Homemade Stuffed Mezze Maniche in Broth

Homemade Stuffed Mezze Maniche in Osso Buco broth.

This divinely delicious stuffed mezze maniche in broth from Piacenza in Emilia-Romagna is one of the most delicious pasta in broth recipes I have ever tasted. If you try it, I’m sure you’ll think the same!

Homemade stuffed mezze maniche in broth

Mezze maniche dei Frati.

Homemade stuffed mezze maniche is a traditional pasta from Piacenza in Emilia-Romagna. This fabulous filled pasta is known in Italian as mezze maniche dei frati, meaning monks’ half sleeves.

Homemade stuffed mezze maniche in broth

Actually, to be more precise this pasta originates from the Val d’Arda, a valley south east of Piacenza city itself. The people of the Val d’Arda call this pasta ‘Mes mànag da frè’ in their local dialect.

ingredients for osso buco broth on white plate

Stuffed mezze maniche is actually typical Christmas Eve fare. As I have mentioned in other recipes, Christmas Eve is considered to be a day of abstinence in Italy (at least in the past!). On those days, Italians don’t eat meat and homemade stuffed mezze maniche are made without meat. These delicious filled pasta tubes are served either in a tomato and mushroom sauce or a clear broth.

ingredients for osso buco broth in Dutch oven

Ossobuco broth.

Homemade filled mezze maniche can be served in different kinds of broth. Capon is a popular choice for pasta in broth in Italy, as is chicken or beef. For these divine homemade stuffed pasta tubes, I chose to cook and serve them in an veal osso buco broth! Absolutely delicious! My Sicilian hubby and the friends who tried this dish fell totally in love with it!

eggs and flour in white bowl

Traditionally Italians strain the broth before cooking the pasta in it. Depending on the ingredients, they then eat the meat and veggies separately. This is what we did. I served the stuffed mezze maniche in broth first with some parsley and grated Parmigiano.

pasta dough on wooden board

We then had the melt in your mouth tender veal pieces with the carrots afterwards. However, you can cut the meat and veggies into small pieces and eat everything together in one bowl. This is a delicious one plate meal!

ingredients for filling for stuffed mezze maniche

Making homemade stuffed mezze maniche in broth.

I guess it’s obvious that it takes a little time to make this homemade stuffed mezze maniche in broth. But, it is so worthwhile! These fresh filled pasta tubes are fantabulous! If you time things well, this dish will take about 2.5 hours to make.

filling ingredients for stuffed mezze maniche in white bowl

The first step is to start cooking the broth as it takes 2 hours. Beef will need a bit longer. While the broth is cooking, make the pasta dough as it needs to rest for at least 30 minutes. While the pasta dough is resting make the filling.

filling for stuffed mezze maniche rolled into sausage shape

The last stage is to roll out the dough and fill and cut it. I used my pasta machine to roll the sheets out. I put the pasta through the machine 4 times, twice at 7 setting and twice at 5.

filling for stuffed mezze maniche on pasta sheet

Finally, strain the broth and cook the filled mezze maniche in the clear broth. None of the above mentioned steps are madly difficult and you will be so proud of the result, I promise you!

pasta rolled around filling to make stuffed mezze maniche

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stuffed mezze maniche on wooden board

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Homemade stuffed mezze maniche in broth
Homemade stuffed mezze maniche in osso buco broth
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time
3 hrs

This divine stuffed mezze maniche in osso buco broth is a little bit time consuming to make but so worth the effort! I'm sure you have never tasted such delicious pasta in broth!

Course: Homemade Pasta, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian, Northern Italy, Piedmont-Piemonte
Keyword: broth, filled pasta, homemade pasta, Italian food, mezze maniche, osso buco, pasta recipe
Servings: 4
Author: Jacqueline De Bono
For the broth
  • 2-4 veal osso buco
  • 3-4 carrots washed and cut into pieces
  • 2 celery stalks washed and cut into pieces
  • 1 onion peeled and cut in half
  • fresh parsley
  • 1 piece Parmigiano crust
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
For the pasta
  • 3 eggs
  • 300 g Italian 00 flour (10.5oz) or all purpose flour
For the filling
  • 200 g Parmigiano Reggiano (7oz) grated or grana
  • 100 g breadcrumbs (3.5oz)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk (use the white to seal the pasta)
  • 1 handful fresh parsley chopped finely
  • 1 garlic clove peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 pinch nutmeg grated
  • 1/2 cup meat broth use the broth you are cooking
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
Make the broth
  1. Wash and cut the carrots and celery into largish pieces. Peel the onion and cut in half. 

