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Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni June 13, 2015

Filed under: Italian,Pasta,Vegetarian — delishuss @ 7:27 am
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I went to this brilliant cheese making demo (Mad Millie). I was in food heaven. We made ricotta, mozzarella, feta and yoghurt. I gave the ricotta a shot myself last weekend. I reckon it was a success but I realised pretty quickly that even I wouldn’t consume that much cheese on my own so I thought I would use it in this recipe. One of my lunch club girls made it before, mine is probably a much less healthy version. The filling of the Cannelloni tubes is a bit tricky, well more messy than tricky. Might be a good one to get the kids involved in, if you have some. I used 2 teaspoons to fill them; 1 to fill them with the ricotta mixture and the other one’s handle to push the mixture in. You could use a piping bag if you had one, it would be much handier.

The photo doesn’t do this justice, it’s oozing with deliciousness.

Serves 4-5 people

Ingredients

10 cannelloni tubes (instant kind)

1 tin of tomatoes with garlic and herbs

100ml passata

1 onion, diced

1 garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon of allspice (I didn’t have nutmeg so used this instead)

Oil spray

250g ricotta cheese

50g Mozzarella cheese, shredded

50g parmesan, shredded

250g baby spinach

1/2 egg, beaten

2 tablespoons fresh basil

Salt and pepper

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

2. Heat a frying pan and spray some oil on it. Fry the allspice and the garlic for 2 minutes. Add the spinach; it does seem like a lot of spinach but it wilts away to nothing. On that note, let it wilt down and then remove from the heat and cool.

3. In a big bowl, beat the egg and the ricotta until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Add the spinach to the ricotta mixture.

5. Re-heat the same pan that you used for the spinach. Spray some more oil on the pan and saute the onions until soft and golden.

6. Add the tin of tomatoes and passata and simmer until the sauce has thickened.

7. While the sauce is reducing start preparing the cannelloni tubes. Add the ricotta filling into the tube with one teaspoon and push the mixture down with the handle of another teaspoon. Fill the remainder of the tubes in the same way.

8. Once the sauce has reduce, tear the basil and add to the sauce. Season the sauce with salt and pepper.

9. Add the cannelloni tubes to an oven proof dish. Pour over the sauce and sprinkle the cheeses over the sauce.

10. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes until the cheese has melted and is golden brown.

11. Serve with a green salad.

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Leek cannelloni with lemon thyme and provolone piccante July 13, 2012

Filed under: Pasta,Vegetarian — delishuss @ 7:17 pm
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Apologies, I know I have gone off the radar a bit but I have been cooking I can assure you. I saw Rick Steins make this on Saturday Kitchen and I must say it looked a hell of a lot easier than it is in reality. I made this for my friend Mareke who was over visiting, well actually she part made it :-). It was lovely but we were kind of wondering after we made it whether it was worth the effort. If you fancy trying it, give yourself plenty of time.

Ingredients

For the cheese sauce

  • 1 small onion, peeled and halved
  • 3 cloves
  • 450 ml milk
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp black peppercorns
  • 30 g butter
  • 30 g plain flour
  • 2 tbsp double cream
  • 150 g provolone cheese, coarsely grated
  • 1 egg yolk

For the tomato sauce

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 400 g can chopped tomatoes
  • 50 ml red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp caster sugar

For the cannelloni

  • 50 g butter
  • 900 g leeks, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp leaves lemon thyme
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 250 g ricotta cheese

// Method

1. For the cheese sauce: stud the onion with the cloves and put it into a saucepan with the milk, bay leaf and black peppercorns. Bring the milk to the boil then set it aside for 20 minutes to infuse.

2. For the tomato sauce: heat the oil in a medium-sized pan. Add the onion and garlic and cook gently until softened. Add the tomatoes and simmer gently for 15–20 minutes, stirring now and then, until reduced and thickened. Put the vinegar and sugar into a small pan and boil rapidly until reduced to 1 teaspoon. Stir into the tomato sauce with some salt and pepper to taste, then spoon the sauce over the base of a large, shallow ovenproof dish.

3. For the cannelloni: melt the butter in a large pan. Add the leeks, garlic, thyme and water and cook gently, uncovered, for 15 minutes, until the leeks are tender and the excess liquid has evaporated. Transfer to a bowl and leave to cool. Beat in the ricotta cheese and season to taste with salt and pepper.

4. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Drop in the sheets of lasagne one at a time, then take the pan off the heat and leave them to soak for 5 minutes. Drain well and leave to cool.

5. Spoon some of the leek filling along one short edge of each lasagne sheet and roll up. Arrange the cannelloni seam-side down on top of the tomato sauce in the ovenproof dish.

6. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6. Strain the milk for the cheese sauce. Melt the butter in a non-stick saucepan, add the flour and cook over a medium heat for 1 minute. Gradually beat in the milk. Bring to the boil, stirring, and leave to simmer very gently over a low heat for 10 minutes, giving it a stir every now and then. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cream, 75g of the grated provolone, the egg yolk and some seasoning to taste.

7. Pour the cheese sauce over the cannelloni, sprinkle over the rest of the cheese and bake for 30 minutes until golden and bubbling.