Luxuries Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups with Eggplant takes this wonderful Italian pasta dish to new heights! Lovely ricotta, mozzarella, Parmigiano, and fried eggplant all rolled up into a spiral and baked in a tomato sauce. Talk about comfort food with a side of beauty!
If you love lasagna, this will definitely be a must-try for you! It's Italian comfort food at its finest!
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Always a favorite
For as long as I can remember, lasagna has been one of those pasta dishes that I love. The layers of filling and pasta. More so, that melted cheese and crispy topping and edges. What's not to love, right? Well, today I am sharing that passion for lasagna and so excited to show you these Luxurious Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups with Eggplant! Let's get started!
Great ingredients, great food!
Indeed, getting good quality ingredients is for us the key to having that amazing flavor in a dish, one that would wow the people you are sharing it with. However, if you are cooking for yourself, why not wow you!
For this dish we need the following ingredients:
- Asian eggplant
- spinach lasagna sheets, the corrugated ones
- ricotta cheese
- fresh mozzarella
- grated Parmigiano Reggiano
- San Marzano tomatoes, canned
- fresh basil
- dried red chili flakes
Being organized helps considerably
I am sure you heard me say this before, but I will say it again. It really helps to plan your steps so that your recipe comes together easily.
Firstly starts with prepping all the veggies. Slice and peel the eggplant, chop up the onion, dice up the mozzarella, grate the Parmigiano, and mince that garlic.
Secondly, make the sauce. It usually takes about 20-25 minutes to cook. Similarly, frying the eggplant takes up that much time too. In conclusion, once the eggplant is all fried up the sauce will be ready and lastly, we need to cook the lasagna sheets. Just boil in salted water, no oil please, and in just a few minutes that is done with assembling just around the corner!
A simple sauce is all you need
We don't like to complicate food. With that being said, the sauce that will caress these lasagna roll-ups is simple. Just get some olive oil in a pot, throw in the garlic and chili flakes and stir it around a bit to get all those flavors acquainted. Turn on the heat and when that garlic just starts to sizzle, add in the tomatoes, and basil. Some seasoning of salt and pepper to taste and that is it. It just has to simmer for a bit and thicken.
Crushed or whole?
When buying your stewed tomatoes look for the whole tomatoes, better organic ones. The quality is there and also the sweetness. Today we are using San Marzano which just happens to be from a region in Italy known for its incredible tomatoes. They are long and plump. I like to buy the ones that are whole and then I get my hands into them and crush and smash them. What can I say, I like to play with my food. You could buy diced or crushed, it is all up to you!
The fun is about to begin
I love this part, the assembly. More so, you will begin to see just how beautiful these roll-ups are. So get all your stuff together and close by: ricotta, mozzarella, tomato sauce, pasta sheets, eggplant, and Parmigiano.
First, we need to spread the ricotta onto the lasagna sheet, then a sprinkle of Parmigiano, followed by diced mozzarella, and finally the strips of fried eggplant. Next, starting at the end close to you, begin rolling the lasagna sheet away from you until you reach the end. With the seam side down take a knife and cut the roll in half so you have two spirals with crinkled edges. You will end up with 12 roll-ups.
In a baking dish, ladle in a good amount of sauce leaving some for the top and plating. This is where those lovely roll-ups will reside with the cut side down. Continue this until all the lasagna roll-ups are in the dish.
A little cheese topper for good measure
So we have all the spirals into the baking dish sitting in that pool of rich tomato sauce. Furthermore, we need to get that top all nice and prepped before it goes into a hot oven that you pre-heated.
With a spoon, sparsely drop some sauce on top. Then sprinkle in the diced mozzarella and Parmigiano, finishing with some Italian seasoned breadcrumbs, and a splash of olive oil. The end result will be fabulous, crispy, gooey, and lovely golden in color!
Into the middle rack of the oven you go!
Let's talk mozzarella
It is very easy to buy those pre-shredded packs of mozzarella, however, they do have lots of salt and are pretty processed. Once in a while not a bad thing, but today we are all about great ingredients and I will be using fresh mozzarella.
This cheese is hand formed and is the freshest cheese you will ever taste. When melted it is not rubbery, it is creamy and luxurious. More so, taking it to that crispiness is a whole other story!
Oh my! Truly Luxurious Spinach Lasagna
These Luxurious Spinach Lasagna Roll-ups look absolutely beautiful. Also, that aroma is making my stomach growl and I can't wait to plate this. Look at those crispy bits, the color, to me that just says delicious scrumptiousness!
I love plating the food. Putting that extra touch to make it enticing. I spooned some sauce at the bottom of the plate, then placed two of the luxurious spinach lasagna roll-ups on. A little fresh basil for garnish and that's it!
I'm digging in!
I can't wait any longer, I am going in! Absolutely love the richness of the sauce and how you have a play of crispy and velvety texture. The ricotta is luxuriously nestled in the pasta with the flavors of the eggplant really adding dimension to this dish. Moreover, the cheese on the inside is soft and creamy, and the top so crispy and golden. This is such a lovely dish and it has been a pleasure sharing it with you.
I hope you are as excited as I am about this Luxurious Spinach Lasagna Roll-ups with Eggplant. A perfect Italian comfort meal to share with your family!