Everyone has someone in their family who is overbearing, critical and a little bit sassy. In my family it’s me, but for Giada de Laurentiis, it’s her Aunt Raffy.
Rollatini with spinach, pancetta and ricotta filling
Raffy is an old school Italian mama who is constantly criticizing Giada – watching them bicker is a delight! Aunt Raffy passed down all her recipes to Giada but poor dear, she never wrote them down. So on a recent episode, Giada tries to solve this problem by extracting the details of Raffy’s famous spinach Rollatini while adapting the recipes for her TV family. By the end of the episode I wanted to be adopted by Raffy and eat Giada’s pasta. Click here for the delicious recipe.
Despite the numerous steps, the pasta was relatively easy to make. You have to make the pasta dough, the filling, roll it up, boil it, slice it and bake it, working up quite a sweat in the process. Giada suggests making it with someone you love since it took about 2 hours from start to finish. I made the pasta with my Italian (not Jersey shore Italian, Italy Italian) childhood friend who was just as grating as Raffy but no less lovable. She mostly offered moral support as she was drunk and is generally unable to boil water. See what I mean about me being the critical family member???
Ti amo come una sorella EVR!!
I only made a few tweaks to the recipe – I cooked up some pancetta instead of using prosciutto, and I doubled the recipe since it was so laborious. Enjoy!
Ricotta, parmesan, spinach and pancetta filling
Homemade dough portioned and ready to roll
Ready to assemble!
Leave a border of dough so you can egg wash the sides for a secure pasta bundle
Roll it up into 5-6 inch log
Secure rolls with cheese cloth and kitchen twine, place in boiling water and lower to a simmer for 20 minutes
After rollatini is cooked, sliced and bake at high heat with a dusting of parmesan and butter until top starts to brown
You can serve with tomato sauce or plain, both are delicious. I only served half of what I made, the rest I cooked and then the following night sliced and baked off for another meal.