VICO serves Italian food at its best. Why not try their delicious, hearty lasagnancini recipe – it’s great street food, an inspired twist on the classic Italian pasta dish where Lasagne and arancini (fried risotto balls) meet. Layers of delicious egg pasta, beef ragu, and mozzarella. We can’t think of anything better! Dish feeds ten people.



  • 300g dried egg pappardelle (or 600g leftover cooked egg pasta)
  • 700g Bolognese ragù (I give a good recipe in The Geometry of Pasta, but any will do)
  • 120g grated Parmesan
  • 150 g béchamel sauce, thick, chilled until solid (optional)
  • about 50g flour, for dusting
  • Two eggs, beaten about 100g panko breadcrumbs (or 150g normal ones), milled fine, for coating
  • vegetable oil, for deep frying


1)   Break the nests of dried pasta roughly in your hands, set a pan with salted water on to boil & cook the pasta very al dente, a little undercooked even to your taste, and drain it.
2)  Mix it with the Bolognese
3)  Spread it out on a tray, sprinkle with the cheese and leave to cool, then refrigerate.
4)  Mix the pasta up with your hands, divide it into ten portions.
5)  Form each into as tight a ball as you can manage, using your hands. If using the béchamel, put a tablespoon in the center of each one
6)  Dust the balls in the flour, then coat in the egg, then in the breadcrumbs
7)  Refrigerate until ready to eat
8)  Deep-fry in oil at 160C for 10 minutes