Easy Spinach Ricotta Cannelloni Food

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Recipe VIDEO above. Juicy, perfectly seasoned spinach and ricotta filling inside cannelloni pasta tubes, topped with a simple, tasty tomato sauce and melted cheese. Great for freezing!

Provided by Nagi

Categories     Mains

Time 1h

Number Of Ingredients 18

1 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove (, finely chopped)
1 small onion (, finely chopped)
800 g / 28 oz crushed tomato
1 cup water ((swirl in tomato can to clean out))
3/4 tsp salt (+ pepper to taste)
Handful basil leaves (, torn, or 1 tsp dried herbs (e.g. Italian mix, oregano, thyme, basil))
250 g / 8 oz frozen chopped spinach (, thawed (Note 1))
500 g / 1 lb ricotta (, full fat please (Note 2))
1/3 cup grated parmesan
1 cup shredded cheese ((Mozzarella, Colby, Cheddar, Tasty, Gruyere, Swiss))
1 egg
1 large garlic clove (, minced)
Grated fresh nutmeg (just a sprinkling) or 1/8 tsp nutmeg powder (optional)
1/2 tsp salt and pepper (, each)
18 - 22 dried cannelloni tubes ((Note 3))
1 - 1 1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella
More basil (, for garnish (optional))


  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and onion, cook for 2 - 3 minutes until translucent. Add tomato, water, salt and pepper.
  • Stir, reduce heat to medium, simmer for 5 minutes. Optional: add 1/2 cup water and blend sauce until smooth (I do this for guests!).
  • Stir through basil or dried herbs. Set aside.
  • Place spinach in a colander and press out most of the liquid (don't need to thoroughly squeeze dry).
  • Place Spinach in bowl with remaining Filling ingredients. Mix, taste, adjust salt and pepper to taste (different cheeses have different saltiness).
  • Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
  • Choose a baking pan which will comfortably fit about 20 cannelloni - mine is 21 x 26 cm / 8.5 x 10.5".
  • Spread a bit of Sauce on the base.
  • Transfer Filling to a piping bag with a large nozzle (that fits in the tubes), or use a strong ziplock bag. Or do this step using a knife (it's a bit tedious though!).
  • Pipe the filling into the tubes. Place in baking dish.
  • Pour over remaining Sauce, covering all the tubes. Cover with foil, then bake for 25 minutes.
  • Remove foil, scatter over cheese. Return to oven for 10 minutes until cheese is melted.
  • Serve, garnished with extra basil if desired.

Nutrition Facts : ServingSize 407 g, Calories 531 kcal


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Provided by Kelsey Nixon

Time 1h20m

Yield 6 servings

Number Of Ingredients 21

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
8 ounces sweet Italian sausage, casings removed or bulk sausage meat
1 (10-ounce) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
1 1/2 cups plus 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
3 large eggs
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Fresh Pasta Dough, rolled out and cut into 6 by-7-inch rectangles, recipe follows
4 cups Simple Tomato Sauce, recipe follows
Fresh basil, for garnish
2 cups flour
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or 1 tablespoon dried basil
2 (28-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat and saute the onion until fragrant and translucent. Add the Italian sausage meat, breaking it up with the back of a wooden spoon and brown it until no longer pink, about 10 to 12 minutes. Drain the excess fat from the sausage meat, and set aside to cool. In a large mixing bowl stir together the drained and squeeze-dried spinach, ricotta, 1 1/2 cups Parmesan, eggs, cooled Italian sausage and onion mixture, salt, and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Place the oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the fresh pasta rectangles for 1 minute and remove with a slotted spatula. Set aside. In a 9 by 13-inch baking dish, spread 2 cups tomato sauce. Working with 1 pasta rectangle at a time, spread 6 tablespoons filling along one edge and roll the pasta sheet up tightly, leaving the ends open. Repeat until you have 8 cannelloni. Arrange the prepared cannelloni, seam-side down, in a single layer in the baking dish. Spoon the remaining 2 cups tomato sauce evenly over the cannelloni. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup grated Parmesan over top. Bake the cannelloni for 20 minutes and let it stand for 10 minutes before serving. Serve the cannelloni with extra tomato sauce from the baking dish and garnish with fresh basil.
  • To make fresh pasta dough: Mound the flour on a clean work surface. Hollow out the center making a well in the middle of the flour with steep sides. Break the eggs into the well. Add the salt, and olive oil to the hollow center and gently mix together with a fork. Gradually start incorporating the flour by pulling in the flour from the sides of the well. As you incorporate more of the flour, the dough will start to take shape. With your hands or a bench scraper continue working the dough until it comes together. If the dough is too dry, add a little water; if too wet or sticky, add a little flour. Begin kneading the dough and keep kneading until it becomes smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. At this point, set the dough aside, cover it with plastic, and let it rest for 15 to 20 minutes. You can store the dough in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours, but allow it to return to room temperature before rolling it out. Divide the pasta dough into 4 even sections. Keep each section covered with plastic wrap or a clean towel while you work with each one. Flour the dough, the rollers of a pasta roller (or your rolling pin), your hands, and the work surface. If using a pasta machine: Flatten 1 of the of the dough pieces between your hands or with a floured rolling pin until it forms a thick oval disk. Dust the disk, the roller, and your hands with additional flour. Flour a baking sheet to hold the rolled out finished pasta. With the roller on the widest setting, pass the pasta through the machine's rollers a few times until it is smooth. Fold the dough over into 1/3, and continue to pass through a few more times until the pasta is smooth again. Begin adjusting the pasta machine settings to become thinner, passing the dough through a few times at each setting. If rolling the pasta by hand: Flatten a dough piece into a thick oval disk with your hands. Flour a baking sheet for the rolled out finished pasta. Place the oval dough disk on a floured work surface, and sprinkle with additional flour. Begin rolling out the dough with a floured rolling pin working from the center of the dough outwards, constantly moving the dough and lifting it to make sure it's not sticking.
  • To make Simple Tomato Sauce: In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, and garlic and cook until soft and golden brown. Add the basil and cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes. Add the canned tomatoes with their juices and bring to a boil, stirring often. Lower the heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until the sauce has thickened. With a potato masher, break up the tomatoes to achieve a sauce-like consistency. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve. Cook's Note: Tomato sauce will last 1 week in the refrigerator and up to 6 months in the freezer.


