My mother-in-law makes this amazing cannelloni, which is my husband's FAVORITE meal. Last time he deployed this is what he requested as his homecoming meal. My mother-in-law got this recipe from a friend and has been making it since 1977. The "noodles" are actually crepes! (Don't run out to the store and buy a fancy crepe pan, any small non-stick pan will do!)
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 2/3 cups milk
1 tbsp. oil
1 lb. ground beef (I make it with ground turkey breast)
1 tbsp butter
1 clove garlic, crushed
1, 10 oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed (I make it with chopped, cooked fresh spinach)
3 Oz liver pate (sometimes this is hard to find, recently I've been using cream cheese instead, which obviously tastes nothing like liver pate but it has a similar consistency and binds everything together)
1/2 C parmesan cheese
2 eggs, beaten
nutmeg, oregano, salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
3 cups chicken stock
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup white wine (optional)
1/4 c. grated Swiss cheese
salt and pepper to taste
8oz tomato sauce (I've been using tinned crushed San Marzano tomatoes, I like the fresh and less salty taste)
grated parmesan cheese
Prepare crepes by blending all ingredients in bowl: Pour scant 1/4 cup of batter into crepe pan-turn out onto clean dish towel to cool. Makes 12 crepes
Brown ground beef or turkey. Drain if necessary. Add remaining filling ingredients. Place scant 1/4 cup in each crepe. Roll and place in lightly greased baking dishes (13 x 9).
Cream sauce: Prepare as basic bechamel sauce, adding wine and cheese last. Pour over crepes to cover well---this makes a lot of sauce and you may not need it all.
Top with a wide ribbon of tomato sauce and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
Bake 350 or 25-30 minutes until bubbly.
MOM'S CANNELLONI CASSEROLE
Sometimes I crave the cannelloni but don't have time to make the crepes. I just boil up a package of Rotini or Penne pasta. Combine it with the ground beef or turkey "filling." Pour into a buttered baking dish and top with bechamel sauce, the ribbon of tomato sauce, parmesan and bake!
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