Cannelloni (pl) are cylindrical Italian pasta resembling large reeds or tubes that are about 3 to 4 inches in length. This tube like pasta is generally mistaken with the Italian pasta called manicotti. It is usually baked with various stuffing of meat, cheese or vegetables and cooked in tomato based sauces or white and cream sauces. Though this pasta can be baked directly with a sauce of choice, there are some types that need to be boiled before they are baked. There are many types of the pasta easily available in the market, not only in Italy but in markets across the world. This pasta can also be made with lasagna sheets, which are cut into small pieces and then rolled to form tubes. Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni, Three Meat Cannelloni Bake, Beef Cannelloni and Ricotta and Meat Cannelloni are a few popular recipes of this pasta.
The origin of Cannelloni dates back to around 1907, when Nicola Federico, a well-known chef from Naples, Italy, invented this pasta. He created it while working at the La Favoria, a popular restaurant of Sorrento, Italy. Initially, this tubular pasta was called “strascinati”, which soon came to be known by the name that is popular today – Cannelloni. It gained popularity when the residents of Naples fled to Sorrento, during World War II, which is when they got introduced to this pasta. Today, most restaurants across the world prepare various cannelloni dishes.
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Cannelloni is generally confused with Manicotti, Italian pasta that is similar in shape but is shorter in length. Though, many people use them interchangeably in various traditional Italian preparations; the main difference between the two is that manicotti is made fresh like a crepe with the help of crepe pan. These crepes are filled with a stuffing of choice (meats, cheese, or vegetables) and then cooked in a sauce base and it pairs well with mozzarella cheese. On the other hand cannelloni are readily available tubular pasta that are filled with a stuffing and choice and then baked.
Popular Cannelloni Recipes
Detailed here are a couple of popular recipes of cannelloni pasta –