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Cappelletti are a type of pasta traditionally served with a filling of meat, cheese and vegetables. They are basically a smaller version of tortellini, but have a slightly different shape and are usually a bit thicker. The filling can vary depending on the recipe, but typically includes pork, veal and Parmesan cheese, but sometimes includes ingredients like spinach and mushrooms.

Preparing it requires some time and patience, but the result is definitely worth it. There are several steps in making them, including preparing the dough, filling and making the dumplings. If you take the time to prepare them properly, you will be rewarded with a delicious tasting dish.

Overall, cappelletti are a delicious and versatile pasta that you should definitely try. Below we will show you how to prepare this delicious pasta at home to serve a traditional Italian dish to your family and friends.

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Delicious filled pasta pockets!
Difficulty: medium
Cost: medium
Calories: 739kcal
Prep: 1 hour
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes
Difficulty: medium
Cost: medium
Calories: 739kcal
Prep: 1 hour
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients list

Pasta dough

  • 400 g all purpose flour (wheat flour)
  • 4 eggs medium size


  • 150 g ground pork
  • 100 g ground veal
  • 100 g chicken breast
  • 50 g parmesan cheese grated
  • 30 g olive oil extra virgin
  • 50 g onion
  • 50 g celery
  • 50 g carrots
  • 50 ml red wine
  • 1 egg
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • nutmeg to taste


Pasta dough

  • First, put the flour in a large bowl, lightly beat the eggs and add to the flour. Then knead thoroughly with your hands until a smooth, homogeneous dough is formed. Then wrap it in plastic wrap and let it rest at room temperature for half an hour.
    400 g all purpose flour, 4 eggs


  • In the meantime, finely dice the celery, onion and carrots. Pour the olive oil into a large pot and sauté the diced vegetables for about 10 minutes over medium heat. Stir several times during this process.
    30 g olive oil extra virgin, 50 g onion, 50 g celery, 50 g carrots
  • Meanwhile, finely dice the chicken breast. Once the vegetables are steamed, add the diced chicken breast and the ground meat and sauté for about 5 minutes.
    150 g ground pork, 100 g chicken breast, 100 g ground veal
  • Then deglaze with the red wine, season with salt and pepper and simmer for another 5 minutes until the liquid has evaporated.
    50 ml red wine
  • Now put everything in a stand mixer and puree to a fine mixture. Then transfer to a bowl and add the lightly beaten egg and grated parmesan cheese. Season with a little nutmeg, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly.
    50 g parmesan cheese, 1 egg

Making cappelletti

  • After the resting phase, roll out the dough on a smooth surface about 2-3mm/0.1in thin. Then, using a ravioli cutter or a roller, cut out square sheets of dough with 5cm/2in sides.
  • Now always put a teaspoon of the filling in the center of the squares. Then fold each dough square diagonally to form a triangle. Press the two open sides together by applying light pressure between thumb and forefinger to close them. Now carefully pull the two corners of the long side towards each other and join them together with light pressure. This creates the typical hat shape.
  • Then place each shaped cappelletti on a tray on which is a clean tea towel lightly sprinkled with semolina.
  • Now cook the stuffed pasta for about 2 to 3 minutes in boiling salted water. As soon as they rise to the surface, immediately skim with a slotted spoon and serve as desired.
    Buon appetito!
Calories: 739kcal (37%)Carbohydrates: 76g (25%)Protein: 34g (68%)Fat: 31g (48%)Saturated fatty acids: 10g (50%)Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 4gMonounsaturated fatty acids: 14gTrans fatty acids: 0.3gCholesterol: 258mg (86%)

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