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How To Make Passatelli – Step By Step

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Passatelli is an Italian type of pasta made with breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, eggs, nutmeg and lemon zest.

In the past, passatelli recipe also included bone marrow or butter. For whatever reason it’s not in use any more.

Passatelli noodles are typical to Emilia Romagna and northern Marche in central Italy.

The most famous dish with this type of pasta is of course Passatelli in Brodo – Passatelli in Broth. This is a typical Christmas Eve dish and also very common for New Year’s Day and Easter lunch menu.

But let’s be honest, on a chilly Sunday afternoon what can be better than a hot bowl of freshly made Passatelli Soup?

Besides, it’s a perfect opportunity to use stale bread or breadcrumbs.

Passatelli in Brodo is the most famous and classical recipes, however you can also use passatelli as a regular pasta with a sauce.

Simple boil them in water and toss in a pan with the preferred sauce. Just keep in mind that because there’s a lot of Parmesan cheese in the dough passatelli pasta is already flavorful so make sure to choose light sauces that will not overpower the noodles.

Passatelli are really easy, fast and simple to make.

All you need is the right tools (which most likely you already have) and pay attention to a couple of details in the process to make sure your passatelli won’t break while cooking. I’m sharing all tips & tricks below.

Passatelli Tool

Passatelli Press

The classic tool to make passatelli is called Passatelli Iron. It looks like a metal disc with large holes and a handle. But it’s not so easy to find it nowadays, unless you’re shopping in Italy.

Good news is that there are at least two more tools you can use as a passatelli maker.

And I’m sure you have at least one of them in your kitchen already.

Potato Ricer

Yes, your regular potato ricer with large holes. This is what I use and it works great for the purpose.

Meat Grinder

You can also use a meat grinder (again with large holes) to pass the dough through and make passatelli. I haven’t tried this particular method yet, but heard it does the trick well.

How To Make Passatelli – Step By Step

Passatelli Dough

  • Sift breadcrumbs through a medium mash. This step is optional but highly recommended. Mound breadcrumbs on your work surface or in a large bowl.
  • Add finely grated Parmesan cheese and eggs.
How To Make Passatelli - Step 1
  • Add lemon zest, nutmeg and a pinch of salt.
  • Beat eggs with a fork.
How To Make Passatelli - Step 2
  • At this point I like to use a dough scraper to bring all ingredients into a crumbly mix, but you can do all this with your hands or even in a food processor using a dough hook attachment.
  • Using your hands mix all the ingredients together until you form a dough ball. 
    If the dough is too soft, add more breadcrumbs. If the dough is too stiff add some broth.
How To Make Passatelli - Step 3
  • Knead well for a few minutes letting all the ingredients combine and stick together.
  • Wrap the dough in a plastic wrap and let rest for 2 hours.
How To Make Passatelli - Step 4
  • Divide the dough in 3 or 4 parts.
  • Run each piece through a potato ricer using a disc with the largest openings.
  • Use a dough scraper or a knife to cut passatelli into 2 inch (5cm) strings as they come out off the press.
How To Make Passatelli - Step 5

As an alternative press the dough through a passatelli iron if you’re lucky to have one.

How To Cook Passatelli

Drop passatelli directly in boiling broth (or water) right off the press and let cook until they all come up to the top.

Or you can drop freshly made passatelli on a lightly floured surface and then carefully, using a dough scraper transfer them in a pot with boiling broth or water. Let cook until they rise to the surface.

Serve passatelli immediately with broth they were cooked in or with a pasta sauce if you’re making them without broth.

Add more Parmesan cheese and/or black pepper if desired.

Passatelli In Brodo

Tips & Tricks For Making Passatelli

  • If the dough seems too soft don’t rush to add more breadcrumbs. Let it rest at room temperature for 2 hours and it’s become more solid and easy to work with. Giving passatelli enough resting time will also prevent them from
  • Can I make passatelli without resting the dough? You can. You are most likely to need to add more breadcrumbs with some more grated Parmesan cheese to get the right consistency of the dough. See note above. With that you’ll also end up having less “toothier” and softer passatelli. 
  • Use fine grind breadcrumbs and same for Parmesan cheese. If in doubt, sieve breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese before use. This will ensure compact and smooth dough and passatelli will not break during cooking.
  • Knead the dough well. Nothing too special here, just make sure you knead it with your hands for a couple of minutes to make all the ingredients come together in a compact dough. This also prevent breakage. So does my last tip. And that’s resting time.

Can I make Passatelli ahead of time?

Yes! You can make Passatelli dough the day before and keep it in the fridge.

Remove from the fridgean hour before you intended to use them. Well rested dough will even result in “smoothier”, less “chevron-ish”.

Can I freeze Passatelli?

You can. You can freeze ready to use, passed through the press passatelli noodles or you can freeze passatelli dough and run it through the press when eeded.

I’ve tried both versions and honestly, I prefer the letter. First, you avoid extra breakage of pasta, and second passatelli are really REALLY fast to make once you have the dough,

And lastly, passatelli press or potato ricer that we use is SUPER easy to clean.

Win-Win-Win!

To use premade passatelli dough simply remove it from the freezer the night before or at least a couple of hours before use (if it’s really warm in the house). Then divide the dough in 3-4 large pieces and press it through passatelli maker once the broth or water is boiling. See details in the recipe.

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Passatelli

How To Make Passatelli – Step By Step

Passatelli is an Italian type of pasta made with breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, eggs, nutmeg and lemon zest. It's delicious with a broth or with a pasta sauce,
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Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Resting Time2 hrs
Course: Pasta, Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 120 g breadcrumbs , approx 1 cup
  • 120 g grated Parmesan cheese , approx 1 ½ cup
  • ½ lemon , zest only
  • 3 egg
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 5 cups broth (to make Passatelli In Brodo)

Instructions

Passatelli Dough

  • Sift breadcrumbs before use. This step is optional but highly recommended.
    Mound breadcrumbs on your work surface or in a large bowl.
  • Add finely grated Parmesan cheese, eggs, lemon zest, nutmeg and salt.
    Beat eggs with a fork.
  • Using your hands or a dough scraper mix all the ingredients together until you get a crumbly dough.
  • Knead the dough well for a few minutes letting all the ingredients combine and stick together.
    If the dough is too soft, add more breadcrumbs. If the dough is too stiff add some broth.
  • Wrap the dough in a plastic wrap and let rest for 2 hours.

Press Passatelli

  • Divide the dough in 3 or 4 parts.
  • Run each piece through a potato ricer using a disc with the largest openings.
  • Use a dough scraper or a knife to cut passatelli into 2 inch (5cm) strings as thye come out off the press.
  • As an alternative press the dough through a passatelli iron if you’re lucky to have one.

Cook Passatelli

  • Drop passatelli directly in boiling broth (or water) right off the press and let cook until they all come up to the top.
  • Or you can drop freshly made passatelli on a lightly floured surface and then carefully, using a dough scraper transfer them in a pot with boiling broth or water. Let cook until they rise to the surface.
  • Serve passatelli immediately with broth they were cooked in.
  • Add more Parmesan cheese and/or black pepper if desired.

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