If you have followed Casa de Crews for any length of time, I think you have figured out that growing up, in my family, we have always found comfort, and love with Italian dishes, cooked by my Italian mother.
My mother’s need to love us with good food is something that runs deep in my own soul, as well. I will always ask you if you have had enough, should you come to our table for supper. It’s just what we do.
One of momma’s specialties has always been a hearty pan of comforting lasagna. A dish made one to two days in advance, because “that is just how it’s done.” says mom.
When I was maybe fourteen or fifteen, we used to get these monthly recipe cards in the mail that we added to a box of other recipe cards [ahh the days before Pinterest, and Google. I digress] and one month, the featured recipe was for Lasagna Roll-Ups; your standard lasagna recipe but instead of baking in one pan like a casserole, you rolled up each lasagna noodle individually. My mind was blown, ya’ll. I begged, and begged my mom to make these new and crazy lasagna roll-ups for dinner.
Instead of her preparing the new recipe for me, mom asked me to make it for the family since I was the one most excited for these rolls. And so I did just that.
Fifteen years later, and I still make these lasagna rolls for our family, and friends! Over the years I have tweaked this dish, learning to make my own sauce [using Gallo Family Vineyard’s Cabernet Sauvignon [recipe]] and yes, my sauce must be made one day in advance – just like moms. Because that’s just how it is.This dish’s concept may have come from somewhere else ages ago, but it is now my signature dish, and it’s requested several times a year by my family. And since we know I love to feed you with good food, you know that when my flavorful lasagna rolls are requested, my heart is be-yond full with happiness.
Now that I’m an adult making these lasagna rolls, I like to pair a bottle of Gallo Family Vineyards Merlot to share with our dinner guests. Gallo Family’s Merlot is so smooth and approachable. Its fruit flavor matches very well with these lasagna rolls in all their saucy goodness.My favorite comfort food with a bit of portion control - saucy, lasagna rolls! Click To Tweet
- 1 lb Italian Sausage
- 1 lb lasagna noodles, cooked al dente
- 15 oz ricotta
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
- 3 Tbsp Italian Parsley
- 1 Tbsp garlic powder
- 1 large egg
- 2 1/2 - 3 cups marinara sauce (my recipe, here.)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Prepare lasagna noodles according to package directions.
- Preheat oven to 375.
- In a frying pan, cook Italian Sausage, and drain fat. Keep warm until filling is ready for assembly.
- In a bowl, mix together ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, egg, salt and pepper, fresh parsley and garlic powder.
- In a baking dish (9x13) take approx 1/2 cup sauce and place at bottom of dish to avoid lasagna from drying out. Feel free to add a bit of non-stick spray with sauce, as well.
- On a clean surface, lay out a few cooked noodles at a time (if you have wax paper this will help avoid the noodles from sticking!). Spread out a few tablespoons of filling, as a thin layer, on to each noodle, and sprinkle a few crumbles of Italian sausage. Roll the noodles up and place seam side down into baking dish. Repeat until all the filling/noodles are. Pour maranara sauce over rolled noodles, making sure to cover all surfaces.
- Sprinkle with leftover cheese(s)
- Bake for 30 minutes
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