Baked Cannelloni

A quick and easy vegetarian dish using dried cannelloni tubes stuffed with spinach and cottage cheese, smothered in a delicious tomato sauce… It’s enough to turn me into a tree hugger and go off meat for life !.

ingredients

8 cannelloni tubes
A few basil leaves, torn
2 level tbsps grated vegetarian Parmesan style cheese (Syn or hex A)
for the Filling

225g fresh spinach, washed and trimmed
225g fat-free natural cottage cheese
Freshly grated nutmeg
1 egg yolk
Salt and ground black pepper
for the Sauce:

425ml passata
Pinch of sweetener
1 or two garlic cloves, crushed
Salt and ground black pepper
method

To make the filling put the spinach in a saucepan with 2 tablespoons of water. Cover with a lid and cook very gently over a low heat for about 5 minutes, until the leaves are limp and bright green. Drain in a colander, pressing down on top of the spinach with a saucer to squeeze out all the liquid.
Chop the spinach and mix with the cottage cheese, nutmeg, egg yolk and seasoning. Spoon the filling into the cannelloni tubes and arrange them in an ovenproof dish.
Mix the passata, sugar, garlic and seasoning together and pour over the cannelloni. Sprinkle with snipped/torn basil and Parmesan cheese and bake in a preheated oven at 200°C/180°C Fan/Gas Mark 6 for about 20 minutes, until bubbling and golden brown.

Serve with a crisp green salad.

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