  2. Put the veal osso buco, carrots, onions, celery, parmigiana crust and some parsley into a pot with a lid. I used my dutch oven. Cover with water and add salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and lower the heat. Let simmer for partly covered for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally. 

  3. I didn’t skim the fat because firstly the cheese becomes frothy but you don’t want to remove it. Eventually it melts and gives the broth such an amazing flavour! Secondly veal doesn’t have much fat so what there is just adds to the flavour too. 

Make the pasta dough
  1. Put the flour in a bowl and make a hole in the middle. Pour the lightly beaten eggs into the center and mix everything together with your hand until you can make a ball of dough. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and homogeneous. Form the dough into another ball and place it in a plastic freezer bag and let it rest for at least 30 minutes.

Make the filling
  1. Put all the filling ingredients into a bowl and mix very well together until you have a homogeneous and compact mixture. Like the pasta dough, you can turn this mixture out onto a floured surface and finish shaping it there. Cut the filling into 3-4 pieces and roll each piece out into a long sausage shape, about the length of your pasta. 

Finish the stuffed mezze maniche
  1. After the dough has rested, divide it into 3 equal parts and roll it out into rectangular sheets about as wide as lasagna sheets (about 3-4 in or 7-10cms). I used my pasta machine to roll the sheets out. I put the pasta through the machine 4 times, twice at 7 setting and twice at 5. I didn’t want the pasta to be too thin and at risk of breaking. I then rolled it out a little more on the pasta board.

  2. If necessary, cut the pasta sheet into a neat rectangle. Place a filling sausage lengthwise on the ready pasta sheet and roll the pasta and filling together as tightly as possible so the pasta wraps around the filling. You don’t want a double layer of pasta, so the overlap should only be about 2cm (1/2in). Brush some egg white along the inside rim before closing the seam. 

  3. Cut the filled pasta roll into 3-4 cm pieces (1-1.5in). Brush the 2 ends of each filled mezze maniche with egg white. Place all the ready stuffed pasta on a floured surface until you are ready to cook them. 

  4. I suggest doing the pasta sheets and the filling sausages one at a time so nothing dries out. So roll out a pasta sheet and fill it. Then roll out another, make the filling sausage and make the mezze maniche. Continue this way for all the pasta and filling.

Finish the dish
  1. By now your broth should be ready. Strain the broth and keep the meat and vegetables for later. I just kept the carrots and veal osso buco. The rest I discarded. 

  2. Bring the broth back to a gentle simmer and add the stuffed mezze maniche to it. Cook them for about 5 minutes. (try one before serving as the thickness of the pasta and size of the mezze maniche will affect cooking times). Serve with grated Parmigiano and a sprinkling of chopped fresh parsley and ground black pepper.

Recipe Notes

You can make the broth with beef, chicken or capon. But, I think veal works best as it doesn't need skimming. There's very little fat in veal.

I made extra stuffed mezze maniche and froze them for another recipe. If you do the same, I suggest cooking from frozen. However, cooking times will differ.

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    Kari Heron
    March 19, 2019 5:21 pm

    I am going to use this as the recipe to take the crown for best pasta dishes from my award -winning 5 diamond Executive Chef husband. Thanks for sharing! I will make our 5 year old judge!

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    March 12, 2019 6:17 pm

    This stuffed pasta sounds interesting..even the making of this pasta looks fun to work with..the pasta dish looks delicious

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    Maman de sara
    March 12, 2019 4:25 am

    The pasta is only made with flour and eggs, very interesting. I would like to try stuffed mezze manish but I will steam them first, thanks for sharing your recipe.

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    March 11, 2019 2:19 pm

    I have no doubts I will think this genuinely delicious recipe from Piacenza is one-of-a-kind! I already agree 🙂 So tasty and yum – perfect for the weeknight meal!

