Ham and Leek Cannelloni
Soft leeks and ham in a mustardy creamy cheese sauce, an indulgent dinner that's perfect for slimming plans like Weight Watchers
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You generally find cannelloni stuffed with spinach and ricotta or minced beef in a tomatoey sauce, but here at Pinch of Nom we love testing out weird and wonderful combinations until we find a winning dinner!
We decided to combine two comforting flavours into something a little different. Soft leeks and ham in a mustardy creamy cheese isn’t exactly a traditional Italian combination, but it goes great with our garlicky tomato sauce.
We’ve used some clever swaps to keep this dish light, such as reduced fat spreadable cheese for a rich sauce without a pot of cream in sight!
Hot and filling, this Ham and Leek Cannelloni is the ultimate hearty dinner when you can’t decide whether you fancy a ham and leek pie or a cannelloni dish: now you can have the best of both worlds!
Serve alongside a fresh salad for a showstopping dinner that’s so easy to make and looks great on the table.
Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.
Do you need any special ingredients to make Ham and Leek Cannelloni?
Cannelloni tubes are a pasta staple to keep in the cupboard, and can be stuffed with, well… anything! You can find them in the pasta aisle at the supermarket.
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How many calories are in this Ham and Leek Cannelloni?
There are 263 calories per portion in this Ham and Leek Cannelloni which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.
To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment.
This Ham and Leek Cannelloni is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.
As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.
Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
Spray a saucepan with low calorie cooking spray and sauté the onions over a medium heat for 4 minutes until softened.
Add the garlic granules and Italian herbs and continue cooking for another minute.
Dissolve the stock cube in the boiling water. Stir in the tomatoes and stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 15 minutes while you prepare the cannelloni.
Spray a frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and sauté the leeks for 5 minutes over a medium heat, until soft, then place in a mixing bowl and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
Mix the cream cheese, ham, mustard and garlic granules into the cooled leeks, and season with salt and pepper.
Fill the cannelloni tubes with the ham and leek mix, using a blunt knife to push the filling right down.
Pour half the sauce into the ovenproof dish and arrange the filled cannelloni on top. Pour the remaining sauce on top, ensuring the pasta is fully covered.
Tear the mozzarella into small pieces and scatter over the top.
Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until the pasta is tender.
Serve with a crisp mixed salad.
What could I serve with this Ham and Leek Cannelloni?
This dish is filling and substantial on its own, but you could serve with one of the following sides for a larger meal:
How do you know when Ham and Leek Cannelloni is cooked?
You should cook this Ham and Leek Cannelloni until the pasta is tender. This will take around 35 minutes in the oven.
Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.
How long can you keep Ham and Leek Cannelloni in the fridge?
Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.
If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Ham and Leek Cannelloni in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.
Can I freeze Ham and Leek Cannelloni?
Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;
- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!
How do I reheat Ham and Leek Cannelloni?
From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot. Alternatively, you can reheat from chilled in an ovenproof dish in a moderately hot oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until piping hot.
From frozen: Allow to defrost and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.
For more information about reheating rice please take a look at the NHS website.
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Ham and Leek Cannelloni
Soft leeks and ham in a mustardy creamy cheese sauce, an indulgent dinner that's perfect for slimming plans like Weight Watchers!
- KCals 263
- Carbs 26G
- Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
- Spray a saucepan with low calorie cooking spray and sauté the onions over a medium heat for 4 minutes until softened.
- Add the garlic granules and Italian herbs and continue cooking for another minute.
- Dissolve the stock cube in the boiling water. Stir in the tomatoes and stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 15 minutes while you prepare the cannelloni.
- Spray a frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and sauté the leeks for 5 minutes over a medium heat, until soft, then place in a mixing bowl and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
- Mix the cream cheese, ham, mustard and garlic granules into the cooled leeks, and season with salt and pepper.
- Fill the cannelloni tubes with the ham and leek mix, using a blunt knife to push the filling right down.
- Pour half the sauce into the ovenproof dish and arrange the filled cannelloni on top. Pour the remaining sauce on top, ensuring the pasta is fully covered.
- Tear the mozzarella into small pieces and scatter over the top.
- Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until the pasta is tender.
- Serve with a crisp mixed salad.
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AnitaTuesday 28th June 2022
I can’t get cannelloni tubes can I roll fresh lasagna instead. I’d probably get 2 out of a slice?
SharonMonday 4th July 2022
Hi Anita, yes, you could use fresh lasagne sheets instead of cannelloni tubes. If you roll a sheet up along it’s length, you should be able to make 2 cannelloni out of one sheet. The dish will need less time in the oven if you’e using fresh pasta, you could try 20 – 25 minutes.
HariettSunday 17th April 2022
Can you use the seriously spreadable cheese?
HollyTuesday 19th April 2022
Hey Hariett, yes any spreadable cheese such as Seriously Spreadable, GoGo’s or Primula works great in this recipe!
MaureenSunday 20th March 2022
Is it cheese like Laughing Cow or Philadelphia cream cheese??
HollyMonday 21st March 2022
Hey Maureen, we use a reduced fat spreadable cheese such as Primula or Gogo’s Cheese. Hope that helps!
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