Lasagna Roll Ups are fun to make and fun to eat! I’ve traded the luscious layers of lasagna for their rolled counterparts and added a flavor-packed addition to the creamy ricotta.

Ingredients of Pesto Lasagna Rolls

  • 12 lasagna noodles

For the Béchamel Sauce:

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups whole milk at room temperature
  • ground nutmeg
  • salt

For Filling:

    • 2 cups ricotta cheese
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 cloves garlic minced
    • frozen spinach thawed, drained, and squeeze to remove water
    • 1/2 cup basil pesto
    • 3 and 1/4 cup cheese
    • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    • Pinch of nutmeg
    • Salt
    • cups shredded mozzarella cheese

How to Make Pesto Lasagna Rolls

    • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the salt and cook the lasagna noodles.
    • Drain and carefully lay the lasagna noodles out flat on a large piece of parchment paper or cooling rack.
    • To make the béchamel sauce, heat butter, add flour and cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute. Whisk in milk, ½ cup at a time.
    • Bring the sauce to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, whisking frequently, until the sauce thickens and is the consistency of cream.
    • Season with nutmeg and salt, to taste. Remove from heat and set aside.
    • Combine the ricotta cheese, egg, garlic, spinach, pesto, ¼ cup parmesan cheese, crushed red pepper, and nutmeg in a bowl.
    • Season with salt and pepper.
    • Line the bottom of the pan with ½ cup of the béchamel sauce.
    • Take about ¼ cup of the ricotta spinach mixture and spread it evenly onto each lasagna noodle. Top each noodle with 2 tablespoons of mozzarella cheese and 2 tablespoons of béchamel sauce.
    • Roll the noodles up and place them in the prepared pan. Top the lasagna rolls with the remaining béchamel sauce and remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
    • Spray a large sheet of foil with cooking spray and cover the pan.
    • Place the pan in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
    • Remove the foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
    • Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Serve warm.


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