Passatelli Pasta from Emilia-Romagna

5 from 1 vote
A passatelli 'iron'.
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins

A delicious unusual type of pasta from Emilia-Romagna, typically cooked and served in broth.

Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Emilia-Romagna, Italian, Northern Italy
Keyword: fresh pasta, passatelli, pasta in broth
Servings: 4
Author: Jacqueline Debono
  • 120 g white breadcrumbs. (4.2oz)
  • 120 g Parmigiano Reggiano (4.2 oz) grated
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg or lemon rind
  • Prepared broth or stock
  1. Mix the breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese together in a bowl.
  2. Add a pinch of salt
  3. Add the grated nutmeg or lemon rind (as desired).
  4. Beat the eggs and add them to the bread and cheese mixture.
  5. Mix the ingredients together (preferrably with your hands) until the dough becomes quite elastic and compact. If it is too wet add more breadcrumbs. If too dry you can add some of the stock or broth you plan to cook the passatelli in.
  6. Roll the dough into a large ball, wrap it in clingfilm and leave it to 'rest' at room temperature for at least 2 hours.
  7. Bring your broth or stock to the boil
  8. When you are ready to cook the passatelli, remove the clingfilm and place the dough on a floured surface.
  9. Take large pieces of the dough and press through the passatelli iron. As the passatelli come out of the press you will have to use a knife to remove them.
  10. You can drop them straight into the boiling broth/stock or onto a previously floured surface and then add them to the broth/stock after they are all made.
  11. Allow them to cook until they all rise to the surface (approx 5 minutes)
  12. If you are serving them in broth, serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

If you are going to add passatelli to other ingredients, remove them from the stock with a slotted spoon and add to the pre-prepared sauce or ingredients and then continue according to the recipe you are following. 

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    March 19, 2020 12:30 pm

    Marvelous. Totally unknown to me up to now. Give it a try

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    Maria casadio
    December 5, 2019 12:36 pm

    I love pasta always looking for new recipes!!

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