Lasagna Marinara Rolls

Nuvita Biscuits


For the Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced pancetta (about 2 ounces)
  • 1 large Spanish onion, diced
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 2 28-ounce cans plum tomatoes

For the Lasagna:

  • Kosher salt
  • 1 16-ounce box lasagna noodles
  • 4 cups ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated pecorino cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 3 cups)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves roughly chopped


Make the sauce: Pour the olive oil into a large pot, add the pancetta and cook over medium-high heat until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the onion, season generously with salt and cook until soft but not browned, 6 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring.

Pass the tomatoes through a food mill (or puree in a food processor) and add to the pot. Fill one of the empty tomato cans with about 2 1/2 cups water, add to the pot and season generously with salt. Simmer 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Taste frequently and season with salt as the sauce simmers-tomatoes take a lot of salt.

Make the lasagna: Preheat the oven to 375. Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil (the water should taste like the ocean). Add the lasagna noodles and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes. Fill a bowl with salted ice water. Remove the pasta from the boiling water and transfer to the ice water to stop the cooking.

Mix the ricotta, pecorino, 1/4 cup parmesan, 1 1/2 cups mozzarella, eggs, thyme and 2 teaspoons salt in a bowl. Drain the pasta and place on a clean towel in a single layer.

Coat the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with a ladle or two of sauce. Spread 3 heaping tablespoonfuls of the cheese filling down the center of each lasagna sheet; roll up the sheet (but not too tightly or the filling might ooze out). Place seam-side down in the baking dish, leaving a little room between each roll. Cover with 3 to 4 cups sauce and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup parmesan and 1 1/2 cups mozzarella.






Bake, uncovered, until the lasagna bubbles around the edges and the cheese melts, about 1 hour. Let rest 10 minutes, then serve with extra sauce.

Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Sriram R on Feb 5, 2013

    Lets face it, Banquet dinners are almost like pet food for people but in certain circumstances they are a convieniant thing to eat. Some of them are tolerable and some are questionable. I’ve noticed certain stores offer different kinds.
    What are all of the types available at the stores by you?

  2. posted by Kevin on Feb 5, 2013

    give me some good vegetarian home made lunch box ideas for my son,which should be delecious and healthy

  3. posted by Jenna on Feb 5, 2013

    I have a niece who is a vegetarian. I would like to make a little cookbook for her for Christmas.
    What is your favorite Vegetarian Recipes? She does eat cheese and eggs.
    WOW! Thank you all for answering with such wonderful recipes! I think she will love them all!
    Me too! Keep ’em coming :)

  4. posted by louisewoods1984 on Feb 5, 2013

    ive tryed at a pasta place and i loved it i wana know how to cook it

  5. posted by Kaden on Feb 5, 2013

    it is Italian Theme

  6. posted by Jason M on Feb 5, 2013

    I am 13 and I’ve tried to be a vegetarian but I can’t do it for more than 1 or 2 days! Do you have any recommendations for food I could eat that isn’t boring or nasty.

  7. posted by stealspartansbcglobalnet on Feb 5, 2013

    What would be something fancy and good for vegetarians to eat at a wedding?

  8. posted by Alun J on Feb 5, 2013

    Im not a vegeterian but i am thinking of becoming one but do you guys really eat? how can you survive without meat? what do you guys eat instead of meat and stuff?

  9. posted by Mak Sultan on Feb 5, 2013

    My husband has ridiculously high cholesterol. He’s going to get on the meds, but I also want ot make him eat healthier w/o sacrificing taste.

    I don’t want ideas of what foods he should/shouldn’t eat, I already know. I just want to know if anyone has any good, but easy RECIPES.

  10. posted by shahedC on Feb 5, 2013

    I want something different then spaghetti.I have boneless skinless chicken and ground beef in the freezer:)

  11. posted by jdubdoubleu7704 on Feb 5, 2013

    Every time I hear a chef on TV or see a recipe they say to use kosher salt. What is the difference in kosher and iodized

  12. posted by Dom L on Feb 5, 2013

    Lasagna Rolls Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis
    Show: Everyday Italian
    Episode: Italian Fast Food

    2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
    1 1/4 cups whole milk
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
    Pinch ground nutmeg
    1 (15-ounce) container whole milk ricotta cheese
    1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
    1 cup plus 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
    3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, chopped
    1 large egg, beaten to blend
    3/4 teaspoon salt, plus more for salting water
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
    12 uncooked lasagna noodles
    2 cups marinara sauce
    1 cup shredded mozzarella (about 4 ounces)

    To make the sauce: Melt the butter in a heavy medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the flour and whisk for 3 minutes. Whisk in the milk. Increase the heat to medium-high. Whisk the sauce until it comes to a simmer and is thick and smooth, about 3 minutes. Whisk the salt, pepper, and nutmeg into the bechamel sauce.
    Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

    Whisk the ricotta, spinach, 1 cup Parmesan, prosciutto, egg, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl to blend.

    Add a tablespoon or 2 of oil to a large pot of boiling salted water. Boil the noodles until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain. Arrange the noodles in a single layer on a baking sheet to prevent them from sticking.

