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Molise Creoles, a typical product of central Italy

Molise-style creoles

Molise-style creoles are a pasta shape similar to spaghetti but with a square section. Here is the original recipe to prepare them.

Molise-style creoles, also known as creoles, are a shape of egg pasta with a square section similar to spaghetti. Some call spaghetti alla guitar or Molise creoles indiscriminately but in reality the two recipes are different. In fact, the former are cut with the guitar and therefore they are all the same, while the latter are cut by hand .

This typical recipe from Molise takes its name from the shoe laces that shepherds used during the winter. They are seasoned differently depending on the family: from Muscovy duck sauce to the more traditional Campuasciana seasoning, with pecorino and ham which is what we decided to prepare given the strong connection with the territory.

Molise-style creoles
Molise-style creoles

How to prepare the recipe for Molise-style creoles

  1. First, focus on the pasta . Combine the two flours and a pinch of salt in a bowl, mix them and add the eggs. Start kneading with a fork and then continue by hand on a well-floured pastry board. You will have to obtain a smooth and homogeneous dough which you will let rest for half an hour.
  2. After the resting time, divide it into four parts and roll them out one by one with a rolling pin, until they reach 2 mm thick. Sprinkle them with semolina, roll up and cut into 2 mm slices to obtain square-section spaghetti . As they are ready, wrap them up and let them dry for an hour.
  3. In the meantime, dedicate yourself to preparing the seasoning . Finely chop garlic, onion and chilli pepper and brown it in a pan with oil. Then add the bacon chopped with a knife or cut into cubes and brown it for 10 minutes.
  4. Cook the pasta for 5 minutes, drain it and sauté it in the pan with the sauce. Distribute on plates and complete with a sprinkling of pecorino .

Also try the traditional recipe for spaghetti alla guitar before deciding which of the two is your favourite.


This paste will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days in an airtight container. Before consuming it, heat it in a pan or in the microwave.

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