Garlicky Salmon Alfredo Lasagna Rolls Recipe

Lasagna is a favorite in many households, with its delightful cheesiness and sauciness layered between pasta sheets. It's also an excellent candidate for customization. There are many different ways to make lasagna, whether you want to load up on meat, cheese, or veggies. While the traditional recipe features multiple layers in a baking dish, you've got options when it comes to reimagining this classic. Mashed recipe developer Patterson Watkins shows off garlicky salmon Alfredo lasagna rolls that transform the meal from stackable to rollable. 

Watkins' rendition eschews the usual red sauce, calling for another favorite: Alfredo. She adds plenty of garlic to enhance the rich, buttery sauce and pairs it with flaked salmon to tie it all together. "I love the cuisine combination with this recipe," Watkins says. "Alfredo meets lasagna meets scampi in this harmonious blend of savory, creamy, zesty, and cheesy flavors and ingredients." 

Aside from the symphony of flavors, the aesthetics are on point too. "I also get a kick out of the rolled presentation," she says. Watkins also notes the ease of portioning and serving this lasagna, and that it "presents very nicely on the plate." As far as accompaniments, Watkins suggests a simple leafy green salad with a lemony vinaigrette would be the perfect complement to this hearty meal. "I also wouldn't shy away from some focaccia or crostini for dipping into that garlicky sauce," she adds.

Gather the ingredients for garlicky salmon Alfredo lasagna rolls

To make the Alfredo sauce, you'll need butter, minced garlic cloves, crushed red pepper flakes, white wine, all-purpose flour, chicken broth, half-and-half, grated Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. As for the filling, you'll use the remaining Parmesan along with some whole milk ricotta cheese, lemon pepper seasoning, fresh basil (chopped), and cooked salmon filets (skin removed). Finally, to assemble the rolls, you'll need cooked lasagna noodles and grated mozzarella cheese. If desired, get extra basil to garnish the dish.

Step 1: Preheat the oven

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Step 2: Melt the butter

Make the Alfredo sauce: Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.

Step 3: Add the seasonings

Once melted, add the garlic and crushed red pepper. Saute for 1 minute.

Step 4: Deglaze the pan

Deglaze skillet with wine, stir to combine, and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the wine has reduced by half.

Step 5: Make a roux

Add the flour to the skillet and whisk to combine into a roux.

Step 6: Simmer the broth and half-and-half

Add the broth and half-and-half to the skillet, whisk to combine with the roux, and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.

Step 7: Add the Parmesan and season

Add a ½ cup of the Parmesan to the skillet and whisk until combined and melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Step 8: Add sauce to the dish

Spoon half of the Alfredo sauce into a deep casserole dish. Set the casserole dish and remaining sauce aside.

Step 9: Combine the cheese, basil, and seasoning

Make the filling: Place ricotta, lemon pepper seasoning, basil, and the remaining ½ cup of grated Parmesan in a medium bowl, stir to combine.

Step 10: Flake the salmon

On a small plate, flake salmon into small pieces using a fork.

Step 11: Begin assembling the rolls

Make the lasagna rolls: Spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of the ricotta mixture onto a cooked lasagna noodle.

Step 12: Add the salmon

Top the ricotta with 1 to 2 tablespoons of flaked salmon.

Step 13: Add the mozzarella

Sprinkle the salmon and ricotta with 1 to 2 tablespoons of mozzarella.

Step 14: Roll and repeat

Roll the noodle, concealing the filling. Repeat with the remaining noodles, ricotta, and salmon. Reserve approximately ½ cup of the grated mozzarella.

Step 15: Transfer rolls to the sauced dish

Once all the rolls have been assembled, nestle the rolls into the sauced casserole dish. (I like frilly-sides up, but feel free to place seam-side down)

Step 16: Add more sauce

Top the rolls with the remaining half of Alfredo sauce.

Step 17: Sprinkle the extra mozzarella

Sprinkle the top of the casserole with the ½ cup of reserved mozzarella.

Step 18: Cover with tin foil and bake

Loosely cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil and place in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes.

Step 19: Remove the foil and increase temperature

Remove the casserole from the oven, take off the foil, and increase the oven temperature to 425 F.

Step 20: Bake until brown and bubbly

Once the temperature reaches 425 F, return the casserole to the oven. Continue to bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 21: Rest, garnish, and serve

Remove from the oven and set aside to rest for 15 minutes. Garnish with basil right before serving, if using.

Why should I avoid pre-grated cheese for this lasagna recipe?

