Week 24: Caprese Lasagna Roll Ups without Ricotta

Caprese Lasagna Roll Ups
Caprese Lasagna Roll Ups

I DO NOT like ricotta cheese.  I love lasagna, but I omit ricotta every time and sub in fresh mozarella or cottage cheese.  I saw a lot of Caprese Roll up recipes going around, but I had to make one without the ricotta and see what it was like.

It was like, GOOD!

Ingredients:
8 lasagna noodles, uncooked
3 1/2 cups shredded, fresh mozzarella cheese, divided
1 large egg white
1/3 cup shredded, fresh Parmesan cheese
freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
3-4 medium Roma tomatoes, sliced nice and thin
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, plus a little bit extra for garnish if you like:)
2 cup marinara sauce  (if you make your own, that is great, if you have a stand by store bought you like, that works too)

Olive Oil if desired, see below

INSTRUCTIONS

1.Cook the lasagna noodles according to package directions but be sure to keep them a bit al dente.

2. Drain pasta and place the noodles in a single layer on a large sheet of wax paper.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

4.   Prepare your filling: In a large mixing bowl, Mix about 3 cups of the Mozzarella cheese, egg and parmesan and season with ground black pepper to taste.

5. Spread a thin layer of the cheese mixture over each lasagna noodle, be sure to cover the noodle completely end to end.

6. Lay about 4 thin tomato slices over the cheese mixture and then place fresh basil leaves (about 3 each noodle) over the top.

7. Roll lasagna noodles to opposite end, make them nice and tight.

8. Spread a thin layer of marinara sauce in the bottom of a 11×7” baking dish.

9. Place lasagna rolls seam side down in dish and top each roll with a rounded tablespoonful of pasta sauce. Make sure to cover the edges of the pasta so they don’t dry out while baking. That is not good–I add a touch of olive oil as a light spray mist over the noodles as well to prevent drying.  If you do not have a spray, consider a bit of olive oil drizzle:)

10. Sprinkle the remaining shredded Mozzarella on top.

11. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven and garnish it with more fresh basil.

Enjoy!

 

Before the Oven, Caprese Lasagna Roll Ups
Before the Oven, Caprese Lasagna Roll Ups
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