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Lasagna roll ups are a great dish for those who love lasagna but don’t want to spend hours making it. This recipe is made with lasagna noodles, ground beef, marinara sauce, ricotta cheese, and parmesan cheese. It’s freezer-friendly and perfect for meal prep!

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While I love making a classic baked lasagna, sometimes I just don’t have the time. So, that’s why I am always looking for a quicker way to make it. So far, I have been able to come up with a delicious lasagna soup recipe and a healthy one-pot skillet lasagna. But, I’m still craving that authentic bite of cheesy lasagna.

Enter these lasagna rolls!

What Is A Lasagna Roll Up?

Lasagna roll ups are a new twist on classic lasagna without those messy squares that fall apart. They are the perfect portion and are much easier to make than a layered lasagna. They have all the same great ingredients that we all love, but it takes almost half the time and is a perfect recipe to make on meal prep day.

Your family will be begging for you to add them to your weekly dinner rotation!

One of the best things about these lasagna rolls is that you can change up the ingredients. You can add a little spinach or swap out the ground beef for Italian sausage. If you want to make a slightly healthier lasagna, you can use ground turkey or chicken.

The possibilities are endless!

Ingredients Needed For Meat Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe

To make these meaty lasagna roll ups, here is a quick overview of all the ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe as well as a few tips I’ve learned along the way:

  • Lasagna Noodles: Follow the instructions on the package to properly cook the noodles. If you are gluten-free, easily swap them out for a gluten-free option!
  • Ground Beef: I love to use 80/20 ground beef but you can also use 99% lean for a healthier lasagna. You can also use ground Italian sausage or turkey in place of the ground beef as an alternative.
  • Marinara Spaghetti Sauce: I have a delicious sauce recipe I make all the time and keep on hand for quick meals. But, you can also use your favorite store-bought jarred sauce to save time.
  • Onion and Garlic: When I am adding these ingredients to any dish, I try to use fresh onion and garlic when possible. It really enhances the flavor of the marinara sauce and overall just tastes better!
  • Seasonings: To amp up the flavor of this dish, I used salt, black pepper, Italian seasoning, and crushed red pepper. If you don’t want it to have a bit of a kick, leave out the crushed red peppers and add only a little bit of black pepper.
  • Cheese: For this lasagna roll ups recipe, I used 3 different kinds of cheeses: ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese. Trust me- it’s necessary!
  • Egg: This helps bind all of the ingredients for the lasagna filling together.
  • Parsley: This is optional but gives the dish a pop of color when serving.

Please note:For a list of exact measurements and instructions to make meat lasagna rolls, scroll down to the recipe card located at the bottom of this post!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Lasagna Rolls

Before I show you how to make these ground beef lasagna rolls, here are a few questions I frequently get asked about this recipe:

How do you soften oven-ready lasagna noodles for roll-ups?

The best way to soften oven-ready noodles is by boiling them in water for about three minutes. Make sure you’re using an extra firm brand of lasagna noodle, like Barilla, and remember that the noodles will continue cooking when they bake so don’t overdo it! Try to leave them al dente.

When you pull them out of the water, place the noodles in cold water to stop the cooking process so they don’t turn to mush when they bake in the oven.

Can I make this lasagna recipe vegetarian?

Yes! It’s really easy to swap out the filling for these lasagna rolls. You can make them vegetarian by using a ricotta cheese and spinach filling instead of meat. If you want to keep the roll ups bulky, consider adding in some mushrooms.

You can also use a plant-based ‘meat’ substitute in place of the ground beef!

Do these lasagna roll ups make good leftovers?

Yes, they do. You can easily make a whole dish of these and store them in the fridge as leftovers. Or, you can make them ahead of time on meal prep day and store them in the freezer for those busy nights where you need to just throw a dish in the oven.

Keep reading to see how to properly store and reheat lasagna roll ups!

What can I serve with lasagna rolls?

Lasagna rolls are best served with a salad, like this garden green salad or chopped Italian antipasto salad. For a veggie, consider serving this recipe for garlic parmesan asparagus. You can also serve them with garlic knots or these warm dinner rolls. They only take 30 minutes to make!

