Lasagna Rollups

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An easy way to serve lasagna! These Lasagna Rollups have beef, sausage and 3 cheeses. Use your favorite jarred spaghetti sauce to keep it quick.

Homemade lasagna is a traditional recipe that is often served to guests and at holiday dinners. You can make lasagna from scratch or you can use make an easy lasagna, but no matter which you choose, sometimes getting nice, clean slices to serve can be tricky.

Today we’re fixing that problem! I took our easy lasagna recipe and turned it into lasagna rollups that are perfectly easy to serve right when they come out of the oven. No waiting and the same savory flavor that you know and love.

lasagna casserole with two pieces missing

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • Two meats and three cheeses give a unique, full flavor profile.
  • Use your favorite jarred sauce as a shortcut.
  • Easy to serve to guests. No cutting lasagna noodles!
  • Freezer friendly so it’s great for a make ahead meal.

Tips for Making Lasagna Rollups

  • Cook the lasagna noodles to al dente. Don’t overcook them so they are mushy. Cook them until they are pliable and able to be rolled. They’ll continue to cook in the oven.
  • Use your favorite jarred sauce. Or you can make a homemade spaghetti sauce. The choice is yours and it simply depends on how much time you have. I love a good homemade lasagna sauce (or our traditional spaghetti sauce) but if you need store bought, Rao’s is the best.
  • Use ricotta cheese. Or cottage cheese. Growing up, I always had lasagna with cottage cheese. I didn’t really eat any ricotta because I didn’t love the texture, so we used cottage cheese. Now that I’m older, I can handle ricotta in lasagna. You can use either cottage cheese OR ricotta in this recipe. Use the same amount for either cheese you choose.
  • Make 12 rollups in a 9×13 baking pan. This recipe makes 12 rollups. It’s a little messy to roll up the lasagna rolls, so prepare them on a baking sheet so you have an easier cleanup. Make sure you divide the ingredients equally so you don’t run out of the filling or the sauce.
  • Cover the lasagna with foil during baking. Some recipes may not require that you cover the lasagna while it bakes. However, we find the foil prevents the rollups from drying out and helps them to cook evenly. Cover the pan with a single layer of aluminum foil and bake covered for all but 10 minutes of the baking time.
  • Broil the rollups for the last 3-5 minutes to get a golden brown top. This is optional, but I like to broil my rollups for the last 3-5 minutes so the cheese gets bubbly and browned. Watch closely if you do this!

**Pro Tip: Spray one side of the foil with cooking spray, then lay that side down on top of the lasagna and press the edges to seal. The spray helps the cheese not stick to the foil!**

Freezer Instructions

Can you make lasagna rollups in advance? Yes! You can freeze this both before and/or after you cook it. Either way works! Here are a few tips:

  • Use a disposable aluminum pan to make your lasagna rollups in. Then you can easily wrap it and freeze it.
  • If you are baking the rollups before freezing, make sure you allow them to cool completely before wrapping.
  • Wrap the lasagna twice in plastic wrap and once in foil.
  • Remove it from the freezer and place it in the fridge the day before you want to bake it. This will help it bake more quickly in the oven. Bake as the recipe suggests.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.
lasagna rollup on a plate

**If the lasagna was previously baked, you won’t need to bake it as long. Start at 30 minutes covered, then uncover and bake until heated through and bubbly on the edges.

lasagna rollups in a pan
lasagna rollups in a pan

Our Favorite Lasagna Rollups

4.88 from 8 votes
An easy way to serve lasagna! These Lasagna Rollups have beef, sausage and 3 cheeses. Use your favorite jarred spaghetti sauce to keep it quick.
Servings 12
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • ½ pound ground beef
  • ½ pound sweet Italian sausage
  • ¼ cup diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 32 ounces spaghetti sauce Rao’s*
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese or cottage cheese
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley or 4 tablespoons freshly snipped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

Instructions
 

Prepare the noodles:

  • Cook the lasagna noodles according to the package instructions.

Make the sauce:

  • Set aside ¾ cup of plain sauce to spread on the bottom of the pan.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat brown the ground beef, sausage and onion together. Drain off and discard any fat.
  • Add the minced garlic and remaining spaghetti sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes.

Make the cheese filling:

  • In a large bowl, mix together the ricotta, 1 ½ cups of the mozzarella cheese, eggs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, salt and ground black pepper. Mix well.

Assemble the lasagna rollups:

  • Spray a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Spread the reserved ¾ cup spaghetti sauce on the bottom of the baking pan.
  • Lay out the lasagna sheets on a cookie sheet.
  • Spread each sheet with cheese mixture (Use about ¼ cup for each noodle).
  • Then spread about 2 tablespoons of meat sauce down the center of the noodle on top of the cheese. (If you’d like, you can skip this step and just put all of the sauce on top.)
  • Then roll up the lasagna sheets with the cheese inside.
  • Place the rolls seam down in the prepared pan.
  • Pour the remaining sauce evenly over the rolls.
  • Sprinkle the remaining 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese over the rolls.
  • Spray a piece of aluminum foil with cooking spray. Cover the baking pan with the foil, sprayed side down.
  • Bake at 350º Fahrenheit for 40 minutes, then uncover the pan and bake for an additional 10 minutes. I like to broil my rollups for the last 3-5 minutes so they get browned on top. Watch them closely if you do this!

Notes

*If you’d like, you can add more sauce overtop the rollups after they are in the pan.
The calories shown are based on the recipe making 12 rollups, with 1 serving being 1 roll. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**

Nutrition

Calories: 407kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 910mg | Potassium: 506mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 774IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 312mg | Iron: 2mg
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Calories 407
Keyword easy italian casserole, lasagna recipe

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Marlene
1 year ago

5 stars
Great idea! The broiling sounds really great too. Thanks so much!!!

Chloris
3 months ago

5 stars
I tweaked a little to my liking but it was great.