15 mins
15 mins
Serves 4

Pasta Roses

These simple yet sophisticated pasta roses are perfect to serve to the ones you love on Valentine’s Day.
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  • 1 can Mutti Polpa Finely Chopped Tomatoes (with juice)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 cup Italpasta Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 6 leftover cooked Italpasta Lasagna noodles, halved lengthwise
  • 12 slices mozzarella cheese, halved lengthwise
  • 24 fresh basil leaves, divided
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated


  • Preheatoven to 375°F (190°C).
  • In medium bowl, stir together tomatoes, garlic and oil. Spoon 1 tbsp (15 mL) tomatoesmixture into each well of 12-cup muffin pan.
  • Place 1 lasagna noodle half on work surface. Layer with 2 pieces mozzarella so pasta is completely covered. Top with 1 torn basil leaf.
  • Starting from the short edge, tightly roll up like a jelly roll; secure center of roll with toothpick to hold it together.
  • Place roll in muffin cup. Using sharp knife or scissors, carefully cut an “X” intotop of roll about 1/2 inch (1 cm) deep. Spoon 1 tbsp (15 mL) tomatoes mixture overroll to moisten while baking. Using back of ladle, press down to open up pasta“petals” of the rose. Repeat to make 12 pasta roses.
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the pasta is heated through and cheese has melted. Let cool slightly.
  • Meanwhile,in small saucepan set over medium heat, warm remaining tomato sauce.
  • Remove toothpicks from rolls. Drizzle pasta roses with warmed tomato sauce. Garnish each with aremaining basil leaf. Garnish with Parmesan.
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Substitute mozzarella with smoked mozzarella or fontina cheese if preferred.

Nutritional Analysis

Calories: 530kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 25gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 770mgFiber: 6gSugar: 8g