Thursday, August 25, 2011

Pasta Roll Ups

Pasta anyone?! My family loves this recipe. It comes from one of my favorite cookbooks, "The Best of Clean Eating". A great magazine as well!! I did make a few changes, nothing too crazy ;)

  • 1tsp extra-virgin Olive oil (misto spray)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 lb extra-lean ground turkey breast
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 (28oz) jar tomatoes in juice (I roasted tomatoes, basil and garlic from my garden and used that)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 8-10 sheets whole wheat lasagna noodles
  • 1 (10oz) box frozen spinach, thawed (I used fresh baby spinach steamed)
  • 1 (15oz) container low fat ricotta (I used low sodium 2% cottage cheese)
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese
In a large skillet, heat Olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook another minute. Turn heat to medium high and add ground turkey. Cook until meat shows no sign of pink. Stir in cinnamon and nutmeg, then add tomatoes and salt. Reduce heat to medium-low, stir, cover and let simmer for 20 minutes, occasionally stirring.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook  pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse and allow to cool in colander.

Preheat oven to 400. Squeeze all moisture out of the spinach and place in a large bowl. Add ricotta cheese, egg, and 1/4 cup mozzarella. Stir until combined

Spread 1 cup of sauce into bottom of a 9x13 casserole dish. Lay a cooked lasagna noodle flat in front of you. Use your fingers to spread the ricotta mixture across the noodle and roll it up. Place rolled pasta, seam side down, into the casserole dish. Repeat with the remaining noodles. Spread remaining tomatoes sauce over roll ups, then top with remaining mozzarella.

Bake, covered with foil, for 20 minutes. Remove foil and broil for five minutes or until roll ups are browned and bubbly.

Nutrients per one roll up: Calories 234, Total Fat 3g, Carbs 27g, Fiber 5g, Sugars 7g, Protein 28g, Sodium 508g (Less with your own roasted tomatoes) Cholesterol 76mg

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