Healthy living

Pumpkin, spinach and cheese cannelloni

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes

Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 kg Japanese, Kent or butternut pumpkin, peeled and cut into 3 cm chunks
  • 250 g frozen chopped spinach
  • 500 g reduced-fat ricotta or low-fat creamed cottage cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 400 g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 375 g fresh lasagne sheets (10 x 16cm)
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil
  • 1 cup (130 g) grated reduced-fat mozzarella or cheddar cheese

Method

Preheat oven to 180 °C (160 °C fan forced). Place frozen spinach into a microwave safe bowl and cook on high (100%) for 3 minutes before setting aside. Steam or microwave pumpkin with a bit of water for 10–15 minutes until tender. Squeeze handfuls of cooked spinach to remove excess liquid and add to a large bowl with garlic and ricotta or cottage cheese. Drain and mash cooked pumpkin. Add pumpkin to cheese spinach mixture and stir to combine. Spread 1/3 cup of tinned tomatoes over the base of a large 3 cm deep rectangular 20x30cm ovenproof dish. Spoon 1/3 cup of pumpkin mixture lengthways into the middle of each lasagne sheet and roll up to enclose. Arrange cannelloni in a single layer close together seam side down in the dish. Sprinkle with basil, spread over remaining tomatoes and top with cheese. Bake for 15 minutes, cover with foil to prevent burning and cook for a further 15 minutes or until tender. Serve with a green salad.

Variation

Create a lasagne by using either fresh pasta sheets or a 25 packet of oven-ready dried instant lasagne. Layer tomatoes, pasta sheets to cover the dish base, half the pumpkin filling, pasta sheets, remaining pumpkin mix and finish with pasta sheets. Top with basil, remaining tomatoes and sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 35–40 minutes or until cooked through.


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