Lasagna Rolls

Lasagna Rolls are a fun and delicious way to change up a classic. These rolls taste just like layered lasagna but are a bit easier to store for later.


Lasagna Rolls

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Sometimes all it takes is a small switch in presentation to change a meal.

Could you just as easily take all of the ingredients in this Lasagna Rolls recipe and layer them like a traditional lasagna? Absolutely.

Likewise you could take any lasagna recipe under the sun and roll it instead of layering it!

It’s a fun change for a traditional dish. Personally, I also think it makes it a bit easier to serve and store, but mostly it just looks cool.


Lasagna Rolls

Lasagna Rolls are a fun and delicious way to change up a classic. These rolls taste just like layered lasagna but are a bit easier to store for later.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 Servings
Yield About 18 rolls.



  • 18-20 lasagna noodles about a pound
  • 1 14-ounce can tomato sauce
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 10 ounces mozzarella cheese grated
  • Chopped basil garnish
  • Red pepper flakes garnish

Sausage filling:

  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound Italian sausage spicy or mild
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • Big pinch of salt and pepper

Ricotta Filling:

  • 1 pound ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh basil chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
  • Pinch of salt


For Ricotta filling:

  • Stir together ricotta and chopped fresh herbs. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and store in the fridge until needed.

For Sausage:

  • Add a drizzle of oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Then add sausage, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Let cook, breaking apart sausage with a spoon, until sausage is mostly cooked.
  • Add chopped onions and garlic to sausage and continue to cook until veggies are soft, another 5-6 minutes.
  • Remove sausage from heat and once it has cooled slightly add mixture to a small food processor and pulse a few times to grind up sausage into an evenly fine texture.
  • Add sausage mixture back to skillet with canned diced tomatoes. Bring to a simmer and taste it. Season with more salt and pepper if needed or more pepper.

To make lasagna rolls:

  • Cook lasagna noodles according to package. Try not to overcook them.
  • Drain noodles and then working with a few noodles at a time, lay them out flat and add a smear of ricotta mixture to each noodle. Then add a few spoonfuls of sausage mixture. You just need a thin layer of each on each noodle.
  • Roll noodles up. Roll tight enough that the noodles stick, but not so tight that the filling busts out.
  • Mix tomato sauce with a pinch of red pepper flakes and a pinch of salt and pepper. Spoon a bit of the sauce into the bottom of a large baking pan.
  • As you finish rolling the lasagna, add them to the lightly sauced pan, seam side down.
  • After you finish rolling enough lasagna to fill the pan, spoon over the rest of the sauce and then top with grated cheese.
  • Bake at 375 degrees, covered with foil, for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes.
  • Serve rolls immediately with chopped basil and red pepper flakes.
  • Store extra rolls in the fridge or, once cool, wrap them in foil and then store them in the freezer in a freezer-safe bag for months.


Serving: 3rollsCalories: 878kcalCarbohydrates: 69gProtein: 41gFat: 48gSaturated Fat: 22gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 133mgSodium: 926mgPotassium: 549mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1019IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 439mgIron: 3mg
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Lasagna Rolls

A spicy filling

Like I said, any filling in the world could work for this, but a spicy sausage is really nice.

If you want to try it out, just add a drizzle of oil to a large skillet and then crumble in some spicy Italian sausage. Season it well with salt and pepper and a pinch of red pepper flakes.

Then let it cook until it’s browned!

cooked - Lasagna Rolls
Cooked sausage with spices.

While I didn’t do it in my version for these photos, I would also recommend adding in some diced onion and fresh garlic to give the filling a bit more flavor.

I was a bit worried that the large chunks of sausage wouldn’t roll well so once my sausage was cooked, I let it cool a bit and then pulsed it in my mini food processor to make it more uniform.

This was a good call and if you can I recommend you do the same. If you don’t have a food processor then try to break up the sausage as small as possible.

chopped - Lasagna Rolls
This will make it easier to roll later.

Once the sausage is in a finer consistency, stir in some diced tomatoes and taste the filling. It might need another pinch of salt and pepper.

Again, I would add some onion and garlic to my filling if I were making this again.

tomatoes - Lasagna Rolls
Tomatoes added… not too much.

Meanwhile, stir together the ricotta cheese with a good amount of fresh basil and parsley. This will go in the filling also and is really flavorful.

You could add a bit of lemon zest to this if you wanted. I thought it was pretty flavorful with just the herbs though.

ricotta - Lasagna Rolls
Delicious ricotta.