How To Properly Store And Reheat This Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe

After having made this recipe a few times, I’ve found that these lasagna roll ups taste even better the next day. It gives the meat sauce time to soak into the noodles and brings out so much flavor. They are even great to make ahead of time and stick them in the freezer for later!

Here are a few tips if you are going to try either.

  • Reheating: The best way to reheat leftovers is in the oven. Bake at 375 degrees until the cheese starts to melt again. If you are reheating them from the freezer, make sure to let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Freezing: Make the recipe just like normal except line the baking dish with foil before adding the roll ups. This will help with freezer burn and keeping them fresh. Make sure to cover the top well to help them last longer in the freezer. This dish will last up to 30 days in the freezer.
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If you enjoyed this recipe for lasagna roll ups, take a look at some of these other delicious yet time-saving dishes you can make on those busy dinner nights:

  • Easy Pasta Carbonara
  • Baked Cheese Tortellini
  • Creamy Mozzarella Shrimp Pasta
  • Butternut Squash Ravioli
  • Baked Ziti

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Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe

Lasagna roll ups are a great dish for those who love lasagna but don't want to spend hours making it. This recipe is made with lasagna noodles, ground beef, marinara sauce, ricotta cheese, and parmesan cheese. It's freezer-friendly and perfect for meal prep!

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Prep Time 25 minutes mins

Cook Time 40 minutes mins

Total Time 1 hour hr 5 minutes mins

Course Main Course, pasta

Cuisine Italian

Servings 12

Calories 330 kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 lasagna noodles (cooked to instructions)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil (2 x 1 tablespoons divided)
  • 24 ounces marinara spaghetti sauce
  • ½ cup yellow onion (diced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 16 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese (finely shredded)
  • 3 cups mozzarella cheese (2 x 1½ cups divided)
  • ¼ cup parsley (chopped)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  • In a large skillet, over medium high heat add 1Tbsp of olive oil. Add ground beef and cook until no longer pink, breaking apart with a spatula or spoon. 3-4 minutes. Add ⅓ cup of yellow onions and cook until transparent. 3 minutes. Add ¼ tsp crushed red pepper, 1 tsp black pepper, ½ tsp Italian seasoning, ½ tsp salt and garlic. Mix well and saute for 1 minute. Pour in 24 oz of your favorite marinara sauce, bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Set aside.

  • In a large pot bring water to a boil and add 1 tsp off salt and 1 Tbsp olive oil. Cook lasagna noodles to al dente according to directions listed on package. Then drain noodles and put them back in the pot and cover with cold water.

  • While pasta is cooking prepare the cheese mixture. By adding ricotta cheese, 1 large egg, ½ Parmesan cheese, 1 ½ cups of mozzarella cheese and parsley to a large bowl. Mix until fully incorporated.

  • Lay out cooked lasagna noodles and divide ricotta cheese mixture over noodles and spread evenly. Add a large spoonful of meat mixture to each noodle and spread evenly. Spread ⅓ cup of meat sauce on the bottom of a baking dish. Roll noodles up jellyroll style and place seam side down in baking dish.

  • Cover roll-ups with remaining meat sauce then sprinkle remaining 1 ½ cups Mozzarella cheese over roll-ups.

  • Cover with foil and bake for 38 minutes in preheated oven. Then remove foil and bake for an additional 2 minutes. Serve garnished with chopped fresh parsley.

Notes

*Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on Modernmealmakeover.com should only be used as a general guideline.

Nutrition

Calories: 330kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 24gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 590mgPotassium: 450mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 677IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 343mgIron: 2mg

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Hi I'm April! I've been married to my husband, Brent for 17 years, and we have 3 kids who keeps us on our toes. I love to create easy, simple, yet delicious family friendly recipes. If I'm not in the kitchen you can find me in the carpool lane, dance recitals, sitting on the football field, or chasing our busy toddler.

48 Comments

  1. Sharon

    July 7, 2020 at 8:19 am ·Reply

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    This is becoming one of my favorite comfort food meals. Easy to make and kids love it too!

  2. kim

    July 7, 2020 at 8:33 am ·Reply

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    Yum! This was such a tasty dinner… the whole family gobbled it up. I’ll definitely be making again!

