What's the difference between cannelloni and manicotti?
by C Thompson
Cannelloni (not manicotti!) stuffed with bolognese sauce
Can you tell me the difference between cannelloni pasta and manacotti? Are they interchangeable?
Answer: Hi there Carol.
A type of stuffed baked pasta, manicotti translates as sleeves in Italian and refers to large, tube-shaped pasta shapes/noodles.
Cannelloni are effectively the same shapes, however the strict difference is that these are created by rolling rectangular pasta sheets into tubes, whereas manicotti are pre-formed tubes.
In truth though, what with Barilla pasta offering pre-formed packet tubes that are called - you guessed it! - 'cannelloni', the difference is rather becoming lost.
Hope that helps,
PS: You can learn more about the squillions different pasta shapes available over on my types of pasta page. (Please let me know if I missed any - it's an ever-expanding list!)
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