I swear I woke up in the middle of the night recently and thought "Avocatta". The next day I went online to see if there was any semblance of such a thing but did not find much. As I thought more about what this concoction could be I started to visualize a lasagna roll up but instead of the traditional ricotta to fill in with avocado.
Success! These were really easy to throw together, were really flavorful and were also very filling. I am not sure why there are not more recipes out there that substitute avocado for ricotta. Maybe because avocado is often associated with Mexican cuisine and lasagna with Italian. I don't know, but I am glad I decided to try this as it was very tasty. I love the creaminess of the avocado blended with more traditional Italian flavors.
If you like avocado and you like Italian I think you will find this a winning combination. I think there is a lot of opportunity to change what you add into the mix. Already I am thinking roasted red peppers would make a good add.
This made five rolls for me. If you want to make more just adjust the amount of filling you use in each or increase the amount of filling you make. As for the vegan Parm, I provided a link to another recipe that has the directions contained within.
Avocatta Lasagna Rolls
5 lasagna noodles cooked according to package directions
2 ripe avocados, pitted
2 tbsp vegan Parmesan
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried basil (if using fresh increase the amount)
1/3 cup chopped fresh baby spinach leaves
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
6 grape tomatoes, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup or more marinara sauce
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place a large pot of water on the stove to boil. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
Prepare the filling by combining the avocado, vegan Parmesan, garlic powder, basil, spinach, parsley, tomatoes and salt and pepper. Mash until well combined but not totally smooth.
Prepare a baking dish by covering the bottom with some of the marinara sauce.
Lay one lasagna noodle on a flat surface and spread some of the mixture on its entire length. Roll the noodle into a cylinder and place it upright in the dish prepared with the marinara. Repeat with all remaining noodles.
Cover loosely with foil and bake in a 350-degree oven for 20 minutes. Drizzle with extra marinara and garnish with fresh parsley if desired. I also sprinkled some leftover breadcrumb gremolata on them. It was a nice touch but nt necessary.