Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Dinner Diaries - Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups

First of all, what's UP with all this vampire hogwash? A simple country girl should be able to type "Dinner Diaries" without instantly thinking of "Vampire Diaries". And no, I have never watched the show. Or read the books. Or watched the movies.

I will. not. do it. It's a matter of principle at this point.

Let's band together and put a stake through its collective heart. I'll bring the garlic. (I do carry it in my pockets, after all.)

So. Dinner.

I do not remember where I found this recipe. It was in a magazine some odd years ago. It reminded me of the amazing dinner my friend Heather brought us after Ruby was born, so I tore it out and stuck it in my file.

It's a real crowd-pleaser and it's easy like Sunday morning.

(Recipe below)

Best of all? It provides the opportunity for a pasta facial. Forget about La Mer, ladies. Throw your mug over a colander of draining pasta and call it a day. Ancient Amish Secret.

You can be an over-achiever if you want to and make homemade marinara sauce, but please don't tell me about it if you do.

I have full confidence in your ability to not burn the bread. Why in Sam Hill am I always burning the stinking bread? And please, do not tell me that this bread is not burned. I won't hear of it.

Blast it.

You'd think by now someone would have invented an oven with a built-in timer that could be set for a pre-determined amount of time, thereby eliminating the risk of burned bread.

Spinach lasagna roll-ups

1 pk. (10 oz.) frozen spinach, thawed and drained (Wring it out, baby! Feels so...slimy.)

1 c. mozzarella cheese

1 c. (8 oz.) small curd cottage cheese

1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese

1 egg

6 lasagna noodles, cooked*

spaghetti sauce

Combine spinach, mozz, cottage cheese, parmesan cheese and egg. (I also mix in a few shakes of garlic salt and oregano or Italian seasoning.)

Place 1/3 c. of mixture on each noodle. Roll up, place seam-side down. Pour sauce over. Bake at 350 degrees (covered) for 33-38 minutes.

* I make 7 noodles so my kids can share the remaining cold, cooked noodle after cleaning their plates. I dare you to think long and hard about that one without activating your gag reflex.


  1. I just made lasagna roll-ups last week! Yummy! Love that Ruby face:)

  2. Do you think I'll be able to get this into my kids (who don't normally like foods that have the color green in them?) It's worth a try, I guess because it looks pretty yummy to me.

  3. Mmm. Looks like a great recipe! (And...I must confess...about 3 weeks ago, I broke. I watched 'Twilight' at home, all by myself, while my boys were at karate. It was so sort-of hokey that I almost loved it.)

  4. Those roll ups looks amazing!!!! Don't know if my kids would try it, but hubs and I sure would. ;)
    A Vampire Book/Movie Fan ;) ;) (I only started watching Vampire Diaries b/c I wanted to see if Ian Somerhalder was as good as he was in LOST...he was. So I got hooked) ;)

  5. I'm starving! I'm coming over. Oh wait you're in "somewhere in the country midwest usa" and I'm in "somewhere in the country southwest usa"
    Your blogs have been so food lately. I'm back on pomegranites thanks to you. gracias amiga

  6. Ok, I'm adding this to my menu for the weekend. Glad to hear I am not the only one with timer issues. I made cookies today, and always - I mean ALWAYS burn the second batch. Today was no different. What the heck??? ~mary~

  7. Sounds good to me. And I totally agree on the vampires. Haven't seen or read any of it and I don't plan on it either.

    Speaking of grossness, my boys like to eat raw potatoes after I've peeled them. Ew.

  8. You are just too funny. And your recipe looks good, too! Still giggling about the gag reflex...hehehahahoho!

  9. Sounds so yummy! Thanks, Have a sweet day!

  10. Yum..yum...yum..YUM! Well, other than the part where before scrolling down the sauce n pasta picture looked like gums and little teeth (with all of that vampire talk: ) In regard to that, I asked a mom from church her view of it in contrast to the H.P. creepy crud craze. She said that she read all of the Twilight books and believes that the author was actually writing about abstinence.


    Julie M.

    ps If that toast is do you like your steak? : ) and ooh..I JUST looked up and read the comment about the boys eating raw potatoes! blach!

  11. Ancient Amish secret, huh? So, I make a similar recipe that I think came from Giada. It also involves a bechamel sauce though. I know. I'm so fancy. So that picture of Ruby is probably the cutest picture of a kid I've ever seen. Please don't tell my girls I said that.

  12. YummY! I've been looking for some new recipes.

    I tried to read the first one-Twilight? Um, no thank you!

