Cook's Hideout: Spinach Artichoke Lasagna Rolls and Chocolate Risotto.... and a GIVEAWAY!

November 06, 2015

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna Rolls and Chocolate Risotto.... and a GIVEAWAY!

Can't believe holiday season is almost upon us and I'm very happy to be a part of Colavita and Perugina 'Join our Italian holiday Table' campaign this year. They sent me a large variety of their products including olive oils, crushed tomatoes, marinara sauce, artichokes hearts, olives, lasagna, arborio rice and some absolutely delicious Perugina chocolates. One of you lucky readers will also receive the same amazing products -- scroll down to the end of the post for more details of the giveaway.
Vegetarian Spinach Artichoke Lasagna Rolls
Colavita is a family owned company and they have been importing and distributing Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil for over 30 years. Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil is recognized as the #1 Italian brand in the US and has earned awards from renowned cooking publications such as Fine Cooking and Cook’s Illustrated and general-interest magazines like Men’s Health. Perugina is Italy’s most renowned chocolate maker and Baci are Perugina’s most famous confection. Baci (which means “kisses” in Italian) are perfect as an ingredient in recipes, as a daily indulgence or as a gift for a loved one.
Colavita Products

Perugina Baci Chocolates
The task was to come up with 2 inspiring recipes fit for the holidays: 1 main course and 1 dessert using at least 5 of the given ingredients. As I was opening up the box that was sent, I had so many different ideas running through my head.
Vegetarian Spinach Artichoke Lasagna Rolls
The minute I saw the lasagne sheets I wanted to make lasagna rolls which has been on my to-try list for a very long time. The jar of artichoke hearts went right into the filling with spinach and cheese. The filled lasagna rolls got smothered in Colavita marinara sauce and topped with more cheese. This is a great vegetarian main dish for the holidays. The lasagna rolls can be prepared ahead of time and baked just before serving.
Vegetarian Spinach Artichoke Lasagna Rolls

Vegetarian Spinach Artichoke Lasagna Rolls

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna Rolls:
Prep Time - 25 minutes
Cooking Time - 30 minutes
Bake Time - 35 minutes
Total Time - 1 hour 30 minutes
Serves - 8
For the Filling:
  • 1tbsp Colavita Extra virgin Olive oil
  • 1cup Colavita Artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 10 oz. Frozen Spinach, thawed and water squeezed out
  • 1 Small Onion, chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, finely minced
  • ½tsp Red pepper flakes
  • tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 2tbsp Fresh Basil, chopped
  • 1½cup Part Skim Ricotta
  • ¼cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • To taste Salt & Pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Prepare the Lasagne Noodles: Cook the noodles according to package instructions. Drain and put them on lightly greased baking sheet.
  3. Make the Filling: Heat a saute pan. add oil and once it is hot, add the onion and garlic. Cook on medium heat for 3~4 minutes or until the onion turns translucent.
  4. Add the thawed spinach, chopped artichokes, ground nutmeg, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Mix well and cook for about 5 minutes. Remove into a mixing bowl and cool for 5 minutes.
  5. Once the mixture is cool enough, add chopped basil, ricotta, parmesan cheese and mix well.
  6. Assemble: Lightly grease a 9"x13" baking sheet and add ¼cup of marinara sauce on the bottom.
  7. Spread about 3tbsp filling on each lasagna sheet, top it with 2tbsp marinara sauce and 2tbsp of shredded mozzarella cheese. Tightly roll up the lasagna roll and place seam side down in the prepared baking pan. Repeat with the remaining lasagna sheets.
  8. Once all the lasagna rolls are ready, top it the remaining marinara sauce and the mozzarella cheese. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 25~30 minutes or until the sauce is hot and bubbly.
  9. Remove the foil and bake for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and browned. Cool for 5~10 minutes before serving!!
Vegetarian Spinach Artichoke Lasagna Rolls
Chocolate Risotto:
This chocolate risotto is creamy and absolutely divine. Unlike making traditional risotto which involves a lot of stirring, this dessert is mostly hands free. Arborio rice is cooked in milk along with vanilla until tender and then chopped Perugina dark chocolate is stirred into it to make the most luscious chocolate risotto ever.

Recipe is from Giada's cooking show. She flavored her 'Chocolate Rice Pudding' from orange zest, but I used vanilla bean. Orange and chocolate is a lovely combination and I would probably try this pudding with Perugina Orangello dark chocolate next time I make it. I topped the pudding with some chopped Baci and it provides nice nuttiness to the otherwise creamy texture.
Prep Time - 10 minutes
Cook time - 30 minutes
Chill Time - 2 hours
Total Time - 2 hours 40 minutes
Serves - 4

  1. In a saucepan, combine arborio rice, milk, scraped vanilla bean and the vanilla pod. Bring the mixture to a boil, lower the heat to medium low and simmer, stirring frequently, until the rice is tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Add the sugar, cook till it melts and the mixture thickens a little bit, about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the cocoa powder and grated chocolate. Mix well until the chocolate is melted.
  4. Cool for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Chill for 2~3 hours before serving and garnish with chopped Baci.

And finally here's the info for the Giveaway!! ** This post was sponsored by Colavita & Perugina. I was provided with product samples, and received compensation for my participation in this campaign. However, all opinions and experiences in this post are authentic and my own, and have in no way been influenced by either company. Signature


  1. My older one saw the lasagna and has bookmarked it. So it is on my list next :) Never worked with artichokes. This looks like a good way to start using them !

  2. that risotto is just calling my name and great giveaway - I hope I win:)

  3. Both the dishes are presented so beautifully, Pavani.
    I don't usually sign up for free giveaways since I don't seem to get anything free in life. :) However I signed up this time and waiting. :))


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