Pumpkin Cannoli's

Italian Thanksgiving #givethanks

Italian Thanksgiving – I am participating in a Thanksgiving YouTube collab, Thanksgiving Dishes from Around the Globe! #givethanks

Italian Thanksgiving
Italian Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a big deal in the US. Lots of food and football, an extra-long weekend which some people stretch into 5 or six days. And of course, Black Friday shopping.

And there are a handful of countries that have their day of giving thanks. But none approach what we do here in the states. So I am imagining myself in Italy around Thanksgiving time and what I would prepare given the local cuisine.

Italian Thanksgiving Family
Italian Family

I would start with a special cocktail with Limoncello from Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast.

Served with the cocktail would be prosciutto-wrapped prunes with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.

For dinner, I’m not sure about an entire traditional turkey dinner, but I could have a Turkey breast, stuffed with Italian sausage, prosciutto, sage, and olives.

For dessert, I would make Cannolis, specifically Pumpkin Cannolis.

So this is my contribution to our Thanksgiving around the World YouTube collab, an Italian feast, with a nod to the US traditions. Here are #givethanks and my Italian Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Cranberry Limoncello Italian Cocktail

A fun Italian-inspired cocktail for Thanksgiving.


  • 3 tbsp Limoncello lemon liqueur
  • 2 tbsp cranberry juice (white or red)
  • 3-4 tbsp citrus-flavored sparkling water
  • 5-6 fresh cranberries


  1. Pour Limoncello and cranberry juice over ice in a glass.
  2. Top off with sparkling water and gently stir to combine.
  3. Add cranberries.

Prosciutto Wrapped Prunes for an Italian Thanksgiving

These Prosciutto Wrapped Prunes are a fun appetizer that everyone can enjoy!

Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 7 mins    Total Time 22 mins


  • 15 dried and pitted prunes
  • 3 oz. Parmesan cheese cut into 15 small rectangles
  • 15 pecan halves
  • 7-8 thin slices prosciutto cut lengthwise
  • Toothpicks


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Make an incision on one side of each prune to open it up, and insert a block of cheese and a pecan.
  3. Pinch the prune shut in your hand to secure it.
  4. Wrap each prune with a piece of the prosciutto, and secure it with a toothpick.
  5. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or aluminum foil, and arrange the prunes one inch apart with the prosciutto seam up to bake.
  6. Roast the prunes for 7 minutes, and remove them from the oven.
  7. Serve immediately.

Italian Thanksgiving Stuffed Turkey Breast

Total: 1 hr 15 min        Prep: 15 min        Cook: 1 hr Yield: 4 to 6 ppl


8 oz sweet Italian sausage

4 oz prosciutto, finely diced

1 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup chopped green olives

2 tbsp chopped fresh sage

Salt and pepper

1 four lb. boneless turkey breast

Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

Kitchen Twine


  1. In a bowl, combine the sausage, prosciutto, pecans, olives, and sage.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the turkey breast on the cutting board skin side down.
  4. Flatten with your hands or frying pan, season with salt and pepper, and drizzle with olive oil to moisten.
  5. Spread stuffing on top and roll the turkey around the stuffing.
  6. Wrap kitchen twine around the breast and tie tightly.
  7. Place turkey in a roasting pan, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Roast until the internal temperature of the turkey breast is 165 degrees F, about 1 hour or 15 minutes per pound.
  9. Let rest for 10 minutes, then snip off the kitchen twine.
  10. Slice the turkey and arrange it decoratively on a serving platter.
  11. Pour pan juices over the slices and serve. 
  12. Special equipment: kitchen twine
Pumpkin Cannoli's

Pumpkin Cannoli’s for Italian Thanksgiving

Pumpkin Cannoli – is an easy homemade cannoli. The pumpkin cream filling for our Italian Thanksgiving dessert is a perfect end to a great meal.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Filling The Cannoli’s: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Cannoli
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 221kcal


  • Electric Mixer


  • 8 oz Ricotta cheese drained if needed
  • 4 oz Mascarpone cheese cream cheese sub
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened canned pumpkin
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp fresh orange zest
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 12 large cannoli shells
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar Topping
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice Topping
  • mini chocolate chips Topping


  • Place ricotta, mascarpone, pumpkin, and powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl.
    Cannoli Ingredients
  • With an electric mixer, mix until smooth and well combined.
    Mixer for the cannoli's
  • Add the vanilla, orange zest, pump pie spice, & salt until combined.
  • Fold in mini chocolate chips.
    Chocolate Chips into Cannoli Mix
  • Using a pastry bag or sealable bag with a corner cut, fill cannoli shells with pumpkin filling.
  • You will need 3-4 tbsp for large cannoli shells.
  • Dust over the tops of each cannoli with powdered sugar and pumpkin pie spice
  • Sprinkle ends with mini chips
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • For best results serve these soon after filling because the cannoli shells will begin to soften.
    Pumpkin Cannoli's



Serving: 1Cannoli | Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1809IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 4mg
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7 thoughts on “Italian Thanksgiving #givethanks”

  1. 5 stars
    The pumpkin cannoli’s look delicious Charlie. Loved reading what you would have as an Italian thanks giving. My wife and I always enjoy a Limoncello cocktail at our local favourite Italian.

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