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Spaghetti alla chitarra

Spaghetti alla chitarra: the classic pasta dish from Abruzzo. This egg pasta with a square cross section is similar to spaghetti and is made using a tool called a ‘chitarra’ (guitar). The result? You won’t ever want shop-bought pasta again!


150 g durum wheat flour
150 g white flour
3 eggs, beaten
½ tsp salt a splash of water


  • Step 1

    Put the flour in a bowl and make a well in the middle.
  • Step 2

    Add the eggs and salt and knead into a smooth dough. Add some water depending on the consistency.
  • Step 3

    Shape the dough into a ball and wrap in cling film, then leave to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Step 4

    Divide into four pieces. Pass each portion of dough through the pasta machine to create sheets that are around 3 mm thick.
  • Step 5

    Lay the sheets on the chitarra and press them through the ‘guitar strings’ using a rolling pin. Hang the spaghetti on a pasta drying rack or a washing line until you’re ready to use it.
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Marco Cece

The pasta is an absolute classic from the Abruzzo region of Italy. It makes me think of the ‘pranzo domenicale’, the Sunday lunch with the whole family, and summer holidays as a child spent at Nonna’s.
‘Guitar spaghetti’ is a traditional pasta recipe and a culinary calling card of the Abruzzo region in central Italy. The name and characteristic shape of this pasta are no accident, as it’s prepared using an instrument that resembles a guitar. It’s actually a wooden frame that has strings stretched across it at equal distances – just like a guitar.

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