Leftover Picadillo Cannelloni (No Bake)
Leftover Picadillo Cannelloni (No Bake)

Leftover Picadillo Cannelloni (No Bake)

I opened the fridge the other day to discover there’s a full container of frozen picadillo. I have not been eating a large amount of meats for the last few months now, plus a surfeit of this ground beef/potato dish to consume for days called for a need to “innovate” a bit. Bhing had a brilliant idea – to use it as stuffing. Instantly, as if with a light bulb, I thought of putting together a Leftover Picadillo Cannelloni no bake dish.

Leftover Picadillo Cannelloni - 5

Leftover Picadillo Cannelloni – 5

Everywhere, in every country we use our leftovers to make a whole new meal. The Australian meat pie could be filled with leftover curry. A Shepard pie could be made from a creamy seafood dish. Some leftover dish could be stuffed in filo or in cannelloni tubes to create a whole new meal.

Cannelloni Shells

Cannelloni Shells

The Filipino style picadillo, a.k.a. giniling is a simple and easy dish to make from sautéing potatoes, ground meat then cooking in tomato sauce. While this is great with hot steamed rice and a kiddie favourite, having the same dish in consecutive meals can be boring or even unappetizing. This is the case, at least for us, who deviated from years of meatful, “riceful” diet.

Leftover Picadillo Cannelloni - 1

Leftover Picadillo Cannelloni – 1

The good news is that innovation does not have to be difficult. Being a kitchen noob I never thought this picadillo could be dressed up to be more appealing in look and taste. And did I mention this is no bake?

Leftover Picadillo Cannelloni - 2

Leftover Picadillo Cannelloni – 2

Easy-peasy, cheesy!

Leftover Picadillo Cannelloni (No Bake)
Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: Filipino, Philippine
Author: Alesah
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 2 to 3
A simple makeover of the picadillo that will delight your palate!
  • [u][b]For the Picadillo (assuming you haven’t made it yet)[/b][/u]
  • 1/2 kilo ground beef or pork
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1 cup of potatoes, cubed
  • 5 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 medium-sized onion, minced
  • 4 tbsp. cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 Cannelloni tubes
  • 6 slices of Mozzarella cheese
  • Parsley
  • 2 whole Jalapeno peppers
  • Paprika
  1. [br]
  2. [u][b]To cook[/b][/u]
  3. Heat a saucepan and pour cooking oil.
  4. Fry the potatoes and set aside.
  5. Saute garlic until light brown.
  6. Add the onions then cook until the color becomes transparent.
  7. Add the ground meat and cook until its light brown.
  8. Pour in the tomato sauce and water and bring to a boil.
  9. Lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  10. Add the potatoes and cook until tender.
  11. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  12. [br]
  13. [u][b]For the cannelloni[/b][/u]
  14. Boil water and add salt and 1 Tbsp of oil.
  15. Add the best cannelloni tubes and cook until tender but still firm to hold stuffing.
  16. Remove from heat and carefully run with cold or tap water to stop the cooking process.
  17. When it’s cooled down, pre-heat the oven toaster for about 3 minutes.
  18. Stuff the tubes with the leftover picadillo and line them up in a plate suitable to use in the toaster.
  19. Top with sliced or shaved mozzarella cheese, sliced jalapeno peppers and chopped parsley.
  20. Drizzle with some olive oil to prevent sticking.
  21. Place in the toaster for about one minute or just until the cheese is melted. Do not keep it long as the pasta will toast or burn.
  22. Serve hot. Sprinkle with paprika (optional).


I remember myself whenever I’d see an overly reprising dish on the table, saying “This…again?!!” But with this picadillo makeover,  I promise you’ll never look at the “same old dish” the same way again.

PIN ME - GG Leftover Picadillo Cannelloni

PIN ME – GG Leftover Picadillo Cannelloni


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About Alesah Villalon

I used to chase life as one would chase targets in their calendar years. Until someone came to say, "Do more of the things that you love, and share that love with others!" Now I'm slowing down a bit.

I try to write. I try to shoot beautiful images of places I love. I try to share wholeheartedly the things that I enjoy.

I hope you can share with me all the pleasures that life has to offer through my stories.

Contact me at alesah@gourmetgetaways.com.au


  1. What a clever recipe – and SUCH a great way to use up leftovers. I totally agree that you don’t have to be super innovative when it comes to leftovers – they’re always delicious!

  2. You made this deliciousness with leftovers? WOWZA, you are crazy clever. I normally end up with some sort of weird pie or stir fry. 🙂

  3. J’aime beaucoup les ingrédients de ton picadillo, il a l’air extra! J’imagine que c’était un vrai régal ! En tout cas, j’aurais aimé les avoir pour mon repas de midi !

  4. mmmm~~ this sounds so hearty right now for our cold winter days!! 😀

  5. Such a great way to use up leftovers! I haven’t made cannelloni in years! 🙂

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  7. Those look amazing!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  8. Leftovers can definitely be helpful and versatile! I like the idea of putting leftover ingredients in cannelloni 🙂

  9. Very clever way of using up ingredients! I usually end up with either stir fried noodles or, if the ingredients allow, some sort of mixed soup!

  10. What a clever idea and super easy in that it is no bake. I always thought that those cannelloni tubes would need baking or more cooking but it’s just pasta so that makes sense! 😀

  11. I gather the toaster is like a grill? Great use of left overs 🙂

  12. What a clever use of leftover! They look very delicious and comforting.

  13. I need to take a cue from you and repurpose my leftovers more often. Typically we just eat the same thing again the next day, but this is such an easy way to make a second delicious meal with picadillo leftovers!

  14. what a beautiful way to use leftovers – they look really pretty in the cannelloni tubes 😀

  15. Mmmm you make leftovers look so good!

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