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Filled soft amaretti edit
Kim Lightbody

Filled soft amaretti

This delicious recipe from Gennaro Contaldo will only take you 20 minutes to make, including prep time!



  • 20 g/¾ oz/2½ tbsp raw pistachios
  • 75 g/2½ oz/1/3 cup ricotta
  • 75 g/2½ oz/1/3 cup mascarpone
  • 15 g/½ oz/1 generous tbsp caster sugar
  • 3 tsp Marsala wine, plus extra for brushing
  • 20–24 soft amaretti biscuits
  • A little icing sugar, for dusting


  1. Toast the pistachios in a dry frying pan (skillet) set over a medium–high heat for a couple of minutes, until lightly toasted. Remove and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together the ricotta, mascarpone, sugar and Marsala wine in a bowl, until light and fluffy. Finely chop the pistachios and stir in. Cover with clingfilm (plastic wrap) and place in the fridge.
  3. Using a really good, sharp knife, slice the amaretti horizontally in half, so you end up with a bottom and top of each little cake, keeping any crumbs. Brush each slice with a little Marsala.
  4. Take the creamy mixture out of the fridge and stir in the amaretti crumbs. Place a dollop of the cream on the bottom slice of the amaretti and sandwich together with the top half. Arrange on a plate and dust with icing sugar, to serve.

Recipe extracted from: Gennaro's Fast Cook Italian by Gennaro Contaldo, RRP €28.00. Published by Pavilion Books, photography by Kim Lightbody.


"Soft amaretti, or amaretti morbidi in Italian, are like little cakes and are not to be confused with the hard, crispy variety of amaretti. Made with ground almonds, they are gluten-free (although always check the packet) and are obtainable in Italian delis or in larger supermarkets. They are delicious eaten on their own; filled with a rich, creamy centre, they also make a lovely, quick dessert. If you can’t find raw pistachios, substitute with walnuts, chocolate chips, candied fruit, or a combination, if desired."- Gennaro Contaldo