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Italian crespelle are savory crepes, filled and baked in a bechamel sauce. They are traditionally served as a first course, for Sunday lunch, or any special occasion, as an alternative to the classic lasagna. You can easily make these into a main by serving with a fresh green salad on the side.

Recipe Summary

20 mins
55 mins
1 hr
2 hrs 15 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


Instructions Checklist
  • Place dried mushrooms in a bowl, cover with warm water, and set aside for 1 hour. Drain well and chop.

  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium-low heat and cook mushrooms for 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; set aside.

  • Melt remaining 5 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and whisk until well combined. Pour in milk, 2 tablespoons at a time, stirring continuously. Cook and stir until a smooth, slightly thick sauce forms, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in Parmesan cheese. Fold reserved mushrooms into filling.

  • Whisk together milk and eggs in a bowl. Stir in flour and whisk until you have a fairly thin, smooth batter.

  • Heat a 9-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Pour 1 ladleful of batter into the hot pan and tilt pan immediately to evenly spread batter over the bottom. Cook until crespelle edges start turning light brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip crespelle and cook other side for 1 more minute. Remove from skillet. Repeat with remaining batter.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spread 1 tablespoon of cream over the bottom of a baking dish.

  • Fill each crespelle with a generous amount of mushroom mixture. Roll up and lay side by side, seam down, into the prepared baking dish. Pour remaining cream on top and sprinkle with 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is lightly browned, about 30 minutes.


Cook's Note:

You can prepare crespelle and filling ahead of time, store in the refrigerator, and bake just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

659 calories; protein 24.1g; carbohydrates 53.4g; fat 39.6g; cholesterol 200.5mg; sodium 441.9mg. Full Nutrition