Courgette and mushroom cannelloni

492160-1-eng-GB_courgette-and-mushroom-cannelloni-470x540Summer is a season that is packed full of delicious fruits and vegetables, but one of the most delicious is courgette, that’s why today’s recipe is packed full of the stuff! This cannelloni is stuffed with courgette, mushrooms, spinach and ricotta, so you can just imagine how delicious it is. It’s ideal for all the family, including vegetarians, and would go down extremely well with a side salad and garlic bread.

Ingredients

  • 12 fresh lasagne sheets
  • 350g mixed mushrooms (shiitake, brown caps etc), sliced
  • 350g courgettes, grated
  • 25g butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 150g baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp roughly chopped fresh mint
  • 200g ricotta, drained
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 150g Roquefort
  • 1 large free-range egg yolk
  • 100ml double cream
  • 2 tomatoes, deseeded and chopped, to garnish

Method

  1. Cook the pasta in a large pan of lightly salted boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain, refresh and set aside.
  2. In a frying pan, cook the mushrooms, courgettes, butter and olive oil for 5 minutes, until soft. Season well, stir in the spinach and mint and transfer to a colander to drain off the excess liquid.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the ricotta with the nutmeg until smooth. Add the lemon zest, season, then fold through the mushroom mix. Spoon the filling along the short edge of each lasagne sheet and roll up. Sit seam-side down in 1-2 buttered rectangular ovenproof dish(es).
  4. For the glaze, blend the cheese, egg yolk and cream in a food processor (or by hand), until smooth. Glaze the top of the cannelloni and chill for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas 4. Bake the cannelloni for 8 minutes to warm through, then finish under a preheated grill for 2 minutes or until golden and bubbling. Toss the tomatoes in some more extra-virgin olive oil and scatter over the top to serve.

If you fancied switching this veggie dish up, you could always try adding in some extra veg, like onions and peppers. Or, if you wanted to make this dish a bit more meaty, some minced beef wouldn’t go amiss!

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