Cannelloni Pasta Recipe

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Michael Modified: October 5, 2021
Cannelloni Pasta Recipe


How To Make Cannelloni Pasta

Savor a hearty and loaded bite in this easy recipe, made with tomato sauce, ground beef-filled cannelloni pasta, and white sauce.

Prep: 45 mins
Cook: 1 hr 20 mins
Total: 2 hrs 5 mins


  • 1 kg beef, lean, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 46 oz passata with basil, (2 jars)
  • 1 pinch large caster sugar
  • 14 oz dried cannelloni tubes

For Topping:

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 6 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 9 tbsp soft cheese , with garlic and herbs
  • 9 tbsp parmesan, grated


  1. Dry-fry the beef in a non-stick pan on medium-high heat, breaking up with a wooden spoon for about 10 minutes until browned. Remove and set aside.

  2. Add the oil and cook the onion for 5 minutes until soft.

  3. Add the garlic for 1 minute more, then tip in the beef and 1½ jars of the passata sauce and sugar. Simmer for 20 minutes while making the white sauce.


  1. Heat the butter in a small pan. When foaming, stir in the flour for 1 minute.

  2. Add the milk gradually, stirring all the time to achieve a lump-free sauce, then bubble for 2 minutes while stirring.

  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the soft cheese with seasoning until dissolved. Set aside, covered with cling film to stop skin forming.

To Assemble:

  1. Pour the remaining tomato sauce into the base of 2 to 3 large baking dishes or 12 individual ovenproof dishes or foil containers. Spoon the beef into the cannelloni tubes using a teaspoon and lay on top of the sauce.

  2. Pour on the white sauce, then sprinkle with Parmesan. Heat oven to 350 degrees F and cook for 40 to 45 mins until the pasta is tender and topping golden.

  3. Serve and enjoy.


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