Cannelloni with a butternut filling

This elegant dish is perfect dinner party fare.
 
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Recipe from: 22 April 2016
Preparation time: 50 min
Cooking time: 45 min
 
 

Ingredients

 
  • 30
    ml
    butter
  • 1
    onion, finely chopped
  • 500
    g
    butternut, cubed
  • 2
    ml
    ground cinnamon
  • 1
    ml
    nutmeg
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 125
    ml
    parmesan, grated
  • 500
    ml
    ricotta, drained
  • 2
    handfuls baby spinach leaves
  • 1
    packet cannelloni
  • WALNUT CREAM SAUCE:
  • 60
    ml
    butter
  • 60
    ml
    cake flour
  • 500
    ml
    milk
  • 250
    ml
    cream
  • 10
    ml
    fresh sage, cut into strips
  • 60
    ml
    walnuts, chopped
  • salt and black pepper
Servings: Change Serving
 
 

Method

 
Heat 30ml butter in a large saucepan and sauté the onion until soft. Add the butternut and stir-fry. Cover the saucepan to sweat and soften the butternut over medium heat for about 10 minutes.

Stir in the cinnamon and nutmeg, and season to taste. Add 125ml water and simmer, covered, until the butternut is soft and cooked – about 10 minutes or so. Drain and mash finely, adding some of the cooking liquid if the butternut is too dry. Stir in the parmesan and ricotta.

Preheat the oven. Spoon the butternut filling into a piping bag and fill the cannelloni tubes. Place them in a greased baking dish and sprinkle the baby spinach leaves over.

Prepare the walnut cream sauce Heat the butter and add the flour. Stir and gradually add the milk, whisking continually. Remove from heat and stir in the cream, sage, walnuts and season to taste. Pour the sauce over the cannelloni and bake for about 30 minutes until golden brown. Sprinkle fresh sage over and serve.

TIP:

If you have surplus butternut filling, smooth it over the base of the dish before adding the cannelloni.

Word and image: Home magazine

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