Homemade Smoked Salmon Cannelloni (Manicotti)

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.

homemade smoked salmon cannelloni

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. 

homemade smoked salmon cannelloni

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.

ingredients for homemade smoked salmon cannelloni

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.

smoked salmon, ricotta, Parmigiano and egg in white bowl

The pasta.

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

2 rolled out fresh pasta rectangles on wooden board

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.

2 fresh pasta rectangles with smoked salmon filling

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.

fresh pasta cannelloni in oven dish with bechamel sauce

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.

homemade smoked salmon cannelloni

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.

just out of the oven smoked salmon cannelloni

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!

If you do try this homemade smoked salmon cannelloni recipe, I’d love to hear what you think. Please write a comment here on the blog or post a comment on the Pasta Project Facebook page.

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homemade smoked salmon cannelloni
Homemade smoked salmon cannelloni
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr

This delicious Italian baked smoked salmon cannelloni recipe is easy to make, creamy and delicious. I used fresh pasta and homemade bechamel (white sauce) but for a quicker version use dried cannelloni (manicotti) and ready made white sauce.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: baked pasta recipe, cannelloni, manicotti, ricotta, smoked salmon
Servings: 4
Author: Jacqueline De Bono
For fresh pasta (click link to recipe in recipe notes below for instructions)
  • 400 g durum wheat '00' flour or All Purpose Flour (14oz)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 pinch salt
For smoked salmon cannelloni
  • 12-16 fresh pasta sheets or dried cannelloni (3-4 per person)
  • 250 g smoked salmon (9oz)
  • 250 g fresh ricotta (9oz)
  • 2 eggs (one for filling/ one for egg wash
  • 100 g Parmigiano (3.5oz) grated (more may be required)
  • salt as required
  • black pepper as required
  • breadcrumbs as required to sprinkle on cannelloni
  • butter as required for flakes
  • 400 ml bechamel (13floz) homemade or ready made
For homemade bechamel
  • 60 g butter
  • 60 g flour
  • 600 ml milk
  • 1 pinch salt
Make the fresh pasta see homemade lasagne recipe post
    To make the bechamel
    1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in the flour.  Keep stirring until the butter and flour are incorporated and you have a roux.

    2. Whisk in a little of the milk at a time, stirring continuously until you have a smooth, slightly thick sauce. Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper. Add nutmeg or grated cheese for additional flavour if required.

    Make the smoked salmon cannelloni
    1. Cut the smoked salmon into strips and place in a bowl with the ricotta, a handful of grated Parmigiano, a pinch of salt and pepper and one egg. Mix everything together well to obtain a homogeneous filling.

    2. Roll out the fresh pasta and cut it into rectangles about 10 centimeters long.

    3. Put some filling along the length of one side of the pasta rectangles and then roll them up into cannelloni. You don’t want to have too much overlap otherwise the pasta will have a double layer. Close the ‘seam’ by brushing with egg.

    4. Grease a baking dish with butter and cover the bottom with part of the béchamel. Place the salmon cannelloni side by side on top of the béchamel and cover them with the rest of the béchamel. Sprinkle the top with breadcrumbs and grated Parmigiano and finish off with a few butter flakes.

    5. Cook the cannelloni in a preheated oven at 200 ° for about 30 minutes. Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn. If necessary cover with foil if the top starts to get too dark. Serve the salmon cannelloni after cooling for about 5 minutes.

    Recipe Notes

    For faster preparation, this recipe can be made with store bought béchamel and dried cannelloni (manicotti) If using dried pasta blanch the pasta tubes in boiling water before filling them otherwise they will need more booking and more sauce.

    For homemade fresh pasta sheets instructions click here

    NB The recipe for fresh pasta will probably make more pasta sheets than you need. You can reduce quantities or freeze the extra pasta.


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      Michel Bonnet
      May 4, 2019 4:53 pm

      Hello Jacqueline,
      Thank you for this Cannelloni recipe. Sounds perfect.
      Question: How long do I blanch the dried Cannelloni tubes for? Then what?
      Also, what can I serve this with?
      Thank you for your help.

