30 September 2011

Extra lasagna noodles? Make single-serve lasagna roll-ups!

Lasagna rollups

I can't bear to throw out the four or five lasagna noodles that always seem to haunt the pot after I'm done assembling a lasagna. Usually there's a little sauce and filling left over as well, right? My solution: lasagna roll-ups! 

Perfect for lunch or for dinner on a night the kids have a babysitter, or I don't feel like cooking (which happens much more often).

Amazon: Norpro Set Of 4 Ramekins (8 Ounce)HOWTO:

  1. Spray a couple large ramekins or oven-proof baking dishes with cooking spray.
  2. Spread a few tablespoons of sauce in the bottom of the ramekin.
  3. Lay the noodles out and spread them with whatever filling you've got. (I had ricotta and fresh spinach.)
  4. Roll them up into cute little tubes.
  5. Pack one or or two roll-ups into the prepared ramekin, and cover with a bit more sauce.
  6. Top with shredded cheese (mozzarella, parmesan, whatever).
  7. Cover and refrigerate or freeze.

This would be way too fussy for me to pull off for family dinner, but for a few noodles? No problem. My inner-thrify-housewife feels satisfied, and we've got a couple meals stashed away. Win-win.

What do you do with extra lasagna noodles?

Related: Freeze shredded cheese

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Or you could just use no-bake lasagna noodles and avoid the problem of leftover noodles altogether.

True, Nina, but then I have a box with a few uncooked lasagna noodles cluttering my cabinet. Why this bugs me so much I have no idea.

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(forehead smack) Genius! And so simple I should have been doing this all along! Now I don't "have to" eat those last couple of bites so they don't get thrown out...

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I gave up on traditional lasagna long ago. Make the whole pan this way. Much easier to make, to serve, to store leftovers, etc. It also freezes very well to make awesome homemade frozen meals to take to work. Just make the rolls and lay them flat in the dish, and cover with sauce. A whole box of noodles will cram in a pan without any extras.

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This is great because my son is allergic to eggs so I have to do something separate if I make it with the traditional egg/ricotta mixture. I saw this hack, and last time I made lasagna, I made 2 little roll-ups for him using just ricotta and some shredded cheese, and tomato sauce. He loved it!!

Perfect for lunch or for dinner on a night the kids have a babysitter

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