How to Make Fresh Homemade Cannelloni

homemade cannelloni in tomato sauce

In Italian cuisine cannelloni are a type of lasagna in a cylindrical form with a delicious filling and covered by a sauce. Popular stuffing ingredients include spinach and ricotta or minced beef. The shells are then typically covered with sauce.

There are two ways to make cannelloni; you can start with the store bought dry pasta tubes or you can make fresh pasta and roll fresh lasagne sheets. It is not a sin to buy pasta, but you know we like to make our food from scratch and so we are using freshly made pasta.


It is very traditional that cannelloni are smothered generously with sauce to ensure the pasta absorbs plenty of it meaning the dish is moist and tasty. 

We like this tradition and will follow with the most common sauce for cannelloni which is  tomato sauce.

As in most Italian cuisine, the recipes are straightforward, but you can add your personal touch with the addition of extra herbs resulting in superb dishes.

What’s the difference between manicotti and cannelloni?

The difference between manicotti and cannelloni is very simple and all down to a ridge. Manicotti has a ridge on the pasta’s shape and is thicker, whilst Cannelloni is smooth in its form and is slightly smaller.

Manicotti are very large pasta tubes. It is the American version of the smooth cannelloni which is from Italy.

Manicotti recipes tend to be filled with only cheese and the sauces contain meat and vegetables, while cannelloni recipes have meat or vegetables fillings with cheese sauce on top.

Prepare yourself well and familiarise yourself with our detailed recipes for Bechamel sauce, tomato sauce and pasta!

roll the canneloni

Fresh Homemade Cannelloni

In Italian cuisine cannelloni are a type of lasagna in a cylindrical form with a delicious filling and covered by a sauce.
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Course Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people
Calories 482 kcal

EQUIPMENT (click pictures for details)


For the filling


Prepare the filling

  • In a large skillet pan or cocotte, sauté the garlic, ginger and lardons with a drizzle of oil over a medium heat until fragrant.
    fry bacon and ginger
  • Add all green leaves, increase the heat and quickly cook and stir all together for 4-5 minutes until the water is completely evaporated. Remove from the stove, season to taste and cool down.
    frying green vegetables
  • Finish the filling by combining the green leaves with the minced pork and season taste.
    mix of ingredietns for canneloni

Prepare the pasta

  • Bring a large amount of water with salt to boil and blanch the fresh pasta rectangles for 3 minutes. Allow the pasta to cool and pat dry.
    cook fresh pasta in cocotte
  • Arrange the blanched pasta on your workstation and divide the filling equally.
    make filling in pasta
  • Make rolls to make the cannelloni.
    roll the canneloni
  • Pour the cold tomato sauce in a baking tin.
    add tomato sauce in oven dish
  • Arrange the cannelloni in the tomato sauce, seam side down and cover with the bechamel sauce.
    homemade cannelloni in tomato sauce
  • Sprinkle the grated parmesan on top and bake 160°C for 30-40 minutes until golden brown and bubbling.
    sprinkle parmesan cheese on canneloni


  • The size of the fresh pasta rectangles depends on the size of your baking tin.
  • The filling mixture can also be used for a succulent patty or burger.

Nutrition for 1 portion

Calories: 482kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 18gFat: 43gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 530mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 10645IUVitamin C: 59mgCalcium: 230mgIron: 4mg
Keyword cannelloni, fresh pasta, oven dish, pasta
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Highlights of fresh homemade cannelloni

If you have only ever eaten store-bought pasta, you are in for a treat with fresh homemade cannelloni.

You can be creative. Add your favourite cheese, make the dish vegetarian, stuff the cannelloni with meat, and use as many herbs and spices as you choose.


  1. 5 stars
    Didn’t know much about Cannelloni until I read your blog. This is a very interesting recipe. Love bok choy and i am sure with the combination of the pork will be super delicious ????. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    1. Thanks for your feedback! I’m sure you can give your own twist to this dish!

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