Spinach Manicotti

The season shift to fall has begun, and with the cooler nights comes an abundance of our favorite greens. Instead of sauteeing it, this felt like a delightful way to enjoy spinach. It’s creamy, rich and savory and perfect for a cool evening.

The recipe inspiration for this comes from The Happy Pear, an Irish company that often showcases incredible vegan recipes. The twins who own the business are an absolute delight, and I highly recommend checking out their website, where they often provide cooking demo videos to complement the recipes they share. You can find The Happy Pear recipe link here.

Below is the recipe, with the few modifications I made.




  • 3 cloves peeled garlic

  • 1/2 cup cashews

  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach

  • ½ juice of lime

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil

  • 1/3 cup water


  • 3 tbsp oil

  • 3 tbsp white flour

  • ¾ tsp salt

  • ½ tsp black pepper

  • 1 1/4 cup soy milk


  • 2 cloves garlic chopped finely

  • 1 ½ tbsp oil

  • 2 cans of chopped tomatoes (I used two fresh tomatoes and and had to add 1 can of tomato paste at the end)

  • 1 tsp salt

  • ½ tsp black pepper

  • 1 tbsp maple syrup


  • 2 cups cannelloni tubes (I used manicotti because it was all that was available and wish I’d sought out cannelloni)

  • 1/4 cup Vegan cheese to top


Preheat your oven to 350F


First step is to make your spinach pesto

Add the peeled garlic cloves, cashew nuts, spinach, lime, salt, sunflower oil and water to a blender and blend together


For the bechamel, start by making the make the roux, add the oil to a pan on a high heat along with flour, a salt and a pinch of pepper and cook for 1 minute

Once the roux starts to clump together add in the soy milk

Bring to the boil, stirring all the while and then knock off the heat

Combine with the spinach pesto and set aside


Time to make your tomato sauce

Add 1 1/2 tbsp oil to a pan on a high heat. Add to the pan 2 cloves finely chopped garlic, reduce heat to medium.

Fry for about a minute until the garlic starts to golden and then add the two tins of chopped tomatoes and mix through

Season with 1 tsp salt, a pinch of black pepper and 1 tbsp maple syrup and bring to the boil and reduce to a simmer knock off the heat

Use a piping bag to squeeze the spinach béchamel sauce into the cannelloni tubes, keeping the tubes standing up straight they will be easier to fill.

Lay the filled tubes on their sides and submerge with the tomato sauce

Top it off with a covering of vegan cheese and cook in oven for 25 minutes

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