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Manicotti (the plural form of the Italian word manicotto), literally, "little sleeves" (< manica 'sleeve' + the diminutive ending -otto), are an Italian-American cuisine form of pasta. Manicotti are very large pasta tubes, usually ridged, that are intended to be stuffed and baked.

The filling is generally ricotta cheese mixed with cooked chopped spinach, and possibly ground meat such as veal. They are then topped with béchamel sauce, usually made with Pecorino Romano cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, tomato sauce or some combination of these.

Similar to the Italian cannelloni, manicotti can be extruded in tube form, or rolled from sheets of dough.

A version of the manicotti recipe uses a crêpe instead of pasta tubes to contain the filling, which is similarly covered in sauce and baked.[1]


  1. ^ Gordinier, Jeff. "Crepes-Style Manicotti". Cooking. The New York Times. Retrieved 2 August 2015.