Crioli, or creoli, are a typical fresh pasta format from the region of Molise, in central-southern Italy.
Crioli are a fresh pasta made of flour and eggs, they are similar to spaghetti but slightly squarer.
They differ from 'spaghetti alla chitarra' because they are hand-cut, and therefore do not have the typical square shape obtained with the 'chitarra' tool.
In the gastronomic tradition of Molise, crioli are seasoned with meat sauces or traditional sauces from Molise, such as campuasciana (a sauce made of ham and pecorino cheese), or with a cod and walnut sauce.
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for 4 servings
Place the flour on a big cutting board, make a hollow in the center and shell the eggs and add a teaspoon of salt.
Work the dough vigorously and for a long time, until a smooth and elastic dough is obtained.
Leave the dough to rest for 30 minutes covered with a dish towel.
On slightly dusted working space, begin shaping dough into rectangles the same size as the pasta machine you'll be using to cut your dough.
Begin flattening dough through pasta machine, dusting dough and machine with additional semola flour if dough or machine becomes sticky. Each roll through, adjust your knobs on the pasta machine to progressively make your pasta sheet thinner each roll-through.
Once you arrive at your desired thickness, roll the dough on itself and then cut the rolled dough in thin slices, like you would do with tagliatelle but thinner.
Shape cut crioli into a small nest of freshly cut noodles, and rest on wooden cutting board well-dusted with semola flour. Be sure to keep crioli nests separate so they don't stick to each other.
Let the pasta rest for at least one hour so it dries up. When ready, cook the pasta for 4 minutes in plenty of salted water.