Great British Beef Week - Beef Cannelloni

Level: Easy
Serves: 12
Cook for: 1 hour 20 minutes
1kg mince beef
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, crushed
2 x 660g passata jars with basil
large pinch of sugar
400g dried cannelloni tubes
For the topping:
50g butter
50g plain flour
600ml whole milk
140g soft cheese
140g grated parmesan
  1. For the filling, dry-fry the beef in a non-stick pan on a medium heat, breaking up with a wooden spoon until browned/ for about 10 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  2. Add the oil and cook the onion for 5 minutes, until soft. Add the garlic for 1 minute more, then tip in the beef and 1½ jars of the passata sauce and the sugar. Simmer for 20 minutes while you make the white sauce.
  3. Heat the butter in a small pan. When foaming, stir in the flour for 1 minute. Add the milk gradually, stirring all the time to achieve a lump-free sauce, then bubble for 2 minutes while stirring.

  4. Remove from the heat and stir in the soft cheese with seasoning until dissolved. Set aside, covered with cling film to stop a skin forming.To assemble, pour the remaining tomato sauce into the base of 2-3 large baking dishes or 12 individual ovenproof dishes or foil containers.

  5. Spoon the beef into the cannelloni tubes using a teaspoon and lay on top of the sauce. Pour on the white sauce, then sprinkle with Parmesan. If freezing, allow to cool, then freeze wrapped well in cling film. To eat straight away, heat oven to 200C (180C fan/gas 6) and cook for 40-45 minutes until the pasta is tender and topping golden. Defrost frozen cannelloni thoroughly, then cook as above for 50-55 minutes.

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