Lasagna Rolls with Chicken Cordon Bleu and Kale Filling

These Lasagna Rolls are delicious. And easy! They’re filled with chicken, ham and Swiss cheese for a bit of decadence and chopped kale for a bit of health. Today I also have a great giveaway for you so you can try these out. It’s a family pack with a bunch of pasta varieties and a $25 gift card. This recipe and giveaway are sponsored by Dreamfields.

Do you know how to reduce the cooking time on your lasagna recipe? Make Lasagna Roll Ups! Your roll the filling into each noodle jelly-roll-style and then put them in a pan and top with sauce. They’re less tightly packed and less dense than lasagna so they take less time to heat through, as little as 30 minutes.

Because lasagna rolls cook more quickly than lasagna, and because they can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to a day, they work equally well as a weeknight dinner as they do for when you have friends over for dinner.

And you can make the filling healthy for a weeknight or more decadent for a weekend. I sometimes use a filling similar to a traditional lasagna, with ricotta. Something like this. For today’s filling I went half decadent and half healthy. It has cooked chicken, ham and Swiss cheese for decadence and chopped kale for health.

Lasagna Rolls with Chicken Cordon Bleu and Kale Filling

 

If I also use a healthy brand of pasta, like Dreamfields which has 5 grams of fibre and 7 grams of protein per serving, it’s a complete healthy meal for my family. I top the roll ups with plain jarred tomato sauce. I don’t generally top it all with cheese so that I can keep the fat grams down. But for special occasions, you totally could.

Lasagna Roll Ups with Chicken and Kale

 

Here’s an explanation for how to make lasagna rolls in general, using whatever filling and sauce you’d like. The recipe for the Chicken Cordon Bleu with Kale Lasagna Rolls is below.

How to Make Lasagna Rolls:

1) Cook the lasagna noodles according to packing information (I cook 12 noodles plus a few extras in case they break or rip). Drain and run under cold water. Toss with a bit of olive oil so that they don’t stick together.

2) While the noodles cook, make your filling. You want something fairly thick, that you need to dollop and spread rather than something you can drizzle.

3) Put some sauce in the bottom of a pan. I put 1 cup of sauce in a 9×13″ pan for 12 noodles.

4) Line up a few noodles on a plate or cutting board. Put about 3 tablespoons of filling along each one. Push it down with your fingers to smooth it along the noodles a bit.

5) Roll the noodles up jelly-roll-style and put them seam-side-down in the sauce in the pan. Make rolls with the remaining noodles and filling and put them all in the pan in a single layer.

6) Top with more sauce. Don’t drown them. You just want to moisten the top of each roll a bit. I use about 1 cup of sauce for this.

7) Bake at 400F until heated through, about 30 minutes.

8) Eat!

If you want to try making lasagna rolls, enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post. You’ll get a variety of pasta types as well as a $25 gift card for ingredients.

Lasagna Rolls with Chicken Cordon Bleu and Kale Filling

 

Oh, and if you’re a kale-with-your-pasta lover, you’ll also want to check out my recipe for Cauliflower and Kale Pesto Pasta.

cauliflower and kale pesto pasta

 

 

And now, here’s my recipe for Lasagna Rolls:

Lasagna Rolls with Chicken Cordon Bleu and Kale Filling

When I have friends over for dinner, I like to make something a bit decadent that’s still healthy. These Lasagna Roll Ups have chicken, Swiss cheese and ham inside for decadence and kale inside for health. You can fill, roll and sauce these ahead of time. Cover and refrigerate. Bake until heated through to serve.

Ingredients:

12 Dreamfields lasagna noodles (I usually cook a few extra as well in case some break or rip)
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2½ cups finely chopped kale leaves
1½ cups chopped cooked chicken
7 oz. black forest ham, chopped
7 oz. Swiss cheese, shredded
4 oz. reduced-fat cream cheese
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. coarse black pepper
2 cups tomato sauce, divided

Directions:

Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Drain. Toss with olive oil.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine kale, chicken, ham, Swiss cheese, cream cheese, salt and pepper. Spread 1 cup of tomato sauce in bottom of a 9”x11” baking dish. Preheat oven to 400F.
Place a noodle in front of you. Spread evenly with 3 tablespoons chicken mixture. Starting at narrow end, roll jelly-roll style. Place seam-side-down in baking dish. Repeat with all noodles, arranging them in single layer in dish. Drizzle with remaining 1 cup tomato sauce.
Bake uncovered until sauce is bubbling and roll ups are heated through, about 30 minutes.

