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Fresh Pasta Recipe: Pici

I was surprised when I read how easy it was to make this fresh pasta recipe.  So instead of cleaning the house, I decided to make it.  It has been a while since I made fresh pasta and the reason is because now that I am living in Italy, it’s easier to buy them.

However, when I saw this fresh pasta recipe for pici, I felt I could make it without making too much of a mess.  The ingredients were so simple, I didn’t have to go out and buy anything.  If you are wondering what is pici, it is a pasta from the Tuscan region and usually made without the use of eggs (actually eggs are optional). I come across pici when we were in Tuscany in May. For more information on pici, here is a brief description from Wikipedia

Fresh Pasta Recipe: How To Make Pici

I used the pasta recipe on Experience Tuscany but made a few changes which I will share here.  I wasn’t sure how many servings the recipe was for and decided to just half it.  The ingredients below serve 2.


Flour – 200grams
Olive Oil – 1 teaspoon
A pinch of salt
Water – roughly 1/2 a cup
Additional flour once the pici is made to make sure they don’t stick together (I didn’t have semolina!)

1.  Pour the flour and make a well where you add the olive oil, pinch of salt and add water a bit at a time until you are able get all the flour incorporated.  You don’t have to use all the water.  Make sure it’s not too sticky.

2. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes until it becomes smooth.

3. Form a ball and oil it lightly with olive oil.

Fresh Pasta Recipe-Pici dough with olive oil

4. Let it rest for 30 minutes covered with a tablecloth.  The original recipe says 2 hours but after checking a few other websites, I felt 30 minutes were sufficient. It looked pretty smooth and I was actually pleased with how it turned out as I am not a professional chef.

Fresh Pasta Recipe-Pici dough

5. Roll it out with a with a rolling pin about 2cm thick and then cut it about 1cm wide.  To be honest, don’t worry about cutting them perfectly.  It’s homemade remember.

Fresh Pasta Recipe-Pici dough rolled out

6. I used a knife to cut the strips and as you can see there are not all the same size.

Fresh Pasta Recipe-Pici dough cut7. For each strip, roll them between your palms or on the surface.  I found it easier to roll them between my palms and the rolled strips drape over.  I wish I could have taken a photo but I needed two hands to do this and there was no one to take the photo!

8. Here’s how they turned out.  My first attempt at making pici!

Fresh Pasta Recipe-Pici dough strips

9.  Here’s my stack and I added more flour to make sure they don’t stick together. How long did it take me to roll out all the strips?  Less than 30 minutes.  It was faster than I expected.

Fresh Pasta Recipe-Pici pasta

Fresh Pasta Recipe: How to Cook Pici and Simple Tomato Sauce

Bring a pot of water to boil and add sea salt.  The original recipe says to cook the pici for 10 minutes but I cooked mine for just over 2 1/2 minutes.  It was just right.

As for the sauce, you could use the ingredients and instructions given on Experience Tuscany, since it’s half the pasta, make sure you have the ingredients for the sauce.

For myself, I just used tomatoes, basil from my own plant, some olive oil and a sprinkle of parmesan.

Fresh Pasta Recipe-Pici pasta with tomato sauce and fresh basil

I wanted something simple.  Delicious and simple.  That’s what I love about Italian food. Buon Appetito!

Fresh Pasta Recipe-Pici pasta with tomato sauce

I hope you see that this fresh pasta recipe for the pici is not difficult although it may take some time.

Will I make it again?  For sure and this time, I am going to make it with alici (anchioves).  Look out for that recipe soon. This week, I also plan to test out another fresh pasta recipe and this time with eggs.

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  1. What a lovely idea! I have never made my own pasta, despite the fact that I bake my own bread. I absolutely need to try!

    • I hope you try it out because it’s very easy. I hope to start baking bread soon and if you have any good recipes, please share them with me :) Thanks.

  2. Simple food is the best food. Looks great and I bet it tasted good. Complimenti !

  3. Question: how do I eat this?
    The pici is so thick, I imagine you can’t roll them around the fork. Do you cut them in pieces on your plate and then with a fork (or spoon)?

    [ I learned from an Italian, that e.g. bucatini are cooked beyond ‘al dente’ because it would otherwise be to rigid and impossible to eat with a fork … ]


    • Hi Paul,

      It’s thick but it’s still possible to roll them around the fork. The next time I make them, I will try to share a photo of what it looks like rolled around a fork. Alternatively, you can cut them up and use a fork :)

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