Hatch chiles are back!! Bet you weren't expecting that after seeing this picture, was it? August is a miserable month here in Texas as the heat is relentless and with the longer days...just doesn't make for a good combination. However, it is also the month I wait for in anticipation because of these precious peppers that make their way down to Texas from Hatch, New Mexico (hence the name). Unfortunately, they aren't here to stay for very long (thru September if we're lucky). I don't know about you, but all sense of self-restraint is abandoned when I hear the word "limited." Even if I don't need it or necessarily care for it, I will hoard it like there is no tomorrow...perhaps to eliminate any possibility of regret. Yes..that must be it. In any case, the Hungryman and I have been hatch chile killers as of late. I actually made this dish several weeks ago and am just now getting around to posting...I'm so on top of things ;).
How to pick the perfect pepper? Here's what I look for - it's gotta be bright green in color, symmetrical, feel heavy for its size, and the skin has to be smooth yet firm. So what do I do with the ridiculous amount of chiles I end up purchasing throughout the season? Roast and freeze them of course! The Pioneer Woman has great step-by-step instructions on how to do this. When packing them in a freezer bag, I like to put just a few in each bag, being sure to let all the air out, and lay them flat in the freezer. Now you can enjoy them all year round! Not really the case in my household as they all seem to disappear before October.
While I normally go southwestern when adding them to dishes (like these hatch chile chicken burgers), I decided to try something different... shake things up a bit (no pun intended ;)). The Hungryman
demanded requested lasagna so I thought I would just throw the chiles in since I have so many on hand. I contemplated whether or not I should make a Mexican lasagna with the usual flavors of cumin, corn, cilantro, lime, etc, but I really wanted Italian food (specifically ricotta..which I can eat by the spoonful). So here it is..Vegetarian Lasagna Roll Ups with hatch chiles!
Spread the ricotta mixture evenly on cooked noodles and roll carefully! So much more fun than stacking in layers :).
At this point, the Hungryman really wanted to just pick one up with his fingers. I had to snap photos with lightning speed before he left his mark. When he saw a window of opportunity, he quickly devoured a roll up and eagerly asked for seconds. He said he really liked it even though it lacked any kind of meat. Coming from a carnivore like the Hungryman, it was like music to my ears.
- 12 uncooked lasagna noodles
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- ½ red onion diced
- 6 oz. portobello mushroom diced
- ½ red bell pepper diced
- 10 oz. frozen chopped spinach thawed and completely drained (you can also use fresh)
- ¼ cup finely chopped roasted hatch chiles about 2
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 cups marinara sauce
- 15 oz part-skim ricotta cheese
- 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1 egg
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Noodles: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook lasagna in salted water and cook to al dente. Drain and lay the lasagna noodles out flat on a baking sheet or a flat surface. Cool.
- Vegetables: Meanwhile, heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook about 4-5 min, or until softened and fragrant. Add mushroom, red bell pepper, spinach, roasted hatch chile and cook, stirring often, until spinach is wilted, approx 4-5 min. Transfer to a bowl.
- Filling: Combine ricotta, 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese, 1 egg, spinach mixture in a bowl. Stir until well combined.
- Assembly: Spray 9 X 13 baking dish with cooking spray. Line bottom with ½ cup of marinara sauce. Take ⅓ cup of filling and spread evenly over noodle. Carefully roll and place seam side down into the baking dish. Repeat with remaining noodles. Top rolled noodles with remaining sauce and mozzarella cheese.
- Bake: Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30-35 min. Remove foil and bake for additional 5 min, or until cheese is melted on the top. Remove from oven and serve warm.
Calories: 464 * Total Fat: 17.8g * Saturated Fat: 9.2g * Cholesterol: 71mg * Sodium 691mg * Total Carbs: 48.5g * Fiber: 5.5g * Sugars: 9.6g * Protein: 28.2g
HHave you had hatch chiles before? If so, what are you favorite ways to enjoy them
Just wanted to let you know I've made this recipe multiple times…my husband and I love it! Love your site 🙂
Thank you so much, Meg, for taking the time to let me know how much you guys enjoyed the recipe! You just totally made my day ;).Truly means a lot..
This looks amazing and will be cooking it this weekend! However, my husband isn't a big fan of spinach; anything else you recommend I substitute it with? Or shall I just leave it out?
Thank you, Miriam. Sure! You can add whatever veggies you guys like - swiss chard, kale, zucchini, eggplant..the sky is the limit with this one. Or you could even make this with spinach and see how he likes it. Mine is not fond of kale, but I try to "sneak" it into his favorite foods in hopes that he will come around. He's def starting to open up to it ;). You never know hehe.
Great Thanks Min!
One last question, if I have fresh spinach, how do I cook them to include them in the recipe ?
