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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.


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.


Leek, Bacon and Goat’s Cheese Pie August 2, 2010

Filed under: Meat — delishuss @ 9:21 pm
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I subscribed to a cookbook, which came with some of the ‘BEST’ magazines, one of the cookbooks contained recipes for pies. A few took my fancy  but I ended up making this recipe based on the ingredients I had at home.  It’s good wholesome, comfort food. Give it go and let me know what you think.


1 pack of puff pastry (2 x sheets. If frozen leave out overnight to thaw)

1 ½ leeks, chopped

4 slices of smoked bacon, chopped

6 cherry tomatoes, halved

5 eggs beaten

1 egg beaten for sealing and glazing

6 slices of goat’s cheese

Olive oil

Salt and pepper



  1. Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 7, 218 degrees Celsius.
  2. Fry off the bacon until browned.
  3. Grease an ovenproof dish (about 15 cm deep) and roll out one sheet of your puff pastry into your dish. Cut off any edges and patch any areas that you may be short of pastry using some of the beaten egg to help the patches of pastry to stick together.
  4. Add the chopped leek, fried bacon, cherry tomatoes and goat’s cheese onto the pastry base.
  5. Add some salt and pepper to the beaten eggs and pour over the pastry base.
  6. Place in the oven and cook for about 12-15 minutes. Remove from the oven. Brush some of the beaten egg around the rim and place the second sheet of puff pastry across the top, cut off any excess pastry. Glaze to top with the egg.
  7. Place back in the oven for a further 12-15 minutes. Keep an eye on it as the pastry can burn quite quickly.

 Note: Serve with a salad with balsamic dressing.