Beef cannelloni bake

    Beef cannelloni bake


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    About this recipe: A hearty stuffed pasta that has a beef and vegetable filling, baked with a fresh homemade tomato sauce. Serve with a green salad and crusty Italian bread, if desired.

    Serves: 5 

    • Cannelloni
    • 1/2 (500g) package cannelloni pasta
    • 225g (8 oz) lean mince
    • 2 carrots, chopped
    • 1/2 stick celery, chopped
    • 1/2 onion, chopped
    • 275g (10 oz) fresh spinach, washed and chopped
    • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
    • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 250ml (8 fl oz) dry white wine
    • 250ml (8 fl oz) double cream
    • 175g (6 oz) chopped tomatoes
    • 50g (2 oz) grated Parmesan cheese
    • 2 teaspoons dried Italian herbs
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
    • Tomato sauce
    • 1 (400g) tin whole plum tomatoes
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 4 leaves fresh basil, chopped

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr40min  ›  Ready in:2hr10min 

    1. 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 and set aside. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 240 C (gas 9).
    2. In a large baking dish, crumble mince and toss with carrots, celery, onion and spinach. Add 1 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 2 tablespoons olive oil and wine. Mix well. Place in heated oven and roast until beef is brown and vegetables are soft, about 30 to 40 minutes. Note: Be careful to not burn the meat and vegetables; this is a very hot temperature. If meat begins to smoke, lower oven temperature to 200 C (gas 6). Stir often while baking. Cool for 15 minutes.
    3. Place meat mixture in food processor and process until finely chopped. Add cream, chopped tomatoes, cheese, dry herbs and basil. Stir and return to oven for approximately 20 minutes. Remove from oven and lower oven temperature to 180 C (gas 4). Let mixture cool for 15 to 20 minutes, then stuff each cannelloni with 2 to 3 tablespoons of mixture. Place in a clean 20x30cm baking dish.
    4. To Make Tomato Sauce: Place tinned tomatoes with liquid in food processor and process until smooth. Set aside.
    5. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat in a large frying pan. Add 2 cloves chopped garlic and 1 chopped onion; saute until soft. Add processed tomatoes, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper and saute 5 to 10 minutes or until sauce is no longer watery. Add fresh basil leaves and cook for 1 minute longer.
    6. Pour tomato sauce over cannelloni and bake for 20 minutes or until sauce is bubbly.

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