Canelones de espinacas y champiñones


I love canelones and they are a good holiday dish. In the USA, you would call them cannelloni, after the Italian version. My Grandma is the best at making them. She usually makes canelones with meat for our big and important family meal in January. To celebrate the Three Kings (the three wise men). She usually makes about 90 canelones!! She has a lot of patience and she is good at it. (She’s also had a lot more practice than me!) I will make these canelones with her when I go to Spain this Christmas. Like my Grandma always says, “It’s very healthy to be able to be with family, drinking and eating.” And that’s true.

Today, I made canelones with spinach, mushrooms and pine nuts. Delicious ,and a good way to make it if you have someone that doesn’t like to eat vegetables.

For the dough, I used that classic canelones dough that we use in Spain. If you can’t find it, you can use lasagna pasta. (Boil the lasagna pasta and cut it the size of the canelones. Each canelon is a square, approximately 4 inches x 4 inches.

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Ingredients for 20 canelones:

  • 1 box of 20 canelones
  • approximately 1 lb spinach
  • 1 pint of mushrooms, chopped to make it easier to cook (crimini or white mushrooms)
  • about 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/4 red bell pepper
  • 1 clove chopped garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • cheddar cheese

For the white sauce/ bechamel sauce: 

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons flour

Add 1 & 1/2 tablespoons of butter to a medium pan and place on low heat.  The bottom of the pan should be entirely coated with butter. Once it’s melted, add 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour.  Stir constantly until the flour is brown. Add 3/4 cup of milk and stir until everything has been incorporated (This is a béchamel sauce). If it looks very thick, add a little bit of milk.  Add  1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg or just a small pinch (nutmeg has a lot of flavor!).

For the canelones:

  • Preheated the oven to 390 F (200 C)
  • Boil the canelones following the directions on the box. Once it’s done, place the pasta on the counter or on a cutting board. The pasta shouldn’t touch each other.
  • Grate the onion and the red bell pepper and cook on medium heat with olive oil. Cook it until the onion gets browned, then season it with salt and pepper.
  • Meanwhile, on medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil, cook the spinach with a clove of  chopped garlic and the mushrooms. Cook for about 5-7 minutes or until cooked. Season with salt and pepper. Add the onion mixture. Stir and let all of the flavors mix for about a minute.


  • Add this mixture to a food processor or something similar and blend it (you might need to do this step in batches). Once its blended, add it to the pan and add the pine nuts. Stir until fully incorporated.


  • Stuff the mixture in the middle of the canelone dough, once done, roll it up and transfer to a baking sheet.


  • Once the baking dish has all the canelones, add some of the white sauce, and grated cheddar cheese on top.


  • Bake for about 10 minutes on 390 F and then broil it for 2 minutes to brown the cheese.



  • Optional: Sometime after removing the canelones from the oven, you won’t have a lot of white sauce, I always make a little more and I add some to the plate first and I also fill an extra gravy boat, so everyone can add a little more on their own. It’s delicious! Good bread is also good to serve with and to dip into the sauce.

Ready to serve! Bon profit!


Canelones de espinacas y champiñones

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Hola y Bienvenido/a! Hello and Welcome! My name is Ivette and I am a dual citizen! Originally, I from Catalonia, Spain but in 2014 I moved to the United States and I currently live in Maryland with my husband Richard (number 1 taster, thank you!), my baby girl Beulah my rescue dig Vicky and my two (big!) cutie cats Pintxo & Pastifa. Full house! I love Spanish food. In Spain there is always something to celebrate, gathering with friends and family… We have THREE dishes at every meal! Yes, 3! You will have a first full dish like pasta and for the second dish you will have fish/meat and then dessert, and after dessert coffee…. When I am in Spain and get together with my family (there are 31 of us!), we can start lunch at 2:30pm and finish it at 7pm… I have always loved cooking. My grandmother it is a great, great cook and I think my love of cooking is because of her. When I was in college, my favorite breaks, were getting into the kitchen and cooking or baking something. I was able to escape the normal daily routine of law school. In this blog, I would like to share some Spanish recipes as well as other delicious recipes. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at Bon profit!

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  1. Reblogged this on and commented:

    Canelones with spinach, mushrooms and pine nuts with white sauce. A delicious , and a good way to make it if you have someone that doesn’t like to eat vegetables. Bon Profit!

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