Aldi sells several types of frozen lasagna. They have a small Regular Buy lasagna that is available year round. They also sell a family-sized lasagna and a vegetable lasagna as rotating, limited-time ALDI Finds (Special Buys). They even sell oven-ready no-boil lasagna noodles for several months each year as a seasonal item if you want to make your own lasagna from scratch. In addition, if you want something different, Aldi sells lasagna rolls.
Bremer Cheese Lasagna Rolls were $5.99 for a 32-oz. package at the time of publication. One box contains 12 rolls, with 12 servings per container, which comes out to about 50 cents per serving. They have “a rich blend of ricotta, Parmesan, and Romano cheeses,” and they’re found year round in the Regular Buy freezer section.
A one-roll serving nets you 160 calories, 3.5 grams of total fat (6% DV), 2 grams of saturated fat (9% DV), 160 mg of sodium (7% DV), 25 grams of total carbohydrates (8% DV), 1 gram of dietary fiber (4% DV), 1 gram of sugars, and 6 grams of protein.
It’s a processed product, so it has some less-desirable ingredients such as carrageenan and xanthan gum, but the ingredients list is not as lengthy of a laundry list as one might expect for a frozen entree. People with allergies should be aware these contain wheat, milk, and eggs.
IMPORTANT: these do not come with sauce! You must add your own.
When I picked these up in the store, I assumed they included everything I’d need for a complete entree, including the sauce. I was wrong. The instructions call for adding “your favorite sauce.” The instructions also don’t say how much sauce to use, but I would guess you need one full jar. Thankfully, I had some marinara sauce on hand, but if you don’t already have a jar of sauce, this could quickly throw your dinner plans into chaos.
The lasagna rolls can be prepared in a conventional oven or in the microwave.
To bake in the oven, preheated to 375 degrees. Place your favorite sauce in an oven-safe dish. Place frozen rolls on top of the sauce and add more sauce on top of the rolls. Cover with a lid or foil and bake in the center of the oven for 25-30 minutes or until hot (160 degrees). Remove from the oven and let stand 2 minutes before serving. Remove cover carefully as steam will be hot. Optional: add grated cheese and or Mozzarella cheese and return to the oven, baking until cheese is hot and bubbly.
To microwave, place your favorite sauce in a microwave-safe dish. Place the frozen rolls on top of the sauce and add more sauce on top of the rolls. Cover the dish and microwave on high power (100%) for 2 1/2 minutes. Microwave on medium power (50%) for an additional 6-8 minutes or until hot (160 degrees). Remove from microwave and let stand 2 minutes before serving. Remove cover carefully as steam will be hot.
The box also includes variations you can use while preparing the lasagna rolls to add different flavors or vibes to your meal:
- Classic: add marinara sauce and top with shredded cheeses.
- Mexican: add chipotle or enchilada sauce and top with jalapeno peppers, corn, and black olives.
- Vegetarian: add vodka cream sauce and top with sauteed eggplant, zucchini, and squash.
The one positive that comes from these not including sauce is that the cheese-filled noodles become a base with a lot of flexibility, with room for several variations. I tend to think of lasagna rolls as only being served with classic red sauce, but serving them with an alfredo sauce or jazzed up with a Mexican-themed sauce also sound good.
I prepared our lasagna rolls in the oven and used Simply Nature Organic Marinara Pasta Sauce. I forgot to put a foil cover over the baking dish, but the lasagna rolls didn’t dry out. It took about 40 minutes to get them up to 160 degrees, but that might have been because I didn’t cover the dish. At around the 30-minute mark, I took the baking dish out of the oven and sprinkled on some shredded mozzarella cheese before placing it all back in the oven.
The house smelled delicious while these were baking, and my family approved of the lasagna rolls. They didn’t taste all that different from the homemade lasagna rolls I make, and they come together with a lot less work than homemade lasagna rolls because I don’t have to cook the noodles, mix the cheese filling, spread it on the noodles, and roll them up. It’s easy to simply dump the pre-made rolls in a baking dish with some sauce and pop them in the oven.
The box says one 160-calorie roll is one serving, but that felt small to us, so most of us ate two rolls, which brings the calorie count (before adding sauce and shredded cheese topping) to 320 calories per serving. It was a good meal served alongside some garlic biscuits and salad with a tasty Italian dressing made from a packet I purchased from Aldi.
While I give these lasagna rolls a slight knock because it’s too easy to mistakenly assume these come with sauce, now that I know what I’m getting in the box, I appreciate their convenience. A benefit that comes with adding my own sauce is that I have control over the sauce ingredients, and I can use no-sugar added sauce or even use homemade sauce. I’m also looking forward to making these in the future with alfredo sauce or possibly as the Mexican variation with enchilada sauce.
Aldi’s Bremer Cheese Lasagna Rolls can save you time if you aren’t up to making lasagna or lasagna rolls from scratch. But be aware these are just cooked lasagna noodles rolled up with cheese filling. You must add your own sauce. That said, these are delicious, like what you might get at an Italian restaurant. I recommend them.