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Creamy Ricotta Spinach and Chicken Cannelloni - Cannelloni pasta tubes packed with a cheesy ricotta and chicken filling, and topped with a creamy and delicious tomato sauce. Simple, super easy to make, and they're SO tasty!

Creamy Ricotta Spinach and Chicken Cannelloni

Katerina | Diethood
Cannelloni pasta tubes packed with a cheesy ricotta and chicken filling, and topped with a creamy and delicious tomato sauce. Simple, super easy to make, and they're SO tasty!
Servings : 6 Serves
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Resting Time 5 mins
Total Time 45 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 12 cannelloni tubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cooked chicken breasts, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup part-skim Ricotta cheese
  • 1 bag (8 to 10 ounces) baby spinach
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup pasta sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups half & half
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cook cannelloni tubes for 5 minutes in boiling water; rinse and set aside to cool for a few minutes, or just until cool enough to handle. 
  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add onions and saute for 2 minutes; stir in garlic and chicken and continue to cook for 4 minutes.
  • Add milk and simmer for 2 minutes, or until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  • Stir in ricotta cheese until well blended.
  • Add spinach and cook for 2 minutes, or until wilted.
  • Remove from heat and let stand a few minutes, or until cool enough to handle.
    Creamy Ricotta Spinach and Chicken Cannelloni - Cannelloni pasta tubes packed with a cheesy ricotta and chicken filling, and topped with a creamy and delicious tomato sauce. Simple, super easy to make, and they're SO tasty!
  • Spoon pasta sauce on the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish and set aside.
  • Using a spoon, your hands, or even a piping bag, stuff the prepared chicken mixture into cannelloni tubes.
  • Arrange the cannelloni in a single layer on the bottom of the previously prepared baking dish. Set aside.
    Creamy Ricotta Spinach and Chicken Cannelloni - Cannelloni pasta tubes packed with a cheesy ricotta and chicken filling, and topped with a creamy and delicious tomato sauce. Simple, super easy to make, and they're SO tasty!
  • In a mixing bowl, combine half & half, parmesan, basil, oregano, nutmeg, salt, and pepper; whisk until thoroughly combined.
  • Pour the half & half mixture over the cannelloni.
  • Bake in the oven for 18 to 20 minutes, or until top is golden brown and the cream is reduced.
    Creamy Ricotta Spinach and Chicken Cannelloni - Cannelloni pasta tubes packed with a cheesy ricotta and chicken filling, and topped with a creamy and delicious tomato sauce. Simple, super easy to make, and they're SO tasty!
  • Remove from oven and let stand 3 minutes, or until sauce has slightly thickened.
  • Spoon the sauce over the cannelloni and serve.

Notes

WW FREESTYLE POINTS: 14
  • For those keeping track of their WW points, try using fat free Half & Half, as well as fat free Ricotta Cheese, and this will cut down your points to 11. 

Nutrition

Serving: 2 Cannelloni Tubes + Sauce | Calories: 434 kcal | Carbohydrates: 25 g | Protein: 38 g | Fat: 19 g | Saturated Fat: 10 g | Cholesterol: 122 mg | Sodium: 411 mg | Potassium: 545 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 4 g | Vitamin A: 675 IU | Vitamin C: 5 mg | Calcium: 248 mg | Iron: 2.5 mg | Net Carbs: 23 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
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