Just a thought. If you have extra pesto kickin’ around the house, and a little extra time on your hands, this is a really delicious way to spend an hour or so. I had a bunch of mint that was about to go bad, and a bag of frozen peas, so whipped up a quick batch of mint pea pesto and a quarter batch of fresh pasta. And then, instead of cutting the pasta into noodles and tossing it with the sauce, I cut the pasta into squares, stuffed it with pesto (reallllllly into stuffing this summer, obvs), and wrapped it up into lil’ cappelletti.
According to my totally half-assed internet research, cappelletto means hat in Italian — as in, the pontifical hat, y’all — and these little cappelletti are supposed to be little mini pope hats stuffed with deliciousness. (Do you see it? The little pointy bit at the top sort of looks pope-like, don’t you think?) You can stuff your pope hats with whatever you have laying around — pesto, a little ricotta and herbs (but, seriously, who has ricotta laying around when it is the perfect off-the-spoon snack?), or a little leftover meat chopped fine and tossed with a bit of sauce to keep it loose. If you have about half a cup of leftovers, I bet you could figure out a way to stuff them into pope hats.
Also, these were just really fun to make. I had a really bad day at work, and my roommate finally gave me a little space to have the apartment to myself, and I treated myself to a night of Ja Rule pandora and homemade pasta. At first it was annoying to fold the little pasta hats, but I got the hang of it because I’m a pasta-master and, also, it just wasn’t very hard. Just dab a little filling in the middle of each square, fold the squares in half diagonally (so you get a triangle) and then sort of smoosh the filling up and fold the corners together. Just don’t try to use too much filling, or you’ll have it poking out of all the little hats. Anyway, by the time my roommate came triumphantly marching home from his grueling lawyers’ league basketball game, I was a new woman. (Also, I was obviously sad and fighting my abandonment issues the whole time my roommate was playing bball and basically greeted him like a puppy when he got home because he’s tha best. But it’s my blog so I will characterize my apartment however I want, cool?)
Anyway, I threw the cappelletti in the freezer but I couldn’t get them off my mind … so last night I boiled them up and threw together a quick sauce with bacon, frozen peas, creme fraiche, and lemon and it was delicious. But these lil cappelletti would have been great served in a traditional broth, or just tossed with a little olive oil and Parmesan. I am already looking forward to the next leftovers I can stuff in little pope hats. Just, ya know, a thought.