Spicy sausage lasagna rolls are an easy meal recipe full of comfort food flavor without a ton of work (or too many leftovers). Spicy Italian sausage, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses, and fresh basil are rolled in boiled lasagna noodles and topped with your favorite marinara sauce and more cheese for a weeknight-ready meal.
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Spicy Sausage Lasagna Rolls

Course Main Dish
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 -5 servings
Author My Sequined Life

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. 16 oz package of ground hot Italian sausage
  • 9 uncooked lasagna noodles
  • 2 cups marinara sauce divided
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese shredded, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh basil plus more for serving

Instructions

  • Add sausage to a large saucepan and set over medium heat. As the bottom of the sausage begins to brown, break up sausage into smaller pieces. Continue to turn crumbles over to ensure all sides brown. Cook until sausage crumbles have browned completely and no pink remains. Drain off extra grease and set aside.
  • As the sausage is browning, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add lasagna noodles and boil for 8 minutes (or according to package directions). Meanwhile, spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside for placing the noodles on once boiled (or you can use a big piece of foil). Once noodles are to your preferred doneness, drain and lay noodles in a single layer on greased baking sheet (or foil), until sausage has finished browning.
  • Spray an 8"x8" baking dish with cooking spray and spread about 1/4 cup of marinara sauce evenly on the bottom. Set aside.
  • To each of the nine lasagna noodles, add equal amounts of ricotta cheese, 6 oz of shredded mozzarella cheese, sausage crumbles, and basil along the length of the noodle, leaving a little bit of buffer space around the edges. Meanwhile, you'll want to turn on the oven at this point and preheat to 350 degrees F.
  • Roll each noodle as tightly as you can (from the short side) and place seam side down in the baking dish. If some filling falls out in the rolling process, just tuck it back in once the rolls are in the pan. Place lasagna rolls close together in the pan to help keep them in place.
  • Once all rolls are in the dish, pour remaining 1 1/2 cups of marinara sauce evenly over top and sprinkle remaining 2 oz of shredded mozzarella.
  • Bake for 15 or so minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the lasagna rolls are heated throughout. Serve with extra chopped basil over top if you like.

Notes

To cut down on steps and ingredients needed, I used a roasted garlic and herb-y store-bought tomato sauce. If you're not using one with a bolder flavor, you can add dried basil, parsley, oregano, garlic powder, etc. to the sauce before using for extra flavor.
You can use mild Italian sausage if you don't want this dish to be spicy. OR if you can only find mild sausage and you like spicy, add crushed red pepper flakes to the sauce to fit your tastes.