Quick and easy cannelloni and lasagna

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Quick and easy cannelloni and lasagna

So, the boys had a basketball tournament this weekend, (they got gold btw…Go MUMBA!) Anyways, it was just Sam and I all weekend, so we did some cleaning, and went to the mall and grocery shopping. The last game ended after 5, and we were going to order in, but strangely, I decided to cook instead. (I know, weird, right?)
When Sam and I were at the grocery store, I bought some fresh pasta, ground beef and ricotta cheese to make cannelloni. You could also use oven ready shells in the place of the fresh pasta. It is a quick and easy meal to prepare, it only take about 20 minutes to prepare, and it freezes well too!
So I started with some fresh pasta, tomato sauce, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, ground beef, red peppers and spinach. And, I ended up tossing in some frozen corn at the last minute.

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I started by browning the ground beef.

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Then, in a bowl, I mixed the ricotta, red peppers, spinach, corn, and once it had cooled down a little, I added the ground beef.

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Then I added a couple tablespoons of the mixture to each piece of fresh pasta.

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Then I rolled them up and covered them with some good old tomato sauce, and a bit of mozzarella. I also added about 1/2 cup of water, I find the pasta will soak up the extra liquid and makes the end result more moist and yummy.

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Great, done! But, I had a whole lot of filling left over…

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Don’t get me wrong, my philosophy on making stuff like lasagna is that once you have everything out, you might as well double it up… still have to wash the same amount of dishes, right? So, I kind of made extra on purpose.
I pulled out some oven ready lasagna, poured some tomato sauce, and a little water into another casserole dish then added a layer of pasta…

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Then, the ricotta mixture, pasta, tomato sauce, ricotta, pasta, tomato sauce, etc. until I ran out of ingredients, or space in the pan.

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Then, pop everything in a 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes, and voila!

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Best part is, dinner is done for tonight, plus enough for another night too! I will just pop it in the freezer when it has cooled, and its good at least for a couple months. Once again yummy!

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