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Creamy Pumpkin Lasagna Rolls

For big celebrations with my family, lasagna (or at least some type of baked pasta) was always a centerpiece on the table. For fall, I love to take a seasonal spin on the classic - and lasagna rolls are a fun twist that makes serving up portions extra easy. These lasagna rolls are filled with seasoned ricotta cheese, mozzarella and bacon - then enveloped in a super creamy pumpkin sauce and bechamel. It doesn't get more fall-festive than this!

Pumpkin Lasagna Rolls
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Creamy Pumpkin Lasagna Rolls

Category

Main Course

Prep Time

30 minutes

Cook Time

55 minutes

Calories

878

Author:

Giada De Laurentiis

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter (at room temperature)
  • 3 tablespoons flour, such as Petra
  • 4 cups milk (at room temperature)
  • 2 cloves garlic (smashed)
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin puree
  • 12 ounces bacon (diced)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest (1 small orange)
  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • 12 fried sage leaves

Instructions

  1. As seen on: Giada’s Holiday Handbook, Episode 2. Classic Thanksgiving.
  2. Heat a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Add the butter to melt. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute, whisking constantly. Slowly add the milk, about 1 cup at a time, whisking between additions until smooth. Add the garlic and reduce the heat to low to maintain a gentle simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally with a whisk. Whisk in 1/2 cup of the Parmesan, the nutmeg and 2 teaspoons salt. Remove about 1 1/2 cups of the sauce to a bowl and set aside. Whisk in the pumpkin puree to the first batch of sauce and set aside to cool slightly.Place the bacon in a medium skillet set over medium heat. Cook the bacon, stirring often, until golden brown and crispy, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove the bacon to a medium bowl with a slotted spoon, then stir in the mozzarella, ricotta, the remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan, the red pepper flakes, orange zest and 3/4 teaspoon salt.
  3. Preheat the broiler to high. Place one oven rack in the bottom third of the oven and another in the top third.
  4. Ladle 1 1/2 cups of the pumpkin sauce on the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking pan and reserve the remaining for a later use.
  5. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Blanch the pasta sheets according to the par-cook method of package instructions, about 4 minutes. Remove the pasta from the water using tongs and lay out on a baking sheet to cool slightly. When cool enough to handle, start assembling the rolls. Working with a pasta sheet vertical to you, place a small amount of the ricotta mixture on the end of a pasta sheet closest to you. Using a small spoon, spread the mixture evenly about halfway down the noodle. Roll the pasta around the filling, finishing with the end farthest from you. Lay the roll in the prepared pan, seam-side down. Repeat for the remaining filling and pasta. You should end up with two rows of 6 rolls. Use the two sauces to make stripes on the pasta. Ladle one-third of the pumpkin sauce along the side of the pan covering about half of a row of rolls. Right next to it, ladle half of the white sauce, covering another half of a row of rolls. Repeat with the remaining pumpkin and white sauces, finishing with pumpkin (5 rows of sauce altogether).
  6. Place the pan in the lower third of the oven and broil to warm through, 15 minutes. Move the pan to the top third of the oven and broil until the top begins to brown and the sauce is bubbling, 4 minutes. Garnish each roll with a fried sage leaf to serve.
  7. Cook’s Note: To fry sage leaves, fill a small saucepan set over medium-high heat with 1-inch of oil. When the oil is hot, add the sage leaves, 4 at a time, and fry, flipping often until the bubbles around the leaves subside, about 20 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Season with a pinch of salt.

Nutrition

Nutrition

per serving
Calories
878
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
Carbs
46 grams
Protein
26 grams
Fat
65 grams
Saturated Fat
30 grams
Cholesterol
114 milligrams
Sodium
565 milligrams
Fiber
3 grams
Sugar
9 grams
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3 reviews & comments

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    Tara

    This was delicious!! Nice delicate flavors. Orange zest was subtle and refreshing in my opinion. Would most def make this again! Only thing is I would make more filling. Only had enough for 8 rolls using 2/2.5 TBS of filling.

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    Greg Knoke
    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    This recipe would be very good without the orange zest. It overpowered every other element of the dish. My oven must also run hotter, the top broiled almost immediately and created a not-so-pleasant burnt marshmallow flavor. Overall, I love the idea, but I would skip the orange zest (or go with much less than 1/2 teaspoon) and just bake in a 375 degree oven for around 20-30 minutes rather than broiling.

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    Denise Whitney

    This was yummy and so unique. it doesn't have much pumpkin flavor but very cheesy and an excellent balance of seasoning with the red pepper flakes and bacon. This recipe was a little hard to follow with all the bowls of different combinations. I think it could be rewritten to make it more clear. I do love the rolls versus a layering of lasagna noodles. It makes a perfect serving size and easy to divide up later for leftovers. I'll make this again!

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