Cannelloni Stuffed with Spinach and Cheese

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After our amazing NYE dinner, I thought I would never eat again! Steaks, chicken, fish, potatoes, salads, crab dips, wine, champagne, need I go on? Hubby and I were extremely satisfied and extremely full. We came home around 2 a.m. and we both crashed; carb overload. But, the next morning I felt hungrier than ever! I think it was the wine that was still spinning in my head – it needed to be soaked up quickly! And thus I began to stuff my cannelloni.

Spinach Cheese Cannelloni

I am not too crazy about pasta, but my husband can have pasta for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all in-between. When we started dating, somewhere in the beginning stages I had made an elegant pasta dish (this was before I knew that he loved pasta) with some sun-dried tomatoes and bechamel sauce – the guy was in food heaven! He says that’s when he knew he was going to marry me.  It’s true what they say – a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.  So to start off the New Year with a favorite, and because he had to work on New Year’s day (I felt bad for him), I went ahead and made one of his fave pasta dishes; Cannelloni Stuffed with Ricotta and Feta Cheese.

Spinach Cheese Cannelloni

Spinach Cheese Cannelloni

Cannelloni Stuffed with Spinach and Cheese

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Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Resting Time10 mins
Total Time45 mins
Spinach and feta stuffed cannelloni. 
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 Serves
Calories: 443

Ingredients

  • 12 cannelloni tubes
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 8 ounces fresh baby spinach
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tub (5 ounces) Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 cup crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 10 ounces cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 1 1/2 cups Pasta/Tomato Sauce

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 425F.
  • Cook the cannelloni according to package instructions. Drain and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Heat olive oil and butter in a pot over medium heat then stir in the garlic, and cook for about a minute, constantly stirring.
  • Add quartered cherry tomatoes to the pot and cook over medium-low heat for 4 minutes.
  • Add in the ricotta cheese and the feta cheese. Cook  for 2 minutes.
  • Add spinach and sauté, stirring, until just wilted, about 2 more minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper, and remove from heat.
  • Stuff the mixture into the cannelloni tubes with a small spoon or a piping bag.
  • Arrange the cannelloni shells down inside of a baking dish or a clay baker.
  • Top with the tomato sauce and sprinkle with the shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and cheese is golden on top.
  • Allow it to cool for about 10 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Cannelloni Stuffed with Spinach and Cheese
Amount Per Serving (3 Cannelloni Tubes)
Calories 443 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Cholesterol 63mg21%
Sodium 1154mg48%
Potassium 873mg25%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 6495IU130%
Vitamin C 39.4mg48%
Calcium 414mg41%
Iron 4.6mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keywords: vegetarian dinners, cannelloni, ricotta cheese

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40 Responses
  1. Green Girl

    I love stuffed cannelloni or manicotti and usually use just cheese and spinach, I have to try your version too. thanks for sharing and also for sending me a friend invitation via Food Buzz

    1. Kate @ Diethood.com

      I can’t have them with just cheese or just meat … I have to add a veggie. And spinach is the best fit. 🙂

  2. Sabrina Modelle

    This looks delicious. I like to make ricotta and home and this would be a great way to use it up. I had to laugh about your husband- with mine, it was the quiche. He suspected he was in love with me before he had it, but after the quiche, he knew for sure.

    1. Kate @ Diethood.com

      Homemade ricotta is delish! My grandma makes it at home, too, and of course there’s nothing better than homemade.

  3. Monet

    I can see why this would be one of his favorites. It looks delicious! Like you, I’m not the biggest fan of pasta but my husband adores it! I may have to surprise him with this soon! Thank you for sharing with me. I hope you are having a lovely start to the first week of 2011!

  4. Mateja

    Your cannelloni look extra delicious!
    I cook such foods when my daughter and I are home alone for our boys dislake excesive cheese and white sauce 🙁

  5. Steph@stephsbitebybite

    I would have to agree with you that this is the best, and yummiest, way to soak up the new year’s celebration 🙂 So yummy!

  6. the constant hunger

    I have a huge container of ricotta and I’ve been wanting to make something with it before it goes bad. Thanks for the idea and recipe! Happy 2011!!

  7. frugalanticsofaharriedhomemaker

    I am a pasta freak, too. This sounds like a fabulous meal. I especially like the pan you baked it in. It looks so homey.

  8. Melissa

    oh my god, it’s midnight and I’m reading this and thinking it sounds so good and suddenly I’m hungry and want to go cook this. (but I won’t – I’ll bookmark it and go to bed!)

  9. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

    I don’t eat a ton of pasta either, but THIS I could make an exception for! It’s just gorgeous. Happy 2011!

  10. Claudia

    I love this mixture (I would – I stuffed my New Year’s ravioli with it) and definnitely appreciate the additions of all those lovely vegetables – adding more tang and depth to the dish.

    1. Kate @ Diethood.com

      Thank you, Sandra! I have gotten good at these pasta dishes because that is all my husband orders. If it’s not that, it’s something from back home – domashno… you know how it is! 🙂

  11. Susan

    This is such a delicious dish! I have been curious about the Spanish/Italian connection and found a Catalan cannelloni recipe … white sauce and meat filling … so delicious. Maybe you want to amke it for your guy some time as a change….

    1. Kate @ Diethood.com

      My husband is crazy about tomato sauce – he uses half of a jar (we make our own) on a bowl of spaghetti! I change it up a bit once in a while with white sauces, so I definitely need to check out that recipe – thank you!

  12. Amy Bakes Everything

    What a beautiful pasta! It sounds so easy and yummy…I’m a pasta freak, and I also won the heart of my husband through food – his favorite is meatloaf and chicken fried steak!

  13. veggies in my belly

    Looks awesome – I never seem to be able to stuff them very well with a spoon. I’ll be giving your recipe a go soon as I have so much extra cheese my drawer hardly opens.

  14. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time

    Wow, that looks fantastic. I’ve been blessed with a daughter who loves spinach so I’ll have to give this a go!

    1. Kate @ Diethood.com

      Oooh I love spinach, too! When I was little my parents would tell me that I’d be as strong as Popeye if I ate my spinach – I believed them! Still do! 😉

  15. Christina

    These look delish! I love that you included lots of veggies with the cheese! It would be a great way to sneak more of ’em into my house full of testosterone marinated carnivores! Thank you!

    1. Kate @ Diethood.com

      If I could have it my way, there would be a whole lot more veggies than that, but the meal wasn’t for me. 🙂

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