Italian Cannelloni

"I'v had this recipe for 20 years. It was given to me by my Brother in laws mother (Italian). I have on occassion substitued the ground beef and pork for ground chicken and/or turkey. Everyone in my family drools when they know I'm making it."
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 14 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic (about 2 cloves)
  • 1 12 lbs ground beef
  • 12 lb ground pork
  • 12 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons cream or 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 dash pepper
  • 200 g cannelloni tubes or 200 g manicotti, can be used
  • 796 ml spaghetti sauce or 796 ml homemade spaghetti sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons margarine


  • In oil in a large frypan, cook and stir onion, garlic until the onion is tender.
  • Add beef and pork and continue cooking until beef is brown. Remove from heat and drain excess oil.
  • Mix in half the parmesan cheese, cream, eggs and seasonings.
  • When cool enough to handle, stuff uncooked cannelloni noodles with mixture. Spread a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of a 3.5 litre pan. Arrange stuffed cannelloni in a single layer and pour remaining sauce over, being certain to cover all the pasta.
  • Sprinkle with the remaining parmesan and dot with butter.
  • Cover with foil and bake at 375 F for 55 -60 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork. (during last 10 minutes shredded mozzeralla can be sprinkled on top and the foil removed if desired.).

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  1. This was really tasty. I used a store mix of 4 cheeses (emmental, parmesan, mozzarella and something else) and I also added Ricotta cheeseto the beef mixture by mistake. It was since I didn't have to cook the manicotti ahead. Thanks.
  2. This dish was absolutely delicious! I cooked the cannelloni before stuffing them and had a little problem keeping them from falling apart. I should have followed the recipe as bad. I think next time I will try using the jumbo shells and stuff them. I made with recipe#92096 for the "spaghetti sauce". It was perfect for this recipe. Thanks for posting.
  3. this was very very good recipe, thanks for shareing!
  4. This was incredibly easy to make and it tasted delicious.I used homemade sauce,which was a little on the thick side,so next time I will make sure that its a bit looser,so it covers a bit better,and doesn't dry out around the edges.I topped mine with mozzarella,and the whole thing was great.Thanks Tigra,I'll be doing this again!
  5. This was awesome! I did use the mozzarella for toppings and the food baked in oven for 75 minutes (bcouse of our crappy oven). Very easy to make and ohh so good! I served this with green salad and a cup of grated parmesan on the side so everyone could add more to their liking. Thanks for posting this i will definetly make this again and again!



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