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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

lasagna rollups.

this recipe takes a little time, but it's so worth it!

1/2 lb lean ground beef
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 jar {14 oz} tomato pasta sauce
1 egg
3/4 cup ricotta cheese {i used reduced fat}
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
2 tsp dried oregano
1 1/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese {5 oz}
4 lasagna noodles {the recipe calls for frozen precooked noodles, but i just cooked mine the old-fashioned way}
1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves, washed, stems removed

heat oven to 350. in a skillet, cook beef and onion over medium-high heat until beef is thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently; drain. stir in 1/2 cup of the pasta sauce. remove from heat. spread 3 tbsp of remaining pasta sauce in bottom of square glass baking dish.

beat egg in medium bowl. add ricotta, Parmesan, oregano, and 3/4 cup of the mozzarella; mix well. spread 1/4 each of ricotta mixture, spinach leaves, and beef mixture over each lasagna noodle. loosely roll each noodle; place seam side down in baking dish. top rollups with remaining sauce. cover with foil.

bake 30-40 minutes, until bubbly and hot. remove foil; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella. bake 2-4 minutes longer to melt the cheese. let stand 5 minutes before serving.

the recipe says it serves 2 {2 rolls each} and it has a whopping 985 calories per serving! i ate one roll with a green salad on the side. i think the recipe easily serves 4.

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