Wednesday, February 16, 2011


after dinner
hubster leaned in real tight
and whispered
you make a great

this is delicious
lasagna it is not

(adapted from mario batali)
fresh pasta sheets--boiled and shocked in ice water
for filling:
olive oil
1/2 lb ground pork
1/2 lb lean ground beef
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 generous Tablespoon flour
1 cup milk
1 egg--lightly beaten
pinch freshly grated nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste
glug enough olive oil to just cover the bottom of  skillet. add pork and beef and cook until no longer pink.drain off excess fat. stir in flour.  add milk and parmesan cheese. cook on low for about 10-15 minutes until thickened..  remove from heat, let cool a bit, then add egg, nutmeg salt and pepper. let cool completely while you boil pasta.

for tomato sauce:
use your favorite recipe or even a bottle sauce…you need only a little for this recipe
for besciamella:
3 Tbs unsalted butter
3 Tbs flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp nutmeg
pinch salt
melt the butter in a saucepan. whisk in the flour and cook for just a minute or two. do not brown.  whisk in milk and bring to a simmer.  as it begins to thicken, add the parmesan, nutmeg and salt.  the sauce is to be thickened, but not gooey. it is a sauce.
  to assemble:
place a bit of tomato sauce in the bottom of an oven safe dish
use a very generous tablespoon of meat for each cannelloni.  place meat in the center of the pasta sheet and spread evenly.  roll the pasta into a tube, leaving the ends open.  place in the prepared dish.  repeat with remaining meat and pasta.  once completed, cover in beciamella, swirl in a bit more tomato sauce.  sprinkle with parmesan cheese.  bake at 350 until heated through and the beciamella begins to bubble.

i am linking this up to

presto pasta nights
hosted at
debbie does dinner healthy


  1. i adore when my hubby does that! this recipe looks delish ... i am going to add it to my "to try" recipes!

  2. Love cannelloni and these look delicious!

  3. I had no idea this is how cannelloni was made - I have never seen pasta sheets - I often order this at a local Italian restaurant - I wonder where I can find the sheets???? Thanks Christy for linking this to the Hearth and Soul Hop!

  4. i've never made cannelloni before... this is the nudge i needed!

  5. Tis looks absolutely AMAZING. Both a tomato and bechamel decadent is that?? I have to try this.

  6. ha ha ha ha...that's funny. And sweet =) You make a great cannelloni, Christy. ;) Seriously, it looks mouthwatering. Thanks for sharing it w/ the hearth and soul hop this week!

  7. I love cannelloni! This looks delish! Please come join us at the Project Party here:

  8. sounded blissful, and then you added the besciamella, taking it from blissful to Heavenly! Thank you so much for always having something so incredible to share at "A Little Birdie Told Me..."!

  9. Oh, I can't believe I missed this post before! Holy cow does it look good! It would make a great breakfast right now! Thanks for submitting to PPN!

  10. oh my, this looks heavenly. and great descriptions!


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