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Extra Cheesy Vegetable Roll-Ups Recipe Is a Super Satisfying Low-Carb Meal

Cheesy baked pasta dishes like lasagna are comfort food classics. But if you’re trying to cut back on carbs yet still crave that ooey-gooey goodness, then you’ve got to give this Vegetable Roll-Ups recipe a try.

First, cut zucchini into thin strips then quickly blanch them so they’re pliable. For the carrots, simply run a peeler down the length of the veggie to create ribbons. The two vegetables stacked together sub in for lasagna noodles. (Check out these other ways to make comfort foods healthier.) Our filling combines three kinds of cheese — ricotta for richness, Parmesan for tang and shredded Italian blend for all that melty mmm. Spread the mixture over the stacks and roll ’em up. Next, we pour jarred sauce into a baking dish, add the roll-ups and bake until hot and bubbly. They’re just as delicious as lasagna roll-ups but with far fewer carbs. Once you dig into this Vegetable Roll-Ups recipe send us your comments below. Ready for more low-carb meals? Try these pasta substitutes.

Yields

6 serving

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Ingredients

  • 3 (10 oz.) zucchini, trimmed
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 cup tomato-and-basil pasta sauce
  • 1½ cups shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil + additional leaves
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ tsp. pepper

Instructions

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Heat oven to 400°F. Bring large pot salted water to a boil. Slice 18 scant ¼"-thick slices lengthwise from zucchini. Using vegetable peeler, shave 36 strips lengthwise from carrots. Add zucchini to boiling water. Cook until just soft, about 2 min. Drain; let cool. Pat dry.

Spread sauce in baking dish. In bowl, combine shredded cheese, ricotta, ½ cup basil, Parmesan, egg and pepper. Top each zucchini slice with 2 carrot strips. Spread with cheese mixture, leaving 1½" border from one end; roll up jelly-roll style. Transfer to baking dish, filling side up and touching each other. Bake until hot and bubbly, about 20 min. Broil until golden, about 3 min. If desired, garnish with additional basil leaves.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 302
  • Fat: 17 gram
  • Saturated Fat: 10 gram
  • Protein: 20 gram
  • Carbohydrate: 16 gram
  • Fiber: 3 gram
  • Cholesterol: 74 mg
  • Sugar: 8 gram
  • Sodium: 720 mg
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