Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Dinner Recipe: Lasagna Rolls

Pasta. It runs through our blood. We love it. I've wanted to try making lasagna rolls but couldn't find a recipe I liked. So, away I went. A little of this and a little of that. My own version.

all done

Here's what you'll need:
1 box lasagna noodles
1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
2 medium-large acorn squash
Heavy cream, just a splash
Brown Sugar, just a sprinkle
Butter, a dab will do ya
5 chicken breasts, cut into strips
4-5 fresh sage leaves
Parmesan cheese, grated
4 large garlic cloves, chopped
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Salt & pepper

Here's what to do:
Cut your acorn squash in half. Spoon out the seeds and guts. Place cut side down in a shallow baking dish. Fill will enough water to cover the bottom of the baking dish. Place in a 350degree oven for about 45min or until nice and soft. Drain the water and place squash cut side up. Put a dab of butter, spinkle of brown sugar, and salt & pepper in each half. Place back in oven for another 10min or so. Take out of oven and set aside.

Put a big pot of water on the stove and get it boiling for your noodles. Cook them until al dente (to the tooth). Make sure you don't over cook them or your lasagna rolls will likely fall apart. Once you drain the noodles, run some cold water over them and set aside.

Cut your chicken breasts into strips. Season with salt and pepper. Cook them on the stovetop until no longer pink. While your chicken is cooking, chop the garlic and sage. As soon as your chicken is done, add the garlic and sage to the pan. Cook for another 2min or so until flavors combine. The smell is yuuumy. Take off the heat and set aside.

Now that your squash has cooled off. Scoop the squash out of the skin. Add a touch of cream and stir to combine. Nice and smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Is it time to eat yet? I'm hungry already.

Finally ready to assemble the rolls.

Spread some spaghetti sauce over the bottom of your lasagna pan. Lay down the lasagna noodles on your work surface- spread squash down first & then the chicken mixture (get some of the sage and garlic bits too). And roll er up. Place standing up in the pan. Repeat until all the ingredients are used up.

Spread a even layer of spaghetti sauce over the rolls. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake at 350degrees -covered for 30min, uncovered for 5min.

Serve with garlic bread and a garden salad.

It's good stuff Maynard. Try it. After all, home is where the pasta is.

{This would also be great with a white sauce instead of the red. However, I opted for the healthier version. Next time.}

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