Unfortunately, I have yet to post a lasagna recipe but I have something just as good- Lasagna roll ups. Lasagna roll ups are cooked lasagna noodles rolled up with a cheese mixture and baked in a sauce. If you are not a fan of cottage cheese it could be replaced with ricotta. This dish uses three different types of cheeses- cottage, parmesan and mozzarella. Don’t worry if you want meat in your meals, the sauce is a meat sauce. The meat sauce is very delicious and slightly spicy. It gets the heat from a little bit of cayenne pepper, you can adjust the amount of cayenne to your taste. This is a fantastic dish to bring to a party or even to have as a meal. Serve with garlic bread. Enjoy.
¼ lb ground beef
2 tablespoons onion (chopped)
2 garlic cloves (minced)
1 (16 oz) can crushed tomatoes
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon dried oregano
1 dash cayenne pepper (or more to your taste)
1 ¼ cups small curd cottage cheese
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
1 egg (lightly beaten)
1 tablespoon fresh parsley (minced)
¼ teaspoon onion powder
6 lasagna noodles (cooked)
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Step 1: In a large skillet cook ground beef, onion and garlic until the beef is no longer pink. Drain any excess fat from the pan. Add tomatoes, oregano, salt and cayenne. Simmer for 10 minutes. Spread half of the meat sauce on the bottom of a greased 9” baking dish.
Step 2: In a bowl combine cottage cheese, parmesan cheese, egg, parsley and onion powder. Spread ¼ cup of the cheese mixture evenly over each lasagna noodle. Roll up and place seam side down in rows in the baking dish. Top with remaining sauce.
Step 3: Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes. About 5 minutes before the dish is finished cooking remove from the oven and top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Return to oven and cook until cheese has melted.
(Makes 2 servings)