#SundayPasta: testaroli

After a long break, I am bringing back Sunday pasta. And today I am proposing a rather unusual pasta: testaroli. Testaroli are typical of Liguria and in some ways they are closer to pancakes than to your usual pasta.

To make testaroli you make a batter of flour and water and then cook them in a pan like a pancake. After that, you take the “pancakes” cut them and warm them up in boiling water like you would do for gnocchi.

Since they are typical from Liguria, their traditional dressing is basil pesto. Better if home made.

Hope you will like them! I sure did!

#SundayPasta: testaroli

#SundayPasta: testaroli


    For testaroli:
  • 1/4 lb semolina flour
  • 1/4 lb all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whater
  • To dress:
  • 1/4 cup pesto


  1. Prepare the testaroli by mixing the flours with the water to obtain a batter with a consistency similar to the one of pancakes.
  2. Make testaroli by pouring the batter in a hot pan. Cook the testaroli for about 1 minute on each side or until they come off the pan cleanly. This much batter makes about 3-4 testaroli.
  3. Let the testaroli cool down and then cut them in roboidal shapes.
  4. To eat them, warm them up in boiling water. They are ready when they start floating.
  5. Fish them out and dress with pesto. Serve warm.

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12 Responses to #SundayPasta: testaroli

  1. tigerfish says:

    I am new to Testaroli! Interesting.

  2. These are new to me. They sound wonderful…

  3. a wonderful and easy recipe for home-made pasta. I will try it supersoon, thank you so much for sharing! I particularly like dishes from Liguria, for they tend to be vegetarian and make a wonderful use of few but good ingredients. so nice to be back! xox

  4. Dara says:

    This looks so interesting! Thank you for the amazing pasta lesson.

  5. Ramona says:

    I have never seen any thing like this.. it looks delicious. 🙂

  6. tina says:

    buonissima,con un piatto cosi farei il bis:)

  7. Adoro la pasta fatta in casa, la tua è perfetta, complimenti!
    Un abbraccio!

  8. Gio says:

    la pasta in casa con la semola viene davvero bene!
    complimenti! e buona setttimana

  9. Pancake like pasta? I’ve never had it but sounds unique and delicious! I can imagine it’s good with pesto. 🙂

  10. Manu says:

    Same here… never had them! And I grew up less than 150 km from Genoa… hahaha They look DELICIOUS! I should make them! I am sure my little ones too will go crazy for them! They ADORE pesto (or “green pasta” as they call it!).

  11. Really interesting and unusual first course! I admit that I’ve never had them, although I grew up not more than 300 Km from Liguria. Ah, regional Italian food, never stops to amaze me! Thanks Pola for sharing your recipe.

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