Cannelloni all’ orientale

This recipe takes a completely new look at one of the most iconic Italian dishes. Cannelloni – Italian for large reeds – are usually filled with ricotta and spinach, and covered by a tomato or béchamel sauce. Some variants have a meat filling. But this recipe offers cannelloni with a twist – an oriental filling with shrimp, fresh cheese and curry powder. Yes, curry powder. And it is definitely worth a second look…                                 

Cannelloni all' orientaleIngredients:

250 gr cannelloni

500 gr shrimp, cooked and peeled

2 onions, in thin slices

3-5 garlic cloves, minced

oil for frying

1 tsp curry powder

200 gr fresh cheese (garlic and herbs)

2 tbsp dill, finely chopped

lemon pepper to taste

500 gr passata di pomodoro

1 dl double cream

150 gr melting cheese, like mozzarella


Heat the oil in a frying pan and saute the onions and garlic. Add the curry powder and mix well. After sauteing for a few minutes, add the cooked and peeled shrimp and the fresh cheese. Let the fresh cheese melt. Season with finely chopped dill and lemon pepper.

Cannelloni all' orientaleWith the help of a tea spoon, fill the cannelloni tubes with the shrimp mixture and set them into a baking dish. Mix the passata di pomodoro with the double cream and pour over the filled cannelloni tubes. Bake in the oven on 225 °C for 20 minutes, add the melting cheese, and bake further for 10 minutes. Serve with a green salad. As a starter you might offer savoury cupcakes.


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