You can be on a roll with this lasagna recipe

One of the reasons I love trying new recipes is that I seem to learn new tricks and methods with each one.

For this week?s recipe, I received three lessons.

First, lasagna noodles love to stick together. I had all kinds of trouble with my noodles fusing together in my colander. Next time I cook them, I?ll have a better plan to keep them separated.

Second, frozen spinach has a lot of liquid in it and takes awhile to thaw. I bought my spinach only about an hour before I wanted to start cooking, and that was not enough time to thaw it and get all the juice out of it. I?ll let it thaw overnight the next time I need to use it in a recipe.

But, best of all, I learned that you can get the flavor of lasagna in a lower-fat version. This recipe comes from the blog ?Emily Bites,? and she prides herself in making healthier versions of classic comfort foods. You can find the original at http://www.emilybites.com/2010/12/lasagna-rolls.html.

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Lasagna Rolls

Ingredients

About nine lasagna noodles, cooked (I just used an entire package)

10 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

15 ounces fat free ricotta cheese

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

1 egg

salt and pepper to taste

32 ounces of your favorite tomato sauce

3 ounces reduced-fat mozzarella cheese

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, combine the spinach, ricotta, egg, parmesan and salt and pepper.

Spread about one cup of tomato sauce in the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking pan.

Divide the ricotta mixture evenly between all of the lasagna noodles and spread it to cover each noodle. Roll each noodle up and place with the seam down in the pan.

Pour the rest of the tomato sauce evenly over top of the rolled noodles and then top with mozzarella.

Cover the pan with foil and bake for about 40 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

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I really liked these, and they reheated nicely, too.

Despite the fact that this is a meatless lasagna, I thought it had great flavor and satisfied my craving for normally fat-laden lasagna.

I encourage you to try this in your kitchen. Maybe you?ll learn something new, too.

When not helping husband Joey with newspaper work, Lindsey teaches speech, debate and forensics at Haven High School. She can be reached at lindseyclarion@gmail.com.

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