Beef and cheese cannelloni

    1 hour 10 min

    Nothing compares to a hearty, warming cannelloni bake for a comforting winter meal. This is a dish my whole family loves - including my picky toddler! Serve with a green salad and crusty bread.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 10 cannelloni
    • 225g minced beef
    • 1 small onion, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 4 tablespoons dried breadcrumbs
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
    • 1 egg
    • 240g grated mozzarella cheese, divided
    • 250ml passata
    • 1 (400g) tin whole plum tomatoes
    • 4 tablespoons rose or white wine
    • 3 mushrooms, thinly sliced

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add cannelloni and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
    2. Place mince, onion and garlic in a large, deep frying pan. Cook over medium high heat until beef is evenly brown. Remove from heat. Mix in breadcrumbs, Italian herbs, egg and 1/2 of the grated cheese. Spoon filling into cannelloni.
    3. Combine passata, plum tomatoes, wine and mushrooms. Spoon sauce to cover the bottom of an 28x18cm baking dish. Arrange filled cannelloni in a single layer, and cover with remaining sauce. Sprinkle top with remaining cheese.
    4. Cover, and bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove cover, and bake 10 minutes more.


    May be assembled up to 24 hours ahead of time, and baked an additional 15 to 20 minutes while covered, to heat through.

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    This recipe was really good. I didn't have some of the ingredients on hand so I improvised a little bit and my family loved it! My three year old who is ultra picky ate it up and asked for seconds! I am going to make another batch and freeze it so I can just take it out and heat it up. Prep and cook time was very managable for a quick meal. Less than an hour and a half total. Try italian pork sausage instead of ground beef for a zestier taste.  -  06 Mar 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Good recipe, will definately use again. I made a few minor changes to the recipe. I made the meat mixture half ground beef and half Italian sausage. I used ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese and added a box of frozen spinich, squeezed dry. Also a little Italian seasonings.  -  18 May 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I made many changes to this per the other reviewers. My whole family loved this. I made my mother-in-law's sauce. I mixed grnd beef and mild italian sausage. I added extra garlic - yum. I added spag sauce and about 3 tbsp of ricotta cheese to the meat/sausage mixture. I threw a couple of tsp of italian seasonings onto the meat mix as well. With all those changes I would give it 5 stars!  -  28 Mar 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)