Manicotti are an Italian American kind of pasta. They are very large pasta tubes usually ridged, that are intended to be stuffed (filled) then baked topped with a traditional Italian white besciamella that is usually made with Romano or Parmesan cheese or red tomato sauce or both. Traditionally, the filling is ricotta cheese mixed with cooked chopped spinach which may or may not include ground meat such as veal.
Similar to the Italian cannelloni, manicotti can be extruded in tube shape, or rolled from sheets of dough.
One variant of the manicotti recipe uses a crêpe instead of pasta tubes to contain the filling, which is similarly covered in sauce and baked.