I am super super proud of what I made for dinner last night. I seriously felt like I was some kind of Food Network Superstar. It was pretty epic, delicious, and filling. The best part, for being pasta, it was pretty low in calories.
Lasagna Roll Ups
It was soooo good that I just had to share it. This recipe only makes enough for one person, it was a dinner I brought to work with me.
3 sheets Barilla Lasagna (I like the “rolled flat like homemade” kind)
1.5 cups raw spinach, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup chopped red onion
3 medium sized mushrooms
1/2 clove garlic
1/2 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
1.5 oz Fat free cottage cheese, small curd
1/4 cup spaghetti sauce
Salt, pepper, oregano to taste
Preheat your oven to about 350. In a pan saute your garlic, onion, and mushrooms with your seasonings.
Once your first batch is nice and yummy looking, add your spinach. It doesn’t take long for it to wilt down, just keep stirring it around. Once your veggies are done, transfer them into a different bowl. Add your ricotta cheese, and stir until well mixed. Set aside.
Boil some water and add your three sheets of lasagna noodles. I actually added four just in case I ended up ripping one while I was wrapping them. Just boil long enough until the noodles are wiggly (yes, my food network worthy jargon). About 5 minutes.
When your noodles are done pull them out of the water and set them on some paper towel. They should be a little bit tacky. Almost like nail polish that hasn’t completely dried yet. Lay them out on a cutting board and put a part of your cottage cheese at the end.
On top of the cottage cheese, add some of your mushroom/spinach/cheese mixture. Roll them up, and push back any of the filling that squishes out. Don’t pull too hard or they’ll rip. Then place them in any kind of baking pan.
Top it off with your spaghetti sauce, mozzarella cheese, and sprinkle with a little bit of oregano. Pop it in the oven until the cheese is melted and delicious. Then you’re done.
Doesn’t it look yummy? (For sake of my self esteem, a yes would be appreciated. haha). I was really really hesitant to have pasta as something worth bringing to work. I’m usually not a “heat up some noodles” kind of gal, but I was willing to take a shot. And it was so good. Definitely filling and it tasted so good. Amazing actually. I shocked myself.
The best part, it all of it only came out to 400 calories. Nearly on the dot. If you want to get technical it was 399, haha. Of course that all depends on what kinds of brands you choose to use. I could have probably gone under 400 just by using different sauce and cheese… but 400 is perfect for where I wanted to end up. 500 is usually what I “allow” myself for dinner so I was able to get away with some sides. Haha. This would have gone over incredibly well with a spinach/strawberry salad. But I went with some other stuff. Haha.
There is actually quite a lot of food. It’s almost like taking a HUGE slice of regular lasagna. But there is far less noodles and meat. Obviously. But I was really happy with it. I know I’ve said it before but it was soooo good. Definitely something I am going to try.