I learned something new, today…

I have always thought that cannelloni was made with a crespelle – a crepe – and manicotti was made with pasta. I pretty much based this on the cannelloni we used to make at Pirro’s a million years ago and the boxes of manicotti pasta in the grocery store. It’s actually the other way around…

It seems that it is the American market that makes and sells large pasta tubes (that are pretty much impossible to fill) and calls them manicotti and those little squares of fresh pasta we used to buy were, well… pasta.

Victor, of course, is the one who told me this.

It was his idea to make cannelloni, today, using some of the pasta dough he had in the freezer, and filling ingredients we had in the ‘fridge. The sauce was his jarred sauce.


The filling was garlic, egg, ricotta, pepato cheese, a chopped hot pepper, fresh herbs, and some crumbled, cooked sausage.

He rolled the pasta, cut it into squares, cooked it, and then dropped it into ice water to quickly cool.  He then added the filling, rolled them, and into the pan they went with sauce and cheese on top.

Baked at 350°F for 45 minutes – covered for the first 30 minutes and uncovered for the final 15.


The original thought was we would each have two. The reality check was we each had one with a couple of chunks of sausage – and we’ll have leftovers on Monday.


Perfection on a plate – and more on Monday.

I really don’t mind being wrong…..