CaramelleClick to Play

Pasta "Candy"


Mary Ann Esposito

Approximately 6 dozen - Serves 12 as a first course


14 ounces 00 flour, about 3 1/4 cups
4 large eggs
2 tablespoon cooked and pureed beets
Pinch salt

1 pound spinach, wilted, squeezed dry and minced
1 cup ricotta cheese (preferably homemade)
2 tablespoons grated Grana Padano or Parmigiano Reggiano
1/4 cup minced Prosciutto di Parma
Grinding nutmeg
Salt to taste

1 stick unsalted butter
6 or 7 fresh sage leaves, minced
Grated Grana Padano or Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, grated


Combine eggs, beets, flour and salt to make a pasta dough.  Cover and let rest.

In a bowl combine all the filling ingredients and set aside.

Melt the butter in a saucepan and stir in the sage leaves. Keep warm or make just before serving.

Roll out sheets of pasta and cut into 3 x 2 inch rectangles.  Place a teaspoon of the filling in the center or each one.  Fold the dough over on itself and seal the edge then roll over on itself again and twist the two ends like a caramel candy wrapper.

Place on towel lined trays.  When ready to cook bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt.  Cook the caramelle until al dente, then drain and toss in the butter sauce.  Serve with grated cheese.

This recipe is featured on show 2414 - Candy Wrapper Pasta.

item recipe is featured in Episode 2414 of Season 24.

Want More Recipes? See My Latest Book:

Buy Ciao Italia Family Classics by Mary Ann EspositoCiao Italia Family Classics

Mary Ann returns to her family's humble beginnings to bring us a treasure trove of more than 200 time-honored recipes.

Buy it now from Amazon for just $24.00

Buy It From Amazon

A Testimonial From Mario Batali:

This collection epitomizes the tradition and love that goes into all of Mary Ann Esposito's cooking. Like her award-winning TV series, this book will live on for years with all of those who cook her delicious recipes. My kids love everything Mary Ann cooks!"


Leave a comment

There are no comments yet.

Leave a Comment