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cannelloni with spinach and ricotta

Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni

Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni is a light meal loved by young and old alike and typically a Sunday meal in Italy. But we love it any time!
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 portions

Equipment

  • Saucepan
  • Mixin bowl+spatula
  • Baking tray 25X36 cm
  • Piping bag or teaspoon

Ingredients
  

  • 26 pcs cannelloni tubes 1 pack
  • 400 g fresh spinach organic
  • 500 g Ricotta cheese 2 packs
  • 200 g hard cheese grated
  • 3 pcs eggs organic
  • 1 glass white wine dry
  • 4-5 pcs garlic cloves organic
  • 1 tin organic chopped tomatoes (blended) or organic passata jar
  • 1 tsp spices (rock/sea salt, black ground pepper, ground nutmeg ) 1 tsp of each

Instructions
 

  • Place empty tubes in the tray to check how they feet and establish how many you will need.
  • Preheat the oven to 170°C/338°F/gas mark 3
  • Wash and drain the spinach.
  • Place two cups of cold water in a saucepan and bring to boil. Add the spinach, reduce the heat and simmer for 20-30 seconds until it softens.
  • Cool the spinach under cold water to stop it from boiling and preserve the vivid green colour. Drain.
    cannelloni ingredients
  • In a large bowl, empty the Ricotta packs, add the battered eggs, cooled spinach, smashed garlic and spices. Mix well.
  • Use a piping bag or a teaspoon to fill the cannelloni tubes with this paste.
  • Place the filled tubes in the tray. If you have any left-over paste, spread it on top of the tubes.
  • Spread the puréed tomatoes over the tubes.
    cannelloni in tray
  • Pour a glass of white wine on the side of the tubes; together with the tomato purée, it will help soak the pasta tubes during cooking.
  • Place the tray on the middle rack in the oven and nake for 40 minutes.
  • Five minutes before the time is up, remove the tray from the oven, add the grated hard cheese and bake for the remainder of the time.
  • When ready, allow a few minutes to slightly cool, then serve, preferably with a glass of white wine.
    baked cannelloni

Notes

Cannelloni with spinach and Ricotta cheese is best fresh but can be kept in the fridge for a maximum of three days, covered with aluminium foil. You could also store them in the freezer for up to two months. Defrost and reheat before serving.
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