No problem! First cook your garlic and onion, until softened (4-5 minutes), then add mushroom, red bell pepper, and hatch chile (if you choose), and spinach. Cook it until it's slightly wilted (4-5 minutes). Hope this helps!
Thanks a million! Will try it out and let you know 🙂
I did this last week and it turned out great! I loved it and so did my husband!! Thank you very much for the recipe 🙂
April @ The 21st Century Housewife says
I've never had hatch chillies before. They sound very interesting and this recipe looks just scrumptious. Love that it is vegetarian too! Thank you for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.
Julie @ This Gal Cooks says
These little roll-ups are great, Min! I sure do wish I could get my hands on some of those peppers. I bet they are delicious! Pinned!
PS, are you going to have an email subscribe option sometime soon? I'd like to keep up with your blog via email. It's the easiest way for me to keep up with the blogs I want to read. 🙂
Hi Julie! Thank you ;). Yea..it's a shame that these chiles aren't available everywhere :(.
As for the subscribe via email option, is this pretty hard to set up? I have my RSS Feed set up so that it will go directly into your mailbox, but is this not the same thing? I see on your page that says "Recipes delivered straight to your inbox." How did you set this up? I apologize for bombarding you with questions..I'm pretty incompetent when it comes to all these details. I'm honored that I'm one of the blogs you want to read hehe.
Oh yum, pinning right now!
Coming over from the Work It Wednesday party!
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Amy | Club Narwhal says
Min, this looks out of this world! I love lasagna roll ups and your vegetarian take is making me so happy (especially with those roasted chiles). Pinning!
Kari @ bite-sized thoughts says
What a cute way of doing lasagna! And so much easier to serve up 🙂
Celeste @Healthful Mind Body and Soul says
These roll ups look great, I havd to give them a pin and a try.
Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper says
These look so good! Adding them to my "to-do" list for sure!
So pretty! Looks yummy!
Danielle @ It's A Harleyyy Life says
omg this looks delicious! I need to make these soon! Thanks girly!
Jennifer M. says
Good Morning! This is my first visit, and I am so glad I found you through Tasty Tuesdays! Your Lasagna roll ups looks amazing. I have never heard of hatch chili peppers before, they look like Anaheims are they more or less spicey than a jalapeno?
Hi Jennifer! It's nice to meet you! They sure do look like Anaheims, don't they? In general, they are milder than jalapeños. Every once in awhile you may get one that's spicier. You should def give them a try if you can get your hands on some!
Laura @ The Salty Kitchen says
This is my first time here, and I'm so glad I found you! Pardon me if I 'cyber-stalk' your site for a few hours. I'm on a mission to make my husband healthier, too (he just got an increase in his blood pressure medicine...at 39).
I walked right past the HUGE hatche chilies display this weekend, wondering what I could do with them. You've saved the day!
Enjoy your week, and I'll be back to see what else you've created. 🙂
Haha It's so nice to meet you, Laura! I find it quite flattering that you want to stalk me ;). It's a great mission to be on, and I can tell you from my personal experience that it wasn't easy. Tim was def the typical meat and potatoes kind of guy. But don't give up! Your persistence and hard work will def pay off one day. Now I get to hear things like "I kinda like this quinoa business" and "I don't miss the meat in this dish"...mission accomplished ;). Tim also has a heart condition which forces him to be on medication for life and ever since he changed his diet, the dosage got cut in half! We are truly what we eat.
Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche says
These look so good!! I love that doing them as roll-ups rather than normal layers helps you to get neat portions (usually when I cut lasagne it ends up a big mess!) 🙂
So true! These roll ups def help with portion control ;)...easier to make too! I've never been good at layering 😉
That looks really good. I'm not sure we get hatch chiles here. How hot are they?
I've really been enjoying browsing your site, by the way. I'm more likely to trust recipes from a dietician these days since I'm focusing more and more on better health. Thanks for your efforts!
Hi Crystal! I love spicy food and can handle the heat so perhaps my perspective may be skewed..but they are not that spicy at all. There are two kinds - hot and mild. You'll most commonly find the mild ones at the grocery store. I don't know how familiar you are with chiles but they tend to be hotter than anaheim chiles yet don't quite pack the kick that jalapenos do. If you can get your hands on them, you MUST give them a try!
And thank you so much for your kind words! I'm not a Registered Dietitian yet as I'm just beginning my internship. I hope to share my experience along the way so if you're interested in that kind of stuff, stay tuned 😉
Danita@O Taste And See says
Amazing pictures! Love veggie lasagna! Pinning!
Thank you, Danita!
dixya| food, pleasure, and health says
yum yum - i need to get myself some hatch chilies too soon
Oh you haven't yet? You must! They will be gone before you know it
Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads says
This recipe looks amazing! Pinning! 🙂
Thank you, Sheena!