without hearing any complaining because you can't hardly taste it!
While you are assembling your filling, now's a good time to boil the noodles so you can roll them without breaking them...you can't really roll a hard lasagna noodle ;)
Take all of your ingredients and combine them into one mixing bowl, make sure everything gets really thoroughly incorporated. Once you've mixed everything together you just have to spread it out on the noodles, roll them and place them in your casserole dish.
I always put a layer of sauce on the bottom of my casserole dish to help insure the noodles don't stick to the dish. Then I lay the rolls in the dish, cover with more sauce, sprinkle mozzarella over the top and if you want you can add fresh grated Parmesan cheese on top before you cover it and slide it in the oven. I cook this for about 45 minutes on 375 and take the foil off at about 35 minutes and let the cheese get nice and golden and bubbly for the last 10 minutes in the oven.
I hope y'all enjoy this recipe if you give it a try and I'd love to hear some of your favorite recipes to make with your kids, I need some new stuff to make with Hannah so leave me a comment and let me know what you make with your kiddos