Thursday, July 14

Slow cooker easy pumpkin and spinach cannelloni


I've been cannelloni mad lately.  I think on here alone there's 4 different cannelloni recipes?  Oh well I'm adding another because I've often wondered how it would go in the slow cooker - and my life has got a teensy bit busier this past couple of weeks I'm definitely cheating a little bit here and there!

If you are setting this before you go to work or out for the day invest in a power point timer, set it to turn on the prescribed amount of hours before you get home.  You could also add grated zucchini or sweet potato - if you use zucchini - make sure you remove the excess liquid by wrapping it in a tea-towel and squeezing the liquid out.  If you don't, it could become quite sloppy.

If you've got vegetarians in your house they will love this, if you don't - they will love it anyway.

Other suggestions to 'customise' this is adding some beef mince (only 300g or so, you don't need much) of course then it won't be vegetarian..


Ingredients:
300g pumpkin, grated
500g ricotta cheese (use reduced fat if you like)
20g parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup baby spinach, roughly chopped
1 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp salt flakes
1 packet fresh lasagna sheets (or homemade pasta)
1 litre tomato passata (tomato puree)
125ml low fat evaporated milk
1/2 cup low fat mozzarella cheese
3 tb chopped parsley


Method:
Put your slow cooker on low, and pour 1/3 of your bottle of passata in the bottom.

Mix together the pumpkin, ricotta, parmesan, baby spinach, white pepper and salt.


Roll out your pasta sheets - I bought the Leggos one (I like to make them but I was short of time this week!) because no artificial anythings in them - also quite easy to work with.

Place a 'sausage' of mixture towards the end

Then roll it over, cut off and place in the bottom of the slowcooker on top of the passata.

Continue, I can fit 12 in mine in two levels, but do whatever fits, there's no wrong or right way to do it!



Pour the 125ml evaporated milk into your passata jar.  Close it and shake it up so it all mixes together.

Sprinkle the mozzarella over the cannelloni, then pour over the passata/evaporated milk mix.

Put the lid on, and let it go for 3.5 hours on low, or 2.5 hours on high.

Serve with cracked pepper and sprinkling of fresh parsley - that really gives it a lift!


What's your favourite cannelloni?
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8 lovely comments:

Seana Smith on July 14, 2011 at 8:44 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Hi Liss, I sometimes get the feeling that you are thinking up recipes just for me... and especially for that veggie hubby of mine. Looks fab... now where's that pumpkin?

Amelia {Weddings, Babies... Everything} on July 14, 2011 at 9:15 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

I'd never thought of doing cannelloni in the slow cooker! What a fab idea! My pasta loving husband will appreciate this one for sure! :) xx

reality raver on July 14, 2011 at 9:47 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

That looks delicious and easy. Thanks again for a great recipe.

Corrie on July 14, 2011 at 7:09 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

oh yum! def trying this one!

corrie:)

Anonymous said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

It's all prepared and in the fridge, how easy!! Can't wait to see how it tastes. Thanks for the recipe :)

Di-licious on April 12, 2012 at 8:58 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

I've been neglecting my slow cooker of late but this is the recipe that is going to pull it out from the cupboard again! Can't wait to whip it tomorrow :-)

boxsey on April 20, 2012 at 1:26 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Just put this in the slow cooker! Can't wait to taste it :-)

boxsey on April 20, 2012 at 6:15 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

@boxsey
Well....really quite good. I used a plain passata, and, not enough of it...was at least a cup short. I'd probably spice up the passata a bit more, perhaps with some wine? But yeah...totally adding it to the repertoire. Also, the kids ate it without complaint...which is pretty miraculous :-)


 

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