Today is Election Day! (For us Italian Catholics, it is more importantly All Souls Day!) So when you're done praying for your departed love ones, say an extra one for the election....
But with all the praying and news watching going on today - I needed a quick and easy dinner that I could assemble ahead of time and throw in the oven tonight, as I watch the election recap. Lasagne is the perfect recipe! Although, lasagne can get kinda boring, so I switch it up a bit, and make individual rolled up servings. These are just as easy to make as regular lasagne. Its kinda similar to manicotti, but not as much cheesiness. These roll ups are cute and they taste good.
So as you sit in front of the tv watching election day news, you can rest easy knowing that dinner is in the oven waiting.
Lasagne Roll Ups
12 pcs. uncooked lasagne
1 1/2 32 oz. containers of whole milk ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated pecorino romano cheese
2 cups shredded mozarella cheese, divided
salt & pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil the lasagne noodles until barely bendable (do not cook all the way through, or you will end up with soft, soggy lasagne). Drain, and spread out evenly on a piece of foil sprayed with pam. In a bowl, mix the ricotta, romano, and half of the mozarella with salt and pepper. Spread the cheese mixture evenly over each lasagne noodle, then roll them up like a little pinwheel.
Line the bottom of a large casserole dish with marinara sauce. Place the lasagne rolls neatly in rows in the dish. Top with bolognese sauce* and the remaining mozarella cheese. Sprinkle some romano cheese on top. I also like to add dollops of ricotta on the top. Bake uncovered until lightly brown and bubbly for around 45 minutes.
*When I'm in a hurry and I have leftovers, I crumble up leftover meatballs that are in sauce and use that in place of bolognese. You will not be disappointed, and it saves you some work!*