There is something about this winter weather that makes me want to get all cozy on my couch with a warm blanket, cup of tea, and a large bowl of comforting carbs.
Lasagna sure is a winter comfort food and crowd pleaser for any dinner party. Ooey gooey cheese, savoury tomato sauce, and lots of chewy noodles sure does the trick to warm your body and soul. I’m sure you’ve all been wowed by our made-over risotto…well it’s lasagna’s turn to get a brand new look.
Homemade tomato sauce, a mixture of low fat cheese, lots of spinach and mushrooms turns a traditional comfort food into an every day food.
Using a pair of kitchen scissors makes chopping up a can of whole tomatoes for your homemade tomato sauce that much easier. And you get a much better texture than a can of the pre-chopped variety. Of course, you could always use some prepared bottled sauce, but I find the homemade variety that much fresher and better tasting. And by making your own, you also control how much salt gets added.
The portobello mushrooms add a nice “meaty” texture and flavour without any actual meat. One very key step is the squeezing of the spinach. You really want to make sure to get out as much water as possible to avoid a very watery lasagna…it happens to the best of us.
What I love about these little rolls is that everyone gets their own individual lasagna. It’s also so much easier to serve than the traditional stacked pasta casserole and they just look so darn cute. You can also use whole wheat noodles to ramp up the fiber in this dish even more, but I find them to be quite difficult to find. They must be hiding out with the corn tortillas!
These lasagna rollups can be made in advance on the weekend and popped in the oven when you get home from work. They also make a fabulous dinner party dish and can be customized for even the pickiest eater!
Healthy, comforting, cheesy, and DELICIOUS! The perfect winter weather dinner sure does look good with its new ‘do!