This makes a great family meal.
The ricotta gives a yummy creamy texture and the parmesan delivers a final golden cheesy crust.
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic, sliced
- 500g chicken breast, finely chopped
- 1 stock pod or 2 teaspoons chicken stock powder
- ½ cup water
- 250g ricotta cheese
- 130g baby spinach leaves
- 12 cannelloni tubes
- 1 jar tomato pasta sauce
- ½ cup grated parmesan, plus extra shaved parmesan
1 Preheat the oven to 180oC. Heat oil in a large frying pan and saute onion, garlic and chicken for 4-5 minutes until coloured. Add stock and water and simmer for 5 minutes until liquid has evaporated.
2 Stir in ricotta and spinach leaves and let wilt for 2-3 minutes, then stir through ¼ cup of the parmesan cheese. Allow to cool, then spoon into a piping bag or clean plastic bag (snip the corner off to make an impromptu piping bag).
3 Pipe mixture into cannelloni tubes. Spoon half the tomato sauce into an oven-proof dish and arrange the cannelloni in a single layer across the base, spoon over the remaining sauce and sprinkle with the last ¼ cup parmesan.
4 Bake for 30-35 minutes until bubbling and pasta is tender when pierced. Serve with salad greens and crusty bread with a few parmesan shavings.
About Jo Wilcox
"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See www.jowilcox.co.nzmore of this author