Weight Watchers Crab, Ricotta & Basil Cannelloni

"I love this recipe. Only 5 WW points. It is low in fat and tastes great. Chicken can be used instead of crab but will be slightly bland and will need to be minced. If you wish to do this add in some sage or garlic."
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  • Preheat oven to 180°C
  • Combine crab, shallots, ricotta, nutmeg, basil and egg in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Use a teaspoon to spoon filling into the cannelloni shells. Pour 1/2 cup pasta sauce over the base of a 1.5L (6 cup) capacity oven proof ceramic dish. Arrange cannelloni on top.
  • Pour over the remaining pasta sauce and sprinkle with mozzarella. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil. Bake for a further 10 minutes or until pasta is tender and cheese is golden. Serve.

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  1. This was really bland and a tad too fishy for me. We even bought some "premium" pasta sauce. In hindsight I would have used imitation crab as I don't like the fishy smell/taste of canned crab. I also would have put some salt and garlic in the recipe. The low fat ricotta just needed some help in the flavor department. Additionally, the recipe doesn't indicate to cook the cannelloni! This is something I think should be added in for folks who are new to cooking or don't have a lot of experience. Otherwise you'll have to add a lot more liquid and up the cooking time. I think I will try again but make my own tweaks.
  2. Turned out a bit too sweet for our tastes. I think next time I'll add a bunch of garlic and maybe garnish with a lemon.
  3. This was really good! I did think that 2 shallot bulbs seemed like a lot of onion, and it had quite a kick...which left me wondering if the bulbs or green part is what you intended... either way it was tasty.
  4. Really flavorful and good! Even my 2 year old liked this! Thanks!
  5. This was just amazing! I added some spinach to the ricotta and seasoned the crab meat with some sea salt and garlic powder. Definitively a keeper!


  1. This was awesome! Didn't taste low cal at all. I had to make some substitutions- I subbed green onions for shallots, and used 8 oz surimi and 8 oz of scallops. I also didn't have fresh basil so I used a little fresh oregano and a little bit of old bay. I will definitely be making this again. The tubes were a little hard to stuff but they tasted delicious. Maybe next time I'd use shells instead.


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