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Vegan Cannelloni

This vegan cannelloni recipe is a delicious soy-free dish to warm you up on a chilly evening. Roasted root vegetables are stuffed inside pasta tubes, smothered in a homemade romesco sauce and sprinkled with breadcrumbs for a crispy crust.

Yield: Makes 20 cannelloni
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes


6 medium-sized tomatoes
3 cloves of garlic, unpeeled
¾ cup (175 ml) olive oil, divided
About 5 cups (875 grams) of mixed root vegetables – I used a small turnip, a parsnip, 2 carrots and a medium-sized sweet potato.
1 leek
The leaves from a large sprig of rosemary, finely chopped
2 teaspoons salt, divided
Pepper, to taste
⅓ cup (70 grams) raw almonds
½ cup (70 grams) raw hazelnuts
⅓ cup (80 ml) vegetable stock or water
20 cannelloni pasta sheets or tubes
½ cup (35 grams) bread crumbs
Parsley, for garnish (optional)


Preheat the oven to 175°C (350°F). Cut a cross in the bottom of each tomato and place them bottom-side up in an oven-safe dish. Stick the garlic cloves in the crosses on the tomatoes and drizzle over 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Roast until the skin on the tomatoes is blackening on top – 45 minutes to an hour. Keep an eye on the garlic and remove them once they are soft and roasted.

Meanwhile, peel and slice all your root vegetables and the leek into 1 cm (¼ inch) cubes. Toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of salt, pepper to taste and the chopped rosemary. Spread the veggies out over one or two sheet pans, without overcrowding, and roast until the vegetables are tender – 15 to 20 minutes.

Toast the almonds and hazelnuts in a dry pan over medium heat.

Once the tomatoes and garlic are roasted and cooled enough to handle, peel off the skin. Finely dice two of the tomatoes and add them to the roasted root vegetables. Place the remaining four tomatoes in a blender with the roasted garlic and puree. With the blender running, slowly drizzle in ½ cup (120 ml) of olive oil. Add the almonds and hazelnuts, 1 teaspoon salt and the stock or water. Blend into a pourable sauce – it’s okay if it’s still a bit chunky from the nuts. If it seems too thick, add a bit more stock or water.

Prepare the cannelloni pasta sheets or tubes according to the package directions. Cover the bottom of a large oven-safe dish with a bit of the sauce to prevent your cannelloni from sticking. Taste your root vegetable filling and adjust the salt and pepper if necessary. It also helps to mash the vegetables a bit with a fork – it makes filling the cannelloni easier. Fill the pasta and arrange the cannelloni in your dish. Pour over the sauce, making sure that no pasta is exposed or else it will dry up in the oven. Sprinkle over the bread crumbs and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are toasted and the cannelloni are warmed through. Garnish with chopped parsley.


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