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Lasagna Roll Recipe with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Updated on August 30, 2012

Making the Red Pepper Sauce

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Red pepper lasagna rolls - nutritious and delicious!My six year old opens a can of diced tomatoes to add to the sauce.Adding garlic to the sauce.
Red pepper lasagna rolls - nutritious and delicious!
Red pepper lasagna rolls - nutritious and delicious! | Source
My six year old opens a can of diced tomatoes to add to the sauce.
My six year old opens a can of diced tomatoes to add to the sauce. | Source
Adding garlic to the sauce.
Adding garlic to the sauce. | Source

A Vegetarian Lasagna Recipe, Great for Kids!

We love lasagna in our house, but I don't like the mammoth proportions that most recipes require. Instead of freezing leftovers or eating lasagna for a week, we usually make lasagna roll-ups, which make 6-8 servings. There are still some leftovers, but we aren't left with an enormous quantity of food we'll never manage to eat!

Lasagna, like all pasta, lends itself wonderfully for sneaking in extra vegetables for the kids. Except in our house, we don't "sneak in" the veggies - the kids are active participants in cooking our meals. They help chop, stir, and prepare our dinners. It is a wonderful way to get kids to eat healthier meals! This recipe includes spinach, tomatoes, red peppers, mushrooms, onions, and garlic - adjust the ingredients to include things you would like to try!

Make the Lasagna Sauce

Red Pepper Sauce Ingredients:

  • One 7 oz. jar of roasted red bell peppers.
  • One 14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes.
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled.
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar.
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper.*

*The crushed red pepper is optional, as the sauce is rather spicy with this ingredient. For children who prefer non-spicy food, simply omit the crushed red pepper.

Place all of the ingredients in a blender. Blend until the sauce is smooth with no remaining chunks.

Cook the Noodles

Use a large pot to cook the lasagna noodles.
Use a large pot to cook the lasagna noodles. | Source

Boil the Lasagna Noodles

Bring a large pot of water to a boil on the stove top. Add salt and olive oil to the water, and cook ten lasagna noodles according to package directions. Once the noodles are done, drain and rinse in cold water. Set the noodles aside, and proceed to make the cheese sauce.

Kids Love to Cook

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My sons, ages 4 and 6, cut mushrooms into pieces with a butter knife.Chop an onion.Add the olive oil, spinach, onions, garlic, and mushrooms to a skillet.Cook the vegetables until the spinach is wilted.Stir the cheese into the vegetable ingredients.Tear basil into small pieces and add the herb to the cheese mixture.Mix the cheese filling and basil until thoroughly combined.
My sons, ages 4 and 6, cut mushrooms into pieces with a butter knife.
My sons, ages 4 and 6, cut mushrooms into pieces with a butter knife. | Source
Chop an onion.
Chop an onion. | Source
Add the olive oil, spinach, onions, garlic, and mushrooms to a skillet.
Add the olive oil, spinach, onions, garlic, and mushrooms to a skillet. | Source
Cook the vegetables until the spinach is wilted.
Cook the vegetables until the spinach is wilted. | Source
Stir the cheese into the vegetable ingredients.
Stir the cheese into the vegetable ingredients. | Source
Tear basil into small pieces and add the herb to the cheese mixture.
Tear basil into small pieces and add the herb to the cheese mixture. | Source
Mix the cheese filling and basil until thoroughly combined.
Mix the cheese filling and basil until thoroughly combined. | Source

Make the Cheese Sauce

Cheese Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, finely chopped.
  • One 8 oz. package of mushrooms.
  • Approximately 8 ounces of baby spinach leaves.
  • 3 garlic cloves.
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh basil.
  • 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • 1/2 cup of ricotta cheese.
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper.*

*Omit the red pepper to reduce the spiciness of this dish.

  1. Have the kids cut the mushrooms into small pieces using a butter knife.
  2. Peel an onion and finely chop (I use a food processor for this step).
  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet, and add the onions, garlic, baby spinach, and chopped mushrooms. Sauté until the onions are cooked through and the spinach is wilted (see pictures).
  4. Add the ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, salt, and red pepper flakes (optional).
  5. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the cheese melts and combines with the other ingredients.
  6. Pour the cheese mixture into a bowl. Tear basil leaves into small pieces and stir the basil into the cheese mixture.

Finishing the Lasagna Rolls

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My six year old son scoops the cheese sauce onto the lasagna noodles.Roll the lasagna noodle around the cheese filling.Pour the sauce over the lasagna rolls.Sprinkle some extra cheese on the rolls.Bake at 350F until heated through!
My six year old son scoops the cheese sauce onto the lasagna noodles.
My six year old son scoops the cheese sauce onto the lasagna noodles. | Source
Roll the lasagna noodle around the cheese filling.
Roll the lasagna noodle around the cheese filling. | Source
Pour the sauce over the lasagna rolls.
Pour the sauce over the lasagna rolls. | Source
Sprinkle some extra cheese on the rolls.
Sprinkle some extra cheese on the rolls. | Source
Bake at 350F until heated through!
Bake at 350F until heated through! | Source

Assemble and Bake the Lasagna Rolls

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Set out the lasagna noodles and place 1/4 cup cheese filling onto each noodle.
  3. Roll the noodles into rolls around the filling.
  4. Place the lasagna rolls into a 9"x13" casserole dish.
  5. Pour the red pepper sauce over the lasagna rolls. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the rolls.
  6. Bake at 350°F for approximately 20 minutes, or until heated through.

I always serve the lasagna rolls with spinach salad, since I usually buy more spinach leaves than are necessary for the recipe!

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      Leah Lefler 6 years ago from Western New York

      Thanks, Laura! We make this frequently. It is easy to modify with different vegetables, and it is very healthy!

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      LauraGT 6 years ago from MA

      Interesting take on lasagna. Thanks for sharing!

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      Leah Lefler 6 years ago from Western New York

      Peggy, my kids absolutely LOVE cooking. It is such a fun activity to do with kids - some recipes take a bit of time, and others are faster to cook. The time is well invested, particularly with America's unhealthy habit of take-out foods!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Leah,

      Your kids will grow up knowing how to cook and eat delicious meals which will give them a leg up on many who rely on take out food which is generally more calorie laden, expensive (compared to homemade) and less healthy. You are a good mother and obviously also a good cook. Voted up, useful and beautiful.

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      Leah Lefler 6 years ago from Western New York

      Thanks, Maddie! It is such a wonderful campaign - kids definitely have a place in the kitchen!

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      Maddie Ruud 6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      I love the photos of your boys cooking up a storm! This is what Kids Cook Monday is all about!

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