Passatelli with broth – Italian fresh pasta with lemon

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Passatelli with broth is a traditional dish from Italy. This kind of “pasta” like noodles is created by combining eggs, nutmeg, bread, grated cheese and lemon zest. You can cut them by hand or create by passing through potato masher. They’re a perfect match for meat or vegetable broth. A recipe with a surprising taste, easy of making and with genuine ingredients.

Passatelli with broth – Italian fresh pasta with lemon

Traditional Italian recipe: Passatelli with broth – freshly made pasta with parmesan cheese and lemon zest.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course first course
Cuisine traditional Italian, vegetarian
Servings 3 person(s)
Calories 321 kcal


  • 80 g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 100 g grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 0.5 tbsp flour
  • 0.5 lemon only the zest
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 l or less vegetable broth


Instructions: Passatelli with broth – Italian fresh pasta with lemon

  • Mix breadcrumbs, cheese, lemon zest, whole eggs, flour and a pinch of nutmeg in a bowl.
  • Add salt and pepper and knead well with your hands until you have a smooth mixture. It should be firm but not too hard. If necessary, adjust with few tablespoons of broth or breadcrumbs.
  • Bring broth to a gentle boil. Divide the dough into smaller pieces. Using the potato masher with large holes drop passatelli directly in broth. In case you do not have a potato masher you can make long strips of dough by hand and cut them vertically creating small pieces of passatelli.
  • Continue until you have used all of the dough. When passatelli comes to the surface turn off the heat. Let it rest for a few minutes and serve with the hot broth.


The internal structure of passatelli changes depending on the quality of bread that you used. Passatelli can be very firm or slightly jagged and brittle.
The nutritional values are generated automatically for indicative purposes only and are therefore not completely accurate.


Serving: 3personsCalories: 321kcal
Keyword homemade, homemade pasta, lemon, parmesan, traditional Italian
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lot of love. B.

p.s. If you are looking for another very traditional Italian recipe check my Tagliolini with milk.

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