Anelletti Pasta Pie from Carmela Sereno

Some time ago at a London event I met an Italian lady who I long admired for her impressive cookery skills. I used to follow her on social media so it was great to finally meet her in person.

Her name is Carmela Sophia Sereno who is very skilled at making different types of pasta.  She holds her Italian heritage very close to her heart, like many children of Italian emigrants and she teaches ‘Specialist Pasta’ and ‘Cucina Povera’ cooking style classes from her family kitchen and from various London based cookery schools.

Carmela was born in Bedford known as little Italy to Italian parents from the Southern regions of Puglia and Molise, who settled in the UK in the late 1950’s.

Today half of Carmela’s family have made their way back to the south of Italy, carrying on their own traditions and cooking styles which remain a constant point of reference for her and she continues to travel Italy looking for inspiration and new recipes ideas for her next cookery book.

Her latest book which has just been released: ‘A Passion for Pasta’ is a great one if you like to learn how to make different types of pastas. You can check all about Carmela on her website: Carmela’s Kitchen.

Carmela's "A Passion for Pasta" cookbook

This recipe for anelletti pasta pie from Carmela is a fabulous rich southern dish to make during the week or as a special occasion too. Anelletti are small hoop-earring shapes, delicious in soups, but here they are embraced with a rich tomato and pea sauce and baked. This dish is said to come from the province of Palermo.

I made anelletti pie some time ago but as a different version with mozzarella and tomatoes.


Aneletti Pasta Pie

Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Serves 4

450g anelletti pasta
3 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
1 stick celery, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
200g beef mince
200g veal mince
200g pork mince
200ml red wine
1 tbsp tomato purée
200g peas, shelled, or frozen
1 x 680g bottle passata
1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
Small bunch of celery leaves,
finely chopped
1 bay leaf
A few marjoram leaves
10 basil leaves
Salt and pepper to season
1 tbsp butter
3 tbsp breadcrumbs, lightly toasted
200g caciocavallo (firm Italian cheese)
125g mozzarella
60g Parmesan or pecorino


1 Into a large saucepan, add the olive oil followed by the onion,
carrot and celery. Cook gently over a medium heat for around 5 minutes
until softened.
2 Add the garlic, cook for an additional 2 minutes and stir.
3 Add all off the mince to the pan and colour completely.
4 Squeeze the tomato purée into the red wine and stir.
5 Add the red wine to the mince, stir and allow the wine to evaporate, about 4 minutes.
6 Tumble in the peas (I use frozen peas straight from the freezer).
7 Pour the passata and tinned tomatoes into the mince along with the celery leaves, bay leaf, marjoram and basil. Stir and season with salt and pepper.
8 Allow the sugo (sauce) to cook over a medium to low heat for 2 hours, stirring occasionally, and check intermittently for seasoning.
9 Preheat the oven to 180°C (gas 4)
10 Bring a large pan of water to the boil. When boiling, salt well, add the anelletti and cook as per packet instructions, minus 4 minutes, as you will be baking this dish.
11 Butter a medium bakeware dish or pre-sprung cake tin (23cm diameter x 5cm height).
12 Sprinkle the toasted breadcrumbs into the buttered dish, covering the base and sides.
13 Remove the bay leaf from the sauce.
14 Drain the pasta. Tip the pasta back into the saucepan, add two ladles of the sauce and stir. Ladle a layer of pasta into the dish or tin, sprinkle over a mixture of the cheeses then add another ladle of sauce.
15 Repeat until the dish is full and you have used up all of the sauce, finishing the top with sauce and cheese.
16 Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. If you have baked the pasta pie in a bakeware dish, then simply serve, but if you have use a sprung tin you should be able to turn it out gently.

I often add boiled chopped eggs into the
pasta pie for added texture and flavour
– and just because I love eggs. If you
are unable to find caciocavallo cheese,
provolone is a good alternative.

And now..  Carmela is offering 1 copy of  her book:” A Passion for Pasta” to 3 lucky My Little Italian Kitchen readers.

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98 Responses to Anelletti Pasta Pie from Carmela Sereno

  1. pete c

    I like the fact that it reminds me so much of my travels in the country and the many different meals I tried and learned from

  2. iain maciver

    just love Italian food

  3. gloria

    look really wonderful !

    • Alida

      Thanks Gloria!

  4. Tracy Nixon

    It is authentic and enjoyed by all the family!

