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Cannelloni Babies in Bed



3 portion(s)

  • 6-8 instant cannelloni shells

Tomato sauce

  • 1 small onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 6 ripe tomatoes, (about 400g or 1 tin)
  • 1 carrot, roughly chopped
  • 3 Basil leaves, (or 1/2 tsp dried basil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano, dried

Cannelloni filling

  • 250 gram tub of ricotta cheese
  • 100 grams spinach or kale, steamed and moisture squeezed out
  • 50 grams Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 egg


  • button mushrooms for heads
  • red capsicum for mouths and bows
  • black olives for eyes and feet
  • dill, grated carrot or alfalfa for hair
  • grated cheese for blanket

Recipe's preparation

    Tomato sauce
  1. Place onion and garlic into mixing bowl and Blitz 3-5 seconds, speed 5.  Scrape down sides of bowl.

  2. Add oil and saute 3 minutes, 100 degrees, speed 1.

  3. Add remaining tomato sauce ingredients and mix 10 seconds, speed 5.

  4. Cook tomato sauce for 15 minutes, Varoma temperature, Counter-clockwise operationGentle stir setting.  Place basket on top of TMX lid to stop splatters.

  5. When cooked, No counter-clockwise operation, remove basket and insert MC.  Turn speed slowly up to 8 for up to 10 seconds to create a smooth sauce.

  6. Set aside and rinse bowl.

  7. Cannelloni filling
  8. Place all cannelloni filling ingredients into mixing bowl and combine 5 seconds, speed 5 or until all ingredients are mixed and spinach is chopped.

  9. Assembly
  10. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

  11. Spread enough tomato sauce on the bottom of an oven proof bowl to cover the base.

  12. Fill cannelloni tubes with ricotta filling using a teaspoon or piping bag.

  13. Lay filled cannelloni in a row in oven proof dish on top of tomato sauce.

  14. Spoon enough tomato sauce over cannelloni tubes to cover pasta.

  15. Bake covered for 30 minutes.

  16. When cooked, remove from oven and sprinkle grated cheese down the middle of the shells to look like a blanket.  


  17. Replace in oven uncovered until cheese is melted.

  18. Complete decoration so cannelloni looks like little dolls lying under a blanket in bed:

    * Cut slits in mushrooms for mouth and eyes and push slivers of black olives in for eyes and red capsicum strip for mouth.  Place mushrooms at top end of cannelloni shells.

    * Cut black olives in half and place two halves at the bottom end of the cannelloni shells to look like feet.

    * Place dill, grated carrot or alfalfa around mushroom "heads" to look like hair and place small red capsicum bows on top of each "head".



The tomato sauce and filling can be made ahead of time.

You can also make the dish early in the day and refrigerate until you need to cook it.  Cooking time will be significantly reduced as the cannelloni shells will have soaked up moisture from the sauce and already softened.

This recipe was provided to you by a Thermomix ® customer and has not been tested by Vorwerk Thermomix ® or Thermomix ® in Australia and New Zealand.
Vorwerk Thermomix ® and Thermomix ® in Australia and New Zealand assume no liability, particularly in terms of ingredient quantities used and success of the recipes.
Please observe the safety instructions in the Thermomix ® instruction manual at all times.

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  • I made these just as a nice

    Submitted by Eirynn on 15. June 2014 - 20:59.

    I made these just as a nice cannelloni recipe, without the decorations. Very tasty!!

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  • Thanks Ros - I must remember

    Submitted by pippa on 18. August 2012 - 12:11.

    Thanks Ros - I must remember to sing that next time we have these for dinner

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  • There were four in the bed

    Submitted by Ros Teirney on 18. August 2012 - 12:02.

    There were four in the bed and the middle one said ... CONGRATULATIONS, Pippa - lovely idea.

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  • You can put anything on them,

    Submitted by pippa on 10. August 2012 - 17:29.

    You can put anything on them, so they don't have to be girly.  Try cutting hats out of capsicum or no decoration in the hair at all.

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  • Small girls would love this -

    Submitted by p9c on 10. August 2012 - 16:32.

    tmrc_emoticons.) Small girls would love this - great for birthday parties etc.

    Peter from Darwin

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