Ricotta calcioni

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This calcioni recipe is a Marche speciality. Although they look like ravioli, calcioni are actually filled pastry parcels, which are then deep-fried. This version contains ricotta, and is served drizzled in honey and sprinkled with orange zest.

First published in 2018





  • 300g of 00 flour
  • 40g of unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 egg
  • vegetable oil, for deep frying


  • 150g of ricotta
  • 1/2 orange, zested, plus some for serving
  • 30g of icing sugar
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • honey, to serve


  • Pasta machine
  • Fluted pasta wheel/cutter


Begin by making the pasta dough. Place the flour and butter into a food processor and pulse to a rubble. Add the egg and a splash of chilled water and blend until the dough starts to come together
Tip out onto a floured surface and bring together into a dough. Add more water if you need to help form the dough. Knead for 5 minutes then wrap in cling film and rest in the fridge for 1 hour
Make the filling by adding all the ingredients to a bowl and beating to a smooth consistency. Taste and add more sugar, orange or nutmeg to your preference
Cut the dough into quarters. Take the first quarter, flatten out, then roll though the pasta machine. Repeat until the dough is 1.5mm thick. Make sure you cover the remaining dough with cling film while you're not working with it
Lay out the first pasta sheet and place teaspoons of the mixture at 4cm intervals apart. Using a pastry brush, egg wash the pasta around the filling. Fold over the top edge of the pasta, gently resting over the filling and matching the bottom edge of the pasta
Using your thumb and fingers, gently press around the filling to seal the ravioli, ensuring you leave no air bubbles
Use a fluted pastry wheel to cut in between the ravioli and trim the edges, resulting in neat, fluted squares
Preheat a deep-fryer or pan of oil to 160°C. Add some of the ravioli and fry for 1 minute or until golden. Flip over for a further 10 seconds to get a nice colouring on both sides. Remove using a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper
Work in batches as to not overcrowd the pan and lower the temperature of the oil
Serve hot with orange zest and a healthy drizzle of honey

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