Chicken Cannelloni With Cheese Sauce
1 3/4 cup Chicken, cooked & diced
1 lb Lasagna Noodles
2 tbsp Butter or Margarine
2 tbsp Olive oil
2 Cloves Garlic, finely
1 small Onion, finely chopped
4 oz Mushrooms, chopped
1 large Egg, beaten
2 tbsp Heavy Cream or Half-and-Half
1/4 tsp Thyme
1/2 tsp Salt
1 bunch Spinach, cooked until
3 tbsp Butter or Margarine
4 tbsp Flour
1 1/2 cup Chicken Broth
3 cup Half-and-Half
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 cup Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup (to 1 cup) Mozzarella
-Cheese, grated (opt)
Spaghetti Sauce (homemade
-or store bought) (opt)
THE NIGHT BEFORE (or early in the day): Cook lasagna noodles in 6 qts.
boiling water for 5-7 minutes or until tender; drain, wipe noodles
dry with a clean/dry cloth, lay flat on waxed paper.
While noodles are cooking, melt butter and olive oil in a large
skillet. Saute onion, garlic and mushrooms until they’re tender; add
remove from heat; set aside.
Place cooked chicken in food processor and pulse until chicken
resembles a tuna salad mixture. Combine chicken with the onions,
garlic, mushrooms and the fat in which they were sauteed; add egg,
cream and seasonings. Add spinach (cooked) and mix well.
Cut each lasagna noodle into 2 or 3 pieces–each piece should be 3 to
4 inches long; place a tablespoonful of the chicken filling on each
piece and roll into a tubular shape. If you don’t want to make
canneloni, just layer the ingredients like you would for lasagna.
Arrange rolls next to each other, one layer deep, in a buttered baking
dish; set aside while you prepare the cheese sauce.
CHEESE SAUCE: Melt butter then add the flour and cook for a few
minutes to get rid of the floury taste. Gradually add the chicken
broth, whisking constantly to prevent lumps; add cream, salt and
pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened and smooth; remove
from heat. Stir in 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese and mix well.
I like to use, both, red and white sauce on this one. I spoon over a
strip of the white sauce, next to it I spoon on some red; keep doing
that across the dish until the sauce covers the noodles. The
red/white pattern makes it look pretty and gives the dish a little
more flavor. It also cuts back on some of the fat.
Spoon sauce over cannelloni in baking dish; sprinkle with remaining
Parmesan cheese and Mozzarella cheese, if used; refrigerate until
you’re ready to bake it.
BEFORE SERVING: Preheat broiler; place cannelloni 4-5 inches from
heat and broil for 10 minutes or until sauce bubbles and top browns.
If you’ll be making lasagna, bake in a 350-degree oven for 25-30
minutes, or until it’s bubbly and the top is browned a bit.