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October 22, 2012

Pastitsio Cannelloni

I admit ... I have always ordered cannelloni from restaurants.  I had the idea that there is a lot of work involved with filling the pasta tubes - wrong, wrong!

And I will never order from a restaurant again. Since I made this and found it is so easy and much tastier, I will continue to make it myself.

Roy fell in love with this dish! He was still eating, when he wanted to know when I'll make it again ... He is not a fussy eater, but to get him so overjoyed with a meal, is a huge accomplishment.

I found this recipe in a 2011 ENTERTAINMENT issue of Ideas Magazine, which I adapted.

Pastitsio Cannelloni

3 TB Olive Oil
1 Large Onion, finely chopped
500g Lean Ground Beef {Mince}
1 t Ground Cinnamon
1 t Paprika
1 can (410g) Tomatoes, chopped
3/4 cup Dry White Wine
Salt & Freshly ground  Black Pepper, to taste
1 1/2 Handfuls chopped Parsley
2 Extra-Large Eggs, beaten

6 TB Butter
6 TB Flour
3 cups Milk
Salt & Pepper, to taste
3 cups Emmental Cheese, grated { divided }
1 t Lemon Juice

15 Cannelloni tubes

1.) Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) - spray a large oven dish with Spray 'N Cook.
2.) Saute the Onion in the Olive Oil until soft - add the Ground Beef - stir fry until the meat is brown - add the Cinnamon, Paprika, Tomatoes and Dry White Wine - simmer uncovered for 15 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated.  Season with Salt & Freshly ground Black Pepper. Put aside to cool down.
3.) ***Do this step either on a stove plate or the micro wave***Melt the Butter, add the Flour and mix until a paste has formed - add the Milk slowly and keep scraping and mixing the sides and bottom - simmer until you have a thick sauce - remove from heat and add 2 cups of the Emmental Cheese as well as the Lemon Juice. Season with Salt & Pepper.  Put aside to cool down.
4.) As soon as the meat mixture has cooled, add the Parsley and the Eggs - stir well to combine.
5.) Pour just enough of the White sauce into the oven dish, to cover the bottom - Start filling the Cannelloni tubes, using a spoon - place the filled tubes next to each other on top of the layer of White sauce in the oven dish.
6.) Pour the remaining White sauce over the Cannelloni, and top with the remaining Emmental Cheese - bake 30 minutes or until nicely browned and the pasta tubes are cooked.

Serve with a salad or two and enjoy!

Ciao for now,

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  1. Brian would love this! I always thought it would be hard to fill those tubes .... I had to Google "Emmental Cheese" .... It's Swiss cheese for any Americans who want to know! Pinned this - This may be our Christmas Eve dinner this year (I always make lasagna .... but may change my mind to this!)

  2. Hi Linda,
    This looks so good. One of my favorite dishes was Pastitsio. I am going to need to save this for when I get home.
    Have a great day.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  3. Wow! yummy! please be sure to link this delicious entree up over at the recipe link up at katies language cafe! I'd be so honored if you did! ~~Katie

  4. New fan here from Cowgirl Up. This looks great~ I would LOVE for you to come share at my weekly Farm Girl Blog Fest: Hope to see you soon! Lisa/Fresh Eggs Daily

  5. Yum this looks delicious. My recipe has improved from frozen spinach and ricotto, to trying a beef and pork mix similar to yours. So tasty and delicious. I also find the fresh pasta instead of the instant pasta is tastier too. Definately no more ordering pasta out for me either :) Hope your having a fab night x

  6. Yum, I love cannelloni! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  7. Those looks so delicious! I've always loved cannelloni too and would have thought it was really tough to make. Tks for opening my eyes ;)

  8. I have never had, let alone made canneloni before. Your recipe looks good, so I'll have to try it out!
    Thanks for linking to Foodie Friday!

  9. Hope you are having a great fall weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. Thanks for sharing this on Southern Sundays. Hope to see you again soon!

  11. I bet I could do these. I am pinning maybe I will get brave and try them:) They look so good:)

  12. They look unbelievably delicious!
    Thank you for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza!
    Come back today and vote for your favorite and maybe get a spot on my Wall of Fame!
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  13. Oh, this looks so delicious!! Thanks for the awesome recipe. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. So thrilled to have you share again this week.

  14. I totally sprinkled this post at all my favorite places: Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

    Thanks for sharing at Freedom Fridays Blog Hop:)

    Hope you week is filled with Blessings!

  15. Linda - thanks for linking this one in to Food on Friday. Hope you have a lovely weekend. It is grey and rainy here...sigh


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