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Cannelloni stuffed with meat

Exploring the culinary art: cannelloni stuffed with meat

Italian cuisine is renowned throughout the world for its simplicity, authenticity and flavour.

Among the countless delicacies that make up the rich Italian culinary panorama, cannelloni stuffed with meat emerge as a classic dish, a warm embrace of pasta and meat that embodies tradition and love for food.

Originating from the Emilia-Romagna region, these pasta cylinders have fascinated generations with their versatility. Their cylindrical shape is perfect for holding generous portions of filling, making them an ideal canvas for the creative expression of flavors.

Homemade meat cannelloni: from the pasta to the tasty fillings

The first act of this culinary symphony is often the preparation of homemade pasta.

Flour, eggs, a pinch of salt: simple ingredients which, with skill and care, come to life under the expert hands of the chef.

Rolling out the thin pastry becomes a ritual, an art passed down from generation to generation.

Stuffing for cannelloni: creativity in the kitchen

The filling, the beating heart of the cannelloni, is a harmony of minced meat, often a combination of beef and pork, blended with tomato purée, fried onion, garlic and a shower of aromas.

Grilled vegetables, sautéed mushrooms but let's not forget the cannelloni stuffed with spinach and cheese, usually ricotta or mozzarella, adds creaminess, while a generous sprinkling of parmigiano reggiano adds depth of flavour.

Experimenting with fresh ingredients is the secret to making every cannelloni dish a work of culinary art.

Organic meat for the filling: the taste of sustainability

An increasingly popular choice is to use certified organic meat in the kitchen, in this case for the cannelloni filling.

This approach not only gives the dish an authentic and robust flavour, but also a touch of sustainability.

Organic meat comes from animals raised with natural methods, without the use of pesticides or antibiotics. This option not only rewards the palate, but also the environment.

Meat cannelloni with bechamel: the elegance of harmony

For a touch of elegance, many lovers of Italian cuisine add a layer of bechamel sauce on top of their meat cannelloni.

This creamy sauce, prepared with milk, butter and flour, gives the dish an irresistible delicacy.

Its velvety flavor blends harmoniously with the richness of the meat filling, creating a symphony of flavors in every bite.

Cannelloni stuffed with meat and Neapolitan ricotta

Neapolitan cuisine, famous for its richness of flavours, has given the world an irresistible variant of cannelloni filled with minced meat and ricotta.

The ricotta, with its creamy texture, mixes harmoniously with the meat filling, creating a combination that delights the senses. Everything is then embraced by a rich and enveloping tomato sauce.

Cannelloni with ragù: a celebration of traditional flavours

Ragù is a long-time companion of cannelloni, giving them a robust and enveloping flavor. Prepared with organic minced meat (better if organic), tomato, onion and herbs, the ragù is cooked slowly until perfection is reached.

How to fill cannelloni: practical advice from Italian cuisine

The next phase is an act of pure creativity. The process of filling cannelloni may seem like a challenge, but with some practical tips it becomes child's play.

Using a teaspoon or a piping bag to evenly distribute the filling, rolling the dough carefully and placing the cannelloni precisely on a baking tray are small details that make the difference.

Practice makes perfect, and before long, you'll become an expert at creating flawless cannelloni.

Quick recipe for cannelloni stuffed with meat

And if we are used to looking for and using Benedetta Rossi's clever cannelloni recipe, our Genuina will be even quicker and tastier!


  • 250 g of minced meat (better if organic)
  • 400 ml of bechamel (ready or homemade)
  • 400 g of tomato puree
  • 100 g of grated parmesan
  • 12 tubes of cannelloni
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Olive oil to taste
  • Oregano and basil to taste
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste

How to make a clever meat cannelloni recipe:

In a pan, fry the onion and garlic in a little olive oil until golden brown. Add the minced meat and cook until well browned.

Pour the tomato puree, add oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Cook for about 15-20 minutes over medium heat.

Cook the cannelloni tubes in boiling salted water following the instructions on the package. Once cooked, drain them and let them cool slightly.

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Pour some tomato sauce into the bottom of a baking dish. Fill the cannelloni with the meat filling and place them on the baking tray.

Cover the cannelloni with the béchamel sauce and sprinkle with grated cheese.

Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden and the cheese is melted. Leave to rest for a few minutes before serving.

Cannelloni: a link with the past and the future

Cannelloni stuffed with meat are not just a dish, but a link with the past. Every family has their own version, passed down through generations.

However, they are also a blank canvas for culinary innovation. Experimenting with regional ingredients or modern approaches can transform this classic dish into a new flavor experience.