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Creamy kale & ricotta cannelloni served on a plate

Creamy kale & ricotta cannelloni

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  • Preparation and cooking time
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  • Easy
  • Serves 6

Celebrate leafy kale with our comforting cannelloni recipe – it's an ideal midweek dinner that's sure to satisfy the whole family

  • Vegetarian


  • 500g kale, roughly chopped
  • 1kg ricotta
  • 100g parmesan or vegetarian alternative, finely grated
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • grating of nutmeg
  • 500g dried cannelloni

For the sauce

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • pinch of chilli flakes
  • 3 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • ½ small bunch of basil, finely chopped
  • 250g mozzarella
  • green salad, to serve


  • STEP 1

    Cook the kale in a pan of boiling salted water for 4 mins. Drain and leave to cool slightly. Tip the kale onto a clean tea towel and wring out the excess liquid, then transfer to a large food processor along with the ricotta, parmesan, lemon zest, a good grating of nutmeg and some seasoning, then blitz until smooth and creamy. Put in the fridge while you make the sauce.

  • STEP 2

    For the sauce, heat the oil in a saucepan or flameproof casserole dish over a low heat. Fry the onion with a pinch of salt for 10-15 mins until softened and translucent. Add the garlic and chilli flakes and cook for 1 min more. Meanwhile, blitz the chopped tomatoes in a food processor until smooth. Tip the tomatoes into the onion mixture along with the sugar and simmer, uncovered, over a low heat for 15 mins. Season to taste and stir through the basil.

  • STEP 3

    Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Spoon the ricotta mixture into a piping bag, snip off the tip and carefully pipe it into the cannelloni. Pour a third of the sauce into a 30 x 22cm rectangular baking dish, then arrange the filled cannelloni in the dish in neat rows. Top with the rest of the sauce, then carefully pour over 150ml boiling water from the kettle. Tear over the mozzarella and bake for 45 mins until the cheese is golden and the sauce is bubbling at the edges. Leave to stand for a few minutes, then serve with a green salad.


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