 

 Disclosure: This post and giveaway are sponsored by Dreamfields. All opinions are my own.

48 Responses to “Lasagna Rolls with Chicken Cordon Bleu and Kale Filling”

  1. Phyllis Caruso — October 21, 2014 @ 2:23 pm (#)

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  2. Thomas Murphy — October 19, 2014 @ 1:06 am (#)

    I like the Mediterranean Pasta Salad recipe.

    • Christine Pittman — October 21, 2014 @ 8:23 am (#)

      Thomas, I know. Doesn’t it look so good?
      Christine

  3. Betsy Barnes — October 18, 2014 @ 9:49 pm (#)

    The Cheesy Pasta with Chicken & Broccoli is my favorite recipe from the Dreamfields website. We are huge pasta fans, especially the penne pasta :)

  4. Amanda Sakovitz — October 18, 2014 @ 6:47 pm (#)

    i like the Mediterranean Pasta Salad

    • Christine Pittman — October 21, 2014 @ 8:25 am (#)

      Amanda, I like that one too. Sounds so tasty!

  5. Karen Lynch — October 18, 2014 @ 6:11 pm (#)

    I would love to try the Chicken Puttanesca Linguine, I have had this at our local Italian eatery and loved it.

    • Christine Pittman — October 21, 2014 @ 8:25 am (#)

      Karen, I’ve been planning to make a recipe like that one for ages. Am definitely going to try it. Thanks for the reminder,
      Christine

  6. Annette — October 18, 2014 @ 4:24 pm (#)

    My favorite recipe is Stir-fry with Linguine, Beef and Vegetables. I am tempted to make it tonight – it looks delicious.

    • Christine Pittman — October 21, 2014 @ 8:26 am (#)

      Annette,
      That does sound good. Did you make it? Would be interested in how it turned out.
      Christine

  7. Katie — October 18, 2014 @ 8:48 am (#)

    The Rotini Greek Salad sounds really good.

    • Christine Pittman — October 21, 2014 @ 8:27 am (#)

      Katie, I adore Greek Salads. That one sure does sound tasty!
      Christine

  8. Stephanie K — October 18, 2014 @ 6:36 am (#)

    My favorite Dreamfields Pasta recipe is the Salmon Pasta Salad with Mint and Lemon Vinaigrette.
    It is one of several recipes from the Dreamfields Pasta site that I have in that three-ring poly binder that I mentioned during one of the @GrimmwayFarms Twitter parties you guest hosted. Peeking at the site again, I found the Sesame-Soy Edamame and Pasta Salad recipe that I’m going to print out and try soon!

  9. Elle — October 17, 2014 @ 4:06 am (#)

    Roasted Corn & Roma Tomato Salad looks amazing.

  10. steve weber — October 17, 2014 @ 12:05 am (#)

    I want to make the Taco Spaghetti!!!

  11. Karen D — October 13, 2014 @ 3:19 pm (#)

    The Penne with Tomatoes and Olives looks good to me!

  12. Nutmeg Nanny — October 13, 2014 @ 8:01 am (#)

    That is one delicious looking lasagna rollup!

  13. Susan Stone — October 12, 2014 @ 8:37 pm (#)

    In the recipes I’ve looked at the one that most intrigues me is the Green Noodle Bowl. They also had several other interesting recipes in their Asian section.

  14. Debbie Caraballo — October 12, 2014 @ 8:34 pm (#)

    I’d love to try the Taco Spaghetti! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

  15. Shaina — October 12, 2014 @ 5:49 pm (#)

    The Mediterranean Pasta, Chickpea & Fennel Salad with Creamy Feta-Dill Dressing sounds right up my alley!

