As they're vegetarian, I'm keen on them eating green leafy veg for their vitamin and iron levels, so I thought I'd cook a spinachy cannelloni for tonight's dinner.
Even if I say so myself (and I do!) this was delicious. Both girls loved the meal and ate every mouthful I'd put on their plates, and even Mr O said it was 'very nice' which is a compliment from him!
- 250g/10oz fresh spinach
- 250g/1 tub mascarpone or ricotta cheese
- 25g/1oz fresh white bread crumbs
- 50g/2oz grated Parmesan-style or other hard cheese, plus an extra 25g/1oz for the topping
- 1 small clove of garlic, crushed
- Black pepper and fresh nutmeg, to taste
- Dried cannelloni
Rinse the spinach, drain and microwave for around 3 minutes until wilted.
Allow to cool slightly and then drain/squeeze out as much moisture as possible.
Blend or chop the spinach. Season with plenty of black pepper and nutmeg.
Add the garlic, cheeses and bread crumbs and mix well.
Pour ¼ of the pasta sauce into an oven proof dish.
Stuff around 12-14 cannelloni tubes with the spinach and cheese mixture. You can do this using a small teaspoon, but the easiest way is to use a piping bag/icing syringe.
Place the stuffed cannelloni in the dish on top of the sauce.
Pour the remaining sauce over the pasta.
Grate the remaining 25g/1 oz of hard cheese over the sauce.
Bake at 170C/Gas 3 for 30-45 minutes.
Serve with salad or vegetables.
Alternatives: If you can't find dried cannelloni, use large fresh pasta shells, fresh lasagne sheets/savoury pancakes (rolled up around the filling). Reduce the cooking time if using these options.
Suitable for freezing before or after baking. Defrost before reheating.