Casoncelli alla Bergamasca

Eating in Bergamo means “Casoncelli”. You’ll find them on the menu of every restaurant, but if you want to try to cook them yourself we’ll tell you how to.

The symbol of Bergamask cooking and a simple dish that is easily prepared, casoncelli were created as a way of using leftover pork and beef, and over the years other ingredients have been added.

Casoncelli

For 6/8 people

Pasta:

  • 400 g flour,
  • 100 g durum wheat semolina,
  • 2 eggs.

Filling:

  • 125 g bread crumbs,
  • 1 egg,
  • 70 g grated grana (or Parmesan) cheese,
  • 150 g sausage meat,
  • 100 g roast beef,
  • 5 g amaretti biscuits,
  • 10 g sultanas,
  • 1 clove of garlic,
  • 1 dessertspoon of chopped parsley,
  • salt, pepper.

Sauce:

  • 80 g butter,
  • 100 g bacon cut into strips,
  • 100 g of grated grana (or Parmesan) cheese, a few sage leaves.

How to make Casoncelli alla Bergamasca

Mix the flour with the semolina, eggs, and a pinch of salt and add enough water to make a smooth dough, then leave to rest for at least half an hour.

Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Brown, the sausage meat with a knob of butter, then add the roast beef, garlic, parsley, and mix for a few minutes to amalgamate the flavors. Pour everything into a bowl, add the grana or Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, egg, crumbled amaretti biscuits, chopped sultanas, some pepper, and a pinch of salt. Mix. If it seems too dry, add a drop of broth or water. Roll out the pasta, cut into 6/8 cm disks and place a spoonful filling in the center. Close the disks—Cook the casoncelli in plenty of salted water. After draining, pour over the melted butter flavored with sage, bacon, and grated Parmesan.

Enjoy with a glass of red Valcalepio wine!

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Enrico Massetti was born in Milan, Italy.
Now he lives in Washington, DC, USA.
Still, he regularly visits his hometown
and enjoys going around all the places in his home country
especially those he can reach by public transportation.

Enrico loves writing guide books on travel in Italy
to help his friends that go to Italy to visit
and enjoy his old home country.
He also publishes books on the Argentine tango dance.

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