Tuesday, August 11, 2020

CREAMY RICOTTA SPINACH and CHICKEN CANNELLONI


 CREAMY RICOTTA SPINACH and CHICKEN CANNELLONI



Juicy and perfectly seasoned spinach and ricotta filling in cannelloni pasta tubes, topped with a simple, flavorful tomato sauce and melted cheese. Ideal for freezing!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup pasta sauce
  • 12 cannelloni tubes
  • 1 1/2 cups half & half
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup part-skim Ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 bag (8 to 10 ounces) baby spinach
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 3 cooked chicken breasts, finely chopped

 

Instructions:

  1. Cook cannelloni tubes for 5 minutes in boiling water; rinse and set aside to cool for a few minutes, or just until cool enough to handle. 
  2. Preheat oven to 400F.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Add onions and saute for 2 minutes; stir in garlic and chicken and continue to cook for 4 minutes.
  5. Add milk and simmer for 2 minutes, or until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  6. Stir in ricotta cheese until well blended.
  7. Add spinach and cook for 2 minutes, or until wilted.
  8. Remove from heat and let stand a few minutes, or until cool enough to handle
  9. Spoon pasta sauce on the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish and set aside.
  10. Using a spoon, your hands, or even a piping bag, stuff the prepared chicken mixture into cannelloni tubes.
  11. Arrange the cannelloni in a single layer on the bottom of the previously prepared baking dish. Set aside.
  12. In a mixing bowl, combine half & half, parmesan, basil, oregano, nutmeg, salt, and pepper; whisk until thoroughly combined.
  13. Pour the half & half mixture over the cannelloni.
  14. Bake in the oven for 18 to 20 minutes, or until top is golden brown and the cream is reduced.
  15. Remove from oven and let stand 3 minutes, or until sauce has slightly thickened.
  16. Spoon the sauce over the cannelloni and serve. Enjoy your cooking!