The origins of Cannelloni are extremely old. Among the very first types of pasta to be made from a mixture of flour, water and salt are Gnocchi and Cannelloni, i.e. strips of pasta of different lengths that were rolled up to form perfect cylinders in which to put the filling,
The size of Cannelloni means they are ideal for filling with tasty mixtures made from meat, or vegetables and ricotta.
The most commonly used recipes for Cannelloni are those baked in the oven with tasty fillings and covered with a thin layer of tomato sauce and béchamel.
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Chitarrina Abruzzese is a typical regional speciality with an original long shape and a square cross section which is smaller that the classic Maccheroni alla Chitarra.
Historically, the pasta was cut with a special tool called a "chitarra" (guitar), consisting of a wooden frame over which thin, steel wires were stretched. The pasta, which was not excessively thin (about the thickness between one wire and another) was placed on the wires and then cut by pressing on it with a special little rolling pin.
This type of pasta is typically eaten with lamb ragù. In certain areas of Abruzzo, the traditional condiment for Chitarrina Abruzzese is a tomato sauce enriched with veal meatballs measuring about one centimetre across, known as "pallottelle".
The Chitarra Abruzzese is also excellent with different types of meat gravy, with sauces made from tomatoes and aubergines, or fish.
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