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Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe (VIDEO)

Lasagna Roll Ups combine the best of classic Lasagna but are much easier to serve, bake faster and can be enjoyed right away – no resting time required! They are make-ahead, freezer-friendly, and reheat well.

We love comforting pasta dishes like Chicken Tetrazzini, traditional Spaghetti and Meatballs and Mom’s Chicken Alfredo. These are among the most requested meals in our family. Try this Lasagna Roll-Ups recipe and you will make it over and over.

Lasagna roll ups plated and garnished with parsley.

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Lasagna Roll-Ups:

We love lasagna in all forms including Skillet Lasagna, make-ahead Slow Cooker Lasagna, and of course Classic Lasagna. These Lasagna Roll-ups are beefy, saucy, cheesy and definitely satisfy the craving for lasagna, but they are way easier to serve. No more messy lasagna squares sliding apart as you struggle to remove them from the pan.

Ingredients for lasagna with lasagna noodles, marinara sauce, ground beef, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese

The Ultimate Cheese Sauce:

We make a 3-cheese sauce with ricotta cheese, shredded mozzarella, and parmesan cheese. Once the sauce is baked, it tastes almost like an alfredo sauce – rich, creamy, and cheesy.

cheese sauce for lasagna

Beefy Lasagna Meat Sauce:

The best meat sauce for lasagna is essentially a ragu – a meat sauce with ground beef, onion, seasonings, and marinara. We don’t skimp on the meat and use a full pound of ground beef which makes this lasagna supremely satisfying. You can use homemade marinara or your favorite store-bought marinara.

Can I Substitute the Ground Beef?

You can swap out the ground beef for Italian sausage or use ground turkey or ground chicken if you want a leaner lasagna.

ground beef meat sauce for lasagna

How to Make Lasagna Rolls:

The process here is simple and you have all the elements of a classic lasagna but they are rolled rather than layered. This results in 12 perfectly portioned servings of lasagna. It’s brilliant for parties! The process for lasagna rolls is simple:

  1. Cook the noodles
  2. Make the meat sauce and spread 1/2 cup in a 9×13 casserole
  3. Make the cheese sauce
  4. Spread cheese sauce and meat sauce on each noodle.
  5. Roll up noodles, transfer to the casserole dish, spread with remaining meat sauce and mozzarella, then cover and bake.

Step by step how to make lasagna rolls

Tips for Assembling Lasagna Roll-Ups

  • Cook 2-3 extra noodles as some may break while boiling.
  • Cook noodles according to package instructions in salted water until al-dente (do not over-cook). We use about 3 Tbsp salt for a large soup pot of water.
  • Drain cooked noodles then cover them with cold water until ready to use so they don’t stick together.
  • To contain the mess, arrange the noodles 6 at a time on a rimmed non-stick baking sheet (keeping remaining noodles in cold water until ready to use).

Assembled and baked lasagna roll ups casserole

Can I Make Lasagna Roll-Ups Ahead?

There are 2 options to make these lasagna roll-ups ahead of time.

  1. Fully assemble and bake, then cool to room temperature, cover, and chill. To serve, reheat portions in the microwave or oven until roll-ups are heated through and cheese is melted.
  2. Fully assemble roll-ups in a casserole dish (without baking), cover tightly with foil and refrigerate overnight or freeze up to 3 months. Bake refrigerated lasagna roll-ups at 375˚F for about 45 minutes. Bake from frozen at 375˚F for about 1 hour.

Make-ahead Lasagna roll up being scooped out of casserole dish

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Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe (VIDEO)

5 from 12 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 42 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 12 minutes

Lasagna Roll Ups combine the best of classic Lasagna but they are so much easier to serve, bake faster, and can be enjoyed right away - no resting time required! Lasagna rolls are make-ahead, freezer-friendly, and reheat well.

Skill Level: Easy/Medium
Cost to Make: $15-$20
Keyword: lasagna roll ups
Calories: 333 kcal
Servings: 12 lasagna roll ups

Ingredients

  • 12 lasagna noodles cooked to package instructions
  • 16 oz ground beef 85% lean
  • 24 oz marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp sea salt or to taste for red sauce
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • 3 cups mozzarella cheese shredded, divided
  • 1/4 cup parsley chopped, plus more to garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F. Cook noodles in a large pot of salted water according to package instructions then drain and fill pot with cold water to stop the cooking process and keep noodles from sticking together.
  2. In a deep pan or dutch oven, over medium-high heat, cook ground beef until no longer pink, breaking up with a spatula (2 min). Add onion and cook until softened (3 minutes). Add garlic, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper and 1/2 tsp oregano and sautee another minute. Add marinara, bring to a simmer and turn off the heat. Spread 1/2 cup meat sauce over the bottom of a casserole dish

  3. In a large bowl, stir together: ricotta, 1 egg, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup parsley.
  4. To contain messiness, arrange noodles over a large baking sheet in a single layer. Spread 1/4 cup (1 scant ice cream scoop) of cheese mixture over the top of each noodle. Add a heaping Tbsp of meat sauce in a strip down the center of the noodle. Roll noodles up and arrange in the prepared casserole dish.