  3. Kathryn Donangelo

    July 7, 2020 at 8:46 am ·Reply

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    These Lasagna Roll Ups are my kind of meal!! SO good, comforting and easy to make! I added extra cheese 🙂

  4. Liz

    July 7, 2020 at 8:57 am ·Reply

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    I love this twist on classic lasagna! And this is one of those recipes I can whip up on a weeknight and my whole family is happy!

  5. Alex

    March 21, 2021 at 1:17 pm ·Reply

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    Absolutely perfect
    Made it in a 9×9 and 7x 7 baking dish so could try it with vodka sauce and a four cheese sauce was absolutely delicious
    Love normal lasagna but this is by far better!!

    • April

      March 21, 2021 at 2:33 pm ·Reply

      What a great idea. I bet the vodka sauce was delicious. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Marjorie

    April 20, 2021 at 8:37 pm ·Reply

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    Just tried this and it was fun to make. I’m not a fan of heat so next time I will cut out the red pepper, and make a bit more sauce. Overall, a fun twist!

    • April King

      April 20, 2021 at 9:01 pm ·Reply

      So glad you liked it!

  7. Kevin Nichols

    August 23, 2021 at 6:41 pm ·Reply

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    Easy to make and delicious

    • April King

      August 23, 2021 at 8:40 pm ·Reply

      So glad you like them.

  8. Leslie

    August 25, 2021 at 7:44 pm ·Reply

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    Tried this tonight and my family loved it! I did leave out the red flakes so it wouldn’t be too spicy but left everything else the same. Thanks so much for this yummy recipe!

    • April King

      August 25, 2021 at 8:02 pm ·Reply

      I’m so happy to hear your family loved it. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Cindy Cook

    October 29, 2021 at 2:50 pm ·Reply

    Could I assemble these the day before baking and serving?

    • Shanna Allen

      October 29, 2021 at 4:22 pm ·Reply

      Yes, you can assemble them the day before. Make sure the sauce and cheese are bubbling.

  10. Sara

    November 26, 2021 at 8:26 pm ·Reply

    Does your marinara sauce need to be doubled for this lasagna recipe?

    • April King

      November 27, 2021 at 10:47 am ·Reply

      You don’t need to double the marinara sauce recipe. If you like your lasagna with extra sauce, feel free to double the recipe! I would love to hear how you like it if you double it.

  11. Kali Hodridge

    December 24, 2021 at 12:01 pm ·Reply

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    If I cook the lasagna tonight how long would you let it set to cool before putting in the fridge to store for tomorrow’s lunch?

    Or would you recommend assembling it tonight and waiting until tomorrow to fully cook it in the oven?

    • April King

      December 25, 2021 at 1:31 pm ·Reply

      Hi Kathi, you will want to let the lasagna cool completely before storing in the fridge. Both of your options will work well for serving it.

  12. Jerri

    February 5, 2022 at 9:54 pm ·Reply

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    My son loves this recipe. I will cook a batch and he will eat them all week.
    Can make a double batch and freeze?
    Thank you so much for your recipe!

    • April King

      February 6, 2022 at 5:29 pm ·Reply

      I’m so happy you are loving this recipe.

  13. Michelle

    June 19, 2022 at 12:04 pm ·Reply

    Would like to make this and take to my daughter and family who is having her third baby! Should I assemble and freeze to cook there…or cook here and then freeze.

    • April King

      June 20, 2022 at 2:37 pm ·Reply

      I would reccomend making ahead of time and freezing at your home.

  14. Laurel

    June 20, 2022 at 4:33 am ·Reply

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    How can I make ahead to freeze?

    • April King

      June 20, 2022 at 2:36 pm ·Reply

      Yes, they are a great freezer meal.

  15. Jean

    June 22, 2022 at 5:06 pm ·Reply

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    wonderful recipe. I cut it in half because it is just my husband and I. We do not do well with leftovers, especially in the summer when I don’t have a need to pack lunches. (I am a teacher) I don’t freeze leftovers because they tend to get forgotten in the freezer. ;). But we really, really enjoyed this and will do it again.

