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Spinach & Sausages Stuffed Cannelloni

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Whenever I see pictures of stuffed pasta, I'll stare for a few more seconds. Maybe it's the overflowing filling that's calling for me. So, enough of gawking and it's time to make some stuffed pasta!

Spinach & Sausages Stuffed Cannelloni

I usually cook pasta during weekdays because it's very simple to prepare and also very satisfying. But, I wouldn't consider this recipe easy because it was a PITA trying to stuff those cannelloni. Maybe I overcooked the pasta or maybe I just don't have delicate fingers. I broke so many of them and at some point, I wanted to give up and turn the cannelloni into lasagna sheets instead. Anyway, at the end of the day, I managed to make some nice looking stuffed cannelloni , with lots of care and patience of course. Will I make this again? No. But I will try stuffing shells instead the next time I crave for stuffed pasta.

Spinach & Sausages Stuffed Cannelloni 2


  • 14 Cannelloni (or more, just in case any breaks)
  • 300g (drained weight) Frozen Spinach - thawed, drained and squeezed dry
  • 400g Pork Sausages - meat removed from casing
  • 1 1/2 cup Mushrooms - thinly sliced
  • 250g Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg - grated
  • Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 bottle (or 2 cups) Ready Prepared Pasta Sauce
  • 2 handfuls Mozzarella Cheese (or other cheeses of your choice)
  • 2 handfuls Breadcrumbs


  • Cook cannelloni in a large pot of boiling water with a bit of oil according to the pasta packaging instructions. Drain, rinse with cold water and leave the noodles in water.
  • Heat up a bit of oil in a pan.
  • Add sausage meat and saute until cooked.
  • Mix in mushrooms, stir to cook until mushrooms are soft.
  • Transfer this to a mixing bowl and leave to cool for about 10 mins.
  • Mix in spinach, ricotta and nutmeg.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Carefully stuff this mixture into cannelloni.
  • Place a layer of stuffed cannelloni onto a lightly greased baking dish.
  • Pour 1 cup of pasta sauce on cannelloni. If you have any broken cannelloni, you can hide them here.
  • Place another layer of cannelloni.
  • Pour in the rest of the pasta sauce.
  • Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and breadcrumbs.
  • Bake at 200°C until cheese is browned/ melted.

I am sending this over to Kait of Pots and Plots who is hosting this week's #119 Presto Pasta Night. Join the fun and send in your delicious noodle recipes too!

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nora@ffr said...

vat a great combo. i love the stuffing in this cannelloni. sound delicious :)

Chef E said...

Those look like the perfect rolls to me! After visiting onlinepastrychef, and now this I want me some pasta with sauce...and I just had pizza last night!

Ben said...

Oh they are so beautiful! I know what I am going to make for dinner tomorrow night :)

Parita said...

Love the stuffing, looks delicious!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Appetizing looking! Those cannelloni are so tempting! A marvelous dish!



doggybloggy said...

you are on a roll - first its 40 cloves and now this deliciousness...

Bob said...

Gorgeous. Great picture! I've never made stuffed pasta myself, I know I don't have delicate fingers. Heh.

Jenn said...

These look fabulouse. Spinach and sausage for well together. I wish I was your neighbor, so I could have some of this.

Elra said...

I haven't made canneloni for such a long time. It's about time now...
Yours look fabulous as always.

katie said...

i LOVE stuffed anything! I have an obsession with mini meals dumplings, canellloni, what have you...

nice pairing with the nutmeg and spinach. Yum. and its lunch time...

5 Star Foodie said...

Delicious cannelloni! Love the sausage and spinach stuffing, great idea!

Christina Kim said...

oink oink! major oink oink. delicious!

lisaiscooking said...

You did a great job stuffing the cannelloni! Shells are much easier, but this dish looks fantastic.

Hummingbird Appetite said...

mmm. sausages. Love the recipe!

♥peachkins♥ said...

That cannelloni is lovely! It screams delicious!

Cathy said...

Despite your problems your presentation is beautiful. Cannelloni is a favorite here.

Forager said...

I love cannelloni and your efforts and patience are commendable as it does sound like a fiddly dish to prepare. I definitely would have turned it into lasagne! Lol! :)

Christelle said...

Healthy, tasty, looking gorgeous, a perfect dish, bravo! (and the photos are brilliant!)

Taste Buddies said...

A gorgeous combination. A lot of effort has gone into this. Lovely work!

The Duo Dishes said...

Packed in and piled high. Yum.

Kitchen Corner said...

I remember the last time I made this Cannelloni was few years back. I miss it so much, thanks for inspiring me. I really want to tuck it in.. cheers!

Donna-FFW said...

Oh My Yes, they look gorgeously delicious!!

Elin said...

They look delicious..yummmm I guess lots of work involved...great job!

Bits of Taste said...

Wow! Simply awesome... look at those tomato puree and melting cheese....

Helene said...

They looks so yummy. Nice pictures.

Food For Tots said...

You are such a patience and determined person. The cannelloni looks great and presentable!

Janet @Gourmet Traveller88 said...

Your cannelloni looks great! I have never made them before, love to try it one day. especially like you using spinach : )

Grace said...

these could be sold for top-dollar at many restaurants, clearly. your pasta rolls are stunning, and i'm sure i'd have no trouble knocking down way more than my share, especially considering what's inside. bravo!

Mary said...

