Spinach and “Ricotta” Cannelloni

Unbelievably creamy and cheesy with a lovely rich tomato sauce and pasta base... delicious! Non-vegans seriously won't know the difference!


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Unbelievably creamy and cheesy with a lovely rich tomato sauce and pasta base… delicious! Non-Vegans seriously won't know the difference!
Spinach and "Ricotta" Cannelloni
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Duration1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Prep Time30 minutes
Servings6 people


  • 14-16 cannelloni tubes
  • olive oil
  • 400 g spinach
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 tins plum tomatoes
  • lemon zest
  • handful fresh basil
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 200 g melting vegan cheese
  • vegan parmesan to top
  • 35 g sunflower seeds
  • 425 g firm tofu drained and patted dry
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3./4 tsp salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 20 g nutritional yeast



  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan)/350°F/Gas Mark 5. 
  • In a large saucepan, add the spinach, a drizzle of olive oil, half the nutmeg (¼ teaspoon), a pinch of salt and pepper. Cover the pan and leave the spinach to sweat and wilt down, stirring occasionally. Pop in a bowl and set aside. 
  • In a large pan fry the onion until soft and golden. Add the garlic and fry for a further minute. 
  • Add the plum tomatoes and break them up with a spoon (or with your hands as you add them!). 
  • Add the sugar, lemon zest and a few basil leaves. Simmer for around 20 minutes until the sauce has thickened. Add salt and pepper, try the sauce and add more until you get the desired seasoning. 
  • While the spinach is sweating and the tomato sauce is simmering, make the 'ricotta'. 


  • Blend the sunflower seeds in a food processor or using the milling blade on your blender. 
  • Add the tofu and blend with the sunflower seeds until smooth. 
  • In a medium sized bowl, combine the tofu/sunflower seed mix with all other ingredients and stir thoroughly. 


  • Once the wilted spinach has cooled, squeeze the liquid out of it and cut it up into small pieces. Add it to the 'ricotta' along with the rest of the nutmeg (¼ teaspoon) and stir thoroughly. 
  • There are a couple options for getting the 'ricotta' mix into the cannelloni tubes… either pipe it in using a piping bag or if you fancy having a bit more fun then stuff the mixture in using your hands (after washing them)… kids love doing this! 
  • Place the stuffed cannelloni tubes onto the bottom of an oven dish (12"x10"x2" approx.). Pour the tomato sauce over the top and spread evenly. Add a layer of basil leaves then sprinkle over your preferred melting vegan cheese and top off with vegan Parmesan and a drizzle of olive oil. 
  • Cover the top of the dish with a sheet of foil and tuck in around the edges. Place in the oven for 30 minutes, then remove the foil and pop back in the oven for another 15 minutes. 
  • Enjoy with a green salad and garlic bread 🙂 
This recipe was republished with permission from Viva’s Vegan Recipe Club.
The original recipe can be found here.

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