Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Cannelloni

by zesty on November 27, 2008 · 16 comments

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is another day of simplicity.  This recipe oozes flavor and texture.  Talk about easy to make.  This dish can be ready to go and on the table in less than 30 minutes.  I am dead serious.  When you hear it – it sounds complicated.  However, when you read the instructions below, it is all too simple.

Come with me and enjoy this simple dish today or when you are just craving an Italian twist.


  • 1 Pound Cannelloni noodles
  • 1/8 Cup Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Onion; minced
  • 1/4 Cup Mushroom; chopped
  • 1 Cup Spinach leaf; cooked
  • 2 Cups Chicken, cooked; shredded
  • 1/4 Tsp.  Nutmeg
  • 1/4 Tsp. Salt
  • 1 Tsp. Pepper
  • 3/4 Cup Ricotta cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. Cream (heavy)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F .
  2. Saute the onions and mushrooms in butter.
  3. Chop the spinach. Add spinach, chicken, nutmeg, salt and pepper to onion mixture. Simmer about 5 minutes and cool slightly.
  4. Add the ricotta and cream.
  5. Mix thoroughly and season to taste.
  6. Cook the noodles. Fill each noodle with the filling and place, seam side down in a buttered oven proof dish.
  7. Cover with a generous amount tomato sauce and fresh basil.
  8. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  9. Bake 10 minutes until cheese and sauce is bubbling.
  10. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: To ease the burden of food preparation, when cooking chicken for a given meal, cook 4-6 extra pieces and chop it up and store in Ziploc bags for meals throughout the week.  It is a great time saver.

For all our friends celebrating Thanksgiving today, I hope you are having a great day.  I look forward to hearing all your comments.  Have a great Thursday!

Take care


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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 VeggieGirl



2 Lisa

Yum! Happy Thanksgiving!


3 Krista

These look delicious, Zesty! Thanks for another great recipe!


4 HoneyB

Looks and sounds great! Happy Thanksgiving!


5 Anna

Happy Thanksgiving to you, Cory!

Looking forward to spending some more time on your blog.


6 Megan

This looks amazing! I love Italian food! Thanks for the Zesty tip too!


7 Chere

This sounds yummy! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving…


8 clumbsycookie

Delicious looking canelloni! Happy Thanksgiving!


9 Jenn (eating bender)

Mm Mm Good!! :) Hope you’re enjoying your Thursday! I just enjoyed the Thanksgiving feast – jealous?! Haha.


10 ttfn300

yup, another great sounding (and looking!) idea :)


11 Erin

THat does sound easier than it looks! I hope you and your family had a beautiful day today!


12 Culinary Cory

I’m not a fan of canned or frozen spinach because it seems to have too strong of an iron taste. However, I love using fresh spinach in my cooking! The texture and flavor are so much richer.


13 Rebecca

This looks amazing. I made a chopped antipasto salad for Thanksgiving. Must have been on the same wavelength.


14 Kevin

That looks tasty! I have been wanting to try making stuffed cannelloni for a while.


15 KAV

look great! I am going to try them for my husband birthday this weekend. He is always talking about his siste in law cannellonies, but he will stop after he tries this ones.


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