  5. Graham Ross

    The exciting flavour combinations

  6. Harline Parkin

    I love food from around the world and I have to say Italian is one of my favourite I love pastas and spaghetti so easy and versatile to cook with

  7. Yvonne Dimbleby

    Memories of long, long lunches with good friends in Italy.

  8. Emily Knight

    The fact that you can opt for simple, rustic dishes or more elaborate creations, and both are just as tasty 🙂

  9. amy bondoc

    i lvoe italian food the rich tastes especially pesto

  10. Suzanne

    I love the flavours, fresh ingredients and inclusion of healthy tomatoes, garlic and salad.

  11. tamsyn beale

    I love Italy – it’s my favourite place to visit. Winding streets, adventures on every corner, the smells from the bakerys, sitting with a coffee and watching the world go by. When I cook Italian at home, the smell and taste takes me back to those times!

  12. Peter Watson

    Great hams and cheeses and wonderful olive oil-Sicilian is my favourite.

  13. stuart hargreaves


  14. Suzanne Jackson

    Easy go-to-food, I make a good lasagne.

  15. chris bull

    I love the freshness of flavours, simple ingredients that when combined make the most special and tasty dishes 🙂

  16. Helen Tovell

    The freshness and vibrancy

  17. PenoirB

    Pizza & pasta are two of my favourite foods, love that they’re both so quick to cook and you can have whatever you want on them

  18. Sarah mackay

    I like the flavours

  19. Sheena Batey

    It is fairly quick and easy yet tastes delicious.

  20. Bruce McMichael

    I love how you can taste Carmella’s love of Italy and of course pasta in her recipes

  21. Alice Dixon

    I love that it’s good for the whole family. Nothing too unusual flavour wise so even my littlest enjoys it and it’s all so warm and rich

  22. Daniel Milner

    I have been to Venice and Naples and find the Italians like to cook a lot with fish / shellfish. I love Spaghetti alle vongole!

  23. Chris Palmisano

    Thank you for keeping the traditions of real Italian cooking and pasta making alive. Would love a copy of your book!

  24. Tamara

    I have just received delivery of a pasta machine, proper italian (it came all the way from Friuli!!!!). Last time I’ve made fresh pasta it was too thick and my ravioli didn’t turn out the way I hoped for, as I rolled the dough with a rolling pin. Now I’ve got the machine I just need a book to tell me what to do!

  25. Mimi

    I just cooked this pasta a couple of days ago! I bought it because I’d never seen it before! Lovely pasta pie.

  26. Jo Carroll

    Besides all the incredibly yummy ingredients I love the fact that Italian cooking allows so much experimentation, especially on traditional recipes. Many countries cooking is very protectful of the way things ‘should be done’ but there is a freedom surrounding Italian cooking where – yes it has it’s traditions…but you aren’t confined to following them to the letter.

  27. Mark R

    Simple, easy to prepare food with great fresh flavours

  28. Richard T

    It tastes delicious

  29. christine shelley

    How healthy it is for the family

  30. Marc H

    It tastes great.

  31. Judith Allen

    That it’s all about enjoying the food with friends and family. And good olive oil.

  32. Liane Amos

    I love making my own pasta

  33. Kim M

    Even something simple can be delicious x

  34. Farhana Chowdhury

    Love the simplicity

  35. Tracey Parker

    Simple fresh ingredients resulting in delicious food

  36. rebecca h

    I love the variety! soo many delicious flavour profile. stapes like pasta and pizza done in a thousand different ways!

  37. Phil Darling

    I love all things pasta

  38. Emma Ellams

    Strong Mediterranean flavours

  39. Inga Andersen

    I love Italian cooking because it’s so full of flavour 🙂

  40. lyn burgess

    I love the variety, the freshness and the herbs used. Basil and oregano are two of my favourite herbs.

  41. Solange

    I love the combinations of fresh ingredients and preserved meats. I love the herbs, and don’t even get me started on the cheeses, the fish; I love that you can spend a couple of pounds or thousands and eat like a king both ways. I love that Italians cherish eating as a group activity.

  42. Joanne Greer

    The taste, I love Italian food 🙂

  43. Sandra Fortune

    Like pasta and olive oil plus I think it’s quite healthy

  44. Simon C

    I love Italian food because of all the wonderful tastes and variety. Especially the herbs like basil that add a wow factor to just about everything. Never get bored with Italian food.

  45. Laura Pritchard

    The comforting flavours & how filling it is.

  46. Margaret Clarkson

    It tastes so good!

  47. April Alder

    I love the simplicity of Italian cookery. Beautiful food that let’s the ingredients speak for themselves.

  48. Andrea Smith

    I like that it’s fresh, tasty and very quick to prepare

  49. Lorna Ledger

    The flavours, and the chance to sit down as a family and share, little bits of everything, using your hands, and enjoying the food and togetherness

  50. Kerry Taylor

    How sociable it is!

  51. Mel Turner

    Reminds me of when I was young

  52. Kim Neville

    All my family enjoy eating Italian food as like the flavours – even my fussy son

  53. Rose Stephenson

    I love the bold flavours and inventive use of ingredients.

  54. Lisa Pope

    I just love the variety, and my family adores Italian food.

  55. Ritu Ahuja

    It looks yummy. Love Italian food. 🙂

  56. laura banks

    the flavours and everything always looks really good


    Love the simplicity of Italian Cooking and is food cooked from the heart and in Italy.

  58. Alma Vorrei

    What a fun pasta pie dish that everyone is bound to love! Very thorough recipe and tips. And your photo are gorgeous!

  59. Ruth Harwood

    It’s simple but so so tasty and you can add bits and pieces to alter it to your own requirements xx

  60. Elizabeth Smith

    Recipes tend to be quite simple and the ingredients are easy to find

  61. michelle thompson

    its simple to cook and yummy to eat

  62. pauline hill


  63. Ritchie

    Great flavours from quality ingredients.


    The amazing ingredients & spending the time to make it for my family to gather round & enjoy

  65. Lynda Graham

    Great flavours and deliciously simple tasty dishes. BELLISIMO !!!

  66. Natalia

    I love Italian food all recipes be easy to find!

  67. Iris W

    Everything! I love the flavours and some recipes are so simple with very few ingredients yet so tasty. That pasta pie looks delicious

  68. Meryl Thomas

    Easily adapted for a vegetarian lifestyle

  69. Susan Williams

    Everything – the taste, the looks, the goodness. It’s my favourite food.

  70. kate kathurima

    the homely feeling of the food

  71. katrina adams

    I love the rich flavours and simpler cooking.

  72. Lynn Neal

    I love that so many recipes are tomato based because I love tomatoes!

  73. Rich Tyler

    Its my fav, simple, yet amazing


    I love how great the recipes are and how they aren’t overly complicated to make either.

  75. Paul Halling

    its great for me as I am not keen on lots of meats and can combine with various veg


    I like the taste of the food.

  77. Bridget Rayner

    I love cooking with pasta, my lasagna is legendary

  78. Clare Thomas

    Italian is my favourite. Love goes into Italian cooking and sooo much flavour! I have always love pasta with herbs, cheeses and meats – yum! I’d be so happy if I could learn some new recipies!

  79. Pam Francis Gregory

    The natural ingredients

  80. lisa yebbutt

    love Italian food

  81. maria

    i love the flavours

  82. Lisa Wilkinson

    I like the fresh flavours – tomatoes, garlic, herbs

  83. Mary H

    I love how easy it is to be a vegeterian and eat Italian. It’s hands down my favourite food.

  84. Jenny Harlow

    The kids love pasta dishes would be great to learn some new ones

  85. Kelly Dudley

    My favourite part is definitely the eating 🙂

  86. susan hoggett

    I just love all of the fresh Italian flavours, they marry together so well, there is nothing better!

  87. Charlotte G

    I like he fact that it’s not too technical b always tastes fantastic!

  88. jo liddement

    The healthy mediterranean diet using lots of olive oil,basil and tomatoes

  89. Deborah Mackenzie

    I love Italian cooking as it uses the freshest of herbs, and combine very simple ingredients to make an explosion of tastes.
    The meal can be a simple homemade affair that can be turned into something extremely special.

  90. Allan Wilson

    I like the flavours and of course the ample garlic used.

  91. Jane Willis

    I love the soothing satisfaction of making risotto

  92. Amy Bee

    I love making my own fresh pasta

  93. Stephanie Keill

    What I love about Italian cooking not the fact that its my all time favourite food but the fresh pasta and creamy sauces are absolutely divine!!

  94. Sobia

    I love the Italian food because it is so simple to make and enjoyed by the whole family.

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