a life creative
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.
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:
** 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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! 🙂
Cheers and Ciao,
custom retreats and workshops in tuscany
Fatos e Curiosidades sobre a Natureza e tecnologia
"per l' allegria il pianeta nostro è poco attrezzato. Bisogna strappare la gioia ai giorni futuri "
by Isabelle Warren
a resource for moving poetry
Linking collage work to the meaning of personal and universal symbols.
This is my adventurous story about buying, designing, and renovating homes in ITALY
guardian of irish mythology
is currently taking a break from blogging x
Attempting not to make too little or too much sense
I help you unlock the peace and strength already within you
Book Humour. A Sideways Perspective on the Bonkers Business of Books
"C’è molta speranza, ma nessuna per noi." (Franz Kafka)
Finding my way back out of motherhood -- while mothering
Expatty-cakes: Diary of an American southerner turned expat
Grand adventures and global wanderings. Next stop: Italy.
Discover the truth about mental health
"El Mundo Visible es Sólo un Pretexto" / "The Visible World is Just a Pretext".-
Vignettes from a multi-lingual, multi-cake-eating freelance existence
Eyes ten degrees above the horizon
about women who do amazing things
by Mike McGuire
A Creative State of Mind
Writing for Children and Young Adults #amwriting
About fantastical places and other stuff
Underground Energy - Scientific Documentation of the failures of an OCD albatross + friends
A topnotch WordPress.com site
I write, I love, I run, I play, I break things.
In the Groove...
Blog e progetto editoriale di poesia
Words of Wonder, Worry and Whimsy
se non sarò serena, mi rasserenerò
Global issues, travel, photography & fashion. Drifting across the globe; the world is my oyster, my oyster through a lens.
Brian Marggraf, Author of Dream Brother: A Novel, Independent publishing advocate, New York City dweller
Bringing you love through spirit!
Poetry, musings and sightings from where the country changes
A peaceful place to relax while on my wild joyride to Egypt from South Carolina.
Sewing, illustration and design.