A reminder that “comfort food” doesn’t have to make you feel guilty afterward. This rollatini is not only creamy and filling, it’s also free of cholesterol, obscene amounts of sodium, and very low in saturated fat.
Perfect for weeknight or date night, this meal comes together in 1/2 the time of traditional lasagna. If your trying to impress someone special for Valentines Day, try this paired with a simple salad.
Creamy Chard Rollatini
1 recipe almond ricotta
1 bunch swiss chard (or other green)
8 lasagna noodles
2 cups of your favorite marina sauce. *I used my sauce, below, pureed until velvety smooth.
1 tbsp. oil (or use spray or water )
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 cup water
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano
Soak almonds in water for at least 1 hour.
Prepare ricotta: In a food processor, puree the the almonds and water until smooth. Add lemon juice, cornstarch, salt/pepper, oregano & basil.
Heat the almond mixture in a saucepan, stirring often until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cook for an additional 2 minutes and remove from heat. Pour into a bowl, cover, and place in refigerator until chilled.
Wash chard leaves, stack on one another and thinly slice into ribbons. Heat oil in a saute pan and add chard. Cook until greens are wilted, set aside.
Cook the lasanga noodles until just al dente. Remove from water and set onto a cutting board.
Pour 1/2 cup of marinra sauce into the bottom of an 8X8 pyrex baking dish. Remove the ricotta mixture from the fridge and mash with a fork. Add the swiss chard, 1/8 cup marinara sauce and stir to combine.
Starting with 1 noodle, place ~2 tbsp. mixture on the wide end of the noodle. Roll up and place the rollatini seam side down in the baking dish. Continue with the other lasanga noodles.
Pour the remaining sauce over the top and bake at 375 degrees F for 30 minutes.
Per Serving (2 rolls): 570 calories, 14 g fat, 92g CHO, 9.2g fiber, 19g protein
*DK’s Spaghetti Sauce:
1 green pepper, chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 large can crushed tomatoes
1 large can tomato sauce (I love Hunt’s plain)
1 small can tomato paste
Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and cook until translucent. Add green pepper and allow to cook together for 5-10 minutes, until soft. Add remaining ingredients and let simmer over low heat for 1-3 hours. Added bonus? Your house will smell just delicious
Enjoy! What do you plan on making for Valentine’s Day?