Cannelloni della Nonna - for a special Lunch!

Cannelloni della Nonna is a traditional recipe,  perfect for a Sunday family lunch or to celebrate an important holiday. It is a first course full of flavor that everyone always likes, regardless of generation because it is made with ingredients that are individually already delicious, but combined create a masterpiece!  The stringy Mozzarella cheese, the creamy ricotta that wraps the dish and gives an extra touch to the tomato sauce, the well browned and tasty minced meat: in short, a truly yummy dish, made according to Nonna's  authentic recipe!


500 g of cannelloni; 1 l of tomato puree; 150 g of mozzarella; 400 g of ground beef; 400 g of sausage; 100 g of blanched peas; 100 ml of red wine; 400 g of ricotta ;120 g of grated parmesan; Onion to taste; Fresh basil to taste; Salt and pepper to taste; Extra virgin olive oil to taste


To make this dish, start by cutting the mozzarella into small pieces: place it in a colander and drain the excess milk. Remove the casing from the sausage and shell the meat. In a large saucepan, brown the finely sliced onion, then add the minced meat and the sausage and brown well. Add the puree, just stretch with a little water and cover. Cook for half an hour over low heat. Meanwhile, blanch the cannelloni in abundant salted water with a little extra virgin olive oil, drain when al dente and let them dry on a cloth without overlapping them. After the required time, check the cooking of the sauce: add the red wine and reduce by removing the lid for about a quarter of an hour. Season with salt, continue cooking for 5 minutes and turn off. At this point, pour the ricotta into a bowl and soften it with a few tablespoons of hot sauce. Spread more sauce on the bottom of a baking dish and take a little more to cover the cannelloni at the end. Add the rest of the sauce with the meat and the peas to the ricotta and mix well until a uniform mixture is formed. Stuff the cannelloni by filling them with a sac a poche and alternating the pieces of mozzarella: place them next to each other in the pan. Ultimate by covering with the sauce set aside, a generous sprinkling of Parmesan cheese and a little basil if you like. Bake in the oven at 200 degrees for 25 minutes, finishing 10 minutes in grill function to brown the surface. Let them just cool and serve immediately! Grazie a Ricette a sprint.

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