There are three types of cheese in this creamy lasagna: mozzarella, Parmesan, and ricotta. When it comes to mozzarella and Parmesan, buying pre-grated cheese might seem like a shortcut. But Watkins recommends against it. "If you want a super melty, no-fail cheese sauce, go for grating your own cheese," she advises. "Pre-grated cheeses are typically tossed with a stabilizer (think cornstarch) to prevent the grated cheese from clumping or sticking together in the package." And stabilizers don't benefit your lasagna. "This additive can cause your sauces or final dishes to become gummy, clumpy, or overly thick," she warns. Ultimately, take a few extra minutes to grate it yourself for optimal results. 

And although you don't have to worry about shredded ricotta, it does comes in a few variations based on fat content. Here Watkins says home cooks can choose based on preference, though she does have a favorite. "I am partial to whole milk ricotta. I find it really enhances the overall creamy-rich factor of my recipes," she explains. Meanwhile, skim or part-skim varieties have less fat, which translates to a slightly grainier consistency.

What white wines can you use for cooking and pairing with salmon Alfredo?

Unlike a traditional lasagna with tomato sauce that might benefit from a high-acid red wine, this creamy salmon Alfredo version pairs wonderfully with white wine. "I love a citrusy vino with this recipe," Watkins says. Among her picks are unoaked chardonnays and lively sauvignon blancs. 

And since this lasagna recipe doesn't call for a lot of wine, just a 1/2 cup, you can offer to pair leftover wine along with the finished dish. But make sure for this recipe and others you avoid common mistakes when cooking with wine, which should give you second thoughts about reaching for the cheap stuff as well as using pricier bottles. You might want to choose a middle ground. Skip the splurge-worthy bottles but buy a high-quality wine that you'll enjoy drinking. After all, if you're buying nice ingredients for the rest of the lasagna, the last thing you want to do is have something subpar in your dish and glass.

Garlicky Salmon Alfredo Lasagna Rolls Recipe
5 from 26 ratings
A trio of cheeses (Parmesan, mozzarella, and ricotta) get rolled up with garlicky salmon for a spin on the classic lasagna that's easy to portion and serve.
Prep Time
35
minutes
Cook Time
55
minutes
Servings
6
Servings
Alfredo salmon lasagna rolls on plate
Total time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 15 ounces whole milk ricotta
  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 12 ounces cooked salmon filets, skin removed
  • 3 cups grated mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 (1-pound) box lasagna noodles, cooked al dente
Optional Ingredients
  • Extra basil, for garnish
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Make the Alfredo sauce: Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Once melted, add the garlic and crushed red pepper. Saute for 1 minute.
  4. Deglaze skillet with wine, stir to combine, and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the wine has reduced by half.
  5. Add the flour to the skillet and whisk to combine into a roux.
  6. Add the broth and half-and-half to the skillet, whisk to combine with the roux, and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.
  7. Add a ½ cup of the Parmesan to the skillet and whisk until combined and melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  8. Spoon half of the Alfredo sauce into a deep casserole dish. Set the casserole dish and remaining sauce aside.
  9. Make the filling: Place ricotta, lemon pepper seasoning, basil, and the remaining ½ cup of Parmesan in a medium bowl, stir to combine.
  10. On a small plate, flake salmon into small pieces using a fork.
  11. Make the lasagna rolls: Spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of the ricotta mixture onto a cooked lasagna noodle.
  12. Top the ricotta with 1 to 2 tablespoons of flaked salmon.
  13. Sprinkle the salmon and ricotta with 1 to 2 tablespoons of mozzarella.
  14. Roll the noodle, concealing the filling. Repeat with the remaining noodles, ricotta, and salmon. Reserve approximately ½ cup of the grated mozzarella.
  15. Once all the rolls have been assembled, nestle the rolls into the sauced casserole dish. (I like frilly-sides up, but feel free to place seam-side down)
  16. Top the rolls with the remaining half of Alfredo sauce.
  17. Sprinkle the top of the casserole with the ½ cup of reserved mozzarella.
  18. Loosely cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil and place in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes.
  19. Remove the casserole from the oven, take off the foil, and increase the oven temperature to 425 F.
  20. Once the temperature reaches 425 F, return the casserole to the oven. Continue to bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  21. Remove from the oven and set aside to rest for 15 minutes. Garnish with basil right before serving, if using.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 1,248
Total Fat 71.7 g
Saturated Fat 41.1 g
Trans Fat 0.6 g
Cholesterol 248.2 mg
Total Carbohydrates 77.3 g
Dietary Fiber 3.1 g
Total Sugars 7.8 g
Sodium 1,440.5 mg
Protein 68.3 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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