Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni 🍃🍅🧀
Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni is one of our favourite Italian comfort foods, it's delicious and satisfying and has such a wonderful combination of ingredients to really enhance those creamy textures you'd love from a dish like this! Love Italian food? Love cheese and spinach? If yes then you have to make this- we've added a few twists to this classic recipe and it will definitely be a dish we will be making more often 😉
For the tomato sauce:
-3 tbsp olive oil
-8 garlic cloves, crushed
-3 tbsp caster sugar
-400g chopped tomatoes
-Small bunch basil leaves
For the topping:
-3 tbsp milk
-85g mature cheddar (you can use any cheese you wish), grated
-250g sliced mozzarella
For the filling:
-100g mature cheddar (you can use any cheese you wish), grated
-large pinch grated nutmeg
-400g dried cannelloni tubes
1) To start off, make the tomato sauce. To do this heat the oil in a large pan and fry the garlic for 1 min. Next add in the sugar, salt, oregano and tomatoes and simmer for 20 mins, stirring occasionally, until it has reduced. Finally Add the basil and set aside.
2) Next make the creamy sauce, to do this beat the mascarpone with the milk until smooth, season, then set aside.
3) Now place 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 cheese and ricotta. Season well with salt, pepper and the nutmeg.
4) Pre-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 into a lasagne dish, on top of the mascarpone sauce, then pour over the tomato sauce on top of the cannelloni tubes. Top with the cheddar cheese and mozzarella. Bake for 30-35 mins until golden and bubbling. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 mins before serving. Enjoy 😉
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