Chicken,pumpkin and Spinach Cannelloni

"It is easy and very tasty. Pork or veal mince can be substituted for chicken mince. Just for fun, why not have a combination of pork,veal and chicken. Whatever you choose,this recipe will get you top votes. You can make it ahead of time and it will freeze for up to 2 months."
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  • Preheat oven to 200°C Put pumpkin, nutmeg, pancetta, chicken mince, spinach, garlic and ricotta in a bowl and mix well to combine.
  • Cut the lasagna sheets into half.
  • Place 3 tablespoons of filling at one end of the lasagna square.
  • Roll up the lasagna square to enclose the filling.
  • In a heavy based frypan add olive oil.
  • Add garlic and onion and cook on medium heat until soft and golden.
  • Add tomato passata and white wine and bring to the boil.
  • Cook on high heat for 5 minutes or until sauce thickens.
  • Remove from heat and add basil and season to taste.
  • Spoon a generous serve of the tomato sauce over the base of a 35cm x 25cm oven proof dish.
  • Arrange the cannelloni tubes over the top of the sauce in a single layer.
  • Spoon the remaining sauce over the cannelloni.
  • Sprinkle combined cheeses over cannelloni and bake for 25 minutes or until pasta is soft and cheese is golden.
  • Serve cannelloni with a green salad tossed with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, crushed garlic and Dijon mustard dressing.

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  1. This was very very yummy. I confess I didn't use chicken, so made this as a vege meal. I just added a bit more ricotta (50 g) and a bit more pumpkin (100g) and a bit more spinach (50g). I also put a bit of freshly ground black pepper in the stuffing mix, and also a little bit of parmesan on the tomato sauce. The taste was still fantastic though. I have my own recipe for spinach & pumpkin cannelloni, but I cube the pumpkin (small cubes) & roast it first. Last night I just didn't have time though. The whole tray got eaten in one sitting, my DH admitted today that he could have eaten it all by himself (if it wasn't for me obviously!). Thanks for the great recipe!


I live in country Western Australia, 158 kms from the City of Perth. It is an agricultural area with Mediterranean type climatic conditions. Our family has always grown fresh produce so it is easy to use fruit and vegetables that are in season. My favourite cookbooks are anything written by Antonio Carluccio, Margaret Fulton, Stephanie Alexander,Jamie Oliver and just about any other?cookbook that is full of interesting and tempting recipes. I like to experiment with food and bring out the best of flavours in any dish that I prepare. Do I love homemade Italian food? How can you live without it? But then I love Indian,Asian, Middle Eastern,European cuisines and the good old Aussie food as well. Nothing beats a good barbecue with the family and friends.
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