Parsley Straccetti with Meat Soup

Straccetti Pasta made with parsley and cheese in a meat soup.

Parsley Straccetti with Meat Soup


For 4 Person(s)

For the Straccetti:

  • 1 pound fine semolina
  • 1 cup water, add a little more water if needed
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons grated pecorino cheese

For the Soup:

  • 1 pound beef short ribs
  • 1 pound pork neck bones
  • 3 whole medium potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt % pepper


  1. Make the Straccetti:
    1. On a wood board, add the semolina and mix it with the water.  Mix and work it well until you have a ball of dough.
    2. Spread the chopped parsley and the grated pecorino cheese on the board and rework the dough to absorb all the ingredients into the dough as uniform as possible. Make the dough into a ball once again, wrap it in plastic paper and let it rest for 30 minutes.
    3. Once rested, divide the ball into 4-5 parts and with a rolling pin spread each part as thin as you desire... 1/8" is good.
    4. Roll all your pasta and set all the pasta sheets to dry for about 1 hour.
    5. With a sharp pizza cutter, score cuts into the dough so that you will have small rhomboids of pasta.  Preferably you can cut them into squares as well.
    6. Cut all your pasta and set aside for cooking it.
  2. Make the Soup:
    1. Put in a pot 4 quarts of water and the meat.
    2. When the water comes to a boil, remove from the top all the brown particles floating on the water (This is very important as it removes some of the fat and leaves the soup clear!)
    3. Add to the water, the potatoes, the celery, the onion and the tomatoes.
    4. Add 3 Tbs of EV olive oil.
    5. Let the meat and all the vegetables cook for about 60 minutes at medium flame.
    6. Check on the meat as you want it to come easily off the bones.
    7. Cook the Straccetti in salted water and serve them with the hot soup. Garnish with more grated pecorino cheese and fresh black pepper as desired.



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