Sweet Potato, Goat Cheese & Ricotta Cannelloni

No need to fire up the oven and the stovetop: You can cook sweet potatoes and boil lasagna noodles in the microwave.
sweet potato goat cheese and ricotta cannelloni

Recipe by Selma Brown Morrow

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  • 4Servings


  • 1 lb. sweet potatoes, skins pierced in spots
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 8 no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 4 oz. coarsely crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh ricotta
  • 2 tbsp. golden raisins
  • 2 tbsp. panko
  • 2 tsp. (packed) lemon zest (from 1 large lemon)
  • 3/4 cup chopped watercress
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup refrigerated pesto
  • 2 tbsp. EVOO, for brushing


1. Microwave the sweet potatoes on high, turning halfway through, until tender, about 10 minutes. Halve lengthwise and carefully scoop the flesh out of the skins (about 1 cup), dropping it by the tablespoonful onto a plate to cool.

2. In a small bowl, microwave the onion on high until tender, about 1 minute. Fill a large bowl with hot tap water; season with salt. Add the noodles and microwave on high until al dente, about 5 minutes. Drain and arrange on wax paper in a single layer.

3. In a medium bowl, mix the goat cheese, ricotta, raisins, panko, lemon zest and onion; season with salt and pepper. Gently stir in the sweet potato and watercress.

4. Coat a large plate with cooking spray. Place generous 1/4 cupfuls of the filling on one short side of each noodle; roll up tightly. Place the cannelloni, seam side down, on the prepared plate. Cover with wax paper, tucking the ends under the cannelloni. Microwave on high until heated through, about 4 minutes. In a small bowl, mix the cream and pesto.

5. Brush the cannelloni with the EVOO and divide among plates. Drizzle with the pesto cream.