Spinach and Cheese Cannelloni
Spinach and Cheese Cannelloni might be just the main course you are searching for. This recipe covers 20% of your daily requirements of vitamins and minerals. One serving contains 313 calories, 14g of protein, and 22g of fat. This recipe serves 8. If you have baby spinach, flour, milk, and a few other ingredients on hand, you can make it. To use up the olive oil you could follow this main course with the Sauteed Banana, Granolan and Yogurt Parfait as a dessert. From preparation to the plate, this recipe takes approximately 45 minutes.
Melt butter in a 1 1/2- to 2-quart heavy saucepan over moderately low heat.
Whisk in flour and cook roux, whisking, 2 minutes.
Add milk in a stream, whisking, and bring to a boil over high heat, whisking constantly (sauce will thicken). Reduce heat and simmer, whisking occasionally, 2 minutes, then whisk in salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
Remove from heat and whisk in cheese, then cover pan.
Heat oil in a 5- to 6-quart heavy pot over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then sauté onion and garlic, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
Add spinach and sauté, stirring, until just wilted, about 3 minutes.
Remove from heat and cool completely.
Stir together ricotta, egg, parsley, prosciutto (if using), salt, pepper, and 1/3 cup cheese in a bowl, then stir in spinach mixture.
Boil pasta 2 pieces at a time in a 6- to 8-quart pot of boiling salted water, stirring to separate, until just tender, about2 minutes for fresh pasta or about 6 minutes for oven-ready noodles. Gently transfer with a slotted spoon to a large bowl of cold water to stop cooking, then remove from bowl, shaking off water, and lay flat on kitchen towels (not terry cloth). Pat dry with paper towels. Trim oven-ready noodles (if using) as closely as possible to 6 1/4- by 5 1/2-inch rectangles.
Spread 2/3 cup sauce in buttered baking dish.
Spread about 1/3 cup ricotta filling in a line along 1 short side of 1 pasta rectangle, then roll up to enclose filling.
Transfer, seam side down, to baking dish. Make 7 more cannelloni in same manner, arranging snugly in 1 layer.
Spread 1/2 cup more sauce over cannelloni and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Bake, covered with foil, in middle of oven until sauce is bubbling, about 20 minutes.
Remove foil and broil cannelloni about 5 inches from heat until lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.
Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Reheat remaining sauce and serve on the side.
• Cannelloni can be assembled (but not baked) 1 day ahead and chilled, covered with plastic wrap.
Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes before baking. Remaining sauce will need to be thinned slightly.