  16. Alison H. — October 12, 2014 @ 1:52 pm (#)

    My favorite recipe is the Rotini Greek Salad!

  17. Pamela Gurganus — October 12, 2014 @ 9:49 am (#)

    My favorite recipe from the Dreamfields website is the Penne and Chicken with Garlic Cream Sauce.

  18. Natalie — October 11, 2014 @ 8:17 am (#)

    We love lasagna rolls and cannot wait to try Chicken cordon bleu with Dreamfields pasta, would love to win the gift pack too.

  19. Lisa Brown — October 11, 2014 @ 7:44 am (#)

    I liked the Chicken with Olives & Linguine recipe

  20. Susan D'Agostino — October 11, 2014 @ 3:03 am (#)

    My favorite recipe from the Dreamfield’s website is Rotini Greek Salad and it’s my husband’s too! I make it with Greek Kalamata Olives instead of Black Olives though, but it’s great either way! These Lasagna Rolls look & sound absolutely delicious! I’ll be making them soon! Who knows? We might just have a new favorite here!!

  21. Barb — October 10, 2014 @ 12:53 pm (#)

    I love dreamfields pasta!

  22. Laura J — October 10, 2014 @ 12:16 pm (#)

    Other than your Lasagna Rolls that look amazing…..I also really love the Rotini Greek Salad! That looks so good! A great salad to make for the holidays to take to relatives!

  23. Melissa T — October 9, 2014 @ 10:32 pm (#)

    Lemon Penne

  24. Martha in KS — October 9, 2014 @ 5:57 pm (#)

    The lasagna rolls look like something my family would like.

  25. Carol — October 9, 2014 @ 4:35 pm (#)

    Lasagne rolls looks good!

  26. Carol — October 9, 2014 @ 4:35 pm (#)

    The lasagne rolls looks great!

  27. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — October 8, 2014 @ 4:44 pm (#)

    What great flavors for lasagna roll-ups!

  28. Kristen @ Dinner For Two Blog — October 8, 2014 @ 4:15 pm (#)

    I would love to try the lemon penne! I love lemon pasta.

  29. HS — October 8, 2014 @ 3:41 pm (#)

    I like Stir-fry with Linguine, Beef and Vegetables recipe.

  30. Elena — October 7, 2014 @ 8:44 pm (#)

    I want to try the Lemon Penne recipe

  31. latanya — October 7, 2014 @ 3:44 pm (#)

    I want to try the Cheesy Pasta with Chicken & Broccoli

  32. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — October 6, 2014 @ 1:54 pm (#)

    Oh I just love how you healthified a classic!!!

  33. Becca from ItsYummi.com — October 6, 2014 @ 9:59 am (#)

    My fall and winter are full of pasta dishes like this. LOVE the cordon bleu twist!

  34. David @ Spiced — October 6, 2014 @ 8:30 am (#)

    Oh man, as soon as it starts getting chilly outside, my craving for pasta goes up…and this looks delicious! Thanks for sharing! :-)

  35. Sandy Headtke — October 5, 2014 @ 4:29 pm (#)

    Rotini Greek Salad sounds good, we are still in triple digit weather

  36. Kristen — October 5, 2014 @ 3:21 pm (#)

    The Southwest Grilled Chicken and Corn Pasta Salad recipe sounds good.

  37. Jeffrey — October 5, 2014 @ 2:29 pm (#)

    I love lasagna roll ups, we actually just had them 2 nights ago. I made with some homemade turkey meatballs, a ricotta mixture, spinach and a tomato/red pepper sauce made from my garden bounty. The recipe for Festive Lasagna Roll-Ups with Salsa Rosa Sauce is my favorite!

  38. Rosie — October 5, 2014 @ 1:36 pm (#)

    My favorite recipe is Lemon-Herb Penne – thyme, lemon zest, chives, parm – yum!

  39. Rosie — October 5, 2014 @ 1:32 pm (#)

    I love the recipe Antipasto Pasta Salad!!

  40. Baby June — October 5, 2014 @ 9:00 am (#)

    Wow that is one delicious-looking meal! So rich and cheesy. :)

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