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September 17, 2010

Classically Unique

Being someone who loves comfort food and delicious dependable flavor, I have many classic dishes that I turn to when I know I need a great meal that doesn’t carry too many surprises.  Lasagna fits perfectly into this category, but in order to create a serving situation that is simple and bring in a dose of flavor that is guaranteed to impress, I turn to Giada de Laurentiis’ Lasagna Rolls

Combined with a beautifully decadent béchamel sauce and stuffed with a ricotta, proscuitto and spinach mixture that is somewhat healthy yet delicious, I have a feeling you might just want to keep this recipe on hand when you need to make something that everyone recognizes, but wish to change it up just a bit. 

Things To Keep In Mind

*Traditionally, lasagna, while comforting in flavor, doesn’t always have the best presentation, and that is what I love about this dish.  Each person receives their own special roll that not only is appetizing, but looks appetizing.

*A great dish to freeze as well and just pull out as many rolls as you need instead of making an entire batch each time.

Lasagna Rolls (Giada de Laurentiis)

Ingredients

Béchamel  Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
Lasagna:
  • 1 (15-ounce) container whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • 3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, chopped
  • 1 large egg, beaten to blend
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, plus more for salting water
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 uncooked lasagna noodles
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella (about 4 ounces)

Directions

1. To make the sauce: Melt the butter in a heavy medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the flour and whisk for 3 minutes. Whisk in the milk. Increase the heat to medium-high. Whisk the sauce until it comes to a simmer and is thick and smooth, about 3 minutes. Whisk the salt, pepper, and nutmeg into the béchamel sauce.

2. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

3. Whisk the ricotta, spinach, 1 cup Parmesan, prosciutto, egg, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl to blend.

4. Add a tablespoon or 2 of oil to a large pot of boiling salted water. Boil the noodles until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain. Arrange the noodles in a single layer on a baking sheet to prevent them from sticking.

5. Butter a 13-by-9-by-2-inch glass baking dish. Pour the béchamel sauce over the bottom of the prepared dish. Lay out 4 lasagna noodles on a work surface, then spread about 3 tablespoons of ricotta mixture evenly over each noodle. Starting at 1 end, roll each noodle like a jelly roll. Lay the lasagna rolls seam side down, without touching, atop the béchamel sauce in the dish. Repeat with the remaining noodles and ricotta mixture. Spoon 1 cup of marinara sauce over the lasagna rolls. Sprinkle the mozzarella and remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan over the lasagna rolls. Cover tightly with foil. Bake until heated through and the sauce bubbles, about 20 minutes. Uncover and bake until the cheese on top becomes golden, about 15 minutes longer. Let stand for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the remaining marinara sauce in a heavy small saucepan over medium heat until hot, and serve alongside.

All right, now add some delicious garlic bread, a glass of cabernet sauvignon and a lovely evening of comfort may commence!

 

Images: Le Petit Pierogi

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9 Comments:

At September 17, 2010 at 10:10 AM , Blogger Val said...

I have made these before and I LOVE LOVE LOVE them. Now, I'm hungry.

 
At September 17, 2010 at 10:39 AM , Blogger Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Ah, you have such attarctive dishes here.
Not overly keen on Pasta ( am more a rice girl ), but this dish looks toothsome - Enjoy the weekend;-)

 
At September 17, 2010 at 11:49 AM , Blogger CJ said...

I love Lasagna roll ups. Will need to add proscioutto to mine. Have a great weekend!

 
At September 17, 2010 at 11:49 AM , Blogger Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

This looks so good, and you're right, it's a great recipe to have on hand to switch things up! I have her recipe book and don't use it enough. Thank you for this delicious inspiration!

p.s. you might want to check trustyourstyle today--I have a little surprise for you :)

 
At September 17, 2010 at 12:06 PM , Blogger Piper (DailyDivaDish) said...

I love the idea of a lasagna "roll" and they look so yummy too! Have a beautiful weekend Shannon.
XO Piper

 
At September 18, 2010 at 1:53 AM , Blogger Hermine-Candy Girl said...

Ahhh, this recipe is swimming in cheese which is bad for me as i'm lactose intolerant. Having said that, i'm going to give it a try during the uni break eventhough i'll be ill from lactose reactions afterwards. As long as it tastes yummy, i'm willing to lock myself indoors and suffer the consequences for a few days :P

xoxo Hermine-Candy Girl
www.thegirlinacashmeredaze.blogspot.com

 
At September 18, 2010 at 6:33 AM , Blogger Kelly said...

I love Giada and many of her recipes are fantastic - this is one of them for sure! Lasagna is one of my favorite comfort foods ever, and I confess I've warmed it up to eat for breakfast! ;)

 
At February 27, 2011 at 8:23 AM , Blogger LuxeBytes said...

Those sound scrumptious. I love the addition of the proscuitto. Have got to print this recipe and make them this week.

 
At February 28, 2011 at 2:29 PM , Blogger LuxeBytes said...

Ok, I made these last night.

O.

M.

G!!!

They were fantastic. Thank you for posting the recipe!

 

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