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Pesto Lasagna Roll Ups (gluten-free)

February 6, 2022

Sharing our favorite Pesto Lasagna Roll Ups recipe. They are gluten-free, easy to make and one our family’s favorite recipes to make. Filled with sauce, beef, pesto, and cheese.Sharing our favorite Pesto Lasagna Roll Ups recipe. They are gluten-free, easy to make and one our family's favorite recipes to make. Filled with sauce, beef, pesto, and cheese.

Can we just take a moment to acknowledge that contrary to what most may think – this recipe was 1000000% MY idea. Not mcjordO’s even though he is the MVP of all things Italian food over here.

We had some lasagna noodles in the pantry and I realized I had never made one for the blog before. And being that this is a family favorite to make as a comforting dish – I am so excited to share this dish with you guys. I have a feeling you are going to love it so much.

Why I love making lasagna roll ups so much:

  • They are SO versatile. You can add in any sautéed veggies like spinach or mushrooms to them to sneak in some vegetables.
  • I love spicing up things with the protein. We usually use beef but I have also used ground chicken and it turned out so delicious. Or you can even omit if you don’t want to eat meat.
  • This is a recipe that is VERY good for food prep. Make a batch of it and put it in the freezer or keep it in the fridge to have all week long.

Sharing our favorite Pesto Lasagna Roll Ups recipe. They are gluten-free, easy to make and one our family's favorite recipes to make. Filled with sauce, beef, pesto, and cheese.

What ingredients you need to make these pesto lasagna roll ups:

  • Grass-fed beef – or any ground meat you want like turkey, chicken or pork! You can also use a vegan meat sub if you prefer.
  • Pasta sauce of choice – I like using. chunky marinara here. Too watery and it will make the dish watery.
  • 8 lasagna noodles – I used these gluten-free ones, but feel free to use any lasagna noodles you wish. I noticed the gluten-free ones are definitely firmer than traditional but the taste was great.
  • Pesto – you already know my obsession with pesto and this is the hero of this dish. It adds so much flavor. But if you don’t want to make your own – pick one up at the store!
  • Ricotta cheese – this is a must here! But if you want to do a dairy-free version, just use another creamy mock ricotta cheese instead.
  • Mozzarella cheese – same as above. Feel free to sub a dairy-free cheese if you are looking to make this dairy-free.

Sharing our favorite Pesto Lasagna Roll Ups recipe. They are gluten-free, easy to make and one our family's favorite recipes to make. Filled with sauce, beef, pesto, and cheese.

How to make lasagna roll ups:

  1. Warm a large skillet over medium heat and add the beef on top
  2. Cook over medium heat until ready, breaking the meat into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon
  3. Pour in the sauce and let it simmer together
  4. Bring a large pot of a water to a boil and cook the lasagna noodles per directions
  5. Drain and rinse in cold water and preheat oven to 375 degrees
  6. Assemble the roll ups by lay out the lasagna noodles on a cutting board
  7. Smear a little pesto across the noodle followed up a spoonful of the meat sauce mixture, sprinkle mozzarella cheese then a dollop of so of ricotta
  8. Roll up gently and place into an oval baking dish with the seam side down
  9. Repeat for remaining noodles
  10. Pour reserved space across and add extra cheese and pesto if desired
  11. Bake in oven for 18-20 minutes then broil for the last minute or so, so it gets all bubbly!
  12. Serve while warm

How do you reheat lasagna roll ups:

  • I personally like to put these in the microwave for simplicity if I am eating one serving up. But if you are preparing this ahead of time and serving the dish as a whole, you can also just add the baking dish to the oven and heat it up.
  • If looking dry, add a splash of water on top to moisten things up a bit.
  • This can also freeze really well in a freezer-friendly dish!

A few other healthy comfort foods to make:

Delicious Cheese Stuffed Meatballs! (keto)

Healthy Spaghetti Squash Casserole (no noodles!)

Gluten-free Buffalo Chicken Taquitos!

The Best Ever White Chicken Chili Recipe (gluten-free)

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Our Favorite Pesto Lasagna Roll Ups (gluten-free)

Sharing our favorite Pesto Lasagna Roll Ups recipe. They are gluten-free, easy to make and one our family’s favorite recipes to make. Filled with sauce, beef, pesto, and cheese.

  • Author: Rachel
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: Serves 5-6 1x
  • Category: Entree

Ingredients

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  • 1/2 lb grass-fed beef (or any ground meat you want)
  • 20 ounces pasta sauce of choice, with 1/2 cup reserved for topping
  • 8 lasagna noodles (I used these gluten-free ones)
  • 1/2 cup pesto
  • 2/3 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Basil for garnish

Instructions

  1. Warm a large skillet over medium heat and add the beef on top
  2. Cook over medium heat until ready, breaking the meat into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon
  3. Pour in the sauce and let it simmer together
  4. Bring a large pot of a water to a boil and cook the lasagna noodles per directions
  5. Drain and rinse in cold water and preheat oven to 375 degrees
  6. Assemble the roll ups by lay out the lasagna noodles on a cutting board
  7. Smear a little pesto across the noodle followed up a spoonful of the meat sauce mixture, sprinkle mozzarella cheese then a dollop of so of ricotta
  8. Roll up gently and place into an oval baking dish with the seam side down
  9. Repeat for remaining noodles
  10. Pour reserved space across and add extra cheese and pesto if desired
  11. Bake in oven for 18-20 minutes then broil for the last minute or so, so it gets all bubbly!
  12. Serve while warm

Notes

*Store leftovers in fridge for 5 days. You can also freeze this dish in a freezer-friendly container.

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