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A plate of Pancakes ready to be filled

Pancakes ready to be filled with Spinach-Ricotta Cheese Mix

Pancakes for Cannelloni/Manicotti

Cannelloni, an Italian dish of stuffed pasta shells with a sauce is also known as Manicotti. Several of my family and friends enjoy this dish. I always made it with pasta, the little tubes about 4" long, (see image below). I recently found a recipe that used pancakes instead of the pasta tubes.

I did know that originally, in Italy, cannelloni was made with Crepes. I decided to try this dish with pancakes, (my version of crepes),instead of the pasta tubes, with my own home made Ricotta cheese. I am very pleased with the results. You will find the recipe for the pancakes in this page. Please note: the amounts in this recipe will serve at least 6 adults. Please adjust the quantities for your needs. To make the complete dish, please use the links below to access the recipes for the different components of Cannelloni

Recipes for the cooking the spinach & making the spinach filling can be accessed at

Spinach and Filling for Cannelloni

The recipe also uses Marina Sauce

The recipe will need White Sauce

The recipe will need Home Made Ricotta Cheese

Here is the Recipe for Pancakes.

Pancakes for Cannelloni


  1. 14 oz./400g. flour
  2. 2 cups milk
  3. 2 cups water
  4. 3 ml salt
  5. 50g melted butter, separated
  6. 8 ml baking powder


  • sift flour & baking powder
  • Mix water & milk Do not use all this mix at once
  • Pour enough (about 2½ cups) mix into flour and blend to form a smooth, thin batter
  • Add 35g. melted butter & salt. Blend well
  • Heat griddle pan or tava
  • Use remaining melted butter and lightly brush pan with melted butter every time you add a fresh round of batter
  • Pour about 1/3 cup of batter on pan. Swirl to spread.
  • You may need to add the remaining milk mix to batter, a little at a time, if you find it getting too thick
  • Repeat until all the batter is used
  • You will make about 15- 18, 7-8 inches diameter pancakes. Keep aside
pancake cooking

Pancake about done

Pancake  Batter just placed on tava

Pancake Batter just placed on tava

Pancake  Batter just placed on tava

Pasta shells to be filled with Spinach-Ricotta Mix

Although the cannelloni with pancakes is time consuming, it is worth the effort if you want to make a special dinner. However if you are limited for time, skip the pancakes making & and just use the pasta tubes as illustrated in the image above. You may also just purchase Ricotta Cheese from the store. All you need to do is boil the pasta and remove while still firm to the touch. When cool, fill it with a mix of ricotta and spinach and follow the rest of the recipe for cannelloni.
If you plan to follow the pancake cannelloni recipe do use the links for Spinach and Filling for Cannelloni

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