    • April King

      June 27, 2022 at 11:09 am ·Reply

      I’m so glad you loved it.

  16. Mary Stallard

    August 11, 2022 at 1:46 am ·Reply

    Looking forward to trying this.

    • April King

      August 16, 2022 at 2:58 pm ·Reply

      I would love to hear how you like it.

  17. Kimberly

    August 14, 2022 at 9:48 pm ·Reply

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    Simply delicious!!!! So quick and easy to make. My kids definitely loved this and will be making this again

    • April King

      August 16, 2022 at 2:56 pm ·Reply

      So glad you loved it.

  18. Allison

    November 3, 2022 at 9:19 pm ·Reply

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    How long would you cook the frozen batch? Freezing a batch now but wondered if the cook time would be longer since they’re frozen?

    • April King

      November 8, 2022 at 1:01 pm ·Reply

      I would recommend thawing in the fridge the night before baking. The bake time will be the same if thawed.

  19. Jeannette Wemmer

    November 27, 2022 at 11:09 am ·Reply

    Hello! Could you tell me what size baking pan to use? Thank you!

    • April King

      November 28, 2022 at 6:07 pm ·Reply

      9×13 baking pan works best!

  20. Diana

    January 28, 2023 at 12:26 pm ·Reply

    Hi from New Zealand. Can this delicious sounding recipe be cooked in the crockpot please.

    • April King

      January 30, 2023 at 10:59 am ·Reply

      I havent made it in the crock pot, If you decide to try it I would love to hear how it turns out.

  21. Lindsay

    February 18, 2023 at 6:25 am ·Reply

    Hi, i’ll be making this for a dinner party soon and want to make 2 batches to cook at same time. I just double the ingredients? And – is it still just 40 mins for both at same time?

    • April King

      February 20, 2023 at 12:16 pm ·Reply

      Yes, you will double the ingredients. You may need to adjust the cooking time if your baking both at the same time.

  22. Eileen

    February 23, 2023 at 6:25 pm ·Reply

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    I tried this and my hubby and I loved it! I’m not a great cook, however, the recipe was easy to follow and extremely tasty!

    • April King

      March 1, 2023 at 11:27 am ·Reply

      I’m so glad you both loved them.

  23. Lynn Urban

    May 2, 2023 at 4:36 pm ·Reply

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    Made this tonight but used my own sauce, big question how do you keep the roll ups in tact? Every time I tried to roll everything came out, for me not easier than whole lasagna.

  24. K. lucae

    July 29, 2023 at 6:32 pm ·Reply

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    You really need additional sauce for the top of the dish other than this was very good. Will make again but with extra sauce.

  25. T Leonard

    September 26, 2023 at 11:18 am ·Reply

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    Myself & my family LOVED IT & Chef kisses! I did add mushrooms & tried Prego Spicy Marinara Sauce instead of red pepper flakes. It made for less spicy for my family’s preference.

  26. Shalini

    December 24, 2023 at 3:33 am ·Reply

    Do you use 24 oz. Of sauce for the meat mixture for the noodles and then more sauce for the top and bottom of dish? Or use less than 24 oz of sauce in the meat mixture and save some for too and bottom of dish?

    • April King

      December 26, 2023 at 11:52 am ·Reply

      I usually open another jar and use it for the top and bottom, we like it extra saucy.

  27. Cindy L

    February 5, 2024 at 6:38 pm ·Reply

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    Was delicious!

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FAQs

What to serve with lasagna roll ups? ›

What to Serve with Lasagna Roll Ups. For a particularly decadent dinner party, you can serve these lasagna roll ups as a side dish to meat, like pork chops or chicken breasts. Most of the time, though, I serve these lasagna roll ups as a vegetarian main course alongside a fresh salad and some good focaccia.

How do you reheat frozen lasagna roll ups? ›

To reheat the frozen lasagna roll ups, either let them thaw in the refrigerator over night before reheating in the microwave, or go straight from the freezer to the microwave, making sure to use the defrost function first.

