Easy Lasagna Rolls with homemade pasta

I have shared my favorite recipe, the Lasagna (with Bechamel sauce) but that one did made use of pasta brought from the grocery. Here is one where you can make your very own pasta. If you have children, let them join in the fun of cooking. Knead the dough, whisk the sauce, laugh and reminisce.

easy lasagna roll ups

Homemade Pasta:

2 cups MAYA All Purpose Flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 piece egg

¼ cup water

Meat Filling:

1 tablespoon oil

1 clove garlic, minced

1 small onion, chopped

½ piece green bell pepper,chopped

¼ kilo ground beef

2-3 pieces sweet ham, chopped ham

¾ cup tomato sauce

1 tablespoon catsup

1piece bay leaf

salt and pepper to taste

White Sauce:

2 tablespoons butter or margarine

2 tablespoons MAYA All Purpose Flour

2 cups fresh milk

1 cup cheddar cheese or quickmelt cheese

salt and pepper to taste

½ teaspoon nutmeg

Prepare Pasta: Sift flour and salt in a bowl. Make a well at the center, and then add egg and water. Mix then knead until smooth. Let rest for 10-15 minutes. Pass dough through pasta machine or roll out using rolling pin. Cut into 5” x 5”square sheet. Cook in boiling salted water until tender. Drain and set aside.

Prepare Meat filling: In a skillet, heat oil then sauté garlic, onion and green bell pepper. When soft, add the ground beef and ham. Cook until brown then add the tomato sauce, catsup and bay leaves. Bring to boil then simmer until meat is tender. Season to taste.

Prepare White Sauce: In a saucepan, heat butter then add flour. Stir until smooth. Pour in the milk. Whisk to remove any lumps. Add cheese and seasonings. Cook until thick while stirring continuously.

To Assemble: Lay your cooked fresh pasta sheet and put filling on one side of the pasta sheet and roll to make a cannelloni style. Do the same procedure with the remaining ingredients. Arrange in a platter or glass dish. Drizzle with white sauce and cheese and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Bake until top is golden brown

Note: You may or may not boil your fresh pasta sheet. Pasta will cook itself with the moisture present in white sauce and meat filling.

Yield: 10-12 pieces

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