Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Your Dinner Part 2: Main Course

Your Main Course:
Lasagna Rolls!

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
Pinch ground nutmeg

1 (15-ounce) container whole milk ricotta cheese
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, chopped (I haven't used but try it out :))
1 large egg, beaten to blend 3/4 teaspoon salt, plus more for salting water
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
12 uncooked lasagna noodles
2 cups marinara sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella (about 4 ounces)

Lay all ingredients out on counter so you don't have to run around your kitchen like a maniac trying to find things :) Though it does happen ladies, it does.

This is for the fancy named sauce to go on the bottom of the baking dish. To make the sauce: Melt the butter in a heavy medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the flour and whisk for 3 minutes. Whisk in the milk. Increase the heat to medium-high. Whisk the sauce until it comes to a simmer and is thick and smooth, about 3 minutes. Whisk the salt, pepper, and nutmeg into the bechamel sauce.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Add a tablespoon or 2 of oil to a large pot of boiling salted water. Boil the noodles until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain. Arrange the noodles in a single layer on a baking sheet to prevent them from sticking.

Whisk the ricotta, spinach, 1 cup Parmesan, prosciutto, egg, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl to blend.
Butter a 13-by-9-by-2-inch glass baking dish. Pour the bechamel sauce over the bottom of the prepared dish. Lay out 4 lasagna noodles on a work surface, then spread about 3 tablespoons of ricotta mixture evenly over each noodle. Starting at 1 end, roll each noodle like a jelly roll.
Lay the lasagna rolls seam side down, without touching, atop the bechamelsauce in the dish. Repeat with the remaining noodles and ricotta mixture.
Yes, I made the small ones small on purpose, ok well at first I overstacked the first ones and then had to use less for the few remaining ones (yeah you can tell from left to right, that normally hasn't happened people) but then I purposeful said they would be for the babies :) Yes, yes they are for the babies (we had a couple of friends over with another little guy).
Spoon 1 cup of marinara sauce over the lasagna rolls (I usually just do both cups of sauce then you don't have to worry about it later and I think it comes out better with both over the rolls). Sprinkle the mozzarella and remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan over the lasagna rolls. Cover tightly with foil. Bake until heated through and the sauce bubbles, about 20 minutes. Uncover and bake until the cheese on top becomes golden, about 15 minutes longer. Let stand for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the remaining marinara sauce in a heavy small saucepan over medium heat until hot, and serve alongside. You can use more cheese if you'd like too, you can always use more cheese :)

And I feel as though I have been blogneglecting the big guy! Here he is in all his cuteness...and the baby is in the pictures too! he

The homemade rolls to come if you want, and dessert if you'd like :) Happy Cooking!!!


Jenn said...

What a great recipe! I've made something similar to that before and they were very yummy. Nice change from traditional lasagna.

And can I say I have counter envy? You have a lovely kitchen!

Lora Lynn said...

I've never thought to roll up the lasagna before. But I was intrigued by the idea. Could you just pour marinara on the bottom rather than make a bechamel? What purpose does the bechamel serve? Enlighten me, yoda.

A Belle and her Beau said...

oh my goodness that looks amazing and I am oh-so impressed with your sushi!!!!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I was excited to come back here today to see those lasagna rolls! Yummy! I can't wait to try them, they look so good!

Lianna Knight said...

I can't believe you made your own sushi rolls...I have GOT to try sure beats spending a fortune at Publix for rolls each week :)


The Brown Family said...

Thanks for writing! I love "meeting" new people in the whole blog world thing!

Ok, YUMMY is all I have to say about this recipe!! I am definitely going to give this one a try. I LOVE to cook and am always looking for new recipes!

Oh, and the OCD post from earlier...I can say amen sister to most of those! I am an OCD~er as well...germs are my worst! :)

Hollie said...

Looks DELISH! Can't wait to try them!

LyndsAU said...

This looks great! :) My husband will love it :)

bringing up boys said...

Looks scrumptious! I might just have to try making it for the fam sometime in the next few weeks! And I second Jenn's comment about the counter envy! I have a dream... that one day we too might have nifty counter tops like yours :)!

bringing up boys said...

Sorry, that last comment was by me. I didn't look before I sent it off and it apparently defaulted to bringing up boys, which if that happens again in the future you will know is me!

Heather said...

Man it did it again... just know that that this is Heather until I figure out how to turn off that bringing up boys thing

The Farmer Files said...

You know, I can so South Beach alter this and have it! I am excited to try!

A working mom said...

They were great last week. I'm sure everyone will enjoy them, as we did!

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