Homemade Smoked Salmon Cannelloni (Manicotti).
Homemade smoked salmon cannelloni is a delicious alternative to the more traditional Italian cannelloni filled with ground meat or spinach and ricotta. This recipe is very simple to prepare and divinely delicious. Perfect for entertaining or as part of a holiday menu.
Smoked salmon in Italy.
Although the Italians don’t eat as much smoked salmon as the Germans, French and British, it has become an increasingly popular food in Italy over the last 30 years or so. In fact, nowadays there are a number of companies smoking salmon here. However, the salmon itself usually comes from Scotland or Norway.
Italians don’t often eat smoked salmon on bread as is popular in UK and Germany. They prefer to eat it as an antipasto (starter) , in salad, in a frittata or in a flan. However, the most popular way to cook with smoked salmon is with pasta. There are many delicious pasta recipes with both fresh and smoked salmon.
Other salmon pasta recipes.
So far here on The Pasta Project, I have posted a couple of other delicious salmon recipes. One is a wonderful poached salmon and asparagus lasagna recipe, perfect for the spring when asparagus are in season. The second is farfalle (butterfly pasta) with zucchini and smoked salmon. This is one of the most popular recipes on this site. And no wonder, it’s superlicious! And now I am adding homemade smoked salmon cannelloni to the list.
I made this smoked salmon cannelloni recipe with fresh pasta. Dried cannelloni (or manicotti as it is called in US) is large dried pasta tubes. Fresh cannelloni, on the other hand, is rolled lasagne sheets. Of course, you can use dried cannelloni for this recipe. In that case, I would recommend blanching the tubes first in boiling water before filling them. You can read about the history of cannelloni pasta if you click here
You can also buy fresh lasagne sheets and then roll them around the filling. I do that sometimes and when I do, I usually use Giovanni Rana fresh lasagne. This time round we made fresh sheets ourselves. I say we because my Sicilian hubby helped me. He’s very good at cutting and filling the pasta, but then he’s a surgeon! I make the pasta sheets using a simple pasta machine.
For this smoked salmon cannelloni recipe, we made the dough in my Ferrari stand mixer. But, we often just make it by hand. It’s not so difficult once you’ve done it a few times. You can read about making fresh lasagna/lasagne pasta if you click here.
Making this homemade smoked salmon cannelloni.
The filling for this homemade smoked salmon cannelloni is super easy and requires no cooking. Just mix smoked salmon pieces, fresh ricotta, Parmigiano and eggs together in a bowl.
Apart from the filling and making the pasta (if using homemade) all you need is a béchamel sauce. Even here, you can reduce cooking and preparation times by using a ready-made béchamel. However, I prefer to make my own. It only takes 10 minutes.
Once you have your pasta sheets, filling and béchamel ready, then you just need to assemble the smoked salmon cannelloni and place them in an oven dish with the béchamel and some grated Parmigiano and bake until the top becomes golden and crispy.
The result is a fabulous creamy pasta dish that I’m sure you (and your guests) will love. This is a great recipe for the upcoming Easter weekend and any other special occasion meal. You can also just treat yourself and make homemade smoked salmon cannelloni on a weeknight!
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