The Sweetest Pasta You'll Ever Eat

The Sweetest Pasta You'll Ever Eat


Use your leftover pasta to make dessert! This Croatian dessert pasta, called stonska torta, features tube-like noodles, such as ziti or penne, tossed in a mixture of ground nuts, and grated chocolate, all wrapped up in a pastry dough and topped with fresh berries.

Cook Time
2 hr 20 min
Total Time
2 hr 55 min
10 servings

How to Make It

1. Step
Make the dough: In a large bowl, stir together the flour and salt.
2. Step
In a medium bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and eggs.
3. Step
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients, along with ¼ cup (60 ml) cold water. Mix together with a spoon or spatula until well combined. Add more cold water as needed, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough begins to come together.
4. Step
Use your hands to knead the dough in the bowl until most floury bits are incorporated. Turn the dough out onto a clean surface and knead for 1–2 minutes, until smooth and supple. Return to the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rest for 30 minutes.
5. Step
While the dough rests, make the filling: Add the almonds and walnuts to a food processor and blend until finely ground. Transfer to a large bowl.
6. Step
Add the granulated sugar, cinnamon, and grated chocolate to the bowl with the ground nuts and mix well.
7. Step
In a separate large bowl, toss the cooked ziti with the olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, and rum until well coated.
8. Step
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and vanilla until smooth.
9. Step
Preheat the oven to 350˚F (180˚C).
10. Step
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a 24-inch circle, about ¹⁄₁₆-inch thick.
11. Step
Lightly grease a 10-inch springform pan with nonstick spray and dust with flour.
12. Step
Center the dough over the pan, making sure there is equal overhang on all sides. Press the dough against the bottom and sides of the pan so it lays flush, working gently so the dough doesn’t tear.
13. Step
Sprinkle about ⅓ of the nut mixture over the dough in an even layer. Top with ½ of the pasta, then another ⅓ of the nut mixture. Dollop 4 tablespoons of softened butter all over the nut mixture. Repeat to make another layer with the remaining pasta, nuts, and butter.
14. Step
Pour the beaten egg mixture over everything, making sure it seeps down through the pasta layers. Press down with a spatula to release any air pockets. Fold the overhanging dough over the filling. Brush the top with the melted butter.
15. Step
Bake for 70 minutes, until the crust is golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes.
16. Step
Invert the stonska torta onto a cutting board or serving platter. Release the springform, then remove the ring and bottom of the pan.
17. Step
Dust powdered sugar on top and garnish with the blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. Slice and serve.
18. Step


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