    Butter a 13-by-9-by-2-inch glass baking dish. Pour the bechamel sauce over the bottom of the prepared dish. Lay out 4 lasagna noodles on a work surface, then spread about 3 tablespoons of ricotta mixture evenly over each noodle. Starting at 1 end, roll each noodle like a jelly roll. Lay the lasagna rolls seam side down, without touching, atop the bechamelsauce in the dish. Repeat with the remaining noodles and ricotta mixture. Spoon 1 cup of marinara sauce over the lasagna rolls. Sprinkle the mozzarella and remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan over the lasagna rolls. Cover tightly with foil. Bake until heated through and the sauce bubbles, about 20 minutes. Uncover and bake until the cheese on top becomes golden, about 15 minutes longer. Let stand for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the remaining marinara sauce in a heavy small saucepan over medium heat until hot, and serve alongside.
    I know where to buy it, I have it with me..but its not cooked..
    wouldnt that be like eating raw meat then?

  13. posted by friendly 4 on Feb 5, 2013

    I have three uncooked no-boil lasagna noodles left over from a recipe I made a while ago, and I don’t want them to go to waste but don’t see myself using them in a full-size lasagna recipe anytime soon. I’d like suggestions as to how I can use them – in a recipe or otherwise – and if your solution involves eating them, a recipe to accompany it would be appreciated. Thanks!

  14. posted by Scorch Delta-62 on Feb 5, 2013

    My husband & I have 4 little boys, ages 5, 4, 3, and 1. I am looking for some new dinner ideas (with recipes if possible) that are fairly simple, don’t take all day to make, aren’t expensive, and are fairly healthy. All suggestions are welcome! We would like to try new things :)

  15. posted by johnkaiser 22 on Feb 5, 2013

    I’m cooking ground beef right now and I can’t think of anything to make it with other than cheeseburgers or spaghetti. Any ideas??

  16. posted by Muzahid on Feb 5, 2013

    any cool (and easy and tasty) dishes to cook?
    or any special food you like?

  17. posted by sick_mick_101 on Feb 5, 2013

    I noticed my Betta’s been breathing heavy an hanging at the bottom of his tank a little bit too much. I did some research and people suggested sea salt/kosher salt for heavy breathing. Ideas?


  18. posted by PolishPokeyPimp on Feb 5, 2013

    my 12 year old chose to be a vegetarian 5 days ago. instead of my chicken and hamburger dinners every night shes been eating soup and peanut butter sandwiches.

    i need idea’s of what i can buy to replace meat with since she feels so strongly about this matter…


  19. posted by Brody S on Feb 5, 2013

    I want italian food. But nothing big, i like the idea of having a lot of appetizers for people to pick and choose from. a small dinner course and something fun for dessert.
    anyone have any suggestions on what i could make/buy ?
    I want italian food. But nothing big, i like the idea of having a lot of appetizers for people to pick and choose from. a small dinner course and something fun for dessert.
    anyone have any suggestions on what i could make/buy ?

    again… i want italian foods please !

  20. posted by Arminator on Feb 5, 2013

    My wife is due in a couple of weeks. I need to make some dinners that can be frozen. I was thinking about making mostacolli in pyrexware but didn’t know if that would be ok or not. Any suggestions?

  21. posted by Smashing Pumpkins on Feb 5, 2013

    She can eat leeks instead of onions.
    I can cook dairy and meat free but am in need of a little inspiration, Thank you!

  22. posted by Jeanelle the Retard on Feb 5, 2013

    I just bought salt and it had the kosher symbol (K) on it. Is there a difference? Between it and kosher salt?

  23. posted by Random on Feb 5, 2013

    Had a long day and am getting home late so I am just ordering take out. I have an Italian restaurant up the street one and a Chinese restaurant up the street the other way…which option would be healthiest of the five?

    Eggplant Parmigiana with garlic bread and salad
    Lasagna Florentine with garlic bread and salad
    Spaghetti with marinara sauce, with garlic bread and salad

    Broccoli with garlic sauce, rice, and spring roll
    Plain lo mein with spring roll

  24. posted by The Villain on Feb 5, 2013

    I beginning to learn how to cook. I’ve flipped through many cooking books, but I’ve found most to be really hard, and plus for most I don’t know where to get the ingredients. What’s a good recipe to start off with?

  25. posted by Dark_LovexXx on Feb 5, 2013

    I buy groceries for a two week period. So when I go shopping, I have to buy ingredients for 14 dinners. (I love to cook!) I am running out of ideas. Can anyone help? So far I am going to make: Chili, spaghetti and garlic bread, chicken n dumplings, baked pork chops with mashed potatoes gravy and corn on the cob, king ranch chicken casserole.

  26. posted by Elijah luv on Feb 5, 2013

    I am making a recipe for macaroons and I do not have Kosher salt. WIll iodized salt work? All that is needed is a pinch.

