Friday, March 21, 2014

Macaroni Grill Chicken Cannelloni

12 lasagna pasta sheets, approximate size of 5 x 6 inches

Cannelloni Filling:
8 oz. chicken breast (about 2), cooked thoroughly
1 oz. fresh spinach, chopped
1 oz. sun-dried tomatoes, sliced
16 oz. ricotta cheese
3 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt

Cannelloni Sauce:
16 oz. Asiago cream sauce, or your favorite Alfredo sauce
16 oz. tomato pasta sauce

3 oz Parmesan for topping

Optional Garnishes:
diced tomatoes
fresh basil
Italian parsley
ricotta cheese

1. Cook chicken thoroughly and cool to an internal temperature of 45 degrees F.; dice into ˝-inch pieces and transfer to large bowl.

2. Add spinach, tomatoes, ricotta, mozzarella, pepper and salt; stir thoroughly to combine.

3. Prepare Cannelloni Sauce: In bowl, combine sauces and blend well; set aside.

4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

5. Meanwhile, fill pasta sheets: Place 2 to 3 rounded tablespoons of filling down the center of each sheet; carefully roll ciga-fashion and place in baking dish, side by side.

6. Pour sauce over cannelloni, covering completely; sprinkle with Parmesan; cover with foil.

7. Place in preheated oven; bake about 20 minutes; remove foil and continue to bake an additional 20 minutes. If using a thermometer the internal temperature should read 165 degrees F. Remove from oven and serve hot. If desired, garnish dishes with diced tomatoes, basil or Italian parsley or a dollop of ricotta cheese on the side.

Serves: 6 person

Source: America's Restaurant Recipes

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