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2nd Best Italian Chef Winner: Spinach & Artichoke Lasagna Rolls with Italian Sausage Bolognese

by Liza B. - Douglasville, GA | Written on February 6, 2013

What inspired me to create this amazingly delicious dish is my love for Italian food and Giada! Although this is a dish of my own creation, I continually watch the Food Network to motivate me and introduce new methods and ingredients to me.  I must say that I was very concerned when I moved here to GA from NY regarding having access to great Italian restaurants. I was so pleased to discover the wonderful fare at Maggiano’s. I try and limit my time there to about 5 times per year so I do not layer my hips with your wonderful dishes and need I say anymore about the Warm Apple Crostada; which happens to be my favorite dessert in the entire world! Blessings to you and I hope to share my kitchen with you!

 

Spinach and Artichoke Lasagna Rolls

Spinach & Artichoke Lasagna Rolls with Italian Sausage Bolognese

Ingredients
1 box of defrosted spinach or 2 pounds of sautéed spinach
1 box of defrosted artichoke hearts
2 garlic cloves
1 large can of diced tomatoes
2 med. Carrot stalks finely chopped
1/2 cup red wine (your preference)
1 med yellow onion
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 box dry lasagna
1 lb. of Italian sausage without casing
1 cup of ricotta cheese
1 ½ cup of mozzarella cheese
½ cup of Asiago cheese (for top)
½ cup Parmesan  cheese
¼ cup chopped basil to garnish

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a sauté pan on medium heat combine 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and sauté the artichoke, garlic, carrots, spinach, and onion until veggies are fork tender. Drain well.  Set aside and in same pan add remaining olive oil in pan with Italian sausage and fry until done. Add diced tomato, wine and simmer for 20 minutes.
Boil 12 cups of water and cook pasta according to al dente directions.  Drain and separate onto paper towels to remove excess water.
Combine the ricotta, 1 cup of mozzarella and ¼ cup of Parmesan cheese with veggies in large bowl. Lay out the pasta and add I heaping tbsp of veggie and cheese mixture onto the top of it and roll into a tight bundle. Do the same until all of the mixture is used. Pour 1 cup of the Bolognese sauce to cover bottom of dish. Lay each bundle into 13×9 baking dish close together. Pour remaining Bolognese sauce over the top of the lasagna bundles and cover with remaining Mozzarella, Asiago & Parmesan cheese. Bake until cheese is golden and bubbling on top. Serve with basil as a garnish on top. Enjoy!

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  • Nancy

    I am going to make this this weekend!  It sounds awesome!  I’ll let you know…..

  • Cathyb

    love the combination of flavors. Fresh, healthy and interesting.

  • Cathyb

    love the combination of flavors. Fresh, healthy and interesting.

  • Grigutis

    This sounds delicious.  I’m sure my Husband and I would enjoy this.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SONG7Z3OI75HMYY7CIKCNDIGQQ Jane

    Want to try this Dish.

  • Donna

    This recipe looks wonderful and sounds very easy to make.
    Let’s just add a fabulous fresh Mixed Green Salad with some Purple  Onion, Crumbled Blue Cheese and Cracked Black Pepper topped with a Balsamic Vingerette dressing,  fresh baked  Italian
    Bread dipped in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Cracked Black Pepper and  VOILA!! SUPERB!!!!

  • Toonzer

    Oh yeah baby! Bring on the cheese and veggies! Ok – I gotta try this one, sans sausage for me though. My hubby who is Neapolitan on the other hand will definitely want the meat :-)

    Thanks for sharing!!!!

  • Tswain5216

    Looks delish!

  • Iovino57

    Looks good something different

  • http://www.facebook.com/marilynn.lux Marilynn Lux

    Wonderful combination!  Healthy and delicious at the same time…

  • http://www.facebook.com/marilynn.lux Marilynn Lux

    Wonderful combination!  Healthy and delicious at the same time…

  • Irene Gottlieb

    Sounds and look absolutely delicious

  • Irene Gottlieb

    Sounds and look absolutely delicious

  • Silkpalette

    Love Bolognese sauce and so does my husband.  Maggiano makes a great version.  Yours souonds yummy as well.  I like the idea of individual lasagna wraps that include veggies.  Keep uo the great job of inventing your own dishes.

  • Silkpalette

    Love Bolognese sauce and so does my husband.  Maggiano makes a great version.  Yours souonds yummy as well.  I like the idea of individual lasagna wraps that include veggies.  Keep uo the great job of inventing your own dishes.

  • Patekman1

    amazing dish!  Veggiies, meat and more.  How can you go wrong?

  • Ambaker43@gmail.com

    Omg!!! Yummy Italian food! Love it..I’m cooking it soon..thanks ma for sharing this website to me!!! Love u

  • Dphday

    Absolutely delicious without being too rich to enjoy.  Really like home cooking but of course much better and well presented.

  • Joanesearles

    Very good for serving family on Sunday dinners,

  • Tammy K

    I would love to see this lasagna win. I love lasagna, but it is the spinach and sausage that really got
    my atteniton.  Sounds super good. Hope you win. I love Maggiano’s!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1678637033 Liza Barney

    I AM SOOOOOO HAPPY THAT I WON..THANKS SO MUCH TO ALL YOU MAGGIANO’S FANS THAT VOTED FOR ME! THIS DISH IS SURE TO PLEASE! I JUST CANT WAIT TO ORDER IT ON THE MENJ AND ALSO FINISH IT WITH THE WARM APPLE CRUSTADA! YUMMY! THANKS FOR THE AMAZING OPPORTUNITY!

  • cherrystyle

    I am glad to read about that!! :) :)
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