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Asparagus and prosciutto cannelloni


Serves: 4
timePrep time: 40 mins
timeTotal time:
Asparagus and prosciutto cannelloni
Recipe photograph by Maja Smend

Asparagus and prosciutto cannelloni

Wrapped in salty prosciutto and enveloped in a Parmesan sauce, this twist on cannelloni elevates seasonal asparagus into a light main course for a smart lunch or dinner party. Serve simply with a lemon-dressed green salad

Serves: 4
timePrep time: 40 mins
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Nutritional information (per serving)
Calories
468Kcal
Fat
27gr
Saturates
16gr
Carbs
26gr
Sugars
8gr
Fibre
5gr
Protein
28gr
Salt
2gr

Abigail Spooner

Abigail Spooner

Abi is our Junior Food Editor and can usually be found in the test kitchen, trialling recipes to ensure perfect results for our readers. An obsessive foodie with a sweet tooth, she is happiest when baking and is a firm believer that there is always room for dessert (preferably following a big bowl of pasta)
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Abigail Spooner

Abigail Spooner

Abi is our Junior Food Editor and can usually be found in the test kitchen, trialling recipes to ensure perfect results for our readers. An obsessive foodie with a sweet tooth, she is happiest when baking and is a firm believer that there is always room for dessert (preferably following a big bowl of pasta)
See more of Abigail Spooner’s recipes

Ingredients

  • 24 (thick stemmed) or 32 (fine stemmed) asparagus spears
  • 4 fresh egg lasagne sheets
  • 8 slices of prosciutto or Parma ham
  • 1 x 150g ball mozzarella, thinly sliced
For the sauce
  • 40g butterpinch of nutmeg
  • 40g plain flour
  • 450ml milk
  • 1½ tbsp lemon juice
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 75g Parmesan, grated

Step by step

Get ahead
Prepare to the end of step 4 a few hours ahead, cover and chill. Bake for an extra 5-10 minutes from chilled.
  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C, fan 200°C, gas 7 and bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Trim the woody ends from the asparagus, add the spears to the saucepan, return to the boil and cook for 1-2 minutes depending on thickness (it should still have quite a bite to it). Drain, refresh in iced water, then drain again once cool. Pat dry and season with a pinch of salt.
  2. To make the sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan, stir in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat and gradually stir in the milk. Cook, stirring continuously, on a medium heat until the sauce has thickened. Add the lemon juice, nutmeg and two-thirds of the grated Parmesan. Season to taste.
  3. Cut each lasagne sheet into 2 long strips, each about 7.5cm wide. Place in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Leave to soak for 5 minutes. Shake the water from the pasta strips, pat dry and line up on a chopping board.
  4. Pour half the cheese sauce into the base of a large baking dish (about 20cm x 30cm). To assemble, place a slice of prosciutto along the length of each lasagne strip. Lay a couple of mozzarella slices on top, followed by 3 thick or 4 thin asparagus spears at the end of each strip then wrap up, repeating to make 8 rolls. Arrange the rolls side by side on the cheese sauce in the baking dish. Pour the remaining sauce down the centre of the dish over the pasta, leaving the asparagus mostly exposed, then sprinkle with the rest of the Parmesan.
  5. Bake towards the top of the oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Leave to stand for 5-10 minutes and serve alongside a green salad, if you wish.

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