Sunday Dinner – Italian Style

I’ve never totally understood daylight savings time.  And this morning when I woke up at 8:00, I thought that it was still 8:00.  So color me disappointed when I realized it was really 9:00 and I wasted half of my day.  I wanted to go to the zoo! I had plans to ride my bike! Groceries weren’t just going to buy themselves.  And I had slept the day away.

Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating.

But I do hate sleeping most of my day.  I knew that I didn’t want to spend my entire day in the kitchen making a hearty Sunday dinner.  I had better things to do.  Although I did still want a great, filling meal meant for a Sunday.  I’d been thinking lasagna but it is always so time consuming.

So I turned to my trusty back-up.  The lasagna roll.  It is essentially the same exact thing as lasagna, only in smaller roll form.  It takes a lot less time and tastes just as great.  Plus you can easily assemble it in the morning and put it in the fridge until it is time to cook. The entire assembly process took me only about 20 minutes, including the noodle cooking.

Toss in some of my mom’s fantastic garlic bread and some roasted veggies and I’ll say you’ve got a meal made in heaven! Or in my kitchen… either way, it was a huge hit! The garlic bread really made the meal.  We polished off almost an entire loaf of bread.  Give this a try when you want a really tasty meal that won’t take too long.

Lasagna Rolls

9 lasagna noodles

1 8-oz. container of ricotta cheese

1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese plus some for topping

2-3 cups spaghetti sauce

Start by cooking your lasagna noodles in a pot of salted water.  Once finished, remove them from the water with a pair of tongs and lay them flat on paper towels or parchment paper, allowing them to try.

Meanwhile, assemble your filling by combining the ricotta and mozzarella cheeses in a bowl.  Grab a baking dish and pour some spaghetti sauce on the bottom, making sure the entire bottom is coated in a layer of sauce.

Take the cheese mixture and spread some onto each noodle.  Roll the noodle tightly then place it on top of the sauce.  Take some of the remaining sauce and pour it on top of the rolls.  Take some mozzarella cheese and sprinkle it on top of the rolls.

Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for about an hour.  Meanwhile, you can get started on your garlic bread.

 

 

Saucy Garlic Bread

1 can tomato paste

5 Tbsp. margarine

5 cloves garlic, crushed

1 loaf of good, crispy bread

Combine all of these ingredients well.   Slice your bread into generous slices.  Spread the saucy mixture on to each slice.  Pop them in the oven for about 5 minutes until nice and crispy.

Time it so that the lasagna rolls and garlic bread are finished at the same time.  Then enjoy! Half the time of regular lasagna but twice the great taste! Feel free to customize it any way you want.  You can add some ground turkey, some roasted veggies or some extra cheese to your mixture if you want.  Any way you choose to make it, this dish will not disappoint!

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