Baked Veal Cannelloni

    Baked Veal Cannelloni


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    A savoury veal mixture containing celery and spinach is stuffed into cannelloni then baked in a rich tomato sauce.

    Serves: 4 

    • Cannelloni
    • 250g cannelloni pasta
    • 250g veal mince
    • 2 carrots, diced
    • 1/2 stalk celery, diced
    • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
    • 300g spinach, rinsed and diced
    • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
    • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 cup (250ml) dry white wine
    • 1 cup (250ml) thickened cream
    • 1 cup roma (plum) tomatoes, diced
    • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • 2 teaspoons Italian mixed herbs
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
    • Sauce
    • 1 (400g) tin Italian style diced tomatoes
    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, finely diced
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 4 leaves fresh basil, diced

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:2hours10min  ›  Ready in:2hours40min 

    1. Cannelloni: Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain, separate shells and set aside.
    2. Preheat oven to 260 degrees C.
    3. In a baking dish combine veal, carrots, celery, diced onion and spinach. Stir well. Stir in salt, pepper, olive oil and white wine. Place in oven and roast until veal is brown and vegetables are soft; 30 to 40 minutes. Stir frequently. If meat begins to smoke reduce heat to 200 degrees C.
    4. Let meat mixture cool 15 minutes then process in food processor until finely chopped. Return to the baking dish and stir in cream, tomatoes, Parmesan, Italian mixed herbs and basil. Bake 20 minutes more. Remove from oven and let cool.
    5. While meat mixture is cooling enough to handle, make tomato sauce.
    6. Reduce oven temperature to 180 degrees C.
    7. Stuff pasta shells with cooled meat mixture, 2 to 3 tablespoons per shell. Place shells in clean baking dish. Pour tomato sauce over shells and bake 20 minutes or until sauce is bubbly.
    8. Sauce: Puree tinned tomatoes with their juice in food processor until smooth. In large frypan over medium heat, heat olive oil. Saute garlic and onion until soft. Stir in pureed tomato, salt and pepper. Cook 5 to 10 minutes or until no longer watery. Add basil leaves and cook 1 minute more.

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