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Let’s learn how to make traditional macaroni on the guitar!

Macaroni on the guitar

They come from Abbruzzo and have conquered all of Italy, macaroni alla guitar are easy to make and good to eat. Here is the original recipe.

The Italian culinary tradition is rich in specialties, which change from region to region. What we offer you today is the recipe for macaroni alla guitar. This time, it is a typical dish from Abruzzo , an area where fresh, homemade pasta cannot be missing. These are spaghetti with a very particular shape , i.e. a square section. All this is possible through a simple instrument, called the guitar . Once you have created the dough, using only two simple ingredients (flour and eggs), you can roll it out on the utensil and create their typical shape. Let's find out how to do it!

Macaroni on the guitar
Macaroni on the guitar

Preparing the recipe for macaroni alla guitar

  1. Start by sifting the flour .
  2. Pour it into a fountain on a work surface and then dig a central well.
  3. Inside, place the whole eggs .
  4. Using a fork, beat them , collecting the flour a little at a time.
  5. When needed, continue kneading with your hands to mix the ingredients. It will take about 15 minutes.
  6. After obtaining a smooth and homogeneous dough, wrap it in transparent film . Let it rest outside the fridge, in a cool, dry place for 1 hour .
  7. After this time, cut a quarter of the dough at a time and roll it out on a (floured) work surface with a rolling pin, to obtain a not very thin and rectangular sheet .
  8. Move it onto the guitar and continue to roll it out with the rolling pin, applying a lot of pressure , until spaghetti falls from the strings.
  9. Proceed in this way until the dough runs out.
  10. As you make the spaghetti, distribute them on a pasta rack or floured pastry board (well spaced).
  11. After drying, they are ready to be cooked and seasoned with homemade ragù .

History of macaroni on guitar

Macaroni on the guitar
Macaroni on the guitar

The place of origin of these spaghetti is Abbruzzo, where they are also called tonnarelli . Born in 1500 in noble kitchens, in those years they were rolled out with a rolling pin on a serrated iron. This tool was called a ruzzolo and was the predecessor of a copper-stringed loom, referred to as a maccherunare. The "pettele" were placed on this, i.e. the sheets of pasta which were pressed onto the strings.

To this day, the instrument has been increasingly perfected and its name has changed to guitar, or maccarunàre . This tool is equipped with rigid metal ropes , stretched over a wooden frame and spaced a few millimeters apart. Its shape recalls, in fact, that of a musical instrument.


After letting it rest for at least 2 hours, the guitar pasta can be stored in the fridge , wrapped in a floured cloth, for 1-2 days . You can also freeze it , always raw, placing the spaghetti spaced apart on a floured tray.

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