      • Jacqui
        May 4, 2019 7:42 pm

        Hi Michel, if using dried cannelloni you only need to blanch for a minute or 2. However, this recipe is much nicer if you make the cannelloni yourself. You can serve it with a salad. Here in Italy, pasta is usually a first course (primo), so not served with anything else.

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      Geetanjali Tung
      April 24, 2019 2:48 pm

      This looks so amazing and sounds delicious as well! I love smoked salmon 🙂 I just love all those flavors!

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      Nicole Hood
      April 23, 2019 8:43 am

      Yum! What a meal! I have actually never thought to add smoked salmon to pasta casserole like this!

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      Maman de sara
      April 22, 2019 11:34 pm

      This smoked salmon cannelloni looks fancy and delicious.

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      April 22, 2019 8:08 pm

      Oh, smoked salmon is one of my favorites! And I just love it with that creamy sauce and filling. Awesome recipe!

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      April 22, 2019 7:38 pm

      I love Salmon and Pasta so I am loving this recipe. I think it is much better for you than a heavy meat based dish. How handy is your partner, lucky you! Yum and cheers for sharing!!

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      Eden | Sweet Tea and Thyme
      April 22, 2019 7:06 pm

      I love seeing blogs from across the world and learning all these new recipes. This manicotti looks amazing, I can’t wait to give it a try!

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      April 22, 2019 5:59 pm

      I didn’t realize you can use lasagna to make cannelloni. This looks amazing!

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      Lauren Vavala | DeliciousLittleBites
      April 22, 2019 5:32 pm

      This sounds so good! I never think to use salmon with pasta like this but I’m adding it to my meal plan next week! I get so tired of the same ole salmon so this will be a nice change!

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      Jessica Formicola
      April 22, 2019 5:21 pm

      This is a meal that my family will love! I can’t wait to try it this week for dinner!

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      Sara Welch
      April 22, 2019 5:06 pm

      Wow! I’ve never made this with salmon before, I will have to give this a try; this looks delicious!

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      April 22, 2019 11:59 am

      I would love to own a Ferrari stand mixer, too! I can then say I own a Ferrari 🙂 Fantastic recipe that I can’t wait to make next weekend.

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      April 22, 2019 11:56 am

      I think I need to try both recipes (traditional and this one) because I can’t go past a dish this creamy. Must be a wonderful dinner full of great flavors.

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      Sam Harbison
      April 21, 2019 4:16 pm

      This looks absolutely to die for! I love salmon paired with pasta and béchamel sauces, it’s so light and flavorful.

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      Karyl Henry
      April 21, 2019 3:51 pm

      I’m not a big fan of smoked salmon, but I love fresh salmon. I think this would also work great with maybe a blackened salmon instead. I’m going to have to give this a try because the recipe looks delicious

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      Kacie Morgan
      April 20, 2019 12:17 pm

      I’m so keen on how this looks, I’m definitely going to try it out myself. I love canneloni and smoked salmon, so I think it’s going to be a hit with me!

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      Kelly Anthony
      April 19, 2019 11:35 pm

      I love smoked salmon but I’ve never had it in pasta. This looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it out.

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      Jenni LeBaron
      April 19, 2019 11:05 pm

      I am drooling over this dish all the way from America! I love smoked salmon and here in the Pacific Northwest it’s in abundance, so I can already imagine how excited everyone would be to see this pasta dish on the dinner table. Yum!

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      April 19, 2019 8:21 pm

      love the idea! will make it and as an “everythingitalianlover” I will add it to my recipe box

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      Danielle Wolter
      April 18, 2019 8:18 pm

      smoked salmon is one of my favorite things ever. it has such a great flavor. what a great idea to use them in this pasta – i really want to try this!

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      Stine Mari
      April 18, 2019 7:33 am

      In Norway we usually eat the smoked salmon on bread too. Or with scrambled eggs! Adding it to a cannelloni sounds really delicious and a nice alternative to the more traditional beef!

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