About this recipe:A scrumptiously filling dish of cannelloni stuffed with a tasty mixture of minced veal flavoured with white wine, cream, tomatoes, herbs and Parmesan. A quick homemade tomato sauce tops it off before baking. Serve with a green salad.
250g cannelloni pasta
250g minced veal
2 carrots, chopped
1/2 stick celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped
275g spinach, chopped
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 1/4 teaspoons ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
250ml dry white wine
250ml double cream
200g plum tomatoes, diced
40g grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons dried Italian herbs
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 leaves fresh basil, chopped
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Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain, separate and set aside.
Preheat oven to 250 C / Gas 9. In a 20x30cm baking dish, combine veal, carrots, celery, chopped onion and spinach. Stir well. Stir in 1 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 2 tablespoons olive oil and white wine. Place in oven and roast until veal is brown and vegetables are soft, 30 to 40 minutes. Stir frequently. If meat begins to smoke, reduce heat to 200 C / Gas 6.
Let meat mixture cool 15 minutes, then process in food processor until finely chopped. Return to dish and stir in cream, plum tomatoes, Parmesan, dried Italian herbs and 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil. Bake 20 minutes more. Remove from oven and let cool.
While meat mixture is cooling enough to handle, make tomato sauce. In large frying pan over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons virgin olive oil. Saute garlic and chopped onion until soft. Stir in passata, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Cook 5 to 10 minutes, or until no longer watery. Add four chopped basil leaves and cook 1 minute more.
Reduce oven temperature to 180 C / Gas 4. Stuff cannelloni with cooled meat mixture, 2 to 3 tablespoons per cannelloni. Place shells in clean 20x30cm baking dish. Pour sauce over cannelloni and bake 20 minutes, or until sauce is bubbly.
The most complex of the cannelloni recipes featured here....and actually...the best. It takes time and patience but is authentic and worth it. I substituted minced beef for minced veal since the latter can be hard to come by but good results just the same. ( I was once told by an old Italian grandma whose cannelloni was much sought after that her secret ingredient was cocoa or chocolate!! How much I don;t know.) - 24 Jun 2013