Cheesy Beef Cannelloni is an all season pasta dish and one of my favorite go-to recipes for dinner, especially when we have the kids over.
I like to serve the Cannelloni with side vegetables during the cooler months and one or two crispy salads during Summer. We never have any leftovers !
A Few years ago I would have skipped past the Cannelloni recipes as I thought filling the pasta tubes are a bit of a mess, but once I tried it and had seen how easy it really is to fill the tubes, there was no stopping me. I now always have a couple of boxes on hand.
I have found that the easiest way to fill the pasta tubes is to place a tube upright in the oven dish, fill with a teaspoon and tip the filled tube over on it's side. No matter if a bit of the filling goes over the tube as you start with a little of the meat mixture at the bottom of the oven dish anyhow. And, any remaining filling goes over the top.
**These are the sauces I have used from KNORR : Savory Mince Dry Cook-In-Sauce
Classic White Sauce
Cheesy Beef Cannelloni
6 Servings (Adult servings)
2 TB Vegetable Oil
500g Ground Beef
2 Onions, chopped finely
2 t Fresh Garlic, crushed
1 packet KNORR Savory Mince Dry Cook-In-Sauce**
1 1/4 cup Water
1 can (410g) Chopped Tomatoes
1 t Dried Thyme
1 t Dried Oregano
1 t Dried Sage
1 cup Fresh Cream (double cream/whipping cream)
3/4 cup Milk
1 packet KNORR Classic White Sauce**
18 Cannelloni Pasta tubes
1 cup Cheddar Cheese, grated
Parsley, to garnish
1.) Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) - spray a 20 x 30cm (8 x 12 inch) oven dish with cooking oil.
2.) In a large skillet heat the Oil and brown the Ground Beef - add the Onions and Garlic - cook 3 - 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3.) Add the KNORR Savory Cook-In-Sauce, Water, Tomatoes, Thyme, Oregano and Sage - stir well and simmer 15 - 20 minutes until the meat is cooked through and the sauce has thickened - remove from heat and set aside.
4.) Heat the Cream and Milk in a medium saucepan until just hot - remove from heat and whisk in the KNORR White Sauce powder until smooth and thickened.
5.) Spoon a thin layer of the meat mixture onto the bottom of the prepared oven dish - start filling the Cannelloni pasta tubes and arrange on top of the meat layer - spoon over any leftover meat mixture and pour over the White Sauce.
6.) Sprinkle the Cheese over and bake 35 - 45 minutes until the pasta is cooked.
Serve warm sprinkled with Parsley and sides of your choice (veggies or salads)
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