My guess is that you are confined at home…like me, and almost, the rest of the world. But guess what? I am here, trying to give you some ideas on what to make for dinner. If you follow me on Instagram, you will see that almost everyday I try to make a different and simple recipe for you. I am aware that we can’t go to the supermarket everyday as we used to (well, or every other day lol), so I am trying to make recipes with simple ingredients.
Today, I am making Vegetable Canelones. Delicious, and a good way to eat veggies if you don’t like to eat them on their own. If you are a meat lover, check out the
For the dough, I used that classic canelones pasta shape that we use in Spain. If you can’t find those, 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.
.5 pounds Spinach 1 pint Mushrooms (use one variete or a mix) Chopped 1 Medium Onion Chopped 1 Red Bell Pepper Chopped 2 Cloves Garlic Minced 2 Tomatoes Grated 20 Canelones 1 box (You can use lasagna noodles and cut them in half 1/2 Cup Cheddar Cheese Grated 1/2 Cup Canola or Vegetable Oil Salt and Pepper For the Sauce: 2 cups Warm milk Whole milk or 2% 2 tbsp Butter 2 tbsp Flour 1/8 tsp Nutmeg
For the Sauce:
In a sauce pan, add 2 tablespoons of butter cook on low heat until it melts. Once the bottom of the pan is coated with butter, add 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour. Whisk constantly until the flour is brown-ish. Add 2 cups of milk and the nutmeg and whisk constantly until the sauce thickens This is a béchamel sauce. If it looks too thick, add an extra 1/4 cup of milk. To make the canelones:
Cook the canelones pasta (or similar pasta) according to the package.
Heat the 1/4 cup oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Cook the mushrooms for about 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer them to a clean plate.
Using the same pan, add another 1/4 cup oil and cook the onion and the pepper. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes.
Add 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.
Add the spinach and the garlic to the onion mixture. Cook for about 5-7 minutes or until the spinach is almost cooked. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
Add the mushrooms and the canned tomatoes. Stir and simmer for 7 to 10 minutes.
Add this mixture to the food processor or blend it up with a hand blender and blend it briefly, leaving some chunks (you might need to do this step in batches). Allow the mixture to cool a little bit.
Stuff the mixture in the middle of the canelones dough, once done, roll it up and transfer to a baking sheet. At this point, you can freeze the Canelones for up to 3 months.
Pour a little bit of the sauce on the bottom of the baking dish and then add the canelones in a line (or two lines depending on the size of your baking sheet.) Add only ONE layer of canelones.
The canelones can be touching one another,but make sure they are not overlapping. Add some of the white sauce, the grated cheese, and small pats of butter on top (butter is optional).
Bake for about 10 minutes at 350 F, and then broil it for 2 minutes to brown the cheese.
I always make a little more sauce then I probably need. I add some of the sauce to the plate first and I also fill an extra gravy boat so people can add more if they want. It’s delicious! It’s also great to serve good bread for dipping in the sauce.
Make Ahead: You can make the mixture two days in advance.
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