Sweet pasta dish (aletria)

November 10, 2013 (Last Updated: January 30, 2019)

Recipe by Mimi Jardim 

Sweet pasta dish (aletria)

Serves: 4
Cooking Time: 15 mins


  • 100g angel-hair pasta
  • 500ml (2 cups) milk
  • 110g castor sugar
  • strip lemon rind
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 45g butter
  • 4 egg yolks
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • ground cinnamon, to serve



Cook the pasta in boiling water according to packet instructions until al dente. Drain and add the milk, sugar, lemon rind and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, about 5 minutes. Remove the lemon rind and cinnamon stick.


Add the butter to the pasta. In a bowl, beat the egg yolks and add to the pasta. Simmer over a very low heat to cook the egg, 5 minutes. Add the lemon zest and remove from heat. Pour into a serving dish and serve sprinkled with ground cinnamon. Serve warm or once it has cooled.


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