Florentine Cannelloni

    1 hour 40 min

    A fantastic vegetarian pasta that's easy to make. Cannelloni shells are stuffed with a mixture of spinach, ricotta and cottage cheese, baked in a tomato sauce and served.

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    Makes: 4 - 6 servings

    • 145g frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
    • 225g cottage cheese
    • 125g ricotta cheese
    • salt to taste
    • ground black pepper to taste
    • 500g tomato based pasta sauce, divided
    • 4 tablespoons water
    • 225g cannelloni pasta
    • 120g grated mozzarella cheese

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Extra time:10min resting  ›  Ready in:1hr40min 

    1. Preheat oven to 190 C / Gas 5.
    2. In a large bowl combine spinach, cottage and ricotta cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste. Blend well.
    3. Combine half of the pasta sauce and the 4 tablespoons water together. Spread evenly into a 20x30cm baking dish.
    4. Using a teaspoon, stuff each cannelloni shell with equal amounts of the cheese mixture. Place into baking dish. Pour remaining pasta sauce over the top. Cover with foil.
    5. Bake in preheated oven for 50 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

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    I doubled the recipe, added 2c. hamburger, 1Tbsp Italian seasonings, 1Tbsp minced garlic, and 1/2c. parmesan cheese. Then I used 2 jars of my favorite spaghetti sauce instead of tomato sauce. This perfectly made 4 pans of 7 shells each which I froze and baked at a later date.  -  10 Sep 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I liked the taste. Not having to boil the manicotti shells was definitely a time-saver. In the list of ingredients the recipe calls for tomato sauce. In the recipe directions, however, it asks for spaghetti sauce. I used tomato sauce but I think that was an error: it should have been spaghetti sauce - the dish would have tasted even better.  -  15 Oct 2000  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    i liked the fact you didnt have to boil the noodles first, i have an easy lagana recipe that i make because i hate working with wet noodles. however, made according to the directions this did come out very dry and bland. i will try it again but i will do it more like my lasagna recipe and add parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese and an egg to the "cheese" mixture. it also needs more water in the bottom of the pan i will put in 1 cup. and yes use your favorite spag. sauce, this recipe doesnt call for that much along the lines of itailian seasonings and the spag. sauce will help.  -  18 Sep 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)