Ali Matteini

a life creative

My Cucina Toscana: Cannelloni with Ricotta and Spinach

 

What’s not to love about cannelloni, lasagne’s close cousin and, just like lasagne, there are a myriad variations from a myriad provinces and villages and families…each as lovely as the last.

Today, here’s our easy and quick favourite made with ricotta and spinach. In a future post I’ll make a fried version. Oh, yes. Fried cannelloni. It only gets better.

Ingredients

Tomato passata, 1 cup + extra
Fresh ricotta, 500g
Spinach, cooked, chopped 1 cup*
5 or 6 lasagne sheets, fresh or dried**
Sage 1/2 teaspoon
Basil 1/2 teaspoon
Nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon
Garlic, 2 large cloves chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil x 1 tablespoon
Pecorino cheese, medio stagionato, 1/2 cup grated***
Parmisan, 1 tablespoon grated

*fresh or frozen spinach is fine, organic is best:

IMG_8320

** when I say this is our ‘quick favourite’, it is made even faster with fresh lasagne sheets as you’ll need to soften dry sheets first in boiling water.

*** Pecorino [a type of sheep cheese] isn’t traditionally added to cannelloni, but too much mozzarella makes my tummy hurt. This is a locally made, pecorino from Castel del Piano:

IMG_8342

Method

Preheat oven to 180°C fan forced.
Add cup of tomato passata to the bottom of a lasagne tray measuring 25 x 20 x 4cm, or thereabouts. Sprinkle 1 clove of garlic and half the quantity of basil and sage over the passata, and season with salt and pepper.

IMG_8374
In a bowl, mix the ricotta, nutmeg, spinach, salt, pepper and olive oil.

IMG_8357

IMG_8367
Boil a large saucepan of water and add lasagne sheets, one at a time, as needed. If you’re using fresh lasagne sheets, skip this step.
Working quickly, spoon a dollop of the ricotta mix onto the centre of each softened lasagna sheet, roll up and place in lasagne tray on top of the passata.

cannelloniMontage

By the way, our cat Scottparker watches every step of my preparation and cooking, always. This is a moggy who sits when asked to and responds in Italian and English to a number of commands [questions, for cats, sorry. Not commands].
I fully expect to come home one day and he’ll have the table laid out and ready for us.

IMG_8405
Repeat the process until you have finished the mixture and lasagne sheets, then drizzle the row of tubes with extra passata, cover with remaining herbs and the chopped garlic clove, then top with pecorino and parmesan cheese.

IMG_8444
Pop this little tomato bath of heaven into the oven for about 25-30 minutes.
It should come out looking as delectable as this:

IMG_8454

Leave it stand a few minutes before cutting and serving.
We ate our cannelloni paired with a glass of Chianti Riserva [cue Hannibal Lecter lip-smacking]. Then, as it is such a light dish, we had seconds.
Diet starts…never! 🙂

IMG_8815

__________

A Presto,

Cheers and Ciao,

Ali 🙂

Image Alison Matteini ©

Images Alison Matteini ©

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Recent Posts

Archives

What’s Happening on Monte Amiata:

Follow Ali Matteini on WordPress.com

Enter your email address for creative updates straight to your inbox. Spam free zone!

Join 888 other followers

Blogs I Follow

Flag Counter
stats
for wordpress
A Ciência nas Coisas

Fatos e Curiosidades sobre a Natureza e tecnologia

JamesRadcliffe.com

James Radcliffe, Musician. Music, Blog, Pictures, Live, News...

LIBERO SLANCIO

"per l' allegria il pianeta nostro è poco attrezzato. Bisogna strappare la gioia ai giorni futuri "

the poet's billow

a resource for moving poetry

Two Twitch A Tale

Linking collage work to the meaning of personal and universal symbols.

At Home in Florence: Italian Renovations

This is my adventurous story about buying, designing, and renovating homes in ITALY

aliisaacstoryteller

guardian of irish mythology

Dirty, Naked & Happy

the erratic journals of a happily incorrigible lady-child

Gathering just-a-bit-o moss

Attempting not to make too little or too much sense

shifuyanlei

I help you unlock the peace and strength already within you

Tara Sparling writes

Book Humour. A Sideways Perspective on the Bonkers Business of Books

Disintegrazioni

"C’è molta speranza, ma nessuna per noi." (Franz Kafka)

A Holistic Journey

Finding my way back out of motherhood -- while mothering

expatriotgames

Expatty-cakes: Diary of an American southerner turned expat

globalwanderings.ca

Grand adventures and global wanderings. Next stop: Italy.

Martin Diotte

Creative Artist

Truth

Discover the truth about mental health

La Audacia de Aquiles

"El Mundo Visible es Sólo un Pretexto" / "The Visible World is Just a Pretext".-

Lady Of The Cakes

Vignettes from a multi-lingual, multi-cake-eating freelance existence

SmirkPretty

Eyes ten degrees above the horizon

Crafted in Carhartt

about women who do amazing things

Fugitive Fragments

by Mike McGuire

Creative State of Mind

A Blog by Tricia Drammeh

elizabeth frattaroli

Writing for Children and Young Adults #amwriting

Jane Dougherty Writes

About fantastical places and other stuff

Lucy's Light

Underground Energy - Scientific Documentation of the failures of an OCD albatross + friends

REBELMONKEY23

A topnotch WordPress.com site

Blood On Borrowed Wings

I write, I love, I run, I play, I break things.

rrearick

In the Groove...

Interno Poesia

Blog e progetto editoriale di poesia

Poesy plus Polemics

Words of Wonder, Worry and Whimsy

Lasciatemi Pensare.

se non sarò serena, mi rasserenerò

Chapter TK

Question Everything

Globe Drifting

Global issues, travel, photography & fashion. Drifting across the globe; the world is my oyster, my oyster through a lens.

Indie Hero

Brian Marggraf, Author of Dream Brother: A Novel, Independent publishing advocate, New York City dweller

Vonj Productions

Bringing you love through spirit!

A Mirror Obscura,

Poetry, musings and sightings from where the country changes

Zenobia Frost

Writer and editor

Aisha's Oasis

A peaceful place to relax while on my wild joyride to Egypt from South Carolina.

The Perfect Nose

Sewing, illustration and design.

%d bloggers like this: