Today I’m making one of Northern Italy’s favorite winter comfort foods — a Pizzoccheri recipe made from homemade buckwheat pasta, potatoes, cabbage, bitto/fontina/gruyere cheese, and lots of butter!

Pizzocherri Recipe
I can’t think of anything more decadent than this Pizzocherri Recipe!

Thanks to our friends Emmanuelle (who is from Milan) and Deshawn Dickinson for introducing us to this delicious cheesy Italian pasta recipe! It is one of many unique dishes found in Lombardy and Valtellina, a mountainous region in the Italian Alps.

There is no need to buy pizzoccheri noodles here in the United States. You can make it very easily with a homemade buckwheat pasta! But if you are feeling lazy, I recommend this brand of pizzoccheri pasta.

One of the first steps is making the signature buckwheat pasta. It’s so easy to make!

If you don’t like cabbage, you can also make this pizzoccheri recipe with spinach. Just make sure you use plenty of butter and cheese. This is a hearty winter meal!

This was the pizzochheri that our friend Lele made for us. Doesn’t it look delicious!
Pizzocherri Recipe

Pizzoccheri Recipe

Recipe by Jason Hill – CookingSessions.com
Today I'm making one of Northern Italy's favorite winter comfort foods — a Pizzoccheri recipe made from homemade buckwheat pasta, potatoes, cabbage, bitto/fontina/gruyere cheese, and lots of butter! 
5 from 1 vote
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6


Buckwheat Pasta

  • 2 1/4 cups buckwheat flour
  • 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup water

To Make the Dish

  • 1 head green cabbage, Swiss Chard or spinach sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 2-3 cups potatoes peeled and diced
  • 10-16 oz. Bitto, casera, fontina or gruyere cheese grated
  • 1 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese grated

Garlic Butter

  • 8 oz. butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic shallot puree or 1 clove garlic


Make the Pasta

  • Mix together the flours and water, and add a little more water to make a smooth pasta. Transfer to floured work surface and knead until firm. Set aside in a ball, covered in plastic wrap, for about 30 minutes at room temperature.
  • Lightly flour work surface and and cut pasta ball in half, roll into 1/8-inch thick. Cut into 2 1/2 inch strips. Dust with flour and stack up. Cut into 1/4-inch strips.

Make the Dish

  • Preheat a large casserole dish at 300 F.
  • Bring a large stockpot of water to a boil. Add a couple pinches of salt, potatoes, cabbage. Bring to rapid boil for about 5 minutes. Add the pasta ribbons. While veg are boilings.
  • Add butter to a sauce pan on medium low. Melt down. Add the garlic and stir until browned, but not burned. Set aside.
  • To make the pizzoccheri gratin, layer the vegetables and cheese in two layers, followed by your desired amount of garlic butter on top. Add fresh cracked pepper. Layer into bowls and enjoy!!!!
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If you don’t want to make the pasta yourself, I recommend this brand of pizzoccheri pasta.
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AboutJason Hill

Hi, I’m Jason Hill, host of YouTube’s “Chef Tips” series. I graduated from culinary school in 1998, and gained my experience working the lines in Southern California. I launched my cooking videos in 2007. I love sharing quick and easy recipes that get people back in the kitchen.

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