Lasagna Roll Ups

updated Feb 13, 2024

Everything you love about classic layered lasagna, only way easier.


Prep30 minutes

Cook1 hour

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Fifteen years ago, I married into an Italian American family and quickly realized that every tender memory involved a very loud and full table and plates of cheesy lasagna. I make the family’s heirloom recipe for special occasions, but for those nights in between I tend to tinker with the recipe. (I’m a recipe developer, after all.) 

So far, my favorite iteration has got to be lasagna roll-ups. This classic dinner includes the same tender sheets of pasta, meaty marinara sauce, and creamy ricotta filling, but it’s more fun to make and much easier to serve because every person gets their own saucy spiral. Here’s how to do it.

Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe; Food Styling: Rachel Perlmutter

Key Ingredients in Lasagna Roll-Ups

  • Onion and garlic: Sautéed onion and garlic is the secret to adding homemade flavor to store-bought marinara sauce. 
  • Ground beef: Use lean ground beef so that you don’t have to drain off excess fat. Ground turkey (not ground turkey breast) can be substituted.
  • Marinara sauce: Choose a good-quality store-bought sauce or make marinara from scratch
  • Mozzarella cheese: Pick up pre-shredded or shred your own mozzarella cheese. Look for the blocks of low-moisture mozzarella, not the rounds of fresh mozzarella for this recipe.
  • Parmesan cheese: The salty, funky flavor of Parmesan cheese can’t be beat. Add half of the grated Parmesan cheese to the ricotta filling and save the rest for topping the lasagna roll-ups. 
  • Ricotta cheese: Whole-milk ricotta cheese has a creamy texture. Avoid lower-fat options, which have a rubbery consistency. 
  • Egg: A single egg adds richness to the ricotta cheese filling and helps give it some structure so that the cheese doesn’t slide out of the pasta spirals. 
  • Lasagna noodles: This recipe was developed with regular dried lasagna noodles, not no-boil. 

How to Make Lasagna Roll-Ups

  • Cook the lasagna noodles. Cook the noodles for about 1 minute less than the package instructions, as they will continue to cook once the roll-ups are assembled and in the oven.
  • Make the meat sauce. Add jarred pasta sauce to sautéed onions, garlic, and browned ground beef
  • Prepare the ricotta filling. Combine ricotta, shredded mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses with an egg and kosher salt. 
  • Assemble the lasagna roll-ups. Spread ricotta filling and a bit of the meat sauce all over each lasagna noodles, then roll up into a spiral. Arrange seam-side down into a baking dish. 
  • Bake. Bake until the roll-ups are completely heated through and the cheese is melted and beginning to brown. If your casserole dish is broiler-safe, you can brown the cheese even more under the broiler.
Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe; Food Styling: Rachel Perlmutter

Tips for Making Lasagna Roll-Ups

  • Stack noodles between parchment paper. Boiled lasagna noodles really want to stick together once they are drained. Arrange the noodles so they are ready to roll by filling a rimmed baking sheet with a single layer of noodles. Top with parchment paper, add another layer of lasagna noodles, and repeat.
  • Form an assembly line. Place the ricotta mixture and beefy marinara sauce nearby, then add the fillings to the cooked lasagna noodles assembly-line style. This is also a really great time for kids to help with preparing dinner. 
  • Begin baking covered with foil. Cover the roll-ups with aluminum foil to trap some of the heat inside the casserole dish and to avoid over-browning the cheese. 

Can Lasagna Roll-Ups Be Made Ahead?

The lasagna roll-ups can be assembled and refrigerated unbaked up to two days in advance, or frozen for up to one month. Thaw the frozen lasagna roll-ups in the refrigerator before baking.

Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe; Food Styling: Rachel Perlmutter

Lasagna Roll-Ups Recipe

Everything you love about classic layered lasagna, only way easier.

Prep time 30 minutes

Cook time 1 hour

Serves 6

Nutritional Info


  • Cooking spray

  • 1

    medium yellow onion

  • 2 cloves


  • 8 ounces

    low-moisture mozzarella cheese

  • 2 ounces

    Parmesan cheese

  • 12

    dried lasagna noodles (not no-boil, about 2/3 of a 1-pound box)

  • 1 tablespoon

    olive oil

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons

    kosher salt, divided, plus more for cooking noodles

  • 1 teaspoon

    dried Italian seasoning

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    freshly ground black pepper

  • 12 ounces

    lean ground beef

  • 1 (24- to 32-ounce) jar

    marinara sauce, such as Rao’s

  • 1 (15- to 16-ounce) container

    whole-milk ricotta cheese

  • 1

    large egg


  1. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 375°F. Coat a 9x13-inch baking dish and a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, dice 1 medium yellow onion (about 1 1/2 cups) and mince 2 garlic cloves. Grate 8 ounces low-moisture mozzarella cheese on the large holes of a box grater (about 2 cups). Finely grate 2 ounces Parmesan cheese on the small holes of a box grater (about 1 cup packed), if needed, or measure out 1/2 cup store-bought grated.

  3. Add 12 dried lasagna noodles to the boiling water and cook 1 minute less than package directions, about 7 minutes. Drain and arrange 5 to 6 noodles in a single layer on the baking sheet and top with a sheet of parchment paper. Repeat with another layer of noodles, more parchment paper, and a third layer of noodles on top.

  4. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onion, 1 teaspoon of the kosher salt, 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Cook until the onion is tender and just beginning to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add 12 ounces lean ground beef and cook, breaking up the meat into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon, until browned and cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Add 1 jar marinara sauce, stir to combine, and remove from the heat.

  5. Spread 1 1/2 cups of the meat sauce evenly over the bottom of the prepared baking dish.

  6. Place 1 container whole-milk ricotta cheese, 1 large egg, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese, and half of the Parmesan cheese in a large bowl and stir to combine.

  7. Spread about 3 tablespoons of the ricotta mixture and 1 tablespoon of the meat sauce onto each lasagna noodle. Starting at a short end, roll them up one by one. Arrange seam-side down in the baking dish. Spoon the remaining meat sauce over the lasagna rolls and sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.

  8. Cover the baking dish tightly with aluminum foil. Bake for 10 minutes. Uncover and bake until the sauce is bubbling around the edges, the lasagna rolls are heated through, and the cheeses are beginning to brown, 15 to 20 minutes more. If your baking dish is broiler-safe, turn the oven to broil and broil until the cheese on top is browned in spots, 1 to 2 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Make ahead: The lasagna roll-ups can be assembled and refrigerated unbaked up to 2 days in advance, or frozen for up to 1 month. Thaw the frozen lasagna roll-ups for in the refrigerator before baking.

Storage: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.