Making the Rolls

Obviously you’ll need some lasagna noodles for this. I just used plain old dried noodles and cooked them according to the package. Nothing fancy!

noodling - Lasagna Rolls
Noodling this project.

When the noodles are done cooking, drain them, and then lay out a few on a clean surface.

Smear on a thin layer of ricotta cheese and then spoon on some of the sausage filling.

Then just roll them up! Roll them tight enough so they stick, but not so tight that the filling squirts out.

rolling Lasagna Rolls
Get it?

To go over the rolls, I just made a really simple tomato sauce with canned tomato sauce and a pinch of salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. You could use a few cups of jarred sauce also if you wanted.

Just spoon some of the sauce in the bottom of a large pan and then place the finished rolls in the pan with the seam-side down.

It just so happens that my pan fit exactly 18 rolls in it.

Lasagna Rolls in the pan
Perfect fit.

Cover the rolls with a few cups of tomato sauce and then layer on some grated mozzarella.

There’s no specific amount for the cheese here. I used about 10 ounces of cheese I think. Keep in mind that the rolls have cheese in them also!

topped Lasagna Rolls
More cheese never hurts.

Cover the rolls with foil and bake them at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Then uncover them and bake them for another 10 minutes or so.

Then serve them up!

 Lasagna Rolls recipe from Macheesmo

Three rolls make for a pretty big serving and I like to add some fresh basil to my rolls and maybe some extra red pepper flakes for a bit of extra heat.

The nice thing about these Lasagna Rolls is that once they have cooled off, you can easily wrap them in foil and then store them in a freezer-safe bag in your freezer. They will keep for a few months without a problem and then you can reheat them either in the microwave or in the oven!

Anyone ever made lasagna rolls before? Leave a comment!

19 Responses to “Lasagna Rolls” Leave a comment

  1. A couple of years ago, a customer at work told me about a Giada De Laurentis recipe she was making often and i tried it. Delicious, but rather fussier than yours–has a Bechamel base, and spinach with proscuitto in the filling. Yours look luscious with the sausage filling!

    I make a version now myself with homemade whole wheat pasta sheets as we like the pasta thinner, and filled with a cooked-down veal Bolognese with cream instead of milk.

    When the weather cools a bit, these will definitely be on the menu.

    1. If you make homemade noodles I would roll them out on the thick side so they are sturdy enough to roll. Sounds good though!

  2. I have made them, and now that we’re ramping back up into school/sports mode this is a reminder to make them again! They do freeze really well–I usually freeze the individual rolls (flash freeze on a baking pan, then store in freezer bag) and then I can take out however many I need the night before to partially thaw in the fridge, then put in a baking pan with sauce and topped with cheese to bake. This way I can make a big batch but only pull out as many as I need for that particular meal.

  3. Awesome! Dear, darling Husband requested something “pasta-ish” for dinner this evening, so thank you for the inspiration! I’d made a New Year’s Goal (not resolution, just sets oneself up for failure!) to make something once per week that I’d not made before, so I think this fits the bill quite nicely!

  4. I have made something similar actually. I think it’s betty crocker that has a version where you actually place the rolls on their sides so that you can see the spiral.

  5. my girlfriend tends to eat foods of the more traditional ideals while i love to experiment. we just moved in together and as the cook in the relationship its been a pain trying to figure out ways to be creative with such a limited list of foods shes willing to try. this recipe is a wonderful addition to the few things i have cooked for her and i know she will love it. good work nick. thanks for all the good recipes you keep on coming up with.

  6. ah! Lasagna rolls! Calls to mind my high school days when I looked at calories from carbs more favorably than those from fat and sugar….my mom had a head case vegetarian on her hands and so she turned to creative ways to stiff vegetables into things to keep me healthy and fed. I need to bring these out of 1995 and back into my life, yours look yummy. Meg

  7. These are amazing, especially the sausage filling. I’m usually more partial to plain tomato sauces, but I had to restrain myself from eating the filling by the spoonful!

  8. I am making a variation tonight, with fresh “raw” tomato sauce on top (tomatoes, garlic, fresh parsley, green chili pepper, lime juice, sea salt, pepper… Food processor). I tried a similar recipe with this technique a few years ago from “American Cooking”, an inherited cookbook with many superb classics… The filling was ground pork and ground beef mix, and the sauce was a homemade white sauce. MANY variations are possible with these rolls, and I agree, the look lovely when plated. :)

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