Capelleti Romagnoli in Capon Broth

Serves 4


  • 2 quarts capon or chicken broth
  • 8 ounces unbleached all purpose flour (about 2 ¼ cups )
  • 2 eggs
  • pinch salt
  • 4 ounces grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, grated
  • 4 ounces caciotta (mild sheep’s milk cheese or squacquarone cheese (see note)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • Ingredients


  1. Directions 
  3. In a bowl combine the cheeses, egg and nutmeg and mix until well combined.  Cover and refrigerate.
  5. Heap the flour on a work surface and make a hole with your fist in the center.  Place the eggs and yolk in the center of the well and add a pinch of salt.
  6. Break up the eggs with your fingers or a fork if you must and begin incorporating the flour into the eggs. Bring the flour in a little at a time because you may not need all of it. When you have a rough dough, push any excess dough aside and  work the dough, kneading it until it is no longer sticky; add additional flour if need be.
  7. Gather the dough into a ball and flatten it into a disk; place it on a lightly floured surface and cover with a bowl. Let rest 30 minutes.
  8. Divide the dough into quarters and work with one at a time keeping the rest covered. Roll the dough through a hand crank pasta machine until it is about 1/8th inch thick; do not make it so thin that it will break when the filling is added. Cut the rolled out sheet into 2 inch squares. Place a little of the filling in the center of each one then close to form a triangle making sure to pinch the corners tightly then wrap the triangle around your finger to bring the two other ends together.
  9. Place on towel lined trays as you make them. When all are made bring the broth to a boil, add the cappelletti and cook about 2 to 3 minutes..
  10. Serve in bowls with extra grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.
  11. Squacquerone, an Italian fresh cream cheese is one of the most typical dairy products  of the beautiful and rural Romagna. It is very white, and soft, fluffy and spreadable with a tangy taste. There is no rind. It is very perishable, with a shelf life of only 4 to 5 days refrigerated.
  12. Squacquerone is made year round from whole pasteurized cow milk. The earliest written mentions of Squacquerone occurred in February 1800. A Cardinal Bellisomi was in Venice at the time, and wrote asking for some to be brought there for him. The name comes from “squagliare”, meaning, “to melt”. It is called “Squaquarò” by the locals and is also referred to as “Squacquerone di Romagna.” It is produced in the province of Forlì-Cesena, Ravenna, Rimini, Imola, Ferrara and Bologna and traditionally served with Piadinas.

This recipe was featured on Season 24 - Episode 2419.

Print This Recipe


Elizabeth Clark

Good morning-just watched Season 24 episode 2419–really got my attention with the pasta recipe & how you formed the “little hats”–I will be trying your recipe today for our lunch after church! Not sure if I can find squacquerone here in Boyd Texas tho–lol-will try using cream cheese & fresca since it appears to be similar I think. Thank you for continueing your informative & delicious shows & cookbooks–Mucho Bueno Graci! 🌹

Leave a comment

Your comment will be revised by the site if needed.