Lasagna rolls

LASAGNA ROLLS (Italian dish)

Ingredients:
6 lasagna noodles
1 lb (450 g) ground beef
1 medium size onion
2 cups Marinara sauce
1 ½ cup Ricotta cheese (or Cottage cheese)
2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 cups chopped spinach
Salt and pepper to taste

For Marinara sauce:
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 small onion
4-5 red tomatoes (or canned tomatoes)
½ teaspoon Italian seasoning (or any to your taste)
Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:
Cooking lasagna noodles.
Place the lasagna noodles in boiling water, add some salt, and cook them for about 10-15 minutes until they are almost done. Drain the water and lay the noodles flat on your working table until they cool down.

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Preparing the sauce.
If you don’t have ready-to-use Marinara sauce, you can make it yourself.
Heat olive oil over medium heat in a saucepan. Add crushed garlic and finely chopped onion. Saute until golden, then add skinless chopped tomatoes, half a teaspoon of Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir the sauce frequently and cook it until it bubbles.
Separately brown the ground beef with the minced onion in a saucepan. Stir continuously until it is well done. When the meat is done cooking, add salt and pepper. Add the sauce to the beef, reduce the heat to low, cover your saucepan with a lid, and simmer it all together for about 5 minutes.

Preparing the filling.
In a large bowl, mix together 1½ cup ricotta cheese, 1½ cup mozzarella cheese, and 2 cups chopped spinach.

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Preparing lasagna rolls.
Spread the filling mixture evenly onto the noodles and tightly roll them up.
Pour half of the meat sauce into a baking pan and place the rolled up noodles on the sauce side by side. Pour the remaining meat sauce over the noodles.
Spread the rest of Mozzarella cheese evenly and sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top.

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Cooking lasagna.
Cover the baking pan with foil, preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C), and let the lasagna cook for about 30 minutes. After it’s done cooking, uncover the pan, raise the temperature to 400°F (200°C), and cook it for another 10-15 minutes until cheese is golden.

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Bon Appétit! Enjoy!

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