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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,
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Resting Time2 hrs
Course: Pasta, Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4


  • 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)


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.