Thursday, January 17, 2013

5-Cheese Italian Sausage Lasagna Rolls


If you've been following me on Facebook, you know that I'm having trouble with some picky children. So far this week, we've had no complaints for dinner, which makes me extremely happy. There was a point last week, where I was about ready to throw in the towel, on this whole cooking thing. The kids were never happy with the meals I was making, even if they were meals they had eaten and enjoyed before. The result was one grumpy Mommy, who wasn't enjoying her time in the kitchen. This week, I let the kids pick dinner for one night, each. Which resulted in no complaining and a wonderful dinner time. Last night, was my night to choose our dinner. I wasn't worried, because we had leftovers I knew the kids would love, in the fridge. So, I basically planned dinner for Hubby and I, planning on leftovers for the kids. Worked out wonderfully!

5-Cheese Italian Sausage Lasagna Rolls

We have a few boxes of lasagna noodles in the pantry, so I decided on lasagna rolls. I found some 5-Cheese Italian Sausages at half price (since they were close to the Best if Used By date), so I decided to incoporate them into the lasagna rolls. The results was a lovely uber cheesy roll of lasagna, that made both Hubby and I swoon. We enjoyed the slight hints of fennel, that would burst through, when we would take a bit that contained sausage. All of us were content with our dinner and not one complaint was muttered. Well, except for Hubby, who complained that I hadn't made more, LOL.

5-Cheese Italian Sausage Lasagna Rolls
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6 5-Cheese Italian Sausage Links (I used Johnsonville)
1/2 an onion, minced
1/2 green pepper, minced
8 oz part skim ricotta
2 C shredded part skim Mozzarella, divided
3/4 C shredded Parmesan, divided
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
generous pinch of salt
fresh ground pepper
4 sundried tomatoes, minced
8 lasagna noodles
1 jar of favourite pasta sauce (we like Bravo)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Preheat a large non stick skillet over medium heat . Remove sausage from cassings and add to hot skillet; breaking it up into small pieces. Once the sausage is browned, add in the onion and green pepper and cook until onion is translucent; about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, to cool.

While the sausage is cooking, bring a large pot of salted water up to a boil. Once the water is boiling, add in the lasagna noodles and cook until al dente; about 8-11 minutes. Drain and lay on a clean surface.

In a bowl, combine the ricotta with an egg, 1 C Mozzarella cheese, 1/2 C Parmesan Cheese, sundried tomatoes, garlic powder, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Spread cheese mixture evenly onto each lasagna noodle. Evenly top the cheese with the sausage mixture. Starting with a narrow end of the noodle, roll up the noodle, into a roll; repeat with remaining noodles.

Place 1/2 C of pasta sauce in bottom of an oven safe baking dish. Place the lasagna rolls on top of sauce and top with a generous amount of remaining sauce. Sprinkle with remaining cup of Mozzarella, 1/4 C Parmesan and any remaining sausage. Cover and bake for 45 minutes; uncover and bake for 15 minutes, until top is browned and bubbly. Let rest 15 minutes before serving.

5-Cheese Italian Sausage Lasagna Rolls

This post linked to

Wednesday Extravaganza
What's Cookin' Wednesday
Recipe Box
Somewhat Simple Link Party
Full Plate Thursday
Thursday Favorite Things
Foodie Friends Friday
Weekend Potluck
Church Supper


Karly said...

I love lasagna rolls and these look perfectly cheesy!

Thanks for linking up to What's Cookin' Wednesday!

Kim of Mo Betta said...

These look and sound delish! I love italian sausage, and I know ALL about picky eaters! I have 3 of them...well,2 1/2 - my middle child is doing much better ;-) Visiting from Miz Helen's!

AndiWinslow said...

that dish is looking so good, I would enjoy having that for dinner tonight! Nice post andi

A Little about Ally! said...

Cindy...love these...the flavors, ingredients, the way they're done...great job and thanks for sharing! Ally

Deborah said...

I have been struggling with picky eaters - no fun at all! I'll have to try this out on mine - I know I'll love them! I'd love to have you come and link up at Taste and Tell Thursdays!

Miz Helen said...

Hi Cindy,
WoW, I can't wait to taste these rolls, they look delicious. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

Krista said...

We are pasta fiends in this house and I'm always looking for new ones! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & come back soon ~EMM

Kelly Wells said...

Thank you for sharing your recipe on Foodie Friends Friday Linky party. This looks delicious! Please come back today to vote for your favorite recipes!

Kelly {Adorned Well}
One of the co-hosts of Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party

Katherines Corner said...

yummy cheesey goodness. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo