Rachel Ray: What's for Dinner

Yummy, Yummy… Mini Cannelloni Bake.. in our TUMMY

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Well, as you know, each week I try to break from my normal menu routine an attack the kitchen Rachel Ray Style. You all know what I mean an edible meal in 30 minutes or less. The plight I have set out on to stay within the budget should not affect the quality of our meals so I search for what is on sale and then I cook something YUMMY!!

Mini Cannelloni Bake


  • 1 pound ziti with no lines or ditalini

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 1 1/2-2 pounds ground veal, beef or chicken

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated

  • 2 boxes frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and squeezed of excess water

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 3 tablespoons flour

  • 2 cups milk

  • A few grates of fresh nutmeg

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

  • Pre-heat the broiler.

    Place a large pot of salted water over high heat and bring it up to a boil. Cook the pasta to al dente, according to package directions. Drain and reserve in the pot it was cooked in.

    While the pasta is cooking, place a large skillet over medium-high heat with 2 tablespoons of EVOO, about two turns of the pan. Add the ground meat to the pan and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until evenly browned throughout, about 6-7 minutes.

    Add the onion and garlic to the pan and continue cooking until the onion has softened, 6-7 minutes. Add the spinach and cook for about 1 minute to heat through, then season the mixture with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

    While the onion is cooking, place a medium size pot over medium heat and melt the butter. Sprinkle the flour over the butter and cook the mixture for about 1 minute. Whisk the milk into the butter-flour mixture and cook until the liquid has thickened up. Season the sauce with nutmeg, salt and freshly ground black pepper.

    Add the meat-onion mixture and the sauce to the pot with the cooked pasta and stir to evenly combine. Transfer the mixture to a casserole dish and sprinkle the grated cheese over the top. Place the dish under the broiler until the cheese is melted and golden brown.



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