What time is it? – It’s pasta o’clock! Probably on this website you find suspiciously few pasta recipes despite the fact that I live in pasta-land aka Italy. That’s why here you have new pasta recipe. This time a bit more sophisticated than a simple boiled pasta with some sauce. Today I’m offering you easy vegan cannelloni with roasted bell peppers!
In case you don’t know, cannelloni is pasta in shape of a small tube that is filled with different ingredients. Then it is covered with sauce and cooked in the oven. In the non-vegan version, the most popular stuffing is minced meat or ricotta cheese and spinach. Well, in my vegan recipe I kept the spinach, but I substituted the other ingredients with animal cruelty-free food products. To be more precise, I used bell peppers, onions, garlic, spinach, cashews and some spices. Cashews provide the creaminess, while roasted bell peppers give that mildly smoky flavor.
How to prepare vegan cannelloni with roasted bell peppers
To prepare this dish, first you’ll need to find cannelloni that do not contain eggs. But it shouldn’t be that difficult. Lately it’s quite easy to find all the special types of pasta without eggs also in regular food stores. So, once you have the right pasta, gather also the rest of the ingredients and you’re ready to go! The recipe steps are quite easy: you’ll start by soaking the cashews, then you’ll roast the bell pepper, cook onions, spinach and garlic and blend it all together by adding some spices. Apart from that you’ll need to add some spices and crushed garlic to the tomato sauce to make everything even more flavorful.
When your filling and sauce are ready, the most interesting part starts – the stuffing process! I have always done it by using a pastry bag because it’s super easy and quick in that way. You can also try to do it with a tiny spoon, but I’m sure that it will be much longer and messier. So better use the pastry bag! Fill it with the prepared stuffing and push it into every single cannelloni until your pasta tube is full. It’s easier to fill the biggest part of the tube from one side and then finish the filling from the other side. After that you’ll only need to put the filled cannelloni in a baking try, cover them with tomato sauce and cook in the oven for about 30 minutes.
Choose the level of spiciness of your vegan cannelloni
I’m a person who likes the flavor of garlic, that’s why for these easy vegan cannelloni with roasted bell peppers I used it quite a lot. But you can always reduce the amount. In any case, since both the stuffing and the sauce contain garlic, your kitchen will be filled with delicious garlicky aroma while the cannelloni are in the oven. If it doesn’t bother you – great! But in case it does, just like it did bother Specky, do as he did – go for a walk/run/jump in fresh air! Just make sure that someone stays at home to control that your easy vegan cannelloni with roasted bell peppers don’t burn, ha ha!
Another ingredient that affects the spiciness and that you can adjust according to your taste are the red chili pepper flakes. They’re quite spicy, so if you’re not a big fan of spicy food, just skip them and prepare the sauce without these flakes. Even if your easy vegan cannelloni with roasted bell peppers are not spicy, they’ll still be very delicious! And in case you’re searching for other easy and delicious pasta recipes, here are some that might interest you – vegan pasta with arugula and green peas or pasta with vegan spinach pesto or maybe vegan lemon garlic pasta.
I guess, pasta recipes on this website are not that few after all! So, if you manage to make these vegan cannelloni, you will be able to prepare any other pasta dish in the world! Ha ha, ok, just kidding! It’s actually very easy to make them! So, wake up your inner master chef and prepare these cannelloni filled with roasted bell peppers that are:
- easy to make
- mildly spicy
- deliciously aromatic
- with a mild smoky flavor
- and simply yummy!
Let me know, if you try this recipe! Leave a comment or even more – make Specky happy! Snap a picture of your masterpiece and post it on Instagram or Facebook by tagging @bunnymommycooks. And feel free to let your animal family members join in the picture!