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Pasta is good. It can be really good. But, it’s also varied.
You can have red sauce (with or without meat), white sauce, cream sauce, cheese sauce. There’s just so many ways that pasta can be made. Hun loves pasta, hands down, it’s one of his favorite meals. He likes it because it’s quick and simple. He even introduced me to homemade butter noodles, which is exactly how it sounds – noodles with butter.
Before Hun and I were together, I didn’t dislike pasta, I just didn’t make it much. Partly because I stuck to chicken at home, unless I ate out. But, also because of the noodles. You know, noodles are carbs and you don’t need too much of them, right?! Well, depending on where and what you look at, noodles fall somewhere in the middle. Whatever. Let’s just eat, no?
Back to the point though, we like pasta in our house. Hun would almost not even care if we had pasta 4 days a week. No, seriously, he wouldn’t much care! (and that’s what you call easy) But, because I like variety and options and believe that a meal should consist of way more than just noodles and meat (with or without sauce, mind you), I don’t serve pasta 4 times a week. In fact, it’s a rare occasion that I serve pasta more than twice a week on our busiest week!
Nonetheless, one of the things I do enjoy making are these tasty lasagna rolls with homemade tomato sauce! I think they’re fun, they’re pretty quick and simple, and of course they taste good!
When it comes to the sauce, it doesn’t take very long. Honestly, you can whip up the sauce in less while the meat is browning in the pan. In fact, even Monkey Boy can almost make the sauce on his own. And, I actually make red sauce at least twice a week for different things. Because, as you’ll see in a minute, you can make it different ways, so it can actually be used for much more than just making pasta or the tasty lasagna rolls I’m about to share with you.
I bet you’re thinking, let’s get on to the sauce and the lasagna rolls, why don’t we. Well, here we go. 30 minute lasagna rolls with homemade tomato sauce!
For the sauce:
1. Take 2 cans of tomato paste and empty them into a mixing bowl.
2. Fill both cans with water and dump it in the bowl with the pasta. Fill another can halfway with water, put it to the side for a minute.
3. Take some spices and seasonings (we use some himalayan salt (link here), italian seasoning or herbs de provence (or basil, oregano, thyme rosemary, etc.), some pepper (to taste), and garlic. I often also put in a spoonful or two of recaito (recipe coming soon!) for extra flavor and flair. You can use other seasonings as well. Cumin, turmeric, and annato often make it into my sauce. Don’t forget to throw in some mushrooms, green peppers, onion, and cheese. (I actually use dried onion, because I am allergic to raw onion and I often forget to make sure that Hun has chopped some onion for me.)
4. Take your whisk (or a fork) and mix everything together. Don’t get too crazy at first, because the water will splash all over. Just make sure all the ingredients are well mixed and wa-la, you have homemade sauce! (If you find the sauce is too thick for your liking, pour in some of the extra water to reach the consistency you like.)
You can use this for pasta, red beans and rice, spanish beans, homemade pizza, or even barbecue sauce (if you left out the produce, of course)!
For the lasagna rolls:
1. Grab some lasagna noodles and boil them until they’re done. This should be about 5-7 minutes or so. While the noodles are boiling, brown some ground beef (turkey or pork can work too).
2. While the noodles and meat are cooking, grate some cheese into a bowl. Set aside.
3. Drain the noodles and put some cold water in the pot with them. This will help them be a little cool for when you take them out to make the rolls.
4. Once your ground beef is done, pour some of that wonderful sauce you made into the meat and mix well. Coat the meat, but keep it relatively thick.
5. Grab a piece of aluminum foil and start lining your lasagna noodles on it.
6. Take a few spoonfuls and put the meat and sauce mixture onto each noodle. You can add some kale or spinach at this time, as well.
7. Then, put cheese on all the rolls.
8. Put a bit of sauce in the bottom of your baking dish. This will help the rolls not to stick, while also making sure everything remains moist in the oven.
9. Now take your completed rolls and starting at the end of one, begin folding/rolling it over onto itself. Don’t roll them too tightly or your tasty meat and cheese will fall out and you’ll have to start over.
10. Put all those rolls into the baking dish. Cover with more sauce, and lots more cheese.
11. Bake for 5-10 minutes at 350, just until the cheese has melted well and your sauce is warm.
Now you can dig in. And, I hope you made at least 2 pans worth, because these lasagna rolls go fast! (Don’t forget to click on the pictures below for your recipe cards!)
Tell me, what are some of your favorite ways to make pasta? Have you ever made homemade pasta sauce? If so, what are your favorite ingredients to include? And, let me know how you liked these lasagna rolls in the comments below?