How to Make a Fabulous Italian Filled Pasta

To revive a fantastic experience of a local Italian dish I had this summer I had to learn to make Casoncelli alla Bergamasca. Hopefully I can inspire you too 😊

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How to Make a Fabulous Italian Filled Pasta Recipe
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This summer my family and I visited San Pellegrino Terme. Yes 😃 it is the place in northern Italy where they bottle the famous mineral water

This summer my family and I visited San Pellegrino Terme. Yes 😃 it is the place in northern Italy where they bottle the famous mineral water

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We fell in love with a local restaurant and one evening they suggested a local dish - Casoncelli alla Bergamasca

We fell in love with a local restaurant and one evening they suggested a local dish - Casoncelli alla Bergamasca

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It was too good to forget so I googled for a recipe. I found several, so here is my version 😄 ... Although something might have been lost/changed in the Italian~Danish translation the result is good!

It was too good to forget so I googled for a recipe. I found several, so here is my version 😄 ... Although something might have been lost/changed in the Italian~Danish translation the result is good!

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The guide has many steps but none are difficult. Remember they're small steps of the 4 tasks of 1) Making a dough 2) Preparing a meat filling 3) Preparing casoncellis (Filled pasta) 4) Making a sauce

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1st task: Prepare for you pasta dough

1st task: Prepare for you pasta dough

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Put everything in a mixing bowl (in Italy I'm sure they do it on the table with the hands ... But this works fine too)

Put everything in a mixing bowl (in Italy I'm sure they do it on the table with the hands ... But this works fine too)

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Mix 😃

Mix 😃

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... And here you have the dough

... And here you have the dough

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Let the dough rest in the fridge for 30 minutes while you prepare the filling

Let the dough rest in the fridge for 30 minutes while you prepare the filling

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2nd task: Prepare the filling ...

2nd task: Prepare the filling ...

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Challenge: the Italian recipe said "150 g di pasta di salame". I don't know where to buy that in Denmark - But recalling the taste from San Pellegrino I decided to use 100 g pepperoni in slices

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Fry the ground beef together with the pepperoni slices. If the fat from the pepperoni is not enough to fry in - you can add a little olive oil and butter

Fry the ground beef together with the pepperoni slices. If the fat from the pepperoni is not enough to fry in - you can add a little olive oil and butter

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Add chopped pear, peeled and chopped garlic and parsley very finely chopped...

Add chopped pear, peeled and chopped garlic and parsley very finely chopped...

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Cook a few minutes, stirring.

Cook a few minutes, stirring.

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Transfer the mixture into a blender, mix it with Grana Padano cheese, eggs, crumbled macaroons, raisins, salt, pepper, bread crumbs little at a time, the mixture should be soft and not too wet

Transfer the mixture into a blender, mix it with Grana Padano cheese, eggs, crumbled macaroons, raisins, salt, pepper, bread crumbs little at a time, the mixture should be soft and not too wet

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Set aside :-)

Set aside :-)

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3rd task: The casoncellis. I use my KitchenAid so it's pure fun and no hard work.   In San Pellegrino Marco told me he prepared 25 kg Casoncelli at a time!!! Then I'm sure it's fun AND hard work! 😱

3rd task: The casoncellis. I use my KitchenAid so it's pure fun and no hard work. In San Pellegrino Marco told me he prepared 25 kg Casoncelli at a time!!! Then I'm sure it's fun AND hard work! 😱

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Roll out the dough ... It took 12 minutes

Roll out the dough ... It took 12 minutes

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Make discs with a stencil (6-7 cm in diameter)

Make discs with a stencil (6-7 cm in diameter)

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Find your filling

Find your filling

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Spread a little in the center of each disc

Spread a little in the center of each disc

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Brush the edges with water, fold the dough over the filling and close the edges to keep the filling inside when boiling later

Brush the edges with water, fold the dough over the filling and close the edges to keep the filling inside when boiling later

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Continue .... and discover how your technique improves during the process 😍

Continue .... and discover how your technique improves during the process 😍

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4th and last task: Prepare the sauce

4th and last task: Prepare the sauce

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Challenge: I did not have pancetta 😞 Bacon is not the same but the final result was still fabulous - so don't let minor things like this stop you from cooking 😉

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Let the butter melt in a pan

Let the butter melt in a pan

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Add the bacon and fry

Add the bacon and fry

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Add the sage leaves - let them fry and be crisp but not brown

Add the sage leaves - let them fry and be crisp but not brown

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Now you're done. All elements are ready - they just need to be put together 😍

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Boil in salted water for 10 minutes, drain

Boil in salted water for 10 minutes, drain

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Arrange on a serving dish, sprinkle with Grana Padano cheese and butter with bacon and sage.   Serve and enjoy

Arrange on a serving dish, sprinkle with Grana Padano cheese and butter with bacon and sage. Serve and enjoy

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