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A passatelli 'iron'.
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5 from 14 votes


A delicious unusual type of pasta from Emilia-Romagna made with eggs, breadcrumbs and cheese, typically cooked and served in homemade broth.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Emilia-Romagna, Italian, Northern Italy
Keyword: fresh pasta, passatelli, pasta in broth
Servings: 4
Calories: 273kcal
Author: Jacqueline Debono


  • Passatelli iron or potato ricer


  • 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


  • Mix the breadcrumbs and Parmigiano cheese together in a bowl.
  • Add a pinch of salt
  • Add the grated nutmeg or lemon rind (as desired).
  • Beat the eggs and add them to the bread and cheese mixture.
  • 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.
  • Roll the dough into a large ball, wrap it in clingfilm and leave it to 'rest' at room temperature for at least 2 hours.
  • Bring your broth or stock to the boil
  • When you are ready to cook the passatelli, remove the clingfilm and place the dough on a floured surface.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Allow them to cook until they all rise to the surface (approx 5 minutes)
  • If you are serving them in broth, serve immediately.


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. For this recipe I served my passatelli with a homemade chicken broth.
Calories and nutritional info based on one cup of homemade chicken broth per serving.
Passatelli irons are hard to find but a potato ricer works well too.
To make passatelli vegetarian use a vegetarian parmesan and cook in vegetable stock.