This past weekend I was casually sauntering through the aisles at Food Lovers Market and spotted a box of pasta in what I call the weird foods from around the world section. This is where you’ll find oyster sauce, egg noodles, mint jelly, strange sauces etc. The products that a select few buy regularly. Now this pasta was called Cannelloni (sometimes also called manicotti) and was quite cheap (P10) so I thought “Challenge accepted!” I checked the side of the box to see how exactly its prepared and it’s basically a stuffed baked pasta. Easy enough!
You prepare a filling of your choice (usually minced beef or pork is used) mixed with some sort of veg and cheese (usually spinach and Parmesan cheese), you stuff the cylindrical pasta with it, place the pasta in a roasting dish and cover with sauce, grate some cheese (and butter if desired) over the pasta and bake covered for 40 mins. That’s the short of it. It’s basically a rolled up lasagna layer. However I did it a little differently, recipe below….
- 12 Cannelloni pasta rolls (or more depending on how many people you plan to feed, 4/5 per person is satisfactory)
- 3 chicken breasts diced into really small pieces
- diced mushrooms (use your discretion for the amount)
- diced cocktail tomatoes
- chopped red onions
- diced green, yellow and red pepper
- Pasta sauce (you can make your own by following this recipe, I bought a roasted mushroom pasta sauce)
- A hand full of grated cheese (I opted to use Maaslander cheese instead of Parmesan)
- two tablespoons of butter (grated or cut into little pieces)
- Fry the chicken till it begins to brown.
- Add the onions, peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes in that order.
- Add spices of your choice (I used lemon pepper, Portuguese chicken spice, sage and paprika)
- Cover the bottom of a roasting dish with a layer of pasta sauce
- Stuff the Cannelloni pasta tubes with the chicken filling and lay in the pasta sauce. Cover the Cannelloni with another layer of pasta sauce, grated cheese, sprinkle some parsley and some butter.
- Cover the dish (I used foil to cover) and bake for 40 minutes at 180 degrees celcius. After 40 minutes you can uncover and let the pasta brown a little for 5 minutes or cover with more cheese and allow it to melt. Do not leave it in for more than that or the pasta will begin to harden
Serve with a salad and enjoy! I have two boxes of these and CANNOT wait to make them again!!