These look absolutely gorgeous. I use crepes rather than cannelloni tubes because I don't have your patience when it comes to stuffing. Your recipe is terrific.

Reeni♥ said...

These look great for all your trouble! You could pipe them in using a large plastic food bag or a piping bag with a wide tip.

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

Love your well behaved pasta...pretty & neat! Must have made for a darned delicious meal! YUM!!

Natashya said...

Looks wonderful, so perfectly even!

Marta said...

Well, they look delicious. Even if they were a pain!
what I usually do is put the filling mixture into a ziploc bag, cut the tip off and sort of "pipe" the filling into the tubes. Otherwise I use a teaspoon to fill them. But, you're right, this is by no means a weeknight endeavour, it requires patience and time!

ttfn300 said...

not a huge fan of stuffed pasta, but these sound delicious :) maybe just deconstructed!

mycookinghut said...

I love pasta and this seems to be real good! I always like the crunchy layer of cheese :)

Big Boys Oven said...

Pig Pig, I love this dish, I miss it so much!

We had been away busy with work in Singapore and came back caught up with the departure of Sid's aunt and relocate Sid's mum to stay with him. Now we are back! :)

Soma said...

doesn't look u had trouble.. they look beautiful & neat & tidy! very well done.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Wow, those cannelloni look amazing! So beautifully full with stuffing :D

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tigerfish said...

I am drooling never fails at your blog. :)

Robin Sue said...

This dish looks fantastic. That first photo got me drooling. I love Italian food! Thanks for the recipe.

pigpigscorner said...

nora: Thank you =) it was delicious esp with the sausages.

Elizabeth: Because the broken ones are hidden =P

Ben: thanks =) I've only shown the better ones =P

Parita: It was delicious =)

Rosa: Thank you =)

doggybloggy: hehe thank you =)

bob:thanks =) You might want to consider stuffing shells instead, I know I'd definitely be stuffing shells instead of these the next time.

Jenn: Sausages makes everything delicious!

Elra: Thank you =)

katie: I love stuffed anything too but it's just a pain stuffing these flimsy things.

Natasha: Thank you =) Love that combo too. Sausages makes it so tasty.

Christina: oink! lol

lisa: thank you =) I'll definitely go for shells the next time.

Jenny:Thank you =) love sausages in anything!

peachkins: THank you =)

Cathy: thank you =) I've only chosen the pretty ones =P

Forager: yea, they were really flimsy! and it took longer than expected to prepare.

Christelle: thank you =)

taste buddies: thank you =)

Chrystal & Amir: well said..hehe

kitchen corner: it was an experience stuffing those cannelloni, would try shells the next time.

Donna:thanks =)

Elin:'s harder than I expected.

Bits of taste:hard work but delicious =)

Helene:thank you =)

food for tots: I was so close to giving up but glad I didn't, it was delicious =)

Janet:I would suggest stuffing shells =P

Grace: thank you =)

Mary: Crepes sounds like an easier option!

Reeni: Never thought of using a piping bag. thanks for the tip!

Deeba:I tried my best to keep them in shape and neat, but worth it.

Natashya: thank you =)

Marta: I used a tsp to fill them at first but gave up and used my fingers. thanks for the tip!

ttfn300: a pain to make but delicious.

leemei: me too! I love baked pasta!

BBO:welcome back! Hope everything is settled now!

Soma: THe ugly sheets were hidden =P

Lorraine: thanks =)

Marshall: thanks for the add.

tigerfish: keep drooling..hehe

teresa said...

I love this combination! Looks delicious!

finsmom said...

Delicious! I really like how you snuck some healthy spinach in here! I bet the sausage really added to this dish!

Barbara Bakes said...

This is the tastiest looking cannelloni I've ever seen!

Life Ramblings said...

the food looks enticing. you're making me hungry at this hour.

thanks for visiting. :)

Olga said...

Those look great! What a nice variation to making a lasagna.

pigpigscorner said...

teresa: thank you =) it was really delicious with the sausages! Didn't have to do much seasoning.

finsmom: The sausages added so much flavour and made it really tasty.

Barbara: thank you =)

life ramblings: thanks for visiting too =)

olga: definitely easier than stuffing cannelloni =)

Dharm said...

Looks just lovely! The last time I tried canneloni, I had similar problem with the darn things breaking!! I'm hungry now looking at yours....

Kurger said...

I hear you. Stuffing those things really is a PITA as you so eloquently described. But it shows, the results are worth writing about :)

StuffYerFace said...

Oooh these are gorgeous. If you undercook the pasta, you'll be able to fill them with a bit less damage. I have 2 boxes of cannelloni tubes in the pantry but I was thinking veal, not sausage. I may re-think that now!

Karine said...

The filling of your cannelloni looks so tasteful!

Kristin said...

Your picture is beautiful, you'd never know you had a hard time! Stopping by from PPNs.

Ruth Daniels said...

I'm with you about using lasagna sheets to make my own stuffed pasta. So much easier and less frustrating. Your dish looks fantastic.

Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

Anonymous said...

please how to do the green pasta for cannlloni
thank you

heather marie said...

I have made these many times with many different meats. They are great with bacon and also make a nice vegetarian dish!

A quick tip to save you time and stress. If you look for the "oven ready" cannelloni you can stuff them while the pasta is uncooked then layer them in a roasting dish with a lid and pop them in the oven for the time directed on the box (usually about an hour). They come out fantastic and take much less time and effort!

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