Crespelle – Savoury Crepes with Peas, Ham and Fontina Cheese

March 17, 2017 (Last Updated: July 9, 2019) by Emily

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These Crespelle (savoury crepes) are stuffed with ricotta, peas and ham and baked with a delicious Fontina cheese sauce!

Crespelle (savoury crepes)

Hello Friday, I’m so happy you are here!

It’s been a very productive week so far, I’ve been so busy cooking away in the kitchen developing and testing recipes for the next few weeks and I’ve got so much deliciousness coming your way!

I’m also getting around to finishing my free E-book that will be available to new and current subscribers in the next couple weeks. Uggh I thought it would’ve been finished months ago but well…life happened and it got put off for far too long. Not to worry though, it’s definitely on its way and I’m so excited to share it with you.

So what’s on the menu today? Crespelle, that’s what!

Crespelle are Italian savoury crepes that are normally filled with spinach and ricotta and topped with a simple bechamel sauce and a couple spoons of tomato passata. They are delicious!

Look at the cheesy goodness right here…

Crespelle (savoury crepes)

I decided to give these crespelle a very Spring-like makeover swapping the spinach for peas and cubes of prosciutto cotto or ham and topping it with a delicious cheesy bechamel sauce made from Fontina cheese.

Fontina cheese = LOVE. This cheese sauce is to die for, Fontina is a perfect melting cheese and has a lovely strong flavour but if you can’t find it then Gruyere would be a great alternative.

The great thing about these savoury crepes is that you can make the crepes and the filling in advance then when you’re ready to make dinner all that’s left to do is make the cheese sauce (under 10 mins) and assemble the crespelle, simple! These are also great cold the next day with salad for either lunch or dinner.

Crespelle (savoury crepes)

Savoury crepes are always SO delicious and can be filled with just about anything. I also love filling my crespelle with wild mushrooms and taleggio cheese, spinach and ricotta and even left over ragú..oooh they are so good!

I hope you love this recipe just as much as I do!

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Crespelle - savoury crepes with peas, ham and fontina cheese

These Crespelle (savoury crepes) are stuffed with ricotta, peas and ham and baked with a delicious Fontina cheese sauce!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 748kcal
Author Emily Kemp


For the crespelle

  • ~1 1/4 cups (150g) plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ~15 fl oz (450ml) milk
  • ~4 tbsp (50g) butter melted
  • Pinch salt

For the filling

  • ~2 cups (500g) ricotta
  • ~5.9 oz (170g) peas frozen
  • ~3.5 oz (100g) ham cubed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 large handful basil chopped
  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper

For the sauce

  • ~4 tbsp (50g) butter
  • ~ 1/2 cup (50g) plain flour
  • ~2 cups (500ml) milk
  • ~4.2 oz (120g) Fontina cheese
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper


To make the crespelle batter

  • Mix the flour and eggs in a large bowl. Gradually add the milk and the melted butter, whisk to as smooth a batter as possible then set aside for half an hour.

To make the filling

  • Boil the frozen peas in boiling water for a couple minutes then run under cold water to stop them cooking any further.
  • Add the ricotta and egg to a bowl and mix together. Add the cubed ham, peas, basil, parmesan and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix to combine.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350F/gas mark 4. Lightly grease a large frying pan with a small knob of butter and place under a medium/low heat. Add a ladle of crespelle batter to the pan and swirl to form a crespella. When the top of the crespella starts to look dry, flip it over and fry the other side for a few seconds. Continue with the rest of the batter (you should have 8 crespelle).

To make the sauce

  • Melt the butter in a saucepan then add the flour. Stir to a thick paste and cook for 1 minute. Slowly add one-third of the milk whisking constantly. When it starts to thicken add another third of milk and repeat until you’ve used all the milk. Add the fontina cheese keeping around 1 tbsp for the topping and stir until melted.
  • Lay a crespella out on a clean surface and cover one half with some of the filling (around 2 tbsp). Fold the crespella in half and then in half again (you can also roll them length ways if you prefer). Add it to a baking dish and repeat with the rest of the crespelle. Cover with the cheese sauce and top with the remaining tbsp of fontina cheese then bake for 20-25 minutes. Serve.


Calories: 748kcal
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  • Reply
    August 29, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Savoury crepes are so delicious, loved these.5 stars

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    Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    March 19, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    You had me at crepes — but seriously a fontina béchamel and ham with peas??? I’m whimpering over this one. I want…. must have….

  • Reply
    March 19, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    I haven’t had crepes in forever. These look so good and I’m loving the ricotta in these.

  • Reply
    Cricket Plunkett
    March 19, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Ricotta and ham? Count me in! Looks super tasty

  • Reply
    March 19, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    This sounds so good!! It is perfect for Brunch!!

  • Reply
    March 19, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    I am a big fan of savoury crepes, they are so good. Love the look of your recipe. I will try it without the ham because I am vegetarian.

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