Spinach Lasagna Rolls

By Polly Conner

Spinach Lasagna Rolls are so EASY one of our favorite vegetarian freezer meal recipes. You can put cooked chicken in the spinach lasagna roll ups if you want to add in more protein. Either way, they make a nutritious and delicious family dinner.

Spinach Lasagna Roll Up on a white plate

My youngest child was and still is (at times) one of the pickiest human beings alive. 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!”

They are basically individual vegetarian lasagnas filled with a mix of cheeses, marinara, and spinach. They are family-friendly, satisfying and perfect for portion control. It’s also a great way to get your kids to eat spinach (if they aren’t offended by green in their meal) and no one will miss the meat!

Lastly, they freeze and thaw beautifully making them a delicious vegetarian freezer meal.

Video Tutorial: How to Make Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups

Now check out how simple it is to throw these together…

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.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

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.

Cooked lasagna noodles on a baking sheet

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

Filling for spinach lasagna rolls on cooked noodles

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

Spinach lasagna filling on cooked noodles

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 in a baking dish

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

Spinach lasagna rolls in a baking dish

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

Cooked spinach lasagna rolls

Finally, serve hot and enjoy!

Spinach Lasagna roll with a fork on a white plate

So to sum it up, here is a quick at-a-glance image on how to assemble Spinach Lasagna Rolls:

Step by step image of how to make spinach lasagna rolls

How to Freeze & Thaw Spinach Lasagna Rolls

As I mentioned before, 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.

TO FREEZE: Assemble the lasagna rolls completely, but do not bake. Wrap the dish tightly in several layers of plastic wrap and 1 or 2 layers of foil, squeeze out excess air, and freeze.

TO PREPARE FROM FROZEN: Thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Set out on the counter for 30 minutes to bring to room temperature and then bake as directed.

Spinach Lasagna Rolls in a freezer container covered with foil

What Freezer Containers Should I Use?

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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

Freezer meal container

3 Quart Glass Baking Dish with Lid

Freezer meal container

What Goes Well with Spinach Lasagna?

Here are some side dish ideas that would go well with this recipe:

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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 Rolls

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • 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 1-6. (Do not bake). Wrap the casserole tightly in a few layers of plastic wrap and foil, 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 7.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 roll-ups per person

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8 replies
  1. Jeri says:

    My family loved this recipe. So yummy. I used whole wheat lasagna noodles and added turkey Italian sausage. It is definitely a keeper.

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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