The Ultimate Lasagna Roll

A small dedication to a beautiful creation.12674426_10153779714265428_1031490168_n

Here are the ins and outs of the most filling, saucy, gooey dish for a cold winter’s night.  Pick your wine: I chose a Côtes du Rhône (decanted of course)- which was a light to medium bodied wine that paired smoothly with the thick pasta dish.

The Sauce:

  1. Boil 2 large cans of tomatoes (use a potato masher to crush them in the pot)
  2. Add garlic (I use a LOT), salt, pepper, smoked paprika, chilli flakes, lemon juice, and dried basil
  3. Bring to a boil, then add 1 small can of tomato paste
  4. Let simmer and keep stirring for as long as you possibly can (I usually let it simmer and stir for 2+ hours)
  5. Make sure the tomato sauce is thick enough- if not add more tomato paste, otherwise, add the finishing touch- a tablespoon of butter and a dash of parmesan cheese

The Pasta:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Boil 8 lasagna noodles in a large pot, ensuring that they are fully cooked. Rinse the noodles in cold water after cooking and draining them
  3. Mix two handfuls of spinach, 1 cup of mozzarella, 1 cup of ricotta cheese, 1 egg, 2 cloves of garlic, and salt and pepper (and dried or fresh basil if you wish, although I usually just top the lasagna with this at the end)
  4. Lay the lasagna noodles on a flat surface and spread the spinach and cheese mixture from the centre of the noodle (approx. 1 large spoonful)
  5. Roll the noodles into small bundles and place on a baking sheet over parchment paper or aluminum foil
  6. Put a tablespoon of sauce over each bundle and place in the oven for 20-25 minutes until gooey
  7. Finish by smothering the bundles in tomato sauce. Top with fresh basil, fresh ground pepper, and grated parmesan or romano cheese

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