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Recipe for ciriole alla ternana

Terna style ciriole

Recipe for preparing ciriole alla ternana, how to prepare a typical first course from the province of Terni based on raw materials and simple ingredients.

Ciriole alla ternana are a typical first course of Umbrian cuisine and are nothing more than a particular shape of fresh pasta made with durum wheat flour and water. This first course originates from the "poor" tradition and, being a type of elongated pasta, it is partly reminiscent of Tuscan pici. The name of this pasta derives from the term "cereus", which means white like wax , precisely because the dough is made with flour and water. Below we offer you the recipe for preparing the basic dough and the simple tomato-based sauce. Here is the preparation step by step.

Terna style ciriole
Terna style ciriole

Preparation of Terni style ciriole

  1. First, prepare the sauce : finely chop the celery, carrot, onion, fresh chilli pepper and garlic.
  2. Transfer the aromatic mixture thus obtained into a saucepan, add a drizzle of olive oil, mix well, place on the heat and fry over medium heat for a few moments.
  3. Reduce the heat, add the tomato sauce and cook for an hour.
  4. In the meantime, dedicate yourself to preparing the dough: pour the flour onto a cutting board making the classic fountain shape, add the water a little at a time and start kneading to obtain a compact and non-sticky dough .
  5. To obtain the ciriole, work the dough by dividing it into small pieces and roll it out with your hands so as to obtain serpentines of dough with a thickness similar to that of bucatini.
  6. Cook the pasta in abundant salted water for 2-3 minutes at most, drain and season with the tomato sauce. Serve immediately and…enjoy your meal!

Alternatively I recommend you try the pici with aubergines and speck .


We recommend consuming the pasta made following this recipe at the moment . We do not recommend freezing in the freezer.

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