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Spinach and Cheese Cannelloni

A delicious and satisfying dish, Spinach and Cheese Cannelloni is packed with flavorful ingredients and amazing Mediterranean flavor.

  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Ingredients

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2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups half & half
Salt & pepper to taste
Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
34 garlic cloves, finely chopped
10 ounces baby spinach
1 12 oz container ricotta
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
8 dry or ‘no-boil’ Lasagna noodles

Instructions

Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Whisk in flour and cook the roux, whisking, 2 minutes.
Add the half & half and whisk, bringing to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, whisking occasionally, 2 minutes.
Whisk in salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Remove from heat and whisk in cheese, then cover.
Heat oil in a 5 to 6-quart heavy pot over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then sauté onion and garlic, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
Add spinach and sauté, stirring, until just wilted, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely.
Stir together ricotta, egg, parsley, salt, pepper, and cheese in a bowl, then stir in spinach mixture.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Spread 2/3 cup sauce in buttered baking dish.
Spread about 1/3 cup ricotta filling in a line along 1 short side of 1 pasta rectangle, then roll up to enclose filling. Transfer, seam side down, to baking dish.
Make 7 more cannelloni in same manner, arranging snugly in 1 layer.
Spread ½ cup more sauce over cannelloni and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Bake, covered with foil, in middle of oven until sauce is bubbling, about 20 minutes.
Turn on broiler. Remove foil and broil cannelloni about 5 inches from heat until lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Reheat remaining sauce and serve on the side.

Notes

For extra flavor, add your favorite herbs and spices.
You can also use fresh lasagna noodles for this recipe.

  • Author: 9
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Halal

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 400 kcal
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 440mg
  • Fat: 23g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 15g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 31g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 14g
  • Cholesterol: 90mg

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