Pasta Roses for St. Therese

Shower your dinner table with delicious edible roses for St. Therese's feast day. This recipe for Rosette di Pasta or Pasta Roses is a variation on the traditional and unique dish from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy.  The original recipes call for ham and fontina cheese. The finished product is a slightly rosey pasta flowerette. I decided to make some with this more traditional recipe and also a variation using a typical lasagna filling for a deeper color. 

While most of the recipes call for a homemade pasta cut into rectangles, I opted for using regular boxed lasagna noodles. Those were pre-cooked according to directions and then I cut off one edge so they would have a flatter base to set on after they were rolled. 

Ham & Fontina Variation:
On the pasta length I spread a cream sauce (Alfredo), placed thin slices of fontina on sauce, and thin sliced ham over that. 
The layered pasta was then rolled up and set upright in a baking dish, fluted side up. After all the rosettes were in place the additional sauce was poured around the base and brushed over the tops. 

Lasagna Filling Variation:
On the pasta length I spread a layer of ricotta cheese, then covered that with the meat and tomato sauce filling, grated mozzarella was sprinkled on top, and a bit of dried parsley over. 

The remaining sauce was again poured around the base of the completed rosettes. With the ham and fontina variation I cut the lasagna noodles in half before rolling. For these I used the entire length of lasagna noodle and the end product was a much fatter rosette. Both were fine - so it could be done either way.  With a paring knife (or kitchen scissors) make an X cut about 1/2 inch deep into top of each piece to make the roses bloom." Press down slightly to open them a little. 

Bake in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving. 

There are several other filing variations you could use. In addition to being a meal option for St. Therese's feast it could also be used for other saints associated with roses; St. Rose, St. Rita, St. Rose Duchesne. Be creative and enjoy. 

St. Therese of Lisieux,
Pray for Us!

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  1. Those turned out wonderful! We are going to have to try these, Mary! Thank you for posting the recipe!

  2. These are beautiful! Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea!

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