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)

4.99 from 429 votes
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.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 42 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 12 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 12 lasagna roll ups
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Per Serving

333kcal Calories27g Carbs24g Protein14g Fat8g Saturated Fat76mg Cholesterol760mg Sodium457mg Potassium2g Fiber4g Sugar677IU Vitamin A6mg Vitamin C343mg Calcium2mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe (VIDEO)
Amount per Serving
Calories
333
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
14
g
22
%
Saturated Fat
 
8
g
50
%
Cholesterol
 
76
mg
25
%
Sodium
 
760
mg
33
%
Potassium
 
457
mg
13
%
Carbohydrates
 
27
g
9
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
24
g
48
%
Vitamin A
 
677
IU
14
%
Vitamin C
 
6
mg
7
%
Calcium
 
343
mg
34
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: lasagna roll ups
Skill Level: Easy/Medium
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 333

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  • Donna
    February 25, 2024

    Recipe looks great. How many servings do you get with 12 lasagna rolls?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 25, 2024

      Hi Donna, it depends but 1 roll or more can be for 1 person.

      Reply

  • Alana
    February 24, 2024

    I freeze rolls on parchment lined cookie sheets then place 2 rolls in ziplocks to freeze until we need them. Great for a small family, camping or other portable activities that include an oven. We love them!
    I’ll often add fresh spinach leaves in the roll.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 24, 2024

      Thanks for sharing, Alana!

      Reply

  • Brandi Perrigo
    February 20, 2024

    I was so surprised how easy this recipe was to make and how fast it was to prepare. My husband ask me to make sure I put this recipe in our rotation of easy and quick meals to make. It was so satisfying to see the end result be so gratifying. Thanks Natasha – huge fan!!!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 20, 2024

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe, Brandi! It sounds like you have a new family favorite!

      Reply

  • Sandy
    February 1, 2024

    This is my go to recipe when I make lasagna now. Each roll is one perfectly sliced piece of lasagna. Love all your recipes.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 1, 2024

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

      Reply

  • Cheryl
    January 29, 2024

    I love the roll up lasagna idea. Can I also make this with shredded chicken or ground chicken ? I’m guessing I can with your chicken lasagna recipe.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 29, 2024

      Hi Cheryl! Yes, that would be fine. I hope you love the recipe!

      Reply

  • Ruth
    January 28, 2024

    Absolute delicious. Very easy to make. Hoping it freezes well. Love all your recipes and creativity.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 28, 2024

      It freezes well too! I’m glad you loved it.

      Reply

  • Danielle
    January 26, 2024

    Hi. I’ve made this recipe several times without fail. And now I’m making ahead to freeze. I made two pans and put them in the freezer. When I take it out to bake do I still bake with the foil on top and then remove to broil? Or do I bake without the foil? And then broil those last 5 minutes?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 26, 2024

      Hi Danielle! Yes, you can follow the instructions and bake the same way with foil. It will just take a little longer, bake for about 1 hour.

      Reply

  • Tom S
    January 24, 2024

    My mom didn’t like ricotta cheese. She always used cream cheese instead. Cream cheese makes it a little runny but I like the idea of adding to the mix

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 24, 2024

      We love the use of ricotta. Let me know how you like the recipe!

      Reply

  • Kate C.
    January 22, 2024

    Is this a dish you can make ahead of time? If so, do you have suggestions?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 22, 2024

      Hi Kate! Yes, lasagna can be made ahead. Lasagna is very convenient for busy days and special occasions for that reason. Please refer to the instructions in the recipe under ‘Can I Make Lasagna Roll-Ups Ahead?’ section for details, I list both fridge and freezer options! I hope you love this recipe.

      Reply

  • Sue
    January 1, 2024

    This was GREAT . I used cottage cheese and ground chicken . My husband wants me to make more. This is better than regular Lasagna. Thank You , you are so funny to watch . LOVE YOUR PERSONALITY

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 2, 2024

      Hi Sue! You’re so kind. Thank you. I’m glad it was a hit!

      Reply

  • penny
    December 24, 2023

    Would I be able to substitute the mozzarella in the ball for shredded mozzarella in this dish?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 24, 2023

      Hi Penny! I think it could work. Let us know how it turns out if you experiment.

      Reply

    • Moni A
      January 7, 2024

      I saw one explanation last year of the fresh mozzarella like that being too wet for some dishes. So, i would like to know how that turned out of you used it!

      Reply

  • Melissa Richard
    December 23, 2023

    I’m trying this tonight. My only question is what’s the purpose of the egg?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 23, 2023

      Hi Melissa! It acts as a binder, to hold things together. I hope you love the recipe!

      Reply

  • Patty
    December 13, 2023

    I won “Best in Taste” at the workplace Lasagna Off with this recipe! Kudos to Natasha’s award winning, delicious recipe.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 13, 2023

      That’s amazing, Patty!

      Reply

  • Kathi Valentine
    December 12, 2023

    I made this last night and added spinach to the meat sauce. It turned out fabulous! I have plenty of leftovers too. Cant’t wait to get home today so I can have some more.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 12, 2023

      I can’t wait fo you to have more also, Kathi! I’m so glad you loved it.

      Reply

  • Heather
    December 1, 2023

    So yummy and easy! Thank you for this delicious recipe! Any tips on chopping the parsley finely like your pics? I have never mastered this and wondering if there is a special tip?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 1, 2023

      You’re welcome, Heather! You’ll want to bunch the herbs closely together, keeping them tight. Use a good knife, like a large chefs knife and finely chop them with a rocking motion. You can watch a YouTube tutorial to help visualize it.

      Reply

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