25. September 2006

gratinated canneloni casserole

i cleaned up my kitchen cabinets yesterday and i found some really cool pasta my brother brought back from a holiday in italy. i've had it for quite a while now and since it was stuck in the back of the cabinet i completely forgot about it. the pasta is canneloni-style and i always wanted to do something special with it - perhaps an exotic filling or a lavish sauce? well, i never got to be creative on this italian speciality, so i figured i'd just use it for a little twist on a regular dish.

easy sauce
1 onion
1 clove of garlic
8 tomatos
vegetable oil, salt, basil
1 mozzarella

01 cut onion and garnic and fry in a little vegetable oil
02 dice tomatoes and add to the onions and garlic
03 add basil and let simmer on medium heat for about half an hour
04 cook pasta
05 purée sauce with a hand blender
06 align pasta in a casserole and cover with sauce
07 cut mozzarella and arrange on top of the pasta - you can even stuff some into the canneloni if you like
08 put in the oven and roast until the mozzarella has melted

gratinated canneloni casserole gratinated canneloni casserole

gratinated canneloni casserole

the recipe itself is nothing special really, but it sure looks very pretty. aligning the canneloni is a bit of a hassle, but the final dish is totally worth it.

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Amy Sherman hat gesagt…

That picture looks so good it makes me hungry!

payal hat gesagt…

This looks so cool...and I agree with Amy...makes me hungry!

vasilisa hat gesagt…

I know it's a silly question... but how hot do you have to set the oven?

tschoerda hat gesagt…

thanks, i am really flattered! i did not think that a simple dish like this would trigger any comments at all! i am blushing!

vasilisa, its not a silly question at all! i set the oven on rather low heat, about 180 °C because i did not want the uncovered noodles get too crunchy. they should still be firm to the bite.

evan hat gesagt…

wow very pretty! thx for sharing the recipe gerda :)

William Conway hat gesagt…

Wow, that makes me want to eat pasta for breakfast...

Julie hat gesagt…

You're right, this does look extremely pretty. I just found your blog--very nice!

tschoerda hat gesagt…

gosh, you all are really sweet! this is just a simple dish!! i am TOTALLY blushing now!!!

Gabriella True hat gesagt…

That looks really fun. I think it is really creative and simple! Love it.