  13. Sounds delicious!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  14. I am so with you on the vampire thing. Not even remotely appealing to me. This recipie looks yummy and I bet Ryan would eat it b/c it doesn't have ricotta (which he hates, sigh. . .). But the Ruby face is really what makes this post. :) Adorable.

  15. Yummy! :) And cute picture of Ruby.

    And those vampire books are actually pretty good, more of a love story...but hey, you each his own.

  16. Don't think everyone missed your musical reference in this one, now I'll have the song in my head all day...not a bad one to have. Those look DIVINE!!!!!!!!!!

  17. those look great. send me a batch in a cooler and I'll let you know how they are ;-)

    (great shot of ruby btw)

  18. Yum-O, and I thought I was the only one who has never read those stinking books!

  19. That. looks. so. GOOD! Printing the recipes as we speak! Can't wait to make it!!!

  20. ok. the vampire thing.
    1)back in the day, i loved vampires when it wasn't a "fad" and read the real vampire books and saw the real vampire movies. these vampire stories today are, well, "cheesecake" vampires. the twilight thing is seriously enough to gag a person. i watched the dvd waaaay after it came out just to see what all the fuss was about. very b rate in my opinion. sort of sickening. but my 54 yr old aunt has a real obsession with twilight, which is totally another story in itself. (i am seriously digressing here)
    2)vampire diaries is an ok show. i believe its quality is well above twilight.
    3)i've heard true blood is excellent, but i wouldn't know because we don't have pay tv. i'm interested though, and i might netflix it if i have the opportunity.

    so don't be too quick to dis the vampires because who knew that a show about a serial killer who kills other killers could be such great entertainment;)

    and the pasta dish looks good, although i got serious thumbs down on a spinach quiche a couple weeks ago from the youngins. can't see them going for this much better. looks good though!

    oh, and the rubester - love it!

  21. I am with you on the vampires. Blech!! ;-) oh and Ruby's hair is looking so beautiful. I think I shared this with you before, but just in case I didn't, the book Sassy is going to be in that is soon to come out, helped me so much with her tangles.

  22. That looks so good! Not sure if the men will eat spinach, can I leave it out? i can almost smell those and you totally make me look like a lame wife and mom since I feed the boys Mac 'n cheese...whatever! :)

  23. I second the Vampire thing!!!

    Mmmmm this recipe looks delish, I'll have to try it.

    For us GA gals, we long for Fall because it means an end to the oppressive heat and humidity that drives us to huddle inside during July, Aug & Sept. I love the outdoors but can hardly stand to make the run from my door to the car in the summer as I am usually soaking wet by the time I do. :( That is why I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the fall. :) It's also actually easier to use our deck mid-winter than the summer!

  24. Looks yuuuummy!!! And the bread always burns at my house, too! Let me know when you come up with a solution.

  25. I have seen various versions of this recipes a few times before and I've always wanted to make looks so yummy! So I am gonna give yours a try...oh and I use a bread maker so there is really no way to burn the bread because it just beeps and turns off when the bread is done :)

    Oh ya, and I am definitely NOT into the vampire thing either!

    :) T

  26. Yummy! I've copied this and I plan to use it soon! Maybe tonight!
    I've been reading your blog for awhile. I know some of your family. NOt sure how I stumbled onto you but I was sure surprised when I ran across people I knew on here! I live in Covington, on the other end of town from your Grandpa. Your Grandma was a music teacher at my school (pathway) when I was in kindergarten/first grade! I helped her out making Trisha's wedding dress several years ago. Small world huh??

  27. Thanks for the giggle! And no, the bread is not burnt :) I will join you in the anti-twilight debate. Yes, it is a personal preference, but I agree.

    Ruby is just the cutest thing, well I guess I'd have to place in her line behind several other "cutest thangs" at this house, but those eyes and cheeks just blow me away. Can't imagine that she ever gets out of line?
    Thanks God for sharing those cutest thangs!

  28. PTL, I am so glad all those years of selecting what you watched has panned out. Remember when
    The Smurffs and rainbow bright were off limits at Rangeline Rd.?? The pictures of the food made my mouth water, but the best pic was of my little finfress. Love her so much!

  29. oh that looks soooooo good. i am starving right now!
    i wish i was coming to your hosue for dinner...because in about an hour people are going to ask me "what's for dinner?" ugh.


  30. Yummy, those look delish! I can't wait to try and make some of my very own!!! Thanks for sharing!