Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups: A Delicious Vegetarian Freezer Meal!


Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups is one of our favorite vegetarian freezer meal recipes. You can put cooked chicken in these kid-friendly roll-ups if you want to add in more protein. Either way, they make a nutritious and delicious family dinner.

Spinach Lasagna Rolls

Why Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups Are the Best!

My youngest child was and still is (at times) one of the pickiest human beings alive. One of my great joys in life is getting him to try new things.  You can imagine my elation years ago when he took one bite of his Spinach Lasagna Roll-Up and said, “Mommy, you said I was going to like these and you are right!”

Not only are these Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups a kid fave, but it’s easy to divide the recipe in half or double it to make into a freezer meal for another dinner another time. We’ve included the freezing instructions in the recipe below. This recipe also makes great leftovers for lunch the next day.

Spinach Lasagna Rolls are the perfect meal for large groups. With fresh and natural ingredients, it also makes a great freezer meal!

Now check out how simple it is to throw these together with our play-by-play photo tutorial of the recipe below. Or, head straight to the printable version of this recipe is at the bottom of the post.

How to Make Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups

Spinach Lasagna Rolls are the perfect meal for large groups. With fresh and natural ingredients, it also makes a great freezer meal!

Step 1: Cook your whole wheat lasagna noodles until they are al dente, toss with a little olive oil to prevent sticking, and lay them out on a cooking sheet.

Spinach Lasagna Rolls are the perfect meal for large groups. With fresh and natural ingredients, it also makes a great freezer meal!

Step 2: Spread the cheesy spinach mixture evenly over the noodles. 

Spinach Lasagna Rolls are the perfect meal for large groups. With fresh and natural ingredients, it also makes a great freezer meal!

Step 3: Now spread some of that saucy goodness over the cheesy goodness. A lot of goodness happening right now.

Spinach Lasagna Rolls are the perfect meal for large groups. With fresh and natural ingredients, it also makes a great freezer meal!

Step 4: Roll the noodles up, and place seam side down in a greased pan that has a little of the marinara sauce in the bottom of it.

Spinach Lasagna Rolls are the perfect meal for large groups. With fresh and natural ingredients, it also makes a great freezer meal!

Step 5: Top entire casserole with remaining sauce, remaining mozzarella, and remaining Parmesan cheese. Oh yes…this is gonna be GOOD.

Spinach Lasagna Rolls are the perfect meal for large groups. With fresh and natural ingredients, it also makes a great freezer meal!

Step 6: Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.  Enjoy!

Spinach Lasagna Rolls are the perfect meal for large groups. With fresh and natural ingredients, it also makes a great freezer meal!

Freezer Meal Note:  Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups freeze beautifully and can be a great meal to take to a new mom!  Just tell them to thaw them out and bake as directed below.

What Containers Should I Freeze Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups In?

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We recommend freezing Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups in a glass or ceramic freezer-safe, oven-safe dish. We’ve learned that using foil pans actually can create a reaction with the acid in the marinara sauce, leaving a strange taste behind, so we don’t recommend those. It makes sense to stock up on some quality, safe freezer dishes that you can bake AND store in.

After searching long and hard, we highly recommend and use these freezer containers below. We both have collected a huge stash of them over the years!

8 inch Square Glass Baking Dish with TrueFit Lid (or check the Amazon price and availability here)

What should I freeze meals in? Here are some of the best freezer containers we have found!

3 Quart Glass Baking Dish with Lid (or check the Amazon price and availability here)

Looking for the best container to store freezer meals in? Look no further! Here are the best freezer containers that we can find.

A few reasons we love these freezer storage containers:

  1. Glass is a natural, non-porous material.
  2. Glass cookware doubles as food storageware.
  3. Glass is easy to clean and dishwasher safe.
  4. The clear lid allows easy visibility to your food.
  5. They are oven and microwave safe, so you can cook, heat, and store your food all in one dish!
  6. Flat top allows for easy stacking in the freezer.
  7. They are VERY affordable.

We use them for Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups (pictured below) and so many other freezer meals like these.

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Spinach Lasagna Rolls are the perfect meal for large groups. With fresh and natural ingredients, it also makes a great freezer meal!

Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings (2 rolls per serving) 1x
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

A family favorite packed with spinach, marinara sauce, and yummy cheese! Kids and adults alike love this comfort meal. Freezer instructions included.


Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package uncooked whole wheat lasagna noodles (about 16 noodles)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups (8 ounce bag) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes, or 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil, or 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed very dry
  • 2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 (25-28 ounces) jars marinara sauce, divided (or use 67 cups Homemade Marinara Sauce)

Instructions

Make It Now:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles until al dente (i.e. slightly undercooked), about 6 to 8 minutes. Drain in a colander. Coat them with a bit of olive oil, lay noodles out flat on a cookie sheet, and set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish (or two 8×8 inch dishes) with cooking spray. Spread 1/2 cup of marinara sauce on the bottom of the 9×13 dish (or 1/4 cup in each 8×8 dish) in a thin layer.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together 1 cup mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, egg, garlic, parsley, basil, pepper, salt, spinach, and 1 cup Parmesan cheese.
  4. On each noodle, spread a generous 1/4 cup of the cheese mixture and then 2.5-3 tablespoons of sauce. Note: You should have used up all the cheese mixture and one entire jar of sauce (3-3.5 cups) by this point, dividing them evenly among the noodles.
  5. Roll the noodles up, and place seam side down in the prepared pan(s). Squeeze them in however they fit best.
  6. Top entire casserole with the remaining jar of sauce (3-3.5 cups), remaining 1 cup mozzarella, and remaining 1 cup Parmesan cheese. (Freezing instructions begin here.)
  7. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Cover with foil if it starts to get too brown on top. If desired, sprinkle the top with freshly chopped parsley and/or basil. Serve warm.

Freeze For Later: Follow steps 1-5. (Do not bake). Wrap the casserole tightly in a few layers of foil and plastic wrap, squeezing out any excess air. Freeze for 3-6 months.

Prepare From Frozen: Thaw the casserole using one of these safe methods. Cook as directed in step 6.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 roll-ups per person

Lastly, keep track of your meals with our handy freezer meals labels!


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7 replies
  1. Melinda says:

    This recipe is SO YUMMY. My family loves this and we’ve made it several times! When I make it, I divide a single batch into two 8×8 pans (since my family is small) and we bake one and freeze the other. My ONLY critique of this recipe is that it takes a significantly longer amount of time to cook after it has been thawed from frozen. I left it in the fridge for over 24 hours before baking, and it still took over an hour to warm through – and even then the middle roll was barely at 145-degrees, which probably isn’t quite hot enough. I wonder if you could leave the egg off the recipe, so you wouldn’t have to worry as much about cooking temperature? Or would it do better cooking at a lower temperature for longer? Anyway – that’s been my experience the last two times I’ve cooked it after thawing. It’s just very dense and hard to cook that middle part of the pan.

    But otherwise — these are the BEST!!! 🙂 Thanks ladies!!

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  2. Stefanie Mackriss says:

    This could very well be the BEST dish we’ve ever made. The end result was better than restaurant quality (and that’s a direct quote, haha). Thank you so much for the recipe!!

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  3. Amy says:

    this looks good!! the recipe calls for a 1 lb bag of mozzarella..but i only see 2 cups being used in the recipe which is what a 8 oz bag holds..so im just curious if its the 8 or 16 oz bag i should be buying? thanks!

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