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…
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.
With 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.