Italian Easter Recipes


Sweet spaghetti flan is a simple but very tasty recipe and is prepared especially during the Easter season.

It is a recipe with ancient origins in south-central Italy and would seem to be a variation of the classic Neapolitan pastiera.

There are several variations of this preparation; we will use the one they prepare in Rome, which uses precisely Roman ricotta, walnuts and cinnamon.





  • 8 oz of spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup of ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2/3 cup of walnut kernels
  • 2 eggs
  • cinnamon powder to taste
  • 3 tbsp of rum
  • salt to taste




Boil spaghetti in lightly salted water and drain.

In a bowl, mix the crumbled ricotta with the sugar, peeled and coarsely chopped walnuts, two whole beaten eggs, three tablespoons of rum and a pinch of cinnamon.

Stir the noodles into the ricotta mixture and pour the mixture into a buttered and floured cake pan.

Bake the flan in a hot oven for about 15 minutes.

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