Dessert Delight

Dessert Delight

Vegetable Stuffed Cannelloni

8 Cannelloni noodles
5 garlic, minced
5 shallots, chopped
2 tbls olive oil
1 cup dry sherry
2 cups heavy whipping cream
salt and pepper to taste
1 onion, chopped
1 cup fresh sliced mushrooms
1 zucchini, chopped
1 small eggplant, diced
2 roasted red bell peppers, diced
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 cups ricotta cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a large pot of salted water, parboil cannelloni. (Parboiling is partially cooking the noodles in boiling water; they will finish cooking when baked.)

Meanwhile, cook 2 cloves garlic and 2 shallots in 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heart for 30 seconds. Pour in sherry, raise heat to high, and reduce liquid by half. Stir in cream, and reduce until there is about 1 1/2 cup liquid. Remove from heat, and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Set cream sauce aside.

In a large skillet, heat one tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Cook onion, 3 shallots, 3 cloves garlic, mushrooms, zucchini, and eggplant in olive oil until all vegetables are tender.  Transfer to a large bowl.  Stir in red peppers, basil, oregano, ricotta, and Parmesan cheese.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Set filling aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease one 9x13 inch baking dish. Stuff vegetable/cheese filling into cannelloni.  Place in prepared baking dish, and cover with cream sauce.

Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes.

This recipe is fantastic. I couldn't  find cannelloni noodles, but found that manicotti noodles work just as well.  Don't over boil the noodles? They only need a few minutes in water, so save that part for last.  This is my new favorite dish.

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