  27. posted by clntvrrt on Feb 5, 2013

    I want to make her dinner, a good meal. I have no kitchen exp. so please hold my hand and walk me through the steps really carefully. I don’t want to give her a heart attack either so please no fatty foods. We don’t like indian food, seafood, some chinese. Please give me your perfect recipe for me. I greatly appreciate your time, thanks!

  28. posted by kass9191 on Feb 5, 2013

    I just got my ear cartilage pierced and i was wondering what type of salt to use to clean it. I know i’m supposed to use salt with warm water. But read that i should use sea salt not iodized salt, so i was wondering whether kosher salt would be ok. Also how many weeks do i have to continue cleaning the piercing before i can stop, and change the ring?

  29. posted by mendhak on Feb 5, 2013

    to brine a turkey, they said to use kosher salt, but I don’t have it, can I use table salt ?

  30. posted by Jason on Feb 5, 2013

    Does know any good lasagna recipes/ingredients

  31. posted by United on Feb 5, 2013

    Is it ok if I substitute normal salt for Kosher salt?
    I’m making Virgin Margaritas.

    Thanks in advance!

  32. posted by Sriram R on Feb 5, 2013

    I want to take my niece to eat with the Princess’ at the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. So how much would it be for me an adult & her a child to eat? I am thinking the dinner buffet?


  33. posted by kamikami on Feb 5, 2013

    I’m getting married in October 09, and I’m having trouble coming up with a menu. I’m a vegetarian. My fiance, along with 99.98% of our guests, are not. I want a good, warm, in season meal that everyone can eat. Nothing overly fancy, since the wedding has a very rustic theme. I live in a small town, so there are no big catering companies around…Any ideas would be helpful!

  34. posted by Sophia C on Feb 5, 2013

    I hate cooking but I know I need to provide healthy meals for my family every day. I need quick, semi-healthy, tasty, cheap recipes to make for my family. We are pretty picky eaters too so there is the challenge for you.

  35. posted by Arminator on Feb 5, 2013

    What kind of cheese is used to make a tuna melt? From what I’ve seen when I’ve ordered it in restaurants, I’m thinking that it’s mozzarella cheese. In yahoo answers, I see everybody giving recipies for tuna melts that say “cheese”, but they don’t say “what type” of cheese.

    Do you mixed the cheese with the tuna in a skillet and heat it up before placing it on the bread? Or do you grill it on the stove (like a grilled cheese) with the tuna and cheese already between the slices of bread? I just love tuna melts. I normally order them in restaurants, but I’ve never made one at home.
    I’m going to go to the supermarket, but I want to buy the right type of cheese.

  36. posted by John on Feb 12, 2013

    I dislike the following:

    Taco seasoning/flavor, Onions, Celery, Peppers

    I love:
    Potatoes, ground beef, chicken, all veggies (except the ones listed)

    10 guaranteed points for one that tickles my fancy
    I wish I could choose more than one!!!! Thanks to all!

  37. posted by PoohBearPenguin on Mar 17, 2013

    Not the best cook, but can handle anything with good directions.
    Thanks =)

  38. posted by thinkthought on Mar 17, 2013

    I am in need of casserole recepies..I would like to make casserole with chicken and also would like some casserole recepies with beef..I find it would help me alot with my schedule..Thank you so much…

  39. posted by Cpt Excelsior on Mar 19, 2013

    my family is all italian and were not really allergic to anything beside one of us and she is allergic to nuts and mangos so something without those please. And im only 15 and i havent taken any cullinary classes so please something easy that should only take like 45 minutes or so :) thank you and answer away! 😀

  40. posted by Travoiz on Mar 21, 2013

    chicken and beef are off the table, as is anything expencive.

    any thoughts
    right, forgot to mention that I am a bit of an atkins Nazi. a bit in that I avoid eating carbs, because I drink far too many of them;)

  41. posted by Only Business on Mar 26, 2013

    what foods have high levels sodium????

    thatnks for the assistance!!

  42. posted by kerrin marz on Mar 26, 2013

    I am doing a brine for some chicken, and the brine calls for 1/2 gallon of water (8 cups) and 7 cups of kosher salt. ( I have checked the recipe repeatedly out of fear that I read it wrong…but that’s what it says…). The recipe says to bring the brine to a boil until all is disolved. I have been boiling this liquid for over an hour and just keep adding more water ( I have added 4 more cups of water) and I can’t get the salt to break down any further. It’s Kosher salt for sure. I’m assuming maybe there is a limit of the amount of salt that can be absorbed by water…
    Yeah I have stirred it off and on during the past hour…

  43. posted by forahobby on Mar 26, 2013

    We’re both vegetarian healthy eaters. I want to do something very special for her. Any recipes? :)

  44. posted by liza on Mar 26, 2013

    It’ss immensley boring… and we already have a few desserts planned out for this evening- homemade peanutbutter cookies and chewy chocolate chip cookies. (1/2 chocolate chip, the other half of the batch peanutbutter). And… Italian shortbread, maybe. Anyone have any other recipes that are healthy? Whether it’s dinner, desserts or appetizers?

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