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Lasagna Rolls Ups

I have been quoted as saying that lasagna would be really difficult to make for under $5 [3]. I attempted it, but I was right. I remember seeing this recipe in the More-With-Less Cookbook [4] ages ago and thought I’d give it a try. But, I could not find my cookbook today, so ended up making this…my best guess!

Lasagna Rolls Ups

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 20 minutes


  • 16 lasagna noodles ($.99)
  • 3/4 lb ground beef ($.75)
  • 2 cups spaghetti sauce [5] ($1)
  • 1 cup chopped spinach ($.25)
  • 1/2 onion ($.20)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder ($.05)
  • 2 Tbsp Italian seasoning ($.05)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • About 1 cup total of ricota cheese ($.84)
  • 6 slices provolone cheese ($1.29)
  • 2 cups frozen corn ($.50)
  • 2 broccoli heads ($.99)


  • Cook lasagna noodles as directed on box. These must be cooked so that they can be rolled. Don’t think the no boil kind will work!
  • Thaw and brown ground beef. Drain. (I had some cooked ground beef in the freezer [6].) In skillet, cook ground beef with onion, chopped spinach, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • Then add spaghetti sauce [5]. Simmer until sauce is thick and chunky.
  • Lay lasagna noodles over the side of a 9×13 baking dish, so that you put the ricotta and sauce in the middle of the noodle and wrap the two ends around the ricotta/meat sauce into a “roll up.”
  • Repeat for all the noddles until the baking dish is filled with lasagna rollups. Spread remaining meat sauce over the top of the roll ups.
  • Place 6 slices of provolone cheese on top of the roll ups.
  • Bake rollups for 20 minutes at 350 F, uncovered.
  • Steam broccoli in glass dish covered with saran wrap for 4 minutes in the microwave, or use stovetop steamer.
  • Prepare frozen corn as directed on package instructions.
  • Serve lasagna rollups with sides of steamed broccoli and corn.

Cost $6.91

Lasagna is just expensive Y’all! Even the not-so-cheesy kind!

I welcome any suggestions to make this any cheaper!!!