Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Student recipe - spinach and ricotta cannelloni

Cooking at university can often be a challenge, especially if you find yourself on a tight budget or have deemed it far too much effort to cook properly just for one. It is possible however, to make food that is both healthy and tasty, without breaking the bank so here is a recipe for one of my favourite things to cook/dribble over/devour... It cost me just over £5 to make and is enough to last for 4 meals, perfect for any savvy students out there, enjoy!

What you need -
16 canneloni tubes - 95p
1 bag of spinach - £1
1 tub of ricotta cheese - £1
1 tub of creme fraiche -90p
2 tins of chopped tomatoes - 34p each
1 egg
Mozzarella - 49p
1 pinch of basil
1 pinch of salt
1 clove of garlic - 25p for 1
Tomato puree (optional)

1. Pre heat the oven to 180 degress  then, along with the chopped clove of garlic, add a handful of spinach to the pan and continue to do so until it has all wilted. Drain the spinach and slice into bits.

2. Empty the ricotta cheese into a bowl, along with the beaten egg and a pinch of salt and mix together. Add the chopped up spinach into the bowl and once it has been mixed together, fill the cannelloni tubes. Once the tube has been filled, place onto a lightly greased tray.

Tip - make sure to place the cannelloni tubes very closely together on the tray...

3. Whilst filling the pasta tubes, empty the chopped tomatoes into a pan and simmer until the the consistency thickens.

4. Layer the thickened chopped tomatoes on top of the cannelloni tubes, then add the creme fraiche on top of this.

5. Place the sliced mozzarella evenly on top of the creme fraiche, along with a pinch of basil and put in the oven for 30 minutes.

Tip - cannelloni is perfect to go alongside salad or literally any vegetable you have in your fridge!

Great for a hearty meal with housemates, or you can even freeze the leftovers and save for meals over the next few weeks - cheap, tasty and doesn't leave you feeling guilty after devouring your entire plate, perfect!

What are your favourite things to cook?

Charlotte x


  1. These sound so tasty, I'm saving this recipe! I'm always looking for good meals to make for one while I'm at university, so this is perfect for me.
    Jennifer x
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  2. glad you liked it - it's tastes soo nice! xx

  3. I must try this once - it looks so lovely! X


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