Manicotti (the plural form of the Italian word manicotto), literally, "little sleeve" (< manica 'sleeve' + the diminutive ending -otto), is an Italian American 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 subsequently topped with béchamel sauce, usually made with Pecorino Romano cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, tomato sauce or some combination of these.
The traditional version of the manicotti recipe uses a crêpe instead of pasta tubes to contain the filling, which is similarly covered in sauce and baked.
- Gordinier, Jeff. "Crepes-Style Manicotti". Cooking. The New York Times. Retrieved 2 August 2015.