Sunday, October 4, 2009

Lasagna Roll Ups

A different twist on the classic dish.

Lasagna Roll Ups

1 box lasagna noodles
32 oz. spaghetti sauce
1/2 lb. Italian sausage
1 lb ground beef
1/4 cup onions, chopped
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon basil (or 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning)
1/4 teaspoon red/cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups Mozzarella cheese
12 oz. ricotta
1 egg, beaten
Grated Parmesan cheese and/or additional Mozzarella as desired

Boil lasagna noodles as directed on package. Drain and rinse under cold water and set aside.
In large skillet, brown sausage (which has been removed from casing) and ground beef with onion over medium heat and drain grease. Stir in bread crumbs, basil, cayenne,salt,pepper,and Mozzarella cheese. Remove from heat.
In a large bowl mix together ricotta with egg until well combined and set aside.

Spread 2 cups (half) spaghetti sauce over bottom of 13 x 9 baking dish. Cut each lasagna noodle in half crosswise; spread about 2-3 tablespoons of meat mixture evenly on each half and top with a tablespoon of Ricotta mixture. Roll up from shorter side and place seam side down in pan. Pour remaining sauce over top.

Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Remove foil and sprinkle with Parmesan or additional Mozzarella cheese as desired and continue to bake until melted (5-10 minutes).

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