Cannelloni Recipe

Cannelloni Recipe with meat and ricotta stuffing, one of the preferred pasta dishes at Italian holidays. Original recipe by Nonna Maria Pia from Emilia Romagna.

Cannelloni Recipe


For 6 Person(s)

For the Ragout:

  • 1/2 pound half of ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound peeled tomatoes
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • extra virgin olive oil

For the Stuffing:

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound ricotta
  • 6 ounces grated Parmigiano cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • nutmeg
  • salt & pepper

For the Bechamel:

  • 8 ounces butter
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 quart hot milk
  • salt
  • nutmeg

For the Pasta:

  • 1 pound all purpose flour
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 large egg
  • pinch salt
  • warm water, if needed


  1. Ragout Preparation:
    1. In a casserole put a few tablespoons of extra virgin  olive oil (enough to cover the bottom).
    2. Chop very finely the onion, carrot and celery. Saute` until the onion is soft but before it changes color.
    3. Add half of the chopped meat. Salt and pepper as desired and saute` for a few minutes until the meat turns color.
    4. Add the tomato puree, stir and bring to a boil.
    5. Add one cup of water, cover and lower the heat.
    6. Cook for about two and a half hours.  Stir occasionally.
    7. The sauce will turn brownish and thick.
  2. Besciamella Preparation:
    1. In a small saucepan melt the butter at very low heat.
    2. Add the flour while mixing with a whip. Make sure it becomes creamy.
    3. Slowly add the hot milk.
    4. Bring to a boil at low flame.
    5. Add salt and nutmeg - the besciamelle should be thick and creamy.
  3. Cannelloni Stuffing:
    1. Saute` the chopped meat in a frying pan at low flame. Salt and pepper to taste.
    2. Remove from the flame when the color of the meat turns.
    3. Wait until it cools and put it in a bowl.
    4. Add the ricotta, parmigiano, nutmeg and one egg.
    5. Mix well and put the bowl in the fridge.
  4. Pasta Preparation:
    1. On a wood board make a fountain with flour - in the middle put the eggs and salt.
    2. Mix and work the dough well. Add a touch of warm water if needed. The dough will become smooth and compact.
    3. With a rolling pin or with a pasta maker, make strips about 1/8 inch thick. The cut them in squares 4x4.
    4. Boil some water and put the pasta squares (6 at the time) into the boiling water.
    5. Boil for one minute, remove the pasta from the hot water, put them in cold water and then on a tablecloth to dry. Repeat the process for all the pasta squares.  You should have about 20 squares.
  5. Cannelloni Assembly:
    1. Have all the main componets in front of you: the pasta squares, the stuffing, the Ragout and the Besciamelle.
    2. Cover the bottom of the oven pan with a layer of Besciamella and a layer of Ragout.
    3. Make sausage shapes from the stuffing, about half the lenght of the pasta squares and put in the center of the pasta. Roll the dough and fold on both sides. Place all the cannelloni in the pan.
    4. Cover all the cannelloni with the besciamella and then with the remainder of the Ragout. Sprinkle a generous dose of parmigiano on top.
    5. Now they are ready to go in the oven and cook for 20 mins. at 400F.



Recipe Notes

PS: Have the butcher chop the meat three times for both the Ragout and the Cannelloni stuffing.


Wednesday, 20 September 2023
I used just ground pork. I will add some grated mozzarella to the filling next time I used good-qual...
See Full Review >>
- Jovanna
Sunday, 24 October 2021
can this be made ahead of time would like to take it to a pot luck. thank uou - ddiprete2000
Thursday, 14 December 2017
Thnx for recipe :) - Saint of circumstance
Thursday, 14 December 2017
My whole family loved this recipe. From ages 3 and up. This is a keeper the family said. Ty:-) - nonna Borreggine
Thursday, 14 December 2017
Such a great recipe! Takes a lot of time to prepare but so worth it. Loved that I could say "I ...
See Full Review >>
- Tmehmedi
Tuesday, 12 December 2017
The best way to prepare Cannelloni. My best ever. Thank you nonna Maria Pia! - tlen
Tuesday, 12 December 2017
See Full Review >>