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    March 11, 2019 2:16 pm

    If you say it is “the most delicious pasta in broth recipes” then I can imagine how tasty it is! I have to trust the expert’s opinion and make this delicious homemade stuffed mezze maniche in broth ASAP!

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    March 11, 2019 6:20 am

    Love osso buco but never used it like this. My daughter loves stuffed pasta and my husband loves osso buco … I bet they would love this combo.

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    Cheese Curd In Paradise
    March 10, 2019 6:30 am

    I love a good stuffed pasta. This looks so full of flavor, and the pasta looks so light and wonderful! I can’t wait to give it a try!

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    March 10, 2019 4:36 am

    I love homemade pasta, I’m always amazed at the reaction I get when I serve it to my friends and family. This recipe looks so delicious and comforting.

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    Geetanjali Tung
    March 9, 2019 6:30 pm

    This sounds and looks so delish. Never tried this. Always love to learn such new recipes. Thanks for sharing!

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    Kacie Morgan
    March 9, 2019 4:40 pm

    I haven’t heard of anything like this dish before, but now I am hellbent on trying this one day. i need a trip to Italy!

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    Byron Thomas
    March 9, 2019 3:07 pm

    Monk’s Sleeves – I love it! I’ve never heard of mezze maniche being referred to as that before. 🙂 Another great recipe and a delicious meal. I’m loving your Pasta Project – I hope you never run out of pasta ideas! 🙂

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    Danielle Wolter
    March 7, 2019 3:28 pm

    oh my this looks incredible! I am so in love with this recipe. there is nothing quite like a stuffed pasta – its like ultimate comfort!

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    Stine Mari
    March 7, 2019 2:25 pm

    I have no issue with recipes taking a little time to make. It is often worth it! And this looks like it is, and I would LOVE to try it!

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    March 7, 2019 2:24 am

    This looks amazing and so authentic!! You make it look so easy! I can’t wait to try it!

    • Jacqui
      March 7, 2019 12:56 pm

      Thanks so much Sophia! This homemade stuffed mezze maniche is really good! I’m sure you’ll think the same when you try it!

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    March 6, 2019 4:19 pm

    This looks so good. I LOVE Osso Bucco. Homemade pasta is the best. This is comfort food taken to a whole new level.

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    March 6, 2019 3:03 am

    That broth sounds incredibly flavorful, and I love all the fresh herbs you use. I have my next pasta night recipe. Thanks for a great recipe!

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    March 5, 2019 8:50 pm

    looks delicious love the step by step. Makes me think I can actually do it…

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    Kelly Anthony
    March 5, 2019 6:07 pm

    I don’t make homemade pasta very often but this looks like it will be totally worth it. Your step by step directions should make this easy to make.

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    Veena Azmanov
    March 5, 2019 5:55 pm

    This is such a comfort food. Love the step by step recipe to it. Looks perfect and delicious and unique too.

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    March 5, 2019 5:27 pm

    This sounds fabulous. I’m all about warm comforting pasta dishes.

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    March 5, 2019 5:10 pm

    This recipe sounds delicious. Love the step-by-step photos!

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    March 5, 2019 4:48 pm

    This is such a great recipe to try! Thanks for sharing!

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    March 5, 2019 4:40 pm

    Love the flavor in this dish! So delicious and easy!

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    Lesli Schwartz
    March 5, 2019 4:16 pm

    This pasta dish looks super delicious! Love the step-by-step because I would never know how to make this otherwise!

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    March 5, 2019 3:32 pm

    I’m totally making pasta this weekend. This looks fabulous and I love the osso bucco broth. I haven’t made that either. Two new recipes in one. YAY!

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    March 5, 2019 3:31 pm

    This looks so unique and so delicious. I love finding new recipes like this to make.

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    Lisa Huff
    March 5, 2019 3:26 pm

    It’s only 8am here and I’m now craving this for breakfast! Is that weird?! Looks like the perfect winter comfort food!

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    Amy | The Cook Report
    March 5, 2019 12:16 pm

    I’ve never tried anything like this but it looks absolutely amazing!

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