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Keep a few portions of this vegetarian classic in the freezer and you'll never be stuck for a satisfying supper

Provided by Good Food team

Categories     Dinner, Main course, Pasta

Time 1h30m

Yield Makes 10 servings

Number Of Ingredients 15

3 tbsp olive oil
8 garlic cloves, crushed
3 tbsp caster sugar
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
4 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
small bunch basil leaves
2 x 250g tubs mascarpone
3 tbsp milk
85g parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), grated
2 x 125g balls mozzarella, sliced
1kg spinach
100g parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), grated
3 x 250g tubs ricotta
large pinch grated nutmeg
400g dried cannelloni


  • First make the tomato sauce. Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the garlic for 1 min. Add the sugar, vinegar, tomatoes and some seasoning and simmer for 20 mins, stirring occasionally, until thick. Add the basil and divide the sauce between 2 or more shallow ovenproof dishes (see Tips for freezing, below). Set aside. Make a sauce by beating the mascarpone with the milk until smooth, season, then set aside.
  • Put the spinach in a large colander and pour over a kettle of boiling water to wilt it (you may need to do this in batches). When cool enough to handle squeeze out the excess water. Roughly chop the spinach and mix in a large bowl with 100g Parmesan and ricotta. Season well with salt, pepper and the nutmeg.
  • Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Using a piping bag or plastic food bag with the corner snipped off, squeeze the filling into the cannelloni tubes. Lay the tubes, side by side, on top of the tomato sauce and spoon over the mascarpone sauce. Top with Parmesan and mozzarella. You can now freeze the cannelloni, uncooked, or you can cook it first and then freeze. Bake for 30-35 mins until golden and bubbling. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 mins before serving.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 711 calories, Fat 47 grams fat, SaturatedFat 27 grams saturated fat, Carbohydrate 44 grams carbohydrates, Sugar 15 grams sugar, Fiber 5 grams fiber, Protein 30 grams protein, Sodium 1.59 milligram of sodium


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A bit of work but well worth it - I find the piping bag the easiest way to get the mixture into the shells.

Provided by RemyGage

Categories     One Dish Meal

Time 1h15m

Yield 6 serving(s)

Number Of Ingredients 15

1 onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 (14 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 bunch spinach or 1/2 bunch silver beet
250 g ricotta cheese
60 g parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly ground if possible)
white pepper
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups low-fat milk
1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
14 cannelloni tubes


  • Preheat oven to 180°C
  • Fry onion and garlic in half the olive oil until softened. Stir in tomatoes and sugar. Remove from heat. Pour into a lightly greased lasagne pan and spread evenly over the base.
  • Wash and drain spinach. Remove stalks and chop finely in the food processor. Cook the spinach in the remaining oil for 2 minutes (this can be done in the same pan as the tomatoes - no need to wash it). Transfer spinach to a mixing bowl to cool slightly. Stir in the ricotta cheese, nutmeg, white pepper and half the parmesan cheese.
  • Working in batches place spinach mixture into plastic ziplock bags (don't close) to about half full. Cut off a small bit of one corner. Pipe the mixture into the canneloni tubes. Place the filled tubes on the tomato sauce in the lasagne pan. Do as many as you can fit in one layer.
  • In the same pan (again, no need to wash), melt the butter. Add the flour and cook, stirring for 1 minute over low heat. Slowly add the milk and cook, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens. Add the chopped parsley and season to taste.
  • Cover cannelloni with the parsley bechamel sauce and sprinkle with the rest of the parmesan. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes, remove foil and bake for 20 minutes longer.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 312.4, Fat 19.9, SaturatedFat 10.1, Cholesterol 49.4, Sodium 577.1, Carbohydrate 21.8, Fiber 3.2, Sugar 11.1, Protein 14.2


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This is a recipe I have had for ages and don't know where I originally got it from but have posted because of a request on the threads. It does work.

Provided by Latchy

Categories     Manicotti

Time 50m

Yield 4 serving(s)

Number Of Ingredients 8

3 cups fresh spinach leaves, steamed,drained and finely chopped (about 1/2 to 3/4 cooked)
2 cups ricotta cheese
1/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese (freshly grated)
salt and pepper
4 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh basil
2 -3 cups of your favourite tomato sauce (home made or bought)
1/2 cup of grated fresh parmesan cheese, for topping
5 ounces of purchased lasagna sheets, fresh


  • Mix the first 5 ingredients together.
  • Preheat your oven to about 180d C.
  • Place about 1/3rd cup of filling into the centre of each pasta sheet and roll into a cylinder.
  • When all sheets are filled place a cup of the sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 12 inch pan and then lay the cannelloni's on top of it.
  • After all have been assembled spread the remaining sauce on top then sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Bake about 30 mins until they are bubbling and golden then let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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