Recipe Box, Lemon Ricotta Lasagna Rolls with Spinach, Fennel & Basil

Just in time for Mother’s Day, these light lemon ricotta lasagna rolls are elegant, yet surprisingly simple

The filled noodles are nestled on a bed of sauteed spinach, fennel and shallot, topped with Parmesan and finished with a little brown butter and fresh basil

They look sinful but they’re really not…well, maybe just a little…

Sautรฉ fennel and shallot in butter and olive oil for 4-5 minutes, then add garlic and spinach and wilt it down

Remove the vegetables and add remaining butter, and cook until golden.  Set aside

Meanwhile cook lasagna noodles and make filling by mixing lemon zest, juice, salt, pepper, Parmesan with ricotta

Place vegetables in the bottom of a baking dish

Divide filling between noodles, placing dollops of filling down the noodle length, spread into an even layer, roll up, and place on the vegetable bed

Sprinkle with Parmesan and bake* at 350 for 20 minutes

*or cover and refrigerate until baking, additional cooking time will be required if dish is cold

Heat brown butter for 30-60 seconds, pour over rolls right before serving and sprinkle with basil

Lemon Ricotta Lasagna Rolls with Spinach, Fennel & Basil

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 3


  • 6 lasagna noodles
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 6 oz fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 bulb fennel
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 3 oz. shredded Parmesan divided
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 3 T unsalted butter divided
  • 1 T olive oil
  • fresh basil leaves


  • Trim fennel top and slice off bottom. Slice, discarding core pieces. Chop shallot.
  • Cook noodles in boiling salted water until al dente, or just done. Drain.
  • Saute shallot and fennel in 1 T butter and olive oil for 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and spinach. Cook and stir until spinach wilts down. Remove vegetable mixture to a small baking dish.
  • Add remaining butter to skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring, until butter turns golden. Pour butter into a measuring cup and set aside.
  • Mix ricotta with lemon zest, lemon juice, 2 oz. Parmesan, salt & pepper. Spread on lasagna noodles, roll up and place atop greens in baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan. Cover and refrigerate before baking at this point if desired.
  • Bake uncovered at 350 until heated through, about 20 minutes. A cold dish will take longer. Cover during baking to keep cheese from getting too brown or the noodles dry if necessary.
  • Warm browned butter in microwave for 30-60 seconds and pour over rolls before serving and garnish with basil chiffonade
Keyword Lasagna Rolls, Lemon Ricotta Pasta, Vegetarian Lasagna


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21 Responses to “Recipe Box, Lemon Ricotta Lasagna Rolls with Spinach, Fennel & Basil”
  1. This one looks really good. And very pretty presentation, too. It looks like it might also be a good dish to make many of for a dinner party, serve with a salad, nice crusty bread and white wine.

  2. Oh my word! This looks like fancy restaurant fare!

  3. Mary says:

    Your lemon ricotta lasagna rolls look delicious and are perfect Mother’s Day fare Jenna! I agree with marmeladegypsy, pass the wine ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Kim says:

    These look amazing! Not too sinful, either. The spinach balances it out. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Oh Jenna, this dish is calling this mother!!! Pining for it.

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  6. Jodi says:

    Oh how delish these look!!!!’ I definitely want!!

  7. Lemon and ricotta sounds like a perfect pairing…I have never met a pasta dish I didn’t like! It looks delicious

  8. Oh my this looks amazing….any mom would love to be treated with this delicious dish!!!

  9. Kitty says:

    Wow Jenna, these lemon ricotta lasagna roll ups look so pretty and sound so delectable. Also, your coconut poke cake would be the perfect ending. I like how you treat yourself for Mother’s Day. We deserve it, don’t we? Happy Mother’s Day to you, dear Jenna!

  10. Sounds like a very nice dish Jenna:@)

  11. sathwika says:

    Awesome looking!…

  12. JESS44903 says:

    Wow…I bet these are heavenly! YUM! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  13. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Jenna,
    I pinned your awesome Lasagna Rolls, can’t wait to taste these! Hope you are having a fantastic week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. We will look forward to seeing you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

  14. Linda says:

    Such a tasty dish. Love the flavors. They are so different than just lasagna. Thanks for sharing at DI&DI Jenna.

  15. Now that looks good, so creamy and packed with flavor!

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