4.95 from 18 votes
Vegan Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Fresh spinach and basil mixed with easy to whip up dairy-free ricotta, stuffed into cannelloni pasta, and coated in tomato sauce. So delicious no one will even know it's vegan! 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 (3 stuffed noodles per serving)
Calories: 253 kcal
Author: Sam Turnbull • It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken
Ingredients
  • 1 batch Quick Vegan Tofu Ricotta, (cashew or macadamia ricotta, see notes)
  • 3 cups prepared tomato sauce (one 700ml jar)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 big handfuls fresh spinach (about 5 oz)
  • 1 small bunch fresh basil leaves, (about 20g)
  • 18 cannelloni noodles (maybe a couple more or less depending on the size of your noodles)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F (180C).

  2. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add in the onion and garlic, sauté until the onion begins to soften but doesn't yet brown, about 4 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, add in the spinach and cover. Check and stir the spinach every minute until the spinach has wilted, about 4 more minutes. 

  3. Add the cooked spinach and onions to the food processor with the ricotta. Add in the basil, reserving some basil leaves for garnish. Pulse a couple of times, stopping to scrape the sides as needed until the ricotta is spotted with green throughout. 

  4. Prepare the cannelloni noodles according to package directions. Mine were the oven ready type, so there was no preparation needed. Spread about 1/4 of the tomato sauce in the bottom of a 9" x 13" pan.

  5. Scoop the ricotta mixture into a large sealable bag and cut off the corner. Alternatively, use a pastry bag. Fill the cannelloni noodles by squeezing some of the ricotta into one end of a noodle, flipping the noodle over and filling from the other side. Lay the noodle in the baking dish with the sauce in a single layer. Repeat with the remaining noodles until the dish is full and the ricotta is used up. Don't worry about these being perfect, they are going to get smothered in tomato sauce anyways, so any messes will be hidden. Cover with the remaining tomato sauce making sure each noodle is coated in sauce. 

  6. Bake 30 to 35 minutes until the cannelloni are tender and the sauce is hot. (Alternatively, follow the baking directions on your pasta package, it may vary). Remove from oven and garnish with basil leaves. 

Recipe Notes

I love my Quick Vegan Tofu Ricotta in this recipe but my Vegan Cashew Ricotta or Macadamia Ricotta would both work wonderfully as well.

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