spinach roll ups

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instead of a traditional lasagna, i tried this recipe that uses the lasagna noodles as roll ups.  the recipe comes from a cookbook from the oyster-ponds historical society of long island new york.  as a main dish casserole, this recipe was very tasty.  it also does not use an excessive amount of cheese, which is more calorie friendly,

the recipe begins with cooking the lasagna noodles with package directions.  i used eight noodles, but the amount can be adjusted to serve your guests.  while the noodles are cooking, mix together the filling ingredients.

Filling ingredients:  one 10 oz package of thawed and squeezed dry frozen spinach, 1 cup cottage cheese, 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind, and black pepper to taste.

when the noodles are done, spread one to two tablespoons of the filling on a noodle, working one at a time.  roll up, end to end, and then stand in a casserole dish.  

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use your own or best store brand tomato sauce and cover the roll ups with about 2 cups of sauce.  bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.  garnish with freshly grated cheese and parsley.

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