What goes on the last layer of lasagna? ›

Finish off your lasagne either with a layer of tomato-based sauce or with your white sauce – whichever you have left – and then grate over plenty of Parmigiano-Reggiano. A common extra topping is torn mozzarella, which makes a lovely, melted cheesy layer on top.

What goes down first when making lasagna? ›

However you make lasagna, there is one rule you should always follow: Start with sauce. Whether you are using a baking dish or a skillet, there needs to be an even layer of sauce covering the entire bottom of the pan before any of the other ingredients are added.

What else can be served with lasagna? ›

Some of our favorites include fresh bread, cheesy garlic bread, or garlic knots. We also love going with a fresh salad such as an arugula salad, a simple salad with balsamic vinegar, or a classic wedge salad without the bacon. And if you're having a dinner party, a vegetarian antipasto platter is also a great idea!

Is it better to reheat lasagna from frozen or thawed? ›

If you don't have time — or forgot — to defrost your frozen lasagna, it can go straight in the oven, but keep in mind that frozen lasagna can take up to twice as long to get to that ooey-gooey bubbling stage. You'll also want to be careful if using a glass or ceramic baking dish.

Why not thaw frozen lasagna before cooking? ›

You can absolutely cook this from frozen, but be keep it covered in foil and cook it longer than one hour. Keep it covered to ensure the top layer doesn't dry out. To test if the lasagna is fully cooked in the middle, insert a thin knife, leave it for 2 seconds, and then pull it out and touch it.

Should you thaw frozen lasagna before cooking? ›

If you have a lasagna on the shelf of your freezer, the good news is that you don't have to defrost it. There's no need to bring it to room temperature before you cook it in a hot oven. The cooking time will vary depending on the size of the lasagna and the temperature of the oven.

How many layers of lasagna is best? ›

Let me break it to you: If you want to make a lasagna, three layers just won't cut it! For the perfect lasagna, you need at least 4-5 layers to really enjoy all those mouth-watering flavors. And, here's a pro-tip: make sure to season each layer generously, but not too much. The average lasagna has 8 layers!

Do you put cheese on every layer of lasagna? ›

Sauce, shredded cheese, noodles, sauce, ricotta, noodles, sauce, shredded cheese, noodles, sauce and so on. If you like you can put a layer of noodles on bottom but just alternate cheeses after each layer of sauce. Just save enough sauce to dollop on top of last noodle layer and shredded cheese.

What keeps lasagna from falling apart? ›

As others have said let the lasagna rest for 20+ minutes before trying ... ALWAYS let it rest a minimum of 20 minutes before cutting it. In fact, you might consider chilling it, then cutting it, then reheating the pieces. And do not pre-cook the pasta, it will hold together better if you assemble it with dry noodles.

Does meat sauce go on the bottom of lasagna? ›

However there should be a thin layer of sauce in the bottom of the pan to prevent sticking but not meat. You put a thin layer of sauce then noodles. There are many different types of lasagna and not all have meat but some do.

Do you put meat as bottom layer lasagna? ›

Line the bottom of the baking pan with 4 cooked lasagna noodles, overlapping them. Spread the ricotta mixture first then the meat sauce on top.

Do you bake lasagna covered or uncovered? ›

In an oven preheated to 375 degrees F, this homemade lasagna should be perfectly baked in about 50 minutes (30-40 minutes covered, 5-10 minutes uncovered).

What do you serve rolls on? ›

Using a bread basket to serve dinner rolls is a natural go-to for most individuals. Since most dinner rolls tend to be served warm, using a napkin can help to retain the the heat of the dinner rolls.

What to serve with Stouffer's lasagna? ›

Serve Stouffer's Vegetable Lasagna with a mixed salad featuring seasonal vegetables.

What sides go with pizza roll ups? ›

The best side dishes to serve with Pizza Rolls are crisp green salad, blooming onion, avocado fries, tater tots, bagel bites, tabasco sauce, garlic bread, coleslaw, roasted vegetables, mozzarella sticks, Italian pasta salad, crispy chicken wings, and caprese skewers.

Can you serve chips with lasagne? ›

Just like at the pub – lasagna with salad and chips. The pubs have it right – nothing really goes with lasagna as well chips and salad, so I recreated it at home.

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