  5. Spread remaining meat sauce over the tops of roll-ups and sprinkle on the remaining 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese. Cover with foil, making sure foil isn't touching cheese (if your pan is on the shallow side, you can put toothpicks into rolls to keep the foil away from cheese.
  6. Bake covered at 375˚F for 40 minutes. Remove foil and broil another 2-3 minutes or until cheese is lightly golden. Garnish with parsley to serve.
Nutrition Facts
Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe (VIDEO)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 333 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 76mg25%
Sodium 760mg33%
Potassium 457mg13%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 677IU14%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 343mg34%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Denis
    November 12, 2019

    Can I make this earlier in the day and just wait to put in the oven until dinner time? Reply

    • Natasha
      November 12, 2019

      Hi Denis, yes absolutely! If it’s going into the oven from being refrigerated, you might add 5 minutes of bake time. Reply

  • Judy
    November 12, 2019

    Can you use fresh lasagna noodles or no boil (oven ready) for this recipe? Reply

    • Natasha
      November 12, 2019

      Hi Judy, I haven’t tried using the oven-ready ones but I did find a recipe online where they used oven-ready but still boiled them to soften so you could roll them up, which defeats the purpose of buying no boil. Reply

      • Judy
        November 12, 2019

        Maybe I could use the same recipe but with the oven ready noodles and layer like tradational lasagna? Reply

  • Tisha Leal
    November 11, 2019

    Thank you for sharing. Our family loved it!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 11, 2019

      That’s so great! I’m happy to hear that! Reply

  • Jenny Brotherton
    November 10, 2019

    Hi Natasha, Just wondering if this could be slow cooked like your crock pot lasagna? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 11, 2019

      Hi Jenny, I haven’t tested that but I think it could work. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe Reply

  • Krista
    November 10, 2019

    Wow. Five BIG stars for this recipe. Some representative quotes from my husband:
    -“Everything about this is amazing.”
    -“Way better than Olive Garden.”
    -“I’m speechless.”
    -“Why would you ever buy a store-bought lasagna?”
    -“I will do the dishes every single time you make that.”
    We didn’t have ricotta cheese on hand, so I substituted it with ~6 oz cream cheese + ~9 oz cottage cheese. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 11, 2019

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite! Reply

  • Martha
    November 10, 2019

    I have not tried this one yet although it looks like another 5 star to me, Natasha. I have a question though. I don’t like using re grated cheeses because they all have de caker’s added and I like to ditch the chemicals. do you have an easy way of grating a ball of mozzarella cheese? Thanks. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 12, 2019

      Hi Martha, I wish I had some tips and tricks for you, we use a simple cheese grated for ours. Reply

  • November 10, 2019

    It looks fantastic, can’t wait to try it. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 11, 2019

      I hope you love it, Judy! Thank you for that awesome feedback. Reply

  • Raji
    November 10, 2019

    Perfect recipe for family time!
    So yummy and thanks a bunch for sharing. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 11, 2019

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed that. Reply

  • Brian Ambrose
    November 9, 2019

    Hi Natasha.
    I have to say that I love your video presentations, you effervescence is infectious, but not only that you never disappoint with your recipes as long as we follow your instructions. I hope you keep sending me your delicious offerings.
    Thank you and all the best to you and your family.
    Brian 👌 Reply

    • Natasha
      November 9, 2019

      Awww thank you so much for that amazing feedback! I am smiling big reading your comment. I sure appreciate you! Reply

  • Karole
    November 9, 2019

    Hi Natasha Love all your recipies,Just made the roll ups 🥰 Reply

    • Natasha
      November 9, 2019

      I am so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing that with me and I hope you loved the lasagna rolls. Reply

  • Sandy Kohn
    November 9, 2019

    I have been making lasagna this way for many years and find it the best; particularly if you have with varied diet choices. I often make some with spinach for my vegetarian daughter, sausage and/or beef for my husband and just cheese for me and it is all in one casserole dish! The only thing different that I do is after my noodles have cooled in cold water, I lay them out to dry on an old tablecloth. I find it so much easier to spread the cheese over a dry noodle vs a slippery wet one. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 9, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Rhonda
    November 9, 2019

    Just watched this on YouTube. My family loves it. We also use for chicken Alfredo. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 9, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • Ashok
    November 9, 2019

    Can you make veg.lasagna no eggs? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 9, 2019

      Hi Ashok, yes, egg added to the ricotta binds the ingredients. But, you can substitute the egg and can leave it out altogether and your lasagna will be fine but may not cut into perfect pieces. Reply

  • Anna
    November 9, 2019

    These lasagna roll-ups are absolutely delicious! My kids loved this fun dinner! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 9, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Anna! Reply

  • Matt Taylor
    November 9, 2019

    Such a cool idea and “twist” on a classic lasagna dish. Loved it!  Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 9, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Matt! Reply

  • Lauren Kelly
    November 9, 2019

    We love these lasagna roll ups! Thank you for an easy, delicious recipe! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 9, 2019

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Lauren! Reply

  • Toni
    November 9, 2019

    My family LOVES this recipe! It’s so delicious and your photos make it completely easy too! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 9, 2019

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite, Toni! Reply

  • Gopolang
    November 9, 2019

    Thank you, Thank you very much Lasangna. Reply

    • Natasha
      November 9, 2019

      You are very welcome! I hope you love these lasagna rolls! Reply

  • Demeter
    November 9, 2019

    I love how much easier these are to make! Great for freezing single portion sizes to use for later too. Reply

    • Natasha
      November 9, 2019

      Yes absolutely! They are perfect for meal prep/planning. I love that they defrost and reheat just as good as freshly baked. It’s kind of amazing! Reply

  • Caci
    November 8, 2019

    Just watched this on Facebook. Thank you! I am going to make this on Christmas for my family.  Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 8, 2019

      Thank you for watching that! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! This recipe is so perfect for Christmas! Reply

  • 2pots2cook
    November 8, 2019

    Sooooo good to be back and find this beauty. Thank you so much and I wish you all enjoy your weekend  Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 8, 2019

      I’m so glad you found this recipe! Thank you for watching! Reply

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