This is a dish that far from qualifies for Tandy’s 5-ingredient pasta challenge (I didn’t count, but I reckon there are more than 20 ingredients); and it’s by no means a quick dish to make, but I love it and find the process very satisfying. 

Besides, my husband and step-daughter set off on the long drive to Cape  Town this morning and I am always restless when my family are travelling.  I couldn’t concentrate on my work, so a long session with Wall-E in my kitchen was just the thing to take my mind off worries.

I cheat and use store-bought cannelloni tubes, but I’ve yet to receive a complaint from anybody; it’s one of those which never yield leftovers.

The recipe is from Jamie Oliver’s book ‘Jamie’s Dinners’, and can be found on his website:

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40 Comments Add yours

  1. Jo says:

    yum. I use those tubes too – but I fill half of them with cooked butternet and sage, the other half with my bolognese meat filling – alternate each tube, make two layers, cover with some homemade marinara sauce, then bechamel, mozzarella and a little parmesan. Bake and eat. Get fat, but be very happy. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oooooh, my eyes just got happy reading that, so going to copycat it!

  2. Madmom says:

    I also cheat and buy the tubes. I’ve just taught the dort to make the spinach and ricotta filling.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ve made it before using pancakes, work just as well as pasta sheets.

  3. Chantelle says:

    *holds out empty plate* I am SO copying Jo’s idea too!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It sounds a real winner!

  4. Recipe looks great, and I have a yen to do some actual cooking, now that the anniversary party dust has settled where it will – there is just one problem: do you, or does anyone out there have a recipe that can prepared while one hand is “tied behind your back?” I’d like to cook, but, in my present state, success would definitely be iffy. . .ideas, anyone?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Perfectly simple:
      Get you fave recipe book, pull up a chair at your kitchen table, use your good hand to turn the pages. Now begin telling Ashley what to do at the stove …

      1. you have the best advice

      2. theonlycin says:

        I’m clever like that ;p

  5. Yes please – I’ll have two plates full please!
    Sounds perfect – am going to check out the recipe.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Perfect for your veggie hubby 😀

  6. slpmartin says:

    What was that line…ah yes “More Please.” 😀

  7. halfp1nt says:

    I haven’t made cannelloni for ages. This would go down a treat with my veggie Marmee.

    Has Wall-E been sorted?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Wall-E is getting a new part today, and the knobs are on order and should arrive soon.

  8. I rely on the customer’s salad bar and woolies veg and barley soup for meatless mondays

    1. theonlycin says:

      Good old Woolies 🙂

  9. nrhatch says:

    That looks AWESOME! I love the combo of spinach, ricotta, tomatoes and pasta. Mmm . . .

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hearty and delicious.

  10. gospelwriter says:

    It does look rather good! I don’t suppose there’s any left? – I’ll be having lunch in about two hours… 🙂

  11. Good old Jamie. Such a cheekie chappie. That studied accent belies his years at Westminster School…
    Great cook though. Have you seen his garden? Amazing.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ve seen his garden at his farm … very envious!

  12. souldipper says:

    When is Jamie coming for dinner? 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Now wouldn’t that be something!

  13. lifeinarecipe says:

    I too find cooking is always therapeutic and this recipe looks like a must try for me! My only stress though is deciding which night to make it for dinner! I hope your fears were for naught and that your family arrived home safely!

    1. theonlycin says:

      They stopped to overnight at the halfway mark and are on the last leg of the journey now.

  14. Clever! Thanks for sharing this, Cindy.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for the visit Jamie.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Comforting, wish I had some now …

  15. Supa says:

    We had lamb chops for meatless Monday *slaps own hand*

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hope you Verlaqued them for the challenge?

  16. Marisa says:

    You just can’t go wrong with canneloni! And who the heck makes their own pasta tubes? Freaks.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Bwahahaha! Well said 😀

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