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Baked Cannelloni

Liven up your weeknight dinners or add some fun to your weekend get-togethers.

Cook Time: 45 mins

Prep Time: 20 mins

Serves: 6

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  • 1 package (19 ounces) JOHNSONVILLE Mild Italian Sausage, casings removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 ounces mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 12 ounces mozzarella cheese, cubed or shredded
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups milk (not skim)
  • 12 uncooked Cannelloni pasta shells
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup Granarolo Parmigiano Reggiano DOP Cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.

To make the filling

  • In a large skillet, sauté onions and mushrooms in olive oil over medium heat for 5 minutes until vegetables are tender.
  • Add sausage; crumbling it with a wooden spoon into small pieces as it cooks. Stir and cook all ingredients until the onion is softened and the sausage is no longer pink and is starting to brown. Set aside.

To make béchamel sauce

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and stir until well incorporated. Slowly, add milk and whisk together until smooth. Continue whisking until sauce comes to a slow boil and starts to thicken. Stir half this sauce into the sausage mixture. (Reserve the other half to pour on top of the cannelloni.) Add cubed mozzarella to the sausage and sauce mixture and continue stirring while slowly whisking in the egg yolks; mix to combine cover and set aside.

  • Cook pasta according to package directions, rinse under cold water and reserve being careful to keep the pasta from breaking.
  • Spread 3/4 cup of the reserved béchamel sauce on the bottom of a 9x13-inch oiled baking dish. Spoon filling into each pasta tube. Start from one end and using your finger to push the filling all the way through.
  • Nestle the cannelloni in the sauce and cover with remaining béchamel sauce.
  • Top with mozzarella cheese and Parmigiano Regiano DOP cheese. Sprinkle with oregano.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes or until heated through; and cheese starts to turn golden. Remove from oven, let stand for 5 minutes, then serve.

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