Casunziei with red turnips
Alternative namesCasonciei, casanzes, csanzöi[1]
Place of originVeneto
Region or stateDolomites

Casunziei (also called casonciei, casanzes or csanzöi) is the name in Ladin[1] for a type of stuffed pasta, consisting of a filling sealed between two layers of thin pasta dough, folded in a typical half-moon shape. They are commonly homemade and are typical of the culinary tradition of the Dolomites area, in the northeastern part of Italy, especially the provinces of Belluno, Bolzano, and Trento.[2][3][4][5]

The square shell, typically about 3.5 by 3.5 cm, consists of two sheets of pasta pressed together at the borders, like those of ravioli.

The pre-cooked and finely ground filling varies from area to area and typically includes vegetables and ricotta cheese. The original recipes from Cortina d'Ampezzo are the "red" variety (casunziei rosc) with beet, potato, and red Veronese turnips; and the "green" one (casunziei verdes) with spinach and wild-growing erba cipollina in the filling.[3] Other varieties have fillings of pumpkin or radishes. The filling may included other ingredients such as ham, mushrooms, other types of cheese, or poppy seeds. In particular, the casunziei all'ampezzana have a filling of red and yellow turnips and are typically served with melted butter, poppy seeds, and Parmesan cheese.[2][6] Other servings are sage-flavored melted butter, or a radish-based sauce.[3]

At Cencenighe Agordino, casunziei served with ground poppy seeds and honey were a traditional Christmas Eve dish.[3]

See also

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  1. ^ a b "Casunzièi". (in Italian). Archived from the original on 7 April 2019. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Belluno". Archived from the original on 2011-07-22.
  3. ^ a b c d Casunziei description at (in Italian). Accessed on 2010-01-14.
  4. ^ Atlante dei Prodotti tradizionali ed agroalimentari del Veneto. Veneto regional government and Veneto Agricoltura. Cited by as their source.
  5. ^ Casunziei picture at the Belluno provincial government site. Accessed on 2010-01-14.
  6. ^ "Casunziei Recipe".