One of the oldest types of pasta is often prepared with a minced meat stuffing. However, this version of the recipe is an Italian classic. With the addition of some bacon, it seduces even more, while thanks to the spinach it remains a dish which is rich in vitamins, calcium and iron.

Laziness Factor: 3

[where 0 is brushing your teeth and 4 is winning the Wimbledon Championship]

Ingredients for 5 people:

– 20 pieces of cannelloni

– 4 spring onions (or 1 red onion)

– 100-150g spinach (fresh or frozen)

– 500g ricotta cheese

– 75g bacon

– some dill

– 100-150g grated hard cheese (parmesan, pecorino, etc.)

– salt, pepper, olive oil

For the bechamel sauce:

– 50g butter

– 50g white flour

– 1¼ cup (250 ml) of milk

– nutmeg, salt

 

1.

Start by slicing the spring onions.

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2.

Put some unsalted water in a pot and bring it to a boil.

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3.

Put your spinach in -whether fresh or frozen- and leave it until soft for 4-5 minutes.

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4.

At the same time, add your bacon and the sliced onions in a pan with very little oil.

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5.

When the onions are soft enough, take the spinach out of the water and add it in the pan.

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6.

Immediately add the ricotta and stir.

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7.

Also add some dill and some salt. Don’t let the mix over heat for more than 3-4 minutes.

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8.

Start stuffing the cannelloni with this mix. Just when you finish, turn your oven on at 190 °C.

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9.

Start making the bechamel sauce. Melt the butter in a cooking pot over medium heat.

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10.

When all the butter has melted, start adding the flour, stirring until smooth.

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11.

Then add the milk, splashing a little every time and whisking thoroughly.

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12.

In the end, you must have got a very smooth cream. Then add the nutmeg and some salt.

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13.

Lay the bechamel over the cannelloni and cover with the grated cheese. Put in the oven for 30-35 minutes.

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14.

You’ll probably know your pasta is ready when the bechamel and the cheese start turning red on top.

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15.

Bon appetit!

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Alternative pasta scenario:

You can make this dish suitable for vegetarians by simply leaving the bacon out. Most of the taste that makes it exceptional will remain…

 

For the most visual among us, this is the video version of this recipe.

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