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. I like your take on Lasagna! you could start a whole new trend here ;)

  2. This recipe is very interesting. I like the idea of rolled lasagna noodles. Are your noodles homemade or do you buy these? I am not sure if I can find them here but I can make them. About tofu I don’t know what it is or how it tastes but the ground turkey or spinach are a nice choice.

  3. Mmm- great idea. These look wonderful.
    I’m thinking it might be interesting to forego the Italian spices altogether and make it more of a salsa sauce? I’m with you 100% on the spinach~ YUM!

  4. those look fantastic! What a great culture combo! I like the idea that TW had of using salsa as well. YUM!

  5. I like the whole fusion idea – who knows – a new invention could take the blogging world by storm. Ithink they look fine – you’d have no argument from me just as long as you threw in a Corona (my very favorite beer)

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  7. Hola Ben! Nice spread!!! It looks super-apetitoso!!! I’m always ready for pasta… if it has your Mexican touch, then it gets near perfection :D

  8. They look really delicious. I love pasta.
    Love the idea of doing the filling with the roasted pepers.

  9. I have seen lasagna rolls before, but never with a Mexican twist! What a great recipe!

  10. interesting idea to make them mexican. its funny how many of us are making these rolls lately! i’ve had a couple people on flickr & in person tell me they made my spinach ones recently too. is it a lasagna roll craze?!

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