Spinach Mushroom Cannelloni

Jump to Recipe

Spinach Mushroom Cannelloni –  stuffed cannelloni with a spinach mushroom ricotta filling and topped with an easy homemade marinara sauce. This cannelloni recipe is my all-time favorite.

cannelloni with spinach, mushrooms and cheese on fork

Cannelloni – My Favorite Pasta Dish

I love Italian food-pizza, pasta, gelato-they all make me happy. One of my favorite pasta dishes is cannelloni. For starters, I like saying the word, isn’t it a cool word? 🙂 I  also really like the cheesy stuffed pasta shells, pasta at it’s best. This spinach mushroom cannelloni recipe is my all-time favorite.

How to Make Cannelloni

This stuffed cannelloni recipe may sound time-consuming, but I promise it is super easy. The spinach mushroom ricotta filling doesn’t take long to mix together and the marinara sauce is simple.  You can use store-bought marinara sauce, but I promise my sauce is worth a little extra effort. I do cheat a little and use store bought lasagna noodles. Barilla’s flat homemade no-boil lasagna noodles never let me down.

Assembling the cannelloni is fun. I love rolling up each pasta sheet that has been stuffed with the spinach mushroom cheese filling and sauce. I always top the cannelloni with a generous amount of sauce and mozzarella cheese before popping it in the oven.

plate of stuffed cannelloni

Stuffed Cannelloni for the Win

Mushroom spinach cannelloni is the perfect dish for pasta lovers. It is especially delicious on a cold winter day. There is something warming and comforting about pasta that has been stuffed with spinach, mushrooms, sauce, and lots of cheese. Go ahead and help yourself to a warm serving of spinach mushroom cannelloni tonight. I won’t tell if you go back for seconds either:)

Spinach Mushroom Cannelloni

Ingredients

Filling:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 3 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Marinara Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 small onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • Dash crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 3 15 ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Pasta:

  • 1 box No-Boil Lasagna Noodles we use Barilla No-Boil Homemade Flat Lasagna Noodles

Cheese Topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 by 13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. 2. To make the filling-in a large sauce pan heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic, cook until tender, about five minutes. Stir in spinach and mushrooms, cook until mushrooms are soft and spinach is wilted, about five minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. 3. In a large bowl, stir together ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, and parmesan cheese. Add egg and mix until well combined. Stir in spinach mushroom mixture and seasonings. Set aside while you make the sauce.
  4. 4. To make the sauce-in a large stockpot heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook for about five minutes. Add red pepper flakes, fennel seeds, and diced tomatoes. Stir in tomato paste. Add fresh basil and season with salt and pepper. Simmer on stove for about 20 minutes.
  5. 5. For the pasta-add lasagna noodles to a large pot of boiling water that has been salted. Cook for three minutes or until the noodles are al dente. Do not overcook, they will finish cooking in the oven. Carefully remove noodles from water and lay flat on a wire cooling rack.
  6. 6. To assemble the cannelloni-spread about a 1/2 cup of the sauce in the baking dish. Spread about 1/4 cup spinach ricotta filling in a line along one short side of the lasagna noodle. Put 1 tablespoon of sauce on top and then roll up to enclose filling. Carefully transfer cannelloni to pan and place seam side down. Continue stuffing and rolling remaining cannelloni. Top cannelloni with remaining sauce and 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese. Cover pan with foil and bake until sauce is bubbling, about 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 5 additional minutes, until cheese is melted.
  7. Note-Cannelloni can be assembled (but not baked) one day ahead. Chill and keep in the refrigerator. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes before baking. It also freezes well.

If you like this spinach mushroom cannelloni, you might also like:

Stuffed Shells with Spinach, Ricotta, and Mushrooms from Two Peas and Their Pod
Spring Vegetable Cannelloni from Daily Unadventures in Cooking
Chicken Cannelloni from This Week for Dinner

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
Read More

CommentsLeave a reply

  1. Stuffed pasta is amazing. My favorite is stuffed shells, but I’ve never tried cannelloni. They look out of this world. Something about warm ricotta…mm!

  2. So I’m always wondering what makes cannelloni different than manicotti… is it just the shells? We’ve always made manicotti in our house. Your cannelloni looks worthy of trying! I love Italian food too!

  3. Cannelloni just happens to be my all-time favorite dish! I made it for our Christmas feast. I’ve never made anything but a meat/spinach filling; I’d really like to try this. And your suggestion to use Barilla’s flat lasagne noodles (instead of the crepes I usually make) just might convince me I can make this more often than once a year!

  4. The filling sounds delicious. I love filling mine with swiss chard and sweet peas as it pairs nicely with the cheeses. Now I am craving some …. can you send me some?? ha ha

  5. Maria, this looks absolutely delicious. I haven’t made cannelloni for years – I find it to be a lot of trouble but you are right, it is so good! I have to say I’m surprised to see this here. An awfully decadent recipe from our super healthy girl! Bring it on!

  6. this looks fabulous! Not too crazy on the fat, you really added it where you needed it. I like that. This makes me wanna make Cannelloni – we have a snowstorm coming tonite. Yikes!

  7. Though I might not put together this recipe – it looks and seems amazing. I have to agree with the homemade sauce. Rather than buy prepared sauce, always take the extra time to cook up a batch at home. Great job!

  8. Your recipe looks great, it doesn’t look hard at all, I only use Barilla Pasta in our home, will get the no boil lasagna noodles and make this..yummy for the tummy, good way to eat your spinach and cheese each and everyday..wonderful for the 35 degree days with no sky only gloomy here for about 7 to 8 months of the year..will brighten up my families meal times..thanks for the recipe!!!!!!!!!

  9. I made this last night and it was delicious !!! A new family fav.
    I used hunts diced oregano and basil flavored tom. which gave it grreeat flavor!! I also loved used the no boil lasagna noodle… easy to fill and roll up and best of all NO mess!!!
    Thanks for sharing …
    T

  10. Question on freezing: I am planning to make this for a party tomorrow night and thought that I’d freeze some for a later time – do you freeze before or after baking?
    Thanks, can’t wait to try this recipe.

  11. Just waiting for mine to come out of the oven but can tell it looks like a great recipe. The only addition I could make would be to think about roasting some tomatoes to make your marinara if you have the energy. It’s certainly more work but I love me some good marinara and nothing offers the flavor of freshly roasted tomatoes.

    Only criticism I have is the estimated cook time. 35 minutes? Maybe on the freaking food network where everything is prepared and magically happens during the commercial break. You are supposed to simmer your marinara for 20 minutes and then bake for another 35? How does total cook time = 35 minutes?

  12. I made this for dinner last night and just about was able to pull it together in 2 hrs. It was absolutely delicious. The next time I will up the spices in the filling – flavor gets lost in all that cheese. Can’t wait to have it for lunch for the next couple of days!

  13. Major fail with the noodles… I’m not sure how one could remove these carefully enough to not have them tear or stick together–I was careful to undercook, too. I would just use shells with this filling in the future and avoid the aggravation.

  14. My husband’s home country Argentine beef version uses bok choy instead of spinach. Anyone try subbing bok choy for the spinach. I’m a terrible cook and so straying from the recipe gives me anxiety

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *