Nonna’s Lasagna Roll-Ups Recipe: A 4-Ingredient, Budget-Friendly Weeknight Dinner by Ann Marie Patitucci

Nonna’s Lasagna Roll-Ups Recipe: A 4-Ingredient, Budget-Friendly Weeknight Dinner

Do you love your grandmother’s recipes but just don’t have the time to make them exactly as she did? You’re not alone! Some of the recipes our mothers and grandmothers made, and still make, are a bit too complicated and time-consuming for our full, chaotic lives today. This is a great lasagna roll-up recipe with a time saver built in. It’s not complicated and requires only basic ingredients. It will help you get dinner on the table and feed those hungry mouths sooner.

I love this lasagna recipe for a few reasons. First, using jarred Italian sauce (sorry, Nonna!) saves a lot of time. But that’s not the only time saver. The easy recipe has only four ingredients in this recipe and is on the table in 30-ish minutes. Also, if your kids are getting bored with their dinner options or are picky eaters and don’t like much, lasagna roll-ups are fun and a little different from traditional lasagna but still have that great, kid-approved taste. Finally, with only four ingredients, this recipe is budget-friendly. Serve with a salad and Italian bread.

Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 6 lasagna noodles, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 pound (16 ounces) ground beef
  • 1 jar (14 ounces) spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (divided)

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Cook the ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce and heat through.
  2. Spread 1/4 cup meat sauce over each noodle, then sprinkle 2 tablespoons of mozzarella cheese on top. In an 8-inch square baking dish, carefully roll up noodles and place seam side down (you can roll them into whatever “shape” you like). Top with remaining sauce and cheese.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes or until roll-ups are heated through completely and cheese is melted. 

Note: 30Seconds is a participant in the Amazon affiliate advertising program and this post contains affiliate links, which means we may earn a commission or fees if you make a purchase via those links.

Recipe cooking times and servings are approximate. Need to convert cooking and baking measurements? Here are some kitchen conversion charts. Here's how to submit your recipes to 30Seconds.

Take 30 seconds and join the 30Seconds community, and follow us on Facebook to get recipes in your newsfeed daily.

Related Products on Amazon We Think You May Like:

30Second Mobile, Inc. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.

Easy 5-Ingredient Ravioli Lasagna Recipe: A Pasta Recipe We Can't Live Without

Easy Lasagna Rolls Recipe: How to Make Savory Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups the Whole Family Will Love

Spinach & Mushroom Lasagna Rolls Recipe: This Easy Lasagna Roll-ups Recipe Can Go Red, White or Pink

Savory Baked Spinach Manicotti Alfredo Pasta Shells Recipe Only Looks Complicated

Elisa Schmitz
You are so right, Ann Marie Patitucci - we want that "grandma" taste and feel without all the work she put into her recipes. I love this simpler variation, thank you!
Absolutely brilliant, Italian comfort food made easy!
What an easy lasagna variation! Thanks. Ann Marie!

join discussion

Please login to comment.

recommended tips

Crispy Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad Recipe With White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Mediterranean Roasted Potatoes Recipe With Creamy Feta Sauce Will Leave You Speechless

Creamy Spinach Artichoke Mashed Potato Casserole Recipe With a Protein-Rich Secret Ingredient

4-Ingredient Spaghetti Squash Recipe With Brussels Sprouts: Delicious Healthy Eating