SW recipe: Spinach and ricotta cannelloni


Serves 4  Ready in about 1 hour 20 minutes


450g spinach, chopped

1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

100g ricotta

200g quark

Finely grated zest of 1 unwaxed lemon

1 tsp dried red chilli flakes

1 medium egg, beaten

400g can chopped tomatoes with herbs

500g passata with onion and garlic

16 tubes dried cannelloni

250g fat-free natural fromage frais, whisked

1 tbsp dried parsley or basil (or a mixture of both)

Large mixed-leaf salad, to serve


1 Preheat your oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas 4. Put the spinach in a large saucepan, cover with boiling water, then leave for 3-4 minutes, stirring a couple of times, until wilted. Drain and, when cool enough to handle, squeeze out the excess water. Finely chop the spinach or whizz in a food processor, then transfer to a bowl and mix in the nutmeg, ricotta, quark, lemon zest, chilli flakes and egg. Season to taste.

2 Put the chopped tomatoes and passata in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes. Season to taste and remove from the heat.

3 Fill a large piping bag with the spinach mixture, then pipe into the cannelloni tubes (if you don’t have a piping bag, use a teaspoon instead). Spread a third of the tomato mixture into the base of a medium ovenproof dish. Layer the cannelloni tubes on top to fit snugly, stacking if necessary, then pour over the remaining tomatoes to cover, followed by the fromage frais.

4 Scatter over the dried herbs and bake for 35/40 minutes (covering with foil if the top browns too quickly). Divide between 4 plates and serve with the salad.

Syns per serving: 2

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