Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Easy Cannelloni

I often avoided the schmancy sounding italian stuff cos I thought it was hard... It's not.. As it happens, it's the easiest thing in the WORLD to bang together some lovely spinach and ricotta cannelloni..

What you'll need:

fresh lasagne sheets
1 large tub of ricotta cheese
tasty/pizza cheese
frozen (or fresh, chopped) cooked spinach
2 eggs
crushed tomatoes
garlic
onion
tomato paste
optional mince - pork/chicken/beef
butter
plain flour
milk
Salt

How to do what I did:

Cook yourself some bolognese -- tomatoes, tomato paste, onion, garlic and mince (if you want it)
Mix the ricotta filling.. add eggs, spinach, a handful of grated cheese and ricotta and combine. Don't forget to season it!!
Cut the lasagne sheets into halves, fill with ricotta mixture, roll, and place side by side into a large oiled baking dish.
Make b├ęchamel sauce - melt butter into a saucepan, add flour and cook off for 1 minute. Slowly add milk and whisk as it thickens.
Pour b├ęchamel sauce over cannelloni, and top with bolognese.  Finish with grated cheese, and bake for 30 minutes.

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