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Handkerchief pasta in a butter sauce. A knife and fork cutting in to the pasta and chopped chives on top.

Homemade handkerchief Pasta (easiest pasta shape!)

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Handkerchief pasta squares, known as fazzoletti, fold like silk to catch pools of sauce. A quick, easy and impressive pasta shape.


1 x batch of my easy homemade pasta dough


  1. Make sure you look at all the photos above.
  2. Roll out the pasta sheets according to the step-by-step guide in my pasta dough recipe.
  3. I like to only work with about 1/6th of the dough at a time, it's so much easier to handle.
  4. The secret to really silky sheets is to roll through all the settings twice, fold the sheet back up and take it through all the settings again.
  5. For the long shape cut into 15cm x 30cm sheets and for squares cut 15cm x 15cm.
  6. Layer them up on a baking tray with parchment paper in between.
  7. Boil in a large pot of well salted boiling water for 2 - 3 minutes and serve with the sauce of your choice.


  • If you want to make the sauce pictured, it's a lemon butter sauce and you can find the recipe in my butter sauce guide.
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 30 mins
  • Category: Shapes + Guides
  • Method: Bench Top
  • Cuisine: Italian