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a dish full of rolled pasta that resembles swallows nests.

Swallows Nest Pasta (Nidi di Rondine)

A heavenly bite of pasta that when baked resembles a swallows nest, an authentic recipe from San Marino
Course Main Course
Cuisine Sammarinese, San Marino
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 997kcal
Author Darlene at International Cuisine



  • 12 lasagna pasta noodles
  • ¾ lb Prosciutto di parma sliced thin
  • 1 1/3 cup Fontina cheese thin slices
  • 12 fresh Basil leaves
  • 1 ½ cups marinara sauce
  • Parmigiano Reggiano to sprinkle on top

For the Bechamel

  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 1/8 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp Parmigiano Reggiano cheese grated
  • salt to taste



    For the béchamel

    • Whisk the milk and flour in a saucepan, then add the butter and place the pan over moderate high heat.
    • Keep whisking until sauce thickens.
    • Season with salt, nutmeg and the 2 tablespoons of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

    To prepare the pasta noodles

    • Cook a few lasagna pieces at a time in salted boiling water.
    • Remove with a slotted spoon and place on kitchen towels.
    • Turn them over to dry on both sides.
    • Pre-heat the oven to 375°F.

    Putting it all together

    • Coat the bottom of a large baking dish with 1 cup of marinara sauce.
    • Spread a layer of béchamel on the pasta pieces, then sprinkle with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and place slices of prosciutto, then basil, then fontina cheese on top.
    • Roll up each in piece into a cylinder. Place them close together cut side up in baking dish. Continue the process until the dish is full.


    Calories: 997kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 133mg | Sodium: 1532mg | Potassium: 809mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1240IU | Vitamin C: 6.7mg | Calcium: 409mg | Iron: 2.7mg