Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wonderful Meat Cannelloni

This was a lot of fun to try something new for dinner, It was energizing. It is easy to start making the same thing. The family really liked it. You could add some variation to it as well. My son even enjoyed having some for breakfast this morning. =) We had Apple berry almond crumble with cream with it. It was divine, I will post it tomorrow. It was soo good. I always like fruit desserts but this was wonderful! =)
This is the finished product ready to dive into.
You cook the filling and then put it on a lasagna noodle cut in half.

Then you roll it up.
Place it in the pan on top of a thin layer of white sauce.
I crammed as many as I could into one pan.
Then you pour on more white sauce and sprinkle on a layer of Parmesan cheese. It is ready to go in the oven.


4 T olive oil
1 onion chopped fine
2to 3 carrots chopped small pieces
4 to 5 garlic cloves minced
4 ripe tomatoes chopped small pieces
1 1/2 lbs of lean ground meat (I used 1 lb of pork and 1/2 lb turkey) You could also use chicken or beef . You can decide the mix you want.
2 T butter
2/3 C heavy cream
1 pkg lasagna noodles (I didn't end up using all of them. I used 16 whole noodles)
1 C freshly grated Parmesan
salt and pepper
For white sauce
3 T butter
1 C whole grain flour (I used combo of spelt, oat and kamut)
3 1/2 C 1 % milk
1/2 tsp nutmeg


1. Cook noodles in boiling water till soft. Drain and set aside. You can start the filling while the noodles are cooking.
2. Heat oil in skillet, add onion, carrots, garlic, and tomatoes (I put the onion and carrot in a my blender to chop up. A food chopper would work too.) Cook over low heat until softened.

3. Add the ground meat of your choice to the vegetables. Cook until completely cooked.

4. Then add cream and butter (I like using the real stuff the low fat version has a lot of additives. My theory is use the real stuff it taste better and you can just use less of it.) a to meat mixture and cook on medium heat for about 10 min.

5. Turn oven on to preheat at 375. Make the sauce. Melt the butter in sauce pan. add the milk beating it as you add. Continue to beat and add the flour and the nutmeg. Add some salt and pepper to taste. Cook until nice and thick and smooth. Remove from heat.

6. In 13x9 inch Pyrex. Spread a thin layer of sauce into the pan. Cut the noodles in half. Lay flat as in the picture above. Spoon on a spoonful of filling. Roll up and place in the pan. Continue the process until you fill the pan.

7. Pour the remaining sauce over the noodles. Sprinkle on the grated cheese and put in the oven. Bake 30-40 min. Depending on your oven. Serve. Wonderful meal!


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