Lamb and Kale Cannelloni with Butternut Squash Purée

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Lamb and Kale Cannelloni with Butternut Squash Purée

These Lamb & Kale Cannelloni with Butternut Squash Purée are dee-licious!  Ground lamb is fried with shallot & onion, a little kale is added to the mix and then it is combined with creamy ricotta and wonderful fall spices like nutmeg and cinnamon.  The mixture is then stuffed into cannelloni shells and covered with a simple butternut squash purée.  Smells heavenly and tastes even better!

Hiya friends!  What’s up?  Do anything fun this past weekend?  Eat anything good?  Tell me 🙂 You may remember that I mentioned in a past post that we had tix to Jerry Seinfeld for September.  Well, this past weekend was it!  So we went out for dinner with my brother and sister-in-law to a local pub that brews their own beer, filled our bellies, and then headed to the  show to have some laughs and laughed we did!

The opening act in and of itself was really good and Jerry (yeah, I’m on a first name basis, now, lol 😀 ) had some real gems in his content, especially his bit about marriage versus dating.  He was so energetic on stage and, of course, he spoke in his classic tone<—-apparently that tone is not permitted in his home…yeah, there was a bit about that too.  Upon finishing, the crowd stood up for him; it was just awesome.  And you know  if you are talking about lines from the show the next day, it must have been good 😉  It was our first time seeing him live and he did not disappoint!

So, I realized that I hadn’t shared a protein (aka meat) recipe with you guys in a long time and you guys may start to think chicka is vegetarian! That is definitely not the case.  While  I do regularly eat a lot of vegetarian and vegan meals & snacks as indicated by here, here and here, there’s definitely no lack of meat dishes in my diet.  Plus, it’s freakin’ October!!  Can you believe it?  Fall calls for comfort food and these Lamb and Kale Cannelloni  hits the spot 🍂😋
Lamb and Kale Cannelloni with Butternut Squash Purée - girlheartfood.com

Lamb and Kale Cannelloni with Butternut Squash Purée - girlheartfood.com

So for the ‘sauce’ or wet (that sounds weird, but mama is goin’ with it) component of these Lamb and Kale Cannelloni I made a  Butternut Squash Purée.   There’s a few steps to the recipe, but they are all really simple, trust me 👍
Lamb and Kale Cannelloni with Butternut Squash Purée - girlheartfood.com

Lamb and Kale Cannelloni with Butternut Squash Purée - girlheartfood.com

Lamb and Kale Cannelloni with Butternut Squash Purée - girlheartfood.com

I simply roasted a butternut squash and while that was doing its thing, I fried the lamb and kale; I let it cool for a few minutes and then mixed it with ricotta cheese and some spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.  Then, I stuffed the mixture into the pasta (with a backend of a spoon).  Side note—>if someone could come up with some kind of mechanism to stuff those lil’ cannelloni shells, that would be brilliant.Lamb and Kale Cannelloni with Butternut Squash Purée - girlheartfood.com

After the squash was roasted, I just mixed with a bit of stock, cream and spices in a blender and poured it over the cannelloni and covered the whole lot of it with mozza and baked.  Nothing to it, right?  Little bit of prep, but each individual step is easy peasy and the payoff is super tasty.  Plus, leftovers are even better the next day!

Lamb and Kale Cannelloni with Butternut Squash Purée - girlheartfood.com

If you aren’t a fan of lamb, beef or turkey works wonderfully here too.

Anywho, you guys, hope you’ve enjoyed this Lamb & Kale Cannelloni with Butternut Squash Purée.  Give it a go and you won’t be disappointed!

Lamb and Kale Cannelloni with Butternut Squash Purée - girlheartfood.com

Until next time, take care & chit chat again soon 🙂

~D

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Lamb and Kale Cannelloni with Butternut Squash Purée
These Lamb & Kale Cannelloni with Butternut Squash Purée are dee-licious!  Ground lamb is fried with shallot & onion, a little kale is added to the mix and then it is combined with creamy ricotta and wonderful classic fall spices like nutmeg and cinnamon.  The mixture is then stuffed into cannelloni shells and covered with a simple butternut squash purée.  Smells heavenly and tastes even better!
Lamb and Kale Cannelloni with Butternut Squash Purée - girlheartfood.com
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
cannelloni
Ingredients
Lamb & Kale Cannelloni
Butternut Squash Purée
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
cannelloni
Ingredients
Lamb & Kale Cannelloni
Butternut Squash Purée
Lamb and Kale Cannelloni with Butternut Squash Purée - girlheartfood.com
Instructions
Butternut Squash Purée
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Sprinkle squash with 1/4 tsp each of salt and pepper and 1 tsp of olive oil. Place on parchment lined baking sheet cut side down and cook until tender, about 45 minutes. Let cool slightly and scoop out.
  2. Place squash in blender along with remaining salt and pepper, stock, heavy cream and garam masala. Add more salt and pepper, if necessary, to taste.
Lamb & Kale Cannelloni
  1. In a large bowl combine ricotta, walnuts, egg, nutmeg, cinnamon, chili, and 1/2 tsp each of salt and pepper. Lay to one side.
  2. In a cast iron pan on medium low, add olive oil. Cook shallot until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 more minute. Add lamb, remaining 1/2 tsp each of salt and pepper and cook about 10-12 minutes until browned and cooked. Drain some fat. To this, add kale and cook until wilted, about 5 minutes. Remove and let cool for a few minutes.
  3. Add lamb/kale mixture to ricotta mixture and stir to combine. Place about half of the squash sauce in the bottom of a baking dish. Spread evenly. Using the back end of a fork or spoon fill cannelloni. Place in baking dish and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Cover with foil and bake 35-40 minutes on 350F. Carefully remove foil and broil for 3-5 minutes. Garnish with basil (optional) and serve immediately. Enjoy!
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55 thoughts on “Lamb and Kale Cannelloni with Butternut Squash Purée

  1. Nicoletta @sugarlovespices says:

    I love those nights out so much, a good eat, a great show, some friends or family and most important, the laugh! My favorite cannelloni are ricotta and spinach, but I’m vegetarian 😉 , while my husband would love to have your version stuffed with lamb, kale and ricotta! The sauce with the butternut squash is brilliant!
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  2. Ala says:

    You went to see Jerry?? Sweeeeet! Sounds like an amazing time. And all right, I’m vegetarian so this recipe probably wouldn’t fly–BUT I know a ton of folks who would definitely appreciate it, so I’m sharing this with them ASAP. Cheerios, girl!

  3. Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss says:

    Dawn, I feel like I just got a culinary school lesson here! I’m not the biggest fan of lamb, but the fiance totally is. I just had to google what the difference between manicotti and cannelloni was – lesson learned. This looks delicious and manicotti is delicious and the Jerry Seinfeld comedy show sounds like it was a blast!
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  4. Stephanie | The Foodie and The Fix says:

    Wow, Dawn! I think you just made all of my cannelloni dreams come true. Seriously, these flavors sound SO amazing and I’m such a sucker for lamb! Anytime I have to stuff pasta like this, I always just put the filling in a gallon-size Ziploc bag and cut one corner with a pair of scissors, then fill. Makes life so much easier! Jerry Seinfeld must have put on quite a show, what an awesome experience! Pinning!
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thanks so much, Stephanie! Cannelloni dreams are the best 😉 ! Well, anything with food, really, lol 😀 Thanks for the tip…it took me a little while to fill ’em, but it was worth it. Have to remember that for next time! Jerry Seinfeld was super awesome. It was a lovely night and would definitely love to see him again. Thanks again for the kind words and Pin and hope you have a great week 🙂

  5. Kate @ Framed Cooks says:

    Sounds like the BEST weekend – full of fun and laughs, which is the #1 way to spend a weekend! Meantime, thanks for reminding me of the wonderfulness that is cannelloni – every time I see it I remember that I love it, and this recipe is definitely a Must Make!
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  6. April says:

    These sound so good Dawn. They sound full of flavor! I’ve never tried anything like this before. I looove lamb and kale. I really need to try out squash one of these days! I know Seinfield must’ve been so much! I use to love watching his show. He’s too much lol!
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      It definitely was super fun! Though, am looking forward to just taking it easy this weekend and doing some cooking and relaxing in my comfy clothes 😉 Thanks so much, Kathleen! Have a wonderful upcoming weekend!

  7. David @ Spiced says:

    Oh man, this sounds delicious, Dawn! I love that you stuffed the filling into cannelloni. I don’t use cannelloni near enough! And funny that you include a butternut squash puree because I just so happen to have an extra b-nut squash (yeah, we’re on that kind of basis) in the kitchen. I totally need to whip this one up for a tasty dinner soon. And I’m so glad you guys enjoyed Jerry! I’m a huge fan of Seinfeld, so I’ll have to see if he’s coming to our area anytime soon! 🙂
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  8. Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table says:

    I’ve got to go see Jerry (love the first-name basis, I’m taking it on by proxy) with my husband. He was a HUGE Seinfeld fan. Sounds like a fun evening!
    And this… this dish sounds freaking fantastic! Perfect for some fall comfort food eats! It’s been too long since I’ve had lamb and that’s gonna be fixed ASAP 😉 Have a wonderful week my friend! XO
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  9. Katie Crenshaw says:

    Dawn, you out did yourself on this one! This looks WICKED GOOD! Everything about this screams 5 stars! Look out “The Next Iron Chef!” Glad Jerry was great. It is nice to go out just for laughs! Can’t wait to make this recipe. Xoxo

  10. Kevin | Keviniscooking says:

    LOVE, love, love this one. A huge fan of lamb this got me excited and you went over the top with this one Dawn! I am excited try it. So imaginative! 🙂
    Happy to read you guys had a great time at seeing Jerry. I love any form of live entertainment, wether its a concert, musical, play, comedy etc. Fun times.
    To stuff these guys I often times stand the shell on one end and with piping bag filled with filling, squeeze into the pasta tube and knock them out. Just a technique I do…
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Ahhhhh….geez, thanks SO much, Kevin! So nice of you to say!! Big smile on my face over here now 🙂
      Live entertainment can’t be beat, can’t it? We had such a nice time and would definitely see him again. It was fun to get out and it was such a nice evening too…nice, crisp fall breeze.
      Thanks for the piping bag tip…I’ll keep that in mind next time. The backend of a spoon worked, but took a little bit of patience 😉 Hope your week was off to a good start!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Yay!! Thanks Annie! Your comment makes me happy! That’s what I was going for 🙂 Appreciate the Pin, too.
      Jerry was such a laugh 😀 Hopefully, he’ll be back again another time. Still thinking about some of his jokes 🙂 Have a wonderful week, my friend! xoxo

  11. Michelle | The Secret Ingredient Is says:

    What a fun weekend! And more importantly – what a fun dish! This sounds so so flavorful, I love the idea of butternuts squash puree! This is such a perfect fall comfort food meal, I would totally do serious work if I had a plate of this right now (even if it is only 9 in the morning)! Pinned, definitely need to try this soon!
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  12. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

    Sounds like you had a great weekend, Dawn! Jerry Seinfeld comes to Chicago every so often, so I will need to check that out! And this cannelloni looks SO good! I’ve never made anything like this before, and I’ve never used ground lamb, so I’m loving this dish. Such a great idea to make a butternut squash puree, too. Definitely screams fall and deliciousness! Pinned, of course! Happy Monday to you!

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