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. The filling is generally ricotta cheese mixed with cooked chopped spinach, and possibly ground meat such as veal. They are subsequently topped with besciamella, usually made with Romano cheese, Parmesan cheese, tomato sauce or some combination of these.
- Gordinier, Jeff. "Crepes-Style Manicotti". NYT Cooking. New York Times. Retrieved 2 August 2015.