My Mother’s Aletria

Aletria is a traditional Portuguese Christmas dessert. It’s basically sweet pasta, and it’s made with a very thin pasta similar to angel hair pasta. I didn’t even try to come up with my own recipe because my mother already makes the best Aletria, so I’m just sharing her recipe!

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My Mother’s Aletria

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My Mother’s Aletria

Recipe by Beet the RushCourse: DessertDifficulty: Easy


Cooking time




  • 500 ml water

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 lemon (peel)

  • 250g aletria

  • 500 ml milk

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 egg yolks

  • 2 tablespoons milk

  • cinnamon


  • To a pan, add 500 ml of water, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 2 cinnamon sticks, the peel of 1 lemon, and bring to a simmer.
  • Add 250g of aletria, crumbling it with your hands. Keep stirring until the pasta absorbs all the water in the pan. Then, slowly add 500 ml of milk while stirring.
  • Then, add 1 cup of sugar and stir until dissolved. Add 2 tablespoons of butter and stir until combined. Remove from the heat.
  • In a small bowl, combine 2 egg yolks and 2 tablespoons of milk. Quickly mix it into the aletria, as you don’t want the eggs to scramble.
  • Remove the lemon peel and the cinnamon sticks and transfer to a big plate.
  • You may sprinkle with cinnamon, but we usually use cinnamon to make decorative drawings on the aletria.

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Hi, I’m Sofia!

I love vegetarian food and traveling. Also, cats. Mostly cats. I hope you enjoy my recipes!



6 thoughts on “My Mother’s Aletria”

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  4. I tried recipe, instructions a little different and cooked longer than here but did not cook through.
    Also, my daughter is vegetarian and would love other vegetarian recipe ideas

    1. Hi there! This particular kind of pasta cooks in 5 to 7 minutes. Maybe you’re using a thicker pasta. You could try cooking the pasta in a little bit more water and for a little longer. Let me know if there’s any particular recipe you would like me to post for your daughter! Also, check my youtube channel, there are some different recipes there, here’s the link:

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