Main Dishes Recipes — By Ben on 14 April 2008
Mexican lasagna rolls

I’ve seen a lot of recipes for spinach, vegetarian, classic and many other types of lasagna rolls. So I decided to make some for last night’s dinner. However, I wanted to give my Sunday dinner a little twist and spiciness, so once again I made a little crazy combination of my two favorite cuisines, Mexican and Italian and I came out with these Mexican Lasagna Rolls. They were not perfect, though. They need a little bit more work, but at least I have a list of things I will do differently next time.

Mexican Lasagna Rolls
Printable recipe
Makes 10 rolls
Prep time: 25-30 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Method: boiling, baking

For this recipe you will need:

  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Italian herbs
  • 1/2 cup red wine (I was out and used white wine instead)
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 poblano peppers, roasted, cleaned and cut in strips
  • 1 lb queso fresco or any other moist and firm cheese
  • Parmesan cheese or bread crumbs (optional for topping)

Preparation:

  1. In a saucepan saute onion and garlic over olive oil until translucent.
  2. Add ground turkey and cook until brown.
  3. Add spices, tomato and wine. Reduce heat to low, cover and let cook for 10 minutes. Adjust seasoning.
  4. Preheat oven to 350° F (175° C)
  5. In the mean time start rolling your lasagna noodles. Cut queso fresco in cubes and place on one end of a noodle along with a couple of poblano strips and roll. Place them in a baking dish
  6. When the sauce is ready pour it over lasagna rolls, top with Parmesan cheese or bread crumbs and bake for 25 minutes.
  7. Serve hot and enjoy.

About this recipe:

  • Althoug I liked these rolls, I will make them differently next time. Maybe I will use the poblanos with a basic sauce such a bechamel, or some other kind of creamy sauce. But I will definitely keep the poblanos in the equation.
  • The queso fresco was a very nice filling for the rolls. It doesn’t melt as fast as soft cheeses and the flavor combination of pasta with it was unique.
  • I would also love to make these rolls with spinach. I just love pasta and spinach together.
  • This can easily be made into a vegetarian dish. Just take the ground meat out of the picture and use tofu instead of cheese.

Buen provecho!

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(30) Readers Comments

  1. Ben, I too tried roll-ups and we probably encountered the same issues. Although mine were tasty, mine needed improvement on the presentation…they just didn’t look as nice as the photos in the recipes.

    Your ingredients speak of Mexico and you have some heat in there with the Poblanos…a fine pepper!

  2. Great merge of cultures. I have to try the roll ups. I have some flat non ridged sheets begging for use.

  3. These sound like great fun! I’m off to put some kind of Thai thing together for tonight.

  4. Ben,

    Looks fantastic! Just had seafood enchiladas tonight but looks like this will be next. Love anything with poblanos.

    Francie

  5. Lasagna rolls sound interesting. I have been wanting to try making them for a while now. These Mexican inspired lasagna rolls sound really tasty!

  6. You are definitely the king of fusion cuisine. This is great Ben. Mmmm…that poblano pepper would certainly give a nice kick. Nice flavours.

  7. These rolls are just so versatile Ben. I’m sure they tasted wonderful:D

  8. Ben your cooking is awesome.

    I know that I’ve said this before, nevertheless, I’ll say it again. I love the look and feel of your new blog design.

  9. great idea! looks good to me :)

  10. I like how neat and orderly the lasagna rolls are, the presentation is more appealing to me then traditional layered lasagna. Any recipe that contains wine and can be vegetarian makes me happy :)

    I just sent you an e-mail with my Tamale Open submission!

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