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Spinach & Ricotta Zucchini Involtinis

Ricotta lovers this one’s for you!

Spinach and Ricotta Zucchini Involtinis

Ricotta is one of my favourite soft cheeses and regularly used in Italian cooking. It’s soft smooth creamy consistency and mild flavour make is a perfect ingredient for pasta fillings, bread toppings, and in both savoury and sweet recipes.

Fresh is definitely best when it comes to buying ricotta, I highly recommend buying from a reputably Italian delis or supermarket that sells it fresh. If buying packaged you can find them cryovac sealed in a strainer for ultimate freshness.

This recipe though timely, is worth the extra effort. If you have made your own pre made sauce that will cut the time significantly. I know I say this a lot but it is true…like a lot of Italian home cooking, basic fresh ingredients cooked right make the most flavoursome meals.

I have opted to use thinly sliced zucchini ribbons to wrap the ricotta mixture in instead of traditional eggplant or pasta for a more nutritious carb free option.

Spinach & Ricotta Zucchini Involtinis

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: fairly easy
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If you have made your own pre made sauce that will cut the time significantly



1 tbsp olive oil

2 cloves garlic crushed

400ml bottle tomato passata (sugo)

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup of red wine (optional)

1 small bunch basil leaves

1/2 tsp salt

pinch of sugar

Ricotta Mixture:

2-3 large zucchinis, thinly sliced using a mandolin is ideal

500g fresh ricotta cheese

1/2 bunch (500g) english spinach, finely chopped

small handful of Italian parsley leaves, roughly chopped

1 egg

1 clove garlic, crushed

rind zest of 1/2 lemon

1/2 tsp salt

pinch of pepper

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 180’C (380’F)
  2. To make tomato sauce; Heat olive oil in a saucepan on medium to high heat, add garlic and cook until just fragrant.
  3. Add tomato passata, water, salt, wine and basil to the pot.
  4. Bring to the boil, turn down to low heat with lid on and simmer lid partially on for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  5. Prepare the zucchini by thinly slicing longways with a mandolin or sharp knife to make ribbons. Lay each ribbon spaced out flat on a lined baking tray with baking paper. Sprinkle with a little olive oil and salt.
  6. Cook zucchini ribbons in prepared oven for 10 mins until partly cooked through but not too soft or they will break when trying to roll them.
  7. Make the ricotta filling by placing remaining ingredients in a large bowl and mix well to combine.
  8. Once the sauce is cooked ladle it into an oven proof baking dish.
  9. Fill zucchini ribbons by placing 1-2 tablespoons of ricotta mixture on the top of one end of zucchini ribbon, then carefully roll them up, and place them on top of the sauce in the baking dish. Repeat.
  10. Season with extra salt and pepper then place baking dish in the oven and cook for 25 mins.

Serve accompanied with a Italian green salad

Hello I’m Caz, founder of Green Leaf Living Australia. I live in the coastal city of the Gold Coast in Queensland. Living a naturally healthy lifestyle has been my focus and passion for many years. Here I share my experiences and knowledge with you, hoping to benefit your life in someway. Whether it be by trying one of the delicious food recipes, learning about herbs and how to use them. Traditional remedies, detoxifying your home and replicating a DIY non- toxic natural product for body and home. Using essentials oils to compliment your life or just listening to some wellness tips that help me live a more mindful and balanced life. Follow along with me as I share my love of all things food, health and wellbeing as I keep things real, honest and simple.

4 comments on “Spinach & Ricotta Zucchini Involtinis

  1. that looks real good


  2. These look so tasty! Love how you rolled them in the zucchini. Will give it a try soon! 🙂


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