Bakes & One-pot, Dinner

Walnut, mushroom & spinach cannelloni (Κανελόνια με μανιτάρια & καρύδια)

mushroom, walnut and spinach canneloni - vegan! by itsaplantbasedlife.com

This dish is one of those dishes that i look at and think.. “To all you people who think we just eat lettuce leaves.. could you BE more wrong”. I’ve always loved canneloni, and i always chose a vegetarian version, even before cutting out meat. Because of course, it would normally contain grosse minced meat, which i never touched. This version is succulent and full of flavour just by making few ingredients shine. Its so easy to make, its in one-dish and looks quite impressive – its perfect for feeding a family and actually, really good for a dinner party!

Lets talk about the benefit of what these cannelonis are filled with. Firstly, mushrooms. Did you know that SIX mushrooms have 22 calories?! That fact always baffles me because they feel so filling. They’re great for metabolism, cancer-protection, vitamin D and selenium (taking care of your bladders!). Spinach.. well everyone knows the benefits of beloved spinach by now (i hope!). And then you have walnuts, boosting your intake of healthy fats and omega 3s, keeping your brain in top form all the while  retaining calcium in your bones! Mix in the benefits that Carrots and courgette have, and you got yourself a cocktail of super-protective-plant filling. Stuffed in soft, tomato saucey cannelonis. Oh my goodness.

mushroom, walnut and spinach canneloni - vegan! by itsaplantbasedlife.com

If you have time and you want to make this dish more decadent / impressive you can top with a final layer of Bechamel, which you can find here. I’ve made it with and without bechamel and they’re both awesome, one being a bit lighter in taste and the other creamier, so it depends what you fancy!
As an alternative filling, fill with spinach and my home-made Ricotta recipe.. delicious!

ahhh its a plantbased life.. and its wonderful!

Mushroom, Walnut & Spinach Canneloni (Κανελλόνια με μανιτάρια και καρύδια)

mushroom, walnut and spinach canneloni - vegan! by itsaplantbasedlife.com A great recipe if you’re entertaining guests (since its a one-dish oven bake), and taste-wise, this will impress whether they are vegan or not! Fill with spinach and my home-made Ricotta recipe for an alternative filling

  • Total Time: 1h

Ingredients

  • 9 (or 320gr) medium sized mushrooms, cut in half - 9 μανιτάρια, κομμένα στη μέση
  • 1 small onion, cut in quarters - κρεμμύδι σε τέταρτα
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced - σκελίδα σκόρδο
  • 2 tbsp. fresh dill - 2κσ. άνιθο
  • 1 carrot (OR courgette) - καρότο (ή κολοκύθι)
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg - 1κγ. μοσχοκάρυδο
  • 3/4 tsp. paprika - 0.75κγ. πάπρικα
  • 40 g (or 3tbsp) walnuts, roughly chopped - 40γρ καρύδια, κομμένα
  • 100 g spinach, roughly chopped - 100γρ σπανάχι, κομμένο
  • 500 g ready made jar of Tomato & Basil Sauce - έτοιμη κονσέρβα σάλτσα ντομάτας & βασιλικό
  • 12 -14 no-pre-cook-needed cannelonis - κανελόνια
  • generous salt and pepper
  • grated vegan cheese

Instructions

  1. In a processor put the mushrooms, onion, garlic, dill, paprika, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Blitz for about 30seconds till it resembles mince
  2. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.
  3. Put a relatively large pan on medium heat. When hot add in your walnuts. Toast them for 4-5 minutes until they're fragnant. When done, remove from the pan and set aside.
  4. In the same pan while still on a medium heat, add 1.5tbsp olive oil. When hot add in the mushroom mix. At this point, grate your carrot (or courgette). When it's grated, add it to the pan. (If you're using courgette, drain it a few times with kitchen paper before adding it). Stir everything thoroughly and add salt & pepper. Alot of water will be released from the mushrooms.
  5. Fry for another 10-15 minutes, or until there is very little liquid left. When there is very little liquid left add in the spinach and stir until it has reduced by half in size.
  6. Now add in your walnuts and 5tbsp of sauce from the jar. Turn off the heat.
  7. Grease the bottom of a pyrex with a little olive oil and spread 4tbsp of the jarred sauce on the bottom. Now fill your cannelonis generously with the mushroom mix (The easiest way is to use a teaspoon, holding the canneloni upright in your palm, pushing the filling down the canneloni till the mix touches your palm).
  8. Put 5tbsp water into your tomato jar & mix. Spread this over the top of the canneloni. Top with grated vegan cheese and bake in the middle of the oven for 25-30 minutes (For the first 10 minutes, i would advise you cover the pyrex with silver foil so they dont dry out)
  9. Top with nutritional yeast and more tomato sauce when serving (optional)
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