Manicotti (the plural form of the Italian word manicotto, meaning "muff," or, literally, "little sleeve" or "little shirtsleeve") is an Italian American kind of pasta. They are very large pasta tubes, usually ridged, that are intended to be stuffed and baked. Traditionally, the filling is ricotta cheese mixed with cooked chopped spinach which may or may not include a ground meat such as veal. They are subsequently topped with a traditional Italian white besciamella that is usually made with Romano cheese, Parmesan cheese, red tomato sauce or some combination thereof.
The Sicilian pronunciation of manicotti is manigott'.
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