Aletria a Antiga (Sweet Angel Hair Pasta)

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“This is a typical dish in every home at Holiday times, its a very old tradition, thats a must on the table in every Portuguese home. Its a very simple receipe to prepare,yet very elegant, especially when its nicely decorated with cinnamon over the top. Just let your imagination go to work .”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 250 g angel hair pasta
  • 1 lemon (just the peeling of the lemon)
  • 1 12 liters milk (just add in more hot milk if you like it creamy, I do)
  • 200 g sugar, depending on your taste (I use less about130gr,)
  • 12 cup water
  • 100 g butter
  • 1 12 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 -4 egg yolks (I add 4 I like colour it gives out and texture)


  1. Place water, milk, salt, sugar, cinnamon stick, butter and lemon peel in a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Remove 1/2 cup of this, so you can very slowly beat in egg yolks, and set aside.
  3. Now you may add in your Angel Hair Pasta, and bring to a boil, reduce heat keep stirring at ALL times, if it looks like its getting to dry add in some mor HOT milk.
  4. Half way through your cooking add in the 1/2 cup of milk with the yolks that you had put aside, and stir till cooked.
  5. Pour everything into a platter not forgetting to remove the lemon peel and cinnamon stick, and spread evenly.
  6. Let cool, then decorate with cinnamon powder to your liken.

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