How to Make Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni

by Ellie Davies

I am on holiday in a caravan and wanted a quick vegetarian meal as France doesn't cater for vegetarians :-P this dish is my favourite main meal and can happily accompany any grilled meat.


  • 12 Cannelloni tubes
  • 300 Grams Wilted spinach (chopped)
  • 250 Grams Ricotta cheese
  • 400 Grams Tinned Tomatoes (chopped)
  • 500 Grams Passata (or tomato purée)
  • 1 Garlic clove (finely chopped)
  • Grated cheese
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Gather the ingredients. I am on holiday and this is all I could ind so they're mostly equivalent items.

    Step 2

    Put a pan on low and add some oil.

    Step 3

    Chop the garlic finely. Or you can use a garlic crusher if you have one.

    Step 4

    Lightly fry. Just before the garlic browns.

    Step 5

    Add the chopped tomatoes and bring to the boil.

    Step 6

    Meanwhile, put the ricotta and spinach together in the bowl.

    Step 7

    Mix thoroughly and season to taste.

    Step 8

    Once the tomato mix has reduced about half way ( you can see the line of the original sauce on the pan), turn the heat down.

    Step 9

    Add the passata or tomato purée to the mixture and combine.

    Step 10

    Looks like this. After a few minutes remove from the heat. Put a layer of the sauce at the bottom of the dish which will be used for the bake.

    Step 11

    For the filling, place a plastic bag in a jug and add all the mixture. If you have a piping bag it will work better.

    Step 12

    Once filled cut a hole smaller than the diameter of your cannelloni tubes.

    Step 13

    Grab some help to fill the tubes. Put pressure on the bottom of the bag and once the tube is filled place it in the baking dish.

    Step 14

    Once your layer is complete cover with more of the tomato sauce. Unfortunately I do not have an appropriate dish in the Caravan so I will be stacking my cannelloni. It is better to have flat layer.

    Step 15

    This is my layers version.

    Step 16

    Sprinkle with cheese.

    Step 17

    You can make this dish well in advance and leave it in the fridge until you want to cook it. When you do want to cook, preheat the oven to 180C or 350F.

    Step 18

    To bake the dish: Pasta with a lot of bite - 20 minutes Al dente - 30 minutes Soft pasta - 40 minutes

    Step 19

    Step 20

    All finished. Enjoy :)