Spinach and Anthotyro Cheese Cannelloni with a Yogurt Topping
A simplified, easy baked cannelloni dish with a spinach, anthotyro cheese and mushroom filling, and a topping made with Greek yogurt and eggs. If you can't find anthotyro it can be replaced with ricotta, which is a similar soft white cheese.
For a while now I’ve wanted to try cannelloni with a spinach filling rather than the classic meat sauce version. Don’t get me wrong, the classic is a beautiful dish and one of the Mister’s favourites, but I was always sure I would love the spinach version too. As it turns out, it’s way less time consuming to make, especially if you skip the béchamel sauce and go for a Greek yogurt topping instead. I use this topping in many dishes when I want something lighter and quicker, and with less washing up at the end. And I was right. I did love it.
I decided to use fresh spinach without sautéing it first, and left out the sauce that usually goes on the bottom of the baking dish. The idea was that the water released by the spinach during cooking would be used up and absorbed by the pasta. Sure enough it worked, something that saved yet another step in the process, and yet another pan that would otherwise have had to be washed. See? I really did mean it when I said this was a simplified cannelloni recipe. It can easily be made on a weeknight, if you have just a little time to spare for the meditative task of filling the pasta tubes. Great for a meatless Monday dish!
I have to admit, I never heard of cheese called anthotyro, and now I’ll try to find it and see how does it taste like. Your cannelloni recipe sound really great…
Hi Jasmin, thanks! Anthotyro is a soft fresh white cheese made of goat or sheep’s milk. If you have trouble finding it (you could try a shop with traditional Greek products) then it will be just as good with ricotta. Let me know how it goes..