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Easy Italian Dinner Recipe: Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni

This hearty italian meal is high in taste and low in calories. Spinach and ricotta cannelloni allows you to enjoy the full satisfaction of a rich pasta dish, but not the guilt of a creamy carbonara or meaty bolognese. Spinach is high in iron, while fat-free ricotta is high in calcium and protein. One of the best things about making pasta is the prospect of leftovers for the next day. With cannelloni, you can even freeze the left overs to reheat and eat at a later date.

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Ingredients

1lb reduced-fat/skim ricotta

7oz spinach leaves, chopped

1 (large) clove garlic, crushed

8 tubes Cannelloni (or fresh lasagne sheets)

16oz tomato-based pasta sauce

2oz Parmesan cheese, grated

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 390ºF. Put the ricotta, spinach and garlic into a bowl and mix together well.
  2. Stuff mixture into cannelloni shells. If using lasagne sheets, spoon mixture down middle of sheet and roll into a tube.
  3. Spread a layer of tomato sauce over the base of a medium-large ovenproof dish. Place the cannelloni tubes side-by-side, arranging to best fill the dish. Pour over the remaining tomato sauce and sprinkle parmesan on top. (You can add more parmesan at the end if you desire) Bake cannelloni in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until pasta is tender.

Healthy Dinner Recipes: Easy BLT Pasta Recipe

Not only is this fresh pasta dish easy to recreate, but it will surely make for a filling dinner at the end of a long day at work. Throw in some avocado before serving for an extra bit of taste, since this will bring a twist of flavour to the classic BLT.

Ingredients

1 pound bacon (sliced)

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic (minced)

1 pound cherry tomatoes (cut in half if large)

1 pound penne pasta

1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

4 cups fresh baby spinach

Salt and pepper to season

Method

  1. Heat up a pan over medium heat and cook the diced bacon until crispy. Remove the bacon and allow to cool down.
  2. Prepare the penne pasta, and put aside one cup of pasta water to create the sauce.
  3. Add the olive oil and sauté the tomatoes and garlic are they are soft.
  4. Drain the pasta, then combine the tomatoes, garlic, and baby spinach into the same pot.
  5. Stir well until the baby spinach begins to wilt, then add the Parmesan cheese before sprinkling over the bacon. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe and Image via Number 2 Pencil.