Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups

These super easy lasagna roll ups are your new go to dinner recipe – they don’t require any fancy ingredients; using only cottage cheese, mozzarella, spinach, strained tomatoes, herbs and lasagna noodles, you can have this ready to go in the oven in 20 minutes!

A traditional lasagna recipe can be a tedious task to make, and leave you wanting to pull your hair out between the careful layering, bechamel sauce, cooked meat etc which is why I wanted to share with ya’ll our go-to lasagna roll up recipe; one I have been making for the last year!

We constantly change up what goes into the bases for our lasagna, and you can too! Just start with the basics we have for you below and add/subtract things based on your families tastes and preferences. And if you want another quick and easy recipe to enjoy you’ll love our Instant Pot Lasagna Recipe.

Casserole dish with uncooked lasagna roll ups, topped with shredded cheese and tomato sauce
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Chili Mac Skillet Meal

This easy one pot Chili Mac is a comforting meal using simple ingredients like kidney beans, strained tomatoes, garlic and onions to create a soul warming dish the entire family will love.

One pot meals are a staple in our house – they make weeknight meals so easy and definitely don’t lack in flavor, plus there is a lot less clean up too which is always a bonus. This Chili Mac is no exception; a simple combination of ingredients come together in under an hour (including prep time) to give you a hearty meal you will devour.

Skillet of Chili Mac with wooden spoon resting on the side and a white bowl with single serving.
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One Pot Sausage and Zucchini Pasta

If you’re looking to change up your weeknight pasta game this is the recipe for you – with a handful of simple ingredients and 20 minutes time you will have a flavorful and healthy pasta dinner ready for your family!

We have pasta about once a week in our home – and although I do love a simple butter and Parmesan cheese sauce, I go crazy for a red sauce. Normally a “good” red sauce cooks for hours over low heat and develops it’s flavors, but who has time for that during the week?

Our recipe combines zucchini, browned Italian sausage and a few classic herbs to create a sauce that tastes like Gramma used to make – and it record time too! See below for your shopping list of ingredients.

Red pasta sauce cooking on stove
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Tuna Pasta – 15 minute Weeknight Meal!

This Tuna Pasta recipe is the perfect weeknight meal for busy families. The sauce is a light broth that has tons of garlic as well as peas, parmesan and onions to give it a full bodied flavor in less than 20 minutes. Easy to make, delicious to eat, Tuna Pasta is your new favorite go to dish!

 

No one like to be stuck  in the kitchen after a long day of work and taking care of the kids, which is why this Tuna Pasta is one of our favorite family recipes that we make over and over again. It is a fast dinner recipe that is made with frozen peas and pantry items you are sure to have on hand at all times.

Ingredients for tuna pasta on cutting board

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Pressure Cooker Lasagna

This Pressure Cooker Lasagna is a real game changer when it comes to weeknight family meals and it is all thanks to my new Cosori Premium Pressure cooker!

Cosori provided me with a 6qt Premium Pressure Cooker in exchange for a recipe post of my choosing. They are also providing an additional Pressure Cooker to one of my readers as a GIVEAWAY (more info below). All opinions are mine alone. 

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GIVEAWAY 6 qt Pressure Cooker! This easy Pressure Cooker Lasagna comes together in a FRACTION of the time it would take to make the traditional version! It is cheesy and delicious and makes enough for a family of 6! #PressureCookerLasagna #PressureCookerRecipes #LasangaRecipe #Giveaway

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Let me just start by saying how intimidated I was of using a Pressure Cooker, and I know I am not alone on this! When Cosori reached out to me to see if I would be interested in working with them I thought to myself, “Well, it’s now or never Melissa…choose a dish you REALLY want to make and get over your fear already!”. And that my friends is what led me to create this delicious Pressure Cooker Lasagna for you. I hadn’t made a lasagna in years (literally) as I found it always took so long from start to finish I was always ready for a nap…and who has time for that? Especially during the week right?!

Pressure-Cooker-Lasagna

This easy Pressure Cooker Lasagna comes together in a FRACTION of the time it would take to make the traditional version! It is cheesy and delicious and makes enough for a family of 6! #PressureCookerLasagna #PressureCookerRecipes #LasangaRecipe

Benefits of doing a pressure cooker lasagna with cosori:

  • Huge time saver, it takes only 22 minutes to cook!
  • Easy clean up, you saute your meat right in the cooker before switching over to the pressurized setting meaning once your prep is done you are only using ONE pot for cooking!
  • Set it and forget it. Once you hit the start button you just walk away and let it do its magic, coming back after 22 minutes of your favorite show (or in my house, a quick sweep of the floor , declutter of the entrance table and wipe of the counters)…
  • When comparing a pressure cooker to a traditional oven you are saving energy, and not heating your house to uncomfortable temperatures.
  • The lasagna noodles cook perfectly, they are not crunchy or mushy but instead nicely al dente!

Okay, lets get to the recipe so you know exactly what you are doing when you make your very own Pressure Cooker Lasagna!

Pressure Cooker Lasagna

A delicious and quick Lasagna Recipe to be made in your Pressure Cooker! 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time22 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian, Italian-American
Keyword: Pressure Cooker Lasagna
Servings: 6 -8 Servings
Author: Melissa - The Olive Blogger

Ingredients

Cheese Layer

  • 1 c Ricotta
  • 1/2 c Mozzarella grated
  • 1/2 c Parmesan Cheese grated
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Parsley
  • 1 tbsp Basil
  • Salt and Pepper Pinch

Sauce

  • 1 jar Strained Tomatoes
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1/2 medium Onion diced
  • 1 tsp Basil
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • Salt and Pepper pinch

Meat Layer

  • 1/2 lb Lean Ground Beef
  • 2 Italian Sausage Links casing removed
  • 1 tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Salt and Pepper pinch
  • 8 Lasagna Noodles NOT the oven ready/no boil ones
  • 1/2 c Mozzarella Cheese grated for topping

Instructions

Cheese Layer

  • Add all ingredients to a small bowl and mix until combined.

Sauce

  • Add all ingredients to a medium bowl and stir to combine. Taste and season as needed.

Meat Layer

  • Begin by setting your Cosori Pressure Cooker to Saute/Brown and adjust cook time and temperature as per instructions- we set ours to 7 minutes at 300 F.
  • Once the cooker heats (approx. 1 min) add in your meat and place the glass lid on top to prevent splatter. Stir meat halfway through to ensure even browning.
  • When the timer goes off remove the meat with a slotted spoon and add 1 c of water to the pot.
  • Press the off button to allow machine to rest before pressurizing while you assemble your lasagna layers.

Assembly

  • In a 7" cake pan (or spring form pan) begin to assemble your lasagna as follows.
  • Marinara Sauce (about 1/4 of it), Noodles (you will have to break them to fit into the pan and use the pieces to cover a layer as best as you can), 1/2 of the Ricotta Mixture, 1/2 Meat.
  • Repeat above step for your second layer.
  • Top with another 1/4 of marinara sauce and then noodles.
  • Finish off by adding the remainder of your sauce and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

Baking

  • Place trivet in the bottom of your Pressure Cooker to keep your pan off of the liquid. You will need to use folded foil to help lower the pan into the cooker (see directions for creating foil lift).
  • Gently lower the lasagna into the cooker to sit on top of the trivet.
  • Put lid of Pressure Cooker in place and ensure the pressure release valve is set to lock.
  • Select the Bake function (which will default to level 6 or high pressure) and then using the Cook Time button set your timer to 22 minutes.
  • Press On/Start to begin the cooking process!
  • Once the 22 minutes has finished the Pressure Cooker will beep 3 times and switch in to Keep Warm mode. You will want to unplug the machine at this time and set a timer for 15 minutes to allow natural depressurizing.
  • Before you remove the lid you want to ENSURE that you set the pressure release valve to the release position to remove any remaining pressure.
  • Using a pair of oven mitts you will now remove your pan using the foil handles and place it on a baking sheet. You now have the option of putting it on high broil in your oven for 3 mins to brown the top.
  • Allow lasagna to sit for 10 minutes before cutting to prevent your sauce from escaping, giving you a nice presentable slice!

Notes

For the herbs you can use either fresh or dried, whichever you have on hand is fine!
For the sauce layer you can use your favorite marinara sauce, or make your own like we did.
Your sauce and cheese mixture can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge until you are ready to assemble.
Do not remove the liquid from sauteing your meat as this will combine with the added water for the pressure build.
The Pressure Cooker will make a hissing noise as it adjusts to the appropriate pressure level.

Now as I mentioned above, the pressure cooker will make a slight hissing sound as it is pressurizing…do not freak out (like I did!). I had to message my sister frantically and ask if hers did that too, nothing I had read warned me about that and I was back to my initial fear of the thing!

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Finished Pressure Cooker Lasagna

 

other features of the COSORI PREMIUM 6QT PRESSURE COOKER

  1. It has A TON different smart cooking functions!
    1. You can use it to make rice, yogurt, stews/soups, hot pot/fondue, and even bake a cake…just to name a few.
  2. Advanced safety features like the unlock indicator to alert you if your lid is not secured prior to starting to pressurize, helping to prevent accidents in the kitchen.
  3. If you are more “advanced” with your pressure cooking skills you can even use the manual functions to set the time and pressure to your preference
    1. BUT if not that is okay too, they have 17 Smart Programs already built in for you!
  4. Stainless steel inner pot is dishwasher safe, as well as the glass lid and steamer…less time doing dishes is always a plus in my book!
  5. I know I already mentioned it but the TIME this amazing cooker gives back to us is priceless! Our Pressure Cooker Lasagna is a prime example of a daunting dish made easy in a fraction of the time.

creating the “foil lift” for your Pressure Cooker Lasagna