Spinach and Cheese Roll-Ups

To say that I eat like a teenaged boy is an understatement. Yesterday, at work, I ate an entire sleeve of saltine crackers. This morning, Pop Tarts. Last weekend, red velvet whoopie pies . Because that’s normal…(?)

So, I’m officially on a quest to add healthy (okay, healthier) recipes to my arsenal.  Let’s try this one on for size.  Possibly a much, much smaller size.

Spinach and cheese roll ups

ingredients
• 1 teaspoon olive oil
• 1/3 cup chopped onion
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 1 can diced tomatoes
• 2 tbsp tomato paste
• 1-1/2 tsp snipped fresh basil or 1/2 tsp dried basil, crushed
• 1/4 tsp sugar
• Dash salt
• Dash black pepper
• 8 dried lasagna noodles  (sorry, no cheating with the no boil noodles)
• 1 10-oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
• 3/4 cup reduced-fat ricotta cheese
• 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
• 2 tbsp finely shredded Parmesan cheese
• 2 tsp Italian seasoning, crushed
• 1 slightly beaten egg white

directions
1. For sauce, heat oil in a medium saucepan. Cook onion and garlic in hot oil until onion is tender, stirring occasionally. Carefully stir in undrained tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, sugar, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 5 minutes or until sauce is desired consistency, stirring occasionally.
2. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain well.
3. For roll-up filling, drain thawed spinach very well, pressing out excess liquid. In a medium bowl stir together ricotta cheese, mozzarella, Parmesan, and basil. Add spinach and egg white, stirring to combine.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degree. To assemble,  spread about 1/4 cup filling on each noodle. Roll up from one end. Place rolls, seam side down, into casserole dish. Top with sauce. Bake roll-ups, covered, for 25 minutes. uncover and cook another 5 minutes or until heated through. Makes 4 servings.

spinach and cheese roll-ups

spinach and cheese roll-ups

spinach and cheese roll-ups

{Disclaimer: it was good. It would have been better with full fat ricotta and an egg yolk, but I guess that’s not really the point here.}
Enjoy!

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5 Comments

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5 responses to “Spinach and Cheese Roll-Ups

  1. Those looks super yummy and not hard. Adding it to the “must make” list.

  2. That looks great! My boyfriend has been making homemade ricotta and I’ve been looking for some new recipes to use it. Thanks!

    • katie o.

      Homemade ricotta? That’s intense. Definitely send me the recipe for that one.
      So glad you stopped by. And I’m stealing that chocolate chex mix pretzel recipe. That one looked amazing.

  3. Yummy, yummy! Put it in my tummy!!! And i’m in love with that shot of the noodles with the spincotta. Nice work!

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