Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups – Easy Freezer Meal Idea!
You can enjoy those delicious lasagna layers in fun, individual rolls! By using individual lasagna noodles to roll up all of your tasty filling ingredients, your dish is pre-portioned and easy to serve. And, you can bake this spinach lasagna roll ups freezer meal immediately, or cover the dish and freeze to bake later. An awesome vegetarian meal prep recipe for busy weeknights!
For many, lasagna is a family favorite—definitely true for my family! But, portion control can be tough with casserole-style or pasta-bake dishes. Usually, I end up mindlessly scooping endless piles of pasta-liciousness onto my plate… Luckily, I discovered lasagna roll ups and it changed the whole game!
It’s so much easier to know how much I’m eating when I can visually see 1, or 2, or 3 (or more…) rolls on my plate. And, this spinach lasagna roll ups meal really isn’t much more work than doing it casserole style. Feel free to stuff those rolls until PLUMP. I promise, they’ll still hold their shape once they’re all in the baking dish!
Keeping your Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups Clean & Wholesome
Typically, lasagna is one of the less healthy items on an Italian (or American-Italian) menu. So, opt for whole wheat noodles to get that little extra bit of nutrition, instead of traditional refined pasta noodles. For any healthy pasta dish, choosing a more wholesome pasta variety is crucial.
And, you can also use cottage cheese in place of ricotta if you’re looking for a boost in protein that won’t sacrifice flavor! In these spinach lasagna roll ups, I’ve cut down on the cheese significantly from traditional recipes. Also, you’re free to use part-skim instead of full fat mozzarella. Or, just use a bit less of the full-fat and you’ll still get the cheesy goodness without the excess calories.
Then, there’s still plenty of room for the veggie boost coming from the frozen spinach! Of course, you don’t have to use frozen. But, it makes life easier since it’s already wilted down. Plus, frozen spinach is way cheaper and just as nutritious as fresh. Thanks to flash-freezing, those superfood nutrients get locked into the greens!
Freezer Meals Just Make Life Easier
The best thing about this spinach lasagna roll ups freezer meal is in the title—it’s a freezer meal! You can totally prep this entire dish, cover, and freeze to bake later. Then, when you’re ready to bake, it can go directly from the freezer to the oven. (But, I do recommend giving it a bit more time to cook through).
This makes it great for meal prepping and weeknight dinners for the family. Or, prepare your spinach lasagna roll ups in smaller batches if you don’t need the entire thing at once! With freezer meals like this, dinnertime becomes an easy, cheesy breeze.
1 package (13.25 – 16 oz) lasagna noodles (whole-wheat)
15 oz low-fat ricotta, or cottage cheese
1½ cups part-skim mozzarella (save ¾ cup for topping)
1 cup parmesan (save ½ cup for topping)
10 oz frozen spinach
¼ cup fresh parsley
2 Tbsp fresh basil
2 cloves garlic
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
3-4 cups marinara sauce
Boil lasagna noodles 5-8 minutes, until slightly underdone. Lay noodles out flat on a baking sheet to cool.
Mix ricotta, ¾ cup mozzarella, ½ cup parmesan, spinach, parsley, basil, garlic, salt, and pepper.
Spread layer of sauce on bottom of 9×13 inch baking dish.
With noodles laid out flat, spread cheese mixture (2-3 Tbsp), add a layer of sauce (1-2 Tbsp).
Roll up noodle. Place it seam side down in baking dish. Repeat until baking dish is full.
Top with sauce, ¾ cup mozzarella, and ½ cup parmesan.
Meal is ready to bake, or you can freeze until ready to eat!
If lasagna is freshly made (not frozen), bake at 350°F (180°C) for 30 minutes, until hot and bubbly.
If lasagna is frozen, bake at 350°F (180°C) for 1 hour and 15 minutes and cover with foil to bake. Take foil off for the last 15 minutes.