Frugal Family Meals: Minced Pork Cannelloni Recipe

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Welcome to my frugal family meals: minced pork cannelloni recipe.

So just because this month is all about the budget family meals doesn’t mean that you have to go so cheap that you are not going to enjoy your meals.

I love pasta dishes. They are my world. Well they were my fat world so now to keep me trim they are only my world about 15% of the time. But when I have pasta (because it is a treat) I was to really enjoy it and sink my teeth into something special.

Sometimes my pasta will be healthier than others, such as my fettuccine alfredo or my carb free spiralizer recipes. But every now and again I like to push the boat out and have the real thing.

I love lasagne (you’re in for a treat tomorrow!), cannelloni, linguine in a really creamy cheese and white wine sauce and don’t get me started for my love for macaroni cheese.

But what I really love is pork mince. It seems to be so underrated and so many people just don’t use it. Yes it can sometimes be a little more fatty than beef, but it is so much cheaper and it can half the cost of your meal. It will take me about 2 minutes to remove any last bits of fat from the pork mince when it has cooked and it is worth it for how much more frugal it can make things.

And in all honesty, I really can’t tell the difference. I use pork mince a lot as it is so super cheap here in Portugal and I find that when you use it for meatballs it is fantastic because it makes it a lot easier as the texture means you don’t need eggs and breadcrumbs in them.

But while you get all excited about eating meatballs here is my pork cannelloni recipe!

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How Frugal Is Minced Pork Cannelloni?

Our pork cannelloni recipe works out at 4,13€ for a family of four or 1,03€ each. Or if you are based in America then this is just $1.19 per mouth that you have to feed!

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Frugal Family Meals: Minced Pork Cannelloni Recipe
Serves: 4
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  • 200g Pork Mince
  • 1 Medium Onion (peeled and thinly diced)
  • 250ml Tomato Sauce (get our recipe)
  • 10 Cannelloni Tubes
  • 1Tsp Garlic Puree
  • 1Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 150g Cheddar Cheese
  • 2Tbsp Cream Cheese
  • 1Tbsp Oregano
  • 1Tsp Basil
  • Salt & Pepper
  1. In a large pan sauté your onion and garlic with your olive oil on a medium heat until the onion has softened.
  2. Add the mince to the pan and cook for about 8 minutes until it is nice and brown and fully cooked.
  3. Add half your tomato sauce and seasoning. Allow to cook on a low heat so that it simmers for about 10 minutes. Take any fat off the top of the bolognese with a large spoon as it simmers.
  4. Take off the heat and allow to cool.
  5. Once the mince is fairly cool where you can touch it with your hands, add the soft cheese and mix through your fingers. Place the bolognese into the cannelloni tubes putting your finger over one end so that they can’t fall out.
  6. Place it in a casserole dish and then cover the cannelloni with a layer of tomato sauce and then cover with grated cheese.
  7. Cook for 35 minutes on 180c until bubbling and cooked through.
To get my mince to cool I usually transfer it to a cool serving dish and then it saves waiting ages for it.

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