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Homemade Malloreddus Pasta

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We have original recipe for Italian malloreddus pasta, known also as "gnocchi sardi" and is typically served with a heavy tomato sauce with meat or butter and pecorino.

Malloreddus pasta is so easy to make, just combine semolina flour with water and pinch of salt and knead a dough. Usually, saffron is added to the dough which gives a subtle flavour and bright yellow colour to the pasta. For this recipe you will need a gnocchi board to shape the pasta.

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About semolina flour

Semolina flour is a coarse pale-yellow flour ground from hard durum wheat,  commonly used to make fresh pasta dough. Now, you can buy semolina flour and make homemade pasta dough for lasagna, fettucine, ravioli and nearly every other pasta shape.

It can be also used to make pizza, bread or cookies as well as gnocchi.

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Homemade Malloreddus Pasta

MAKES: 2 servings
COOKS IN: 30 minutes
LEVEL: Moderate

Handy equipment:

Mixing Bowl | Dough Scraper | Gnocchi Board | Large Pot



  1. Place semolina and salt in a medium bowl.

  2. Pour the water into the semolina and work everything with your hands until you form a ball.

  3. Tip the dough onto a work surface and knead no more than 3-5 minutes or until you get a soft ball. Be sure not to overknead the dough. 

  4. Make sure your work surface is clean when you start to shape pasta. Take a piece of dough and roll into a thin snake. Wrap the rest of the dough into a plastic wrap so it doesn't dry out.

  5. Using a dough scraper, cut off pieces of dough about the size of your thumbnail. Using your thumb, roll each piece off a gnocchi board. Set pasta on a baking sheet dusted with a flour. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Dry pasta on the air until ready to cook.

  6. When the pasta is done, get a large pot of water and place on the heat until it start to boil. Add some salt. Boil pasta until it start to float, and leave for another 1 minute.

  7. To serve, put some sauce in a big bowl, add pasta and toss to combine. Garnish with grated cheese.

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