Giada De Laurentiis’ Lasagna Rolls Are a Super-Duper Food Network Fan Favorite
De Laurentiis takes everything good about lasagna casserole and rolls it into elegant, perfectly portioned bundles of cheesy, saucy bliss. It’s no wonder the chef’s recipe has amassed such fervent praise.
De Laurentiis’ Lasagna Rolls feature prosciutto
“Lasagna is the ultimate crowd-pleaser,” De Laurentiis writes on her food and lifestyle blog Giadzy. “Who doesn’t love cheesy, creamy, carb-y goodness layered in a casserole dish and baked to melty perfection? My lasagna rolls have all the satisfying layers of a traditional lasagna but with a more elegant, less rustic look. They also take the stress out of serving guests, since there’s no messy slicing and measuring! Each person gets their own identical, perfectly rolled portion lifted right out of the dish.”
De Laurentiis combines a “delicious northern Italian bechamel with some good-for-you greens and chopped prosciutto,” noting that the meal can be made vegetarian by eliminating the prosciutto and “bumping up” the Parmesan cheese.
Get the full recipe, video, and reviews on Food Network’s site.
How to make Giada De Laurentiis’ elegant dish
Fun to make and a great dish for kids to help out with, the chef’s Lasagna Rolls are made with pre-cooked lasagna noodles (sorry, no-boil noodles won’t work here). As De Laurentiis notes, “don’t cook them all the way, or they’ll get soggy as they bake in the oven.”
Once the noodles have cooled, a filling of whole-milk ricotta, prosciutto, cooked and squeezed-dry frozen spinach, grated Parmesan, egg, salt, and pepper is spread on each lasagna noodle.
Each lasagna bundle is rolled up lightly (If they’re too tightly rolled up, the filling will ooze out the sides) and all the rolls are placed in a baking dish on top of the bechamel sauce. The rolls are topped with marinara sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese.
Cover the casserole with foil wrap and bake in a 450-degree F oven for 20 minutes; remove the foil and continue baking for another 15 minutes. Once the dish is removed from the oven, it can be served with additional marinara sauce.
De Laurentiis’ Lasagna Rolls recipe has over 1500 five-star reviews and counting
This sophisticated approach to lasagna impressed home cooks on Food Network’s site — lots of them. A running theme among reviewers? The chef’s Lasagna Rolls recipe takes time to make, but it’s worth it.
Comments included, “I make this for Christmas Eve dinner each year. It is worth the time and effort,” “It’s a bit time consuming but I promise it’s worth the wait,” and “This is a family favorite! A bit of prep and time to make it but it is so worth it. Absolutely delicious.”
One reviewer summed it all up, saying, “This was awesome, seriously maybe the best lasagna I’ve ever had, I think it was the bechamel. Delicious